|Project by Jim Jakosh||posted 12-01-2016 03:16 AM||1227 views||18 times favorited||36 comments|
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!!