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Project by TheDane posted 01-11-2016 08:35 PM 5096 views 22 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I needed a steady-rest for my 20” lathe. I screwed 2 20”x20” sheets of 3/4” plywood together, and cut the ring on the bandsaw. I routed grooves in the arms with rabbets to allow the use of T-track bolts … that way the knobs can be mounted on the opposite side out of the way of the wheels.

With this steady-rest, I can steady turnings up to 14” in diameter.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"





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Sawdustonmyshoulder

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#1 posted 01-11-2016 08:41 PM

Cool. I need a steady rest also. Tell us more about the wheels.

Thanks.

-- The more skilled you are at something, the worse you are at it when someone is watching.

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Dutchy

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#2 posted 01-11-2016 09:00 PM

Very handy.

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Joe Lyddon

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#3 posted 01-11-2016 09:03 PM

Looks good & solid!

COOL!

Nice job!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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farmerdude

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#4 posted 01-11-2016 09:31 PM

Great job! If you don’t mind, I need one, and will copy yours. I really like this design. Thanks for sharing.

-- Jeff in central Me.

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TheDane

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#5 posted 01-11-2016 10:50 PM

Tell us more about the wheels.

They are 50mm skateboard wheels. They are smaller (and harder) than the inline skate wheels some folks use. I bought these a couple of years and used them on a steady-rest I built for my midi-lathe. The inline skate wheels (IMHO) are too soft, and tend to bounce under the pressure of a gouge or hollowing tool.

Here is a link to the wheels I bought:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002R6RTX6?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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TheDane

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#6 posted 01-11-2016 10:54 PM

If you don t mind, I need one, and will copy yours. I really like this design.

Be my guest … I got the idea from other similar projects I found on the web.

BTW … the ring is 2” wide, and the arms are milled from 3/4” hard maple (2” wide).

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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lew

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#7 posted 01-11-2016 11:59 PM

I like it!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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HillbillyShooter

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#8 posted 01-12-2016 12:57 AM

Great job!

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#9 posted 01-12-2016 04:47 AM

Nice work, I’ll have to try out those wheels.

-- Vince

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bushmaster

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#10 posted 01-12-2016 04:57 AM

Very nice design and engineering, keep tuning.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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Woodwrecker

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#11 posted 01-12-2016 05:02 AM

Nice work Gerry. That came out great !

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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#12 posted 01-12-2016 05:57 AM

that’s a nice steady-rest Gerry, I like the cam locks they look very efficient!

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#13 posted 01-12-2016 06:32 AM

Great steady-rest Gerry.

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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helluvawreck

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#14 posted 01-12-2016 02:02 PM

Gerry, this will be a great accessory for your lathe. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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SteveGaskins

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#15 posted 01-12-2016 04:42 PM

A great shop jig. Added to favorites.

-- Steve, South Carolina, http://www.finewoodworkingofsc.com

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