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Project by WoodWrangler posted 03-23-2009 08:47 PM 3861 views 7 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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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 …

Steady Rest

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





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kolwdwrkr

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#1 posted 03-23-2009 09:38 PM

wow, I want one! Very nice. I hope he sells a ton of them. Sometimes it sucks to be broke. Oh, it sucks ALL the time to be broke. :^(

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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odie

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#2 posted 03-23-2009 11:58 PM

Keep us informed !!!!!

-- Odie, Confucius say, "He who laughs at one's self is BUTT of joke". http://woodstermangotwood.blogspot.com/ (my funny blog)

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cabinetmaster

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#3 posted 03-24-2009 12:25 AM

Great looking. I made one myself about 2 years ago from MDF, Laminate, maple hardwood and skateboard wheels. Works fantastic. But I would like a larger one. Keep us posted.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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jockmike2

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#4 posted 03-24-2009 02:20 AM

You had better check the patent on that before you start selling them. I know they have been selling a fiberglass version for about a year now. Just a warning.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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toyguy

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#5 posted 03-24-2009 01:32 PM

Not into hollow form..yet.. But sure can see a need for this steady rest. Looks like a well made tool.

I have looked at making one, and when the time comes probably would go this route. But I do believe there is a market for such a devise. You might also want to put your friend to work on a boring bar system (Like the Jameson) ... another niche that could be filled.

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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WoodWrangler

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#6 posted 03-24-2009 02:22 PM

Thanks for the good feedback and suggestions. At this point I am exited about just having it, and how well it worked on my test runs. Now I wonder how I made due without it … and it is no wonder so many people make them in some form or another.

As for the patent … that’s being handled. Patent law is a funny thing …

-- Jeremy, Bradenton, Florida

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jimp

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#7 posted 03-24-2009 06:33 PM

Great Design. keep us informed when you have more information.

-- - Jim, Carroll, OH

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cabinetmaster

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#8 posted 03-24-2009 10:56 PM

Jeremy, I do want one. When you get the info and cost just pm me.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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cabinetmaster

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#9 posted 03-24-2009 10:57 PM

As a matter of fact, I will talk to my boss about getting one for work also. Really needed one last week.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#10 posted 03-25-2009 05:13 PM

A great looking setup!

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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Bearpie

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#11 posted 06-06-2010 07:29 PM

I just made one and it works better than expected but if I had not I would surely order yours. Looks like the capacity on this one is greater than mine although I have the same exact fantastic lathe.

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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a1Jim

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#12 posted 06-06-2010 07:47 PM

Looks like a goodie

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Roger

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#13 posted 02-23-2014 10:00 PM

That’ll work.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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