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Nylon Slide for Boring Bar

I made a Jamieson hollowing system for my JET mini lathe. I didn’t want metal-to-metal contact between my boring bar and rear toolrest. Keeping a piece of wax handy would be a lost cause. The solution was to attach a .25" (6mm)-thick strip of nylon along the bottom of the backrest where the boring bar sets. The nylon sticks up above the metal about .03215" to .0625" (.8mm–1.6mm) and allows the metal boring bar to glide as though it were on waxed metal.

I have considered tapering the nylon so the boring bar rides on a .0625” (1.6mm) strip instead of .25" (6mm).


The nylon is a white sheet I purchased at the Woodworking shows from one of the vendors. It comes in a variety of sizes and thicknesses. It is very slick. I also made a wooden Jameson system for my JET1642 and used a strip of the nylon on the wooden backrest. The boring bar glides on the nylon instead of rubbing on wood.


~ Lynn Edwards, Brooksville, FL


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