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Homemade steady rest

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Project by Julian posted 01-22-2016 04:26 AM 1284 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I replaced my old Delta 12” lathe with an used Powermatic 3520B lathe and needed to build larger accessories such as this steady rest. The rings and arms are made from 1/2” thick micarta. Micarta is very hard and stiff. The two rings are bolted together with machine screws. The mounting base is made from scraps of maple. The inside diameter is 16 1/2”. Now I am ready to hollow out my latest segmented project.

-- Julian





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johnhutchinson

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#1 posted 01-22-2016 05:24 AM

I don’t turn, so it’s lost on me.
I just think it’s a beautiful thing !!!

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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Ken90712

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#2 posted 01-22-2016 02:53 PM

Very interesting and what a great jig. Just bought lathe, looking at chucks and chesils this weekend. Plan on buying them now that I’ve read and listened to advice from you masters.

Thx for sharing.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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WoodNSawdust

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#3 posted 01-22-2016 03:23 PM

Nice looking steady rest. I am very inexperienced in turning so forgive me if this is a obvious question:
What did you use for the rollers that touch the object you are turning?
Also, if you were spindle turning a very long but small diameter object would you want to use more than one steady rest?

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

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Dabilene

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#4 posted 01-23-2016 01:13 AM



Nice looking steady rest. I am very inexperienced in turning so forgive me if this is a obvious question:
What did you use for the rollers that touch the object you are turning?
Also, if you were spindle turning a very long but small diameter object would you want to use more than one steady rest?

- WoodNSawdust

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WistysWoodWorkingWonders

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#5 posted 01-23-2016 03:53 AM

excellent looking jig… I like it when people put extra effort into not only the function of the jig, but the looks. great work!

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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Julian

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#6 posted 01-23-2016 04:12 AM

To WoodNSawdust; you could use more than one steady rest for very long pieces.

-- Julian

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#7 posted 01-23-2016 05:40 PM

Good idea for maybe future jig project.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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ken_c

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#8 posted 01-24-2016 03:34 AM

looks like a good one – Thanks for sharing

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