steady rest

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Project by GCIMark posted 04-24-2015 03:14 PM 1723 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my red neck steady rest. I bought a pair of used roller blades from a second hand store for $5. I removed the running gear from the shoes and cut the aluminum rails into pieces long enough to attach the wheels to the oak frame. I machined the oak down to a thickness that placed the aluminum rails the exact same distance apart as they were when attached to the shoe. By doing so I was able to use all the hardware that came from the roller blade. I used the axles and all the bolts and spacers that held the running gear together to start with. Works like a champ.

-- Mark, North Carolina

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#1 posted 04-24-2015 04:57 PM

That is just really slick!

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#2 posted 04-24-2015 08:06 PM

very cool

-- no matter what size job big or small do a job right or don't do it at all.

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#3 posted 04-25-2015 12:36 AM

Thank you both.

-- Mark, North Carolina

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#4 posted 04-25-2015 12:48 AM

When I first saw the photo, I thought it was an airplane propeller!
That thing looks pretty massive, does it get in the way when you turn?

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#5 posted 04-25-2015 12:52 AM

That thing is awesome!

-- Joe | Spartanburg, SC | "To give anything less than your best is to sacrafice the gift." - Steve Prefontaine

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#6 posted 04-25-2015 01:54 PM

Looks great! Nothing like redneck ingenuity :)

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#7 posted 04-26-2015 01:05 AM

The most interesting one I have seen so far.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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