|Project by Jim Jakosh||posted 04-11-2015 01:14 AM||6948 views||40 times favorited||35 comments|
This is a steady rest for the 12” Harbor Freight lathe in our park in Arizona. It is made from 1” Baltic Birch plywood, some steel and aluminum and a small piece of jarrah for the key on the bottom. It is finished with wiped on Shellac.
The weather was pretty crappy the last 2 days and I had this steady rest as a needed project for the RV park for next year so I built it to get one more project out of the way. I had an occasion where I needed a break open steady rest one time where I did not want to take a thin part out from between centers so it would not become eccentric, but I had to at that time. I remembered that and thought if I ever build another one it will be such that I can install it right over the part and be able to easily take it off and move it to either side of the banjo. So I made it this way and I think it will work fine for what we need down there. I may cut my big one apart and convert it to this too.
The project cost me a total of $2.60 for the socket head cap screws. All the rest was stuff laying in the barn. The wheels are from roller blades that I found out for trash pick up and wood is scrap from LJ Doug Scott. ( Thanks, Doug!!! ) I did make a storage place for the 5 /16” Allen wrench so it stays with the support. One wrench is used for all the screws.
-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!