About the W. R. Smith T-Rest
A T-rest is used by watchmakers to support a handheld cutting tool called a “graver.” World-renowned watch and clock maker, William R. Smith has designed a T-rest, especially for the Sherline lathe. It is constructed from solid steel and clamps to the lathe’s bed in seconds. If you are interested in watch or clock repair or construction but wanted a tool system more versatile and less expensive than a jeweler’s lathe, this T-rest makes a Sherline lathe a most attractive choice.
The W. R. Smith T-rest turns a Sherline lathe into a first-class clock maker’s lathe. The T-rest supports a handheld “graver.” the traditional metal turning tool of watch and clock makers.
A graver can also be used by any metalworker for hand turning unique shapes on the lathe. It looks similar to a small wood-turning tool and is used in a similar fashion while rested on the T-rest. To learn more about using the T-rest and about how to make your own graver, see the links in the Instructions tab on this page.