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Four Bar Steady Rest

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 12-01-2016 03:16 AM 940 views 18 times favorited 32 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built another steady rest because the one I have with 3 arms on it interferes with the laser on my boring bar. I had to remove the laser on the last project that required a steady rest and I did not want to do that again.
I made this one out of 1” Baltic Birch and put full height gussets to support the upper arms even though I have a link to bolt in for cross support. This can be put over a piece already on the lathe between centers by removing the top link. It is 16” high and the bottom of the laser is 17” high so it will always work. The 64mm wheels are from a pair of new roller blades I bought on Craigslist.
It is finished with clear matte spray.

Rather than do a blog, I’ll add the process shots below:
I laid it all out including the bar locations

I was able to cut it out on the band saw rather than the scroll saw because the top is open
I left the sides straight until after milling the slots so it was easier to locate the bar slots at 45 degrees from the straight sides.


I used 3/8-16 T nuts to secure the bars.The cross arms are fastened to 1/4- 20 Tee nuts

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





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#1 posted 12-01-2016 04:07 AM

Nice one Jim. That oughta work. When are you headed south?

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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

Nice work Jim. Nice and light being made out of wood.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#3 posted 12-01-2016 04:28 AM

Great blog Jim and result to boot.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#4 posted 12-01-2016 05:23 AM

Looks really Rugged and Solid!

Great work as usual…

-- 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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#5 posted 12-01-2016 05:26 AM

Jim. Well Made and very useful Steady.

Cliff.

-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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#6 posted 12-01-2016 05:39 AM

I admire and am jealous of your wood turning ability.

It sure looks like a labor of love.

Time to head south!! Safe travels !!

-- Measure twice and cut once.....Steve Lien

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#7 posted 12-01-2016 06:40 AM

How big ca piece can it support???
The one I made fits about 6 – 7 inches but I need a bigger one. Must get busy one day.
Thanks for sharing.

Bob.

-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#8 posted 12-01-2016 07:25 AM

I will have this post on mind – just in case, you never know when you need such idea and detailed instructions with photos.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#9 posted 12-01-2016 08:56 AM

I made a three bar steady rest and it is good for me
Is that better and stronger?what is your experience?
thanks for sharing mate

-- bambi

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#10 posted 12-01-2016 11:38 AM

I started on a steady rest for my husband last weekend. I was planning on three wheels (although I do have 4 at hand). If not for the issue with your laser, did you find the 3 wheel design was effective? Also, is there a functional reason the sides also need to be cut into a circle? We don’t have a bandsaw so cut the inside circle on the scrollsaw. I was planning to leave the sides straight for added strength and to keep things “simple.” Thanks for sharing this project.

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#11 posted 12-01-2016 12:25 PM

Thanks you for all the nice comments! .

Hi Paul. I leave right after Christmas! Should be there for the new year’s Eve party!

Hi Bob. The hole in the center is 13” and I made it so the wheel retract to that size but I’ll probably never go that big.

Hi Bambi. I don’t think this is any stronger than the 3 arm one but it gets the top support out of my way when I do hollow boring with the laser. It may not get a lot of use but it is there when I need it.

Hi BB1.I also have a 3 bar steady rest and I prefer it. One less bar to adjust. I used it yesterday on a 3/4” diameter piece. This 4 bar one with the 64mm wheels only goes down to 1 1/4”. It would go smaller with smaller wheels, but you can’t beat these roller blade wheels. They have real good bearings and a soft enough surface that they don’t mark your work… and they are real cheap when you buy them on the roller blades. Lot of resale shops have them but may have too rough of a surface after being used on concrete. The ones I bough were brand new. I still have 4 more on the other skate!!

Cheers, Jim

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

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#12 posted 12-01-2016 12:52 PM

Thanks for the additional information. I think I will proceed with my plan for three wheels. I bought my wheels new and they were pretty cheap. The rest is made from plywood I had and then I bought some t-track to hold the wheels (based on a post here on LJ – have a number examples favorited – including your 3-wheel option). If this whole project comes together, the overall cost will be small, especially compared to the prices i have seen for steady rests online.


Hi BB1.I also have a 3 bar steady rest and I prefer it. One less bar to adjust. I used it yesterday on a 3/4” diameter piece. This 4 bar one with the 64mm wheels only goes down to 1 1/4”. It would go smaller with smaller wheels, but you can t beat these roller blade wheels. They have real good bearings and a soft enough surface that they don t mark your work… and they are real cheap when you buy them on the roller blades. Lot of resale shops have them but may have too rough of a surface after being used on concrete. The ones I bough were brand new. I still have 4 more on the other skate!!

Cheers, Jim

- Jim Jakosh


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#13 posted 12-01-2016 12:54 PM

Nice machining and fabricating Jim. That’ll hold anything

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#14 posted 12-01-2016 02:10 PM

Beautiful. Did the arms you used to mount the wheels come off the shelf or did you fabricate them? If they came off the shelf, I need to get myself next to such a shelf. I started collecting in-line skate wheels before they became popular and have a five gallon bucket full. I want to make a tumbler to debur and sand things. Adjustable arms like that would support a barrel used for just that purpose.

Again, beautiful. You make us think.

-- Chance Four "Not Just a Second Chance"

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#15 posted 12-01-2016 02:50 PM

Jim, you are a marvel! Thanks for the detailed post.

-- God bless, Candy

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