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US Patent: 1,815,490
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Constant Bouillon - Torrington, CT

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metalworking machines : metal lathes : metal lathe accessories

Hendey Machine Co. - Torrington, CT

Not known to have been produced

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Patent Dates:
Applied: May 21, 1930
Granted: Jul. 21, 1931

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"Vintage Machinery" entry for Hendey Machine Co.
Ernest R. Llewellyn - patent attorney


This invention relates to a follow rest adapted for use on lathes and other machine tools of this character wherein the work is supported between centers as is best illustrated in a lathe. It is common practice, in performing a turning operation on work of a length and of insufficient diameter to properly support itself between the centers without deflection, to provide a single follow rest in juxtaposition to center the work axially relative to the cutting tool. The follow rest comprised a single frame secured to the usual carriage of the lathe and which is traversed in the well-known manner. With the construction heretofore followed the follow-rest was fixed in predetermined position axially and relative to the cutting tool which is a decided disadvantage when it is desired to support the work as close to the cutting tool as conditions would permit. The object of my present invention is to provide a follow-rest so constructed and arranged as to permit axial adjustment relative to the cutting-tool and which may, when desired, be positioned to precede the cutting or follow the cutting operation. Another object in my present invention is a novel means for supporting and adjusting the follow-rest relative to the cutting tool. A further object is to provide a supporting member whereby a plurality of follow-rests may be adjustably secured thereto. This permits of an arrangement whereby one follow rest may be positioned to precede the cutting tool, and when using one tool, the second rest is arranged to immediately follow the tool. With my axial adjustment these rates may be adjusted and positioned as close as is practical to the cutting tool, thus retaining the work in a rigid position during the cutting operation.

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