Skateboard Wheeled Steady Rest

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Project by Les Casteel posted 1652 days ago 4650 views 18 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When turning long vases/urns on the lathe, you have to have something that is rock-solid, adjustable, and woin’t scar or scratch the wood. This is what I built after seeing several ideas in magazines etc.

-- Les, Arkansas,

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#1 posted 1652 days ago

i’m not a turnner , but looks like a hell of a good idea to me

-- Paul , Calfornia

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Kent Shepherd

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#2 posted 1652 days ago

Looks great to me. Good design. Simple but effective.

-- She thought I hung the moon--now she just thinks I did it wrong

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Wade Putnam

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#3 posted 1652 days ago

I have been looking to build one of these.
I like your design, can you tell me what you mounted the wheels on, I Assume it’s some aluminum shape??

-- Wade, Nashville,

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#4 posted 1652 days ago

I am a turner and I like this basic design – with one exception. One would have to pull the tail stock back, insert the steady rest and then reapply the tail stock. No big deal – but it is simpler if the steady rest has a “C” design so you don’t have to pull the tailstock back. OTOH, a “C” design would compromise strength and if your basic structure is wood, that could be a big deal.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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Les Casteel

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#5 posted 1652 days ago

Well, to answer Wade, I just used “U” shaped aluminum track. On the opposite side of the picture I used some star shaped knobs with “T” nuts. To answer Rich, on this turning the tail stock was going to be pulled back so I had to use a steady rest that completely enclosed the turning. I pulled back the tail, slid on steady rest, moved up the tail, spun it on the slowest speed and set the wheels on the steady rest. When the wheels were set I pulled the tail back and finished turning the top of the vase.

-- Les, Arkansas,

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Wade Putnam

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#6 posted 1652 days ago

Thanks for the quick response.
What is the maximum diameter turning this will handle?
Maybe you could post a picture if the other side??

-- Wade, Nashville,

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#7 posted 1652 days ago

I made one of these a couple years ago and it has served me well. The only thing I would have done different would have been to make the 3/4 material that the wheels are attached to thicker, then again I made mine out of MDF. I like yours very much. You can see mine in my gallery.

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

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Jim Jakosh

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#8 posted 1652 days ago

That is real solid. It is on my list to do this spring. I’m looking for some 1” aluminum for the frame. You can cut that stuff easily on the wood band saw. Use beewax to lube the blade.

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#9 posted 1639 days ago

Since I’m back to woodturning after more than 20 years, I find your jig very inspirering.

Thanks for sharing. (this applies to Mike as well)



-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. --

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#10 posted 1639 days ago

very very cool.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#11 posted 566 days ago

This is a very nice rendition of a steady rest. Super nice. I know they work very well.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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