|Project by WoodWrangler||posted 03-23-2009 08:47 PM||3861 views||7 times favorited||13 comments|
Things are much better now with hollow form turning … now that I have a 360 degree spindle steady! Okay, those are just the braggin’ rights~!
If you’ve turned on a lathe, then you’ll understand the need for a steady rest (something that keeps the workpiece from vibrating, and thus the tool chattering during the cut). I’ve been wanting one but good quality metal ones are $500+. So … I had to make another plan…
My neighbor is a metalworker and his job at Phillip Morris comes to an end next year sometime. He’s looking for things he can fabricate and sell … and as we shot around ideas a couple of my wish list items … a spindle steady and bowl steady … came up. I showed him some pictures and told him what I liked and didn’t like about each design … he took that to the metal shop and returned with something great!
So, here’s a sneak peek at the prototype. It’s powder coated to a beautiful finish, uses ABEC 5 rollerblade wheels, and solid as a rock. The spine is one piece (no welds) and the arms has a flat machined in them to make it self aligning. This one is for a 20” swing lathe, but just about any swing is possible. I’ve run it thru some test runs with extraordinary results …
And yes, he’ll be offering these to others for sale … so if you are interested, drop me a private message and I’ll give you the info. This one is just the prototype, and we’ve discussed some minor improvements for future ones … exciting times!
-- Jeremy, Bradenton, Florida