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I have an Rockwell Compound Slide Rest for my Delta heavy duty lathe and would like some suggestions and direction about cutters and techniques to do mostly precise wood milling and maybe some soft metals with it. I hope you have all the components of that tool post , otherwise you can't set tool height correctly.People seem to lose the shaped base which is used for altering tool height.
I would do away with that particular center post tool mount, unless you have ALL the cutters and holders that go with it. As Phillip says, there should be a half moon insert in the tool post below the tool holder which allows for adjustment of the cutter height.
I'm not a wood turner (yet) but as Randy says for precise cuts you may want to also make a simple follower rest that mounts to the lathe carriage & follows behind the cutting tool so pressure can't flex the work piece. I would think in most cases for wood you will want the cutting tools to have a positive rake (also for brass & aluminum). Thanks for the replies, I do seem to be missing the half moon shaped piece to adjust the height; looks simple enough to make or get.

I got the large Easy Wood rougher last year as a gift and didn't use it much until I got the wacky idea of turning MDF domes.
You'll want to make a spindle steady, or maybe find a used one cheap that fits your lathe bed. Notice also that this lathe has the change gears so it can possibly cut threads (As of right now I haven't the foggiest notion how to do that). We are chiefly engaged in fabricating technologically advanced range of Wood Turning Lathe Machine to buyers for various mechanical applications. I was very happy to see (when I picked up the lathe) that the apron hand wheels and all the other saddle parts were in place! But you may find it interesting that the lead screw is actually on the backside of the lathe. Good advice on the steady; it will be needed, there is a comercial one that fits my lathe for around $40, but several places list it out of stock.

An improvised wood lathe type tool rest was installed by drilling and tapping a bolt hole in the compound slide.
Sure it's dirty and needs to be disassembled a bit and cleaned but the lathe itself is solid and strong. But I've read that British lathes tended to have flat beds (as this one does) while American lathes had triangular ridges the length of the bed.

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