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Steady rest - very simple version

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Project by BB1 posted 12-16-2016 10:20 PM 1762 views 7 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After looking at a number of examples here on LJ, this is what I put together for my husband. Some scrap plywood plus purchased some T track and rollerblade wheels along with a set of knobs. I was not able to figure out how to make a dado on an angle so I just put a couple spacer blocks to hold the t track in position. Definitely saved over buying a purchased one! Hopefully it will work for him.





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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 12-16-2016 11:04 PM

Nice work, Barbara. I see your T tracks came in.

Here is an idea to get more range out of it. Put the wheels on the outside of the opening and then you can back them our farther for a larger diameter piece.

Cheers, Jim

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

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#2 posted 12-16-2016 11:52 PM

Very nice and simple is good.

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#3 posted 12-17-2016 01:59 AM

He’s a lucky man, that is a great job and should work well for him.
Merry Christmas to you all.

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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#4 posted 12-17-2016 02:28 AM

Took me a minute to understand your suggestion (has been a long week!). Will flip the wheels to the opposite side and see how that works. Hasn’t had a test run yet so might as well adjust it before he gives it a try. Thanks for the suggestion.


Nice work, Barbara. I see your T tracks came in.

Here is an idea to get more range out of it. Put the wheels on the outside of the opening and then you can back them our farther for a larger diameter piece.

Cheers, Jim

- Jim Jakosh


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BB1

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#5 posted 12-17-2016 02:32 AM

PaulDoug – will see if simple works and then can rework if needed!

Bob – hopefully he will have some time to do some turning so I can post a project using the rest. Merry Christmas to you as well.

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#6 posted 12-17-2016 02:47 AM

This was the main project I looked at as I was working on mine (the idea on using t track for the wheels – thus one is really nicely done with the circular cut for the “frame”)
http://lumberjocks.com/projects/47341

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#7 posted 12-17-2016 02:55 AM

Nicely made.

-- SAWDUST is THERAPY without a couch! just rjR

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#8 posted 12-17-2016 05:23 AM

Well done.Your husband will like it.

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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#9 posted 12-17-2016 04:51 PM

Professional! well made with great wheels and the T-track!

-- Jim, Marostica Italy

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#10 posted 12-17-2016 05:16 PM

You’ve done a great job on this steady rest. Nice work! it’s a great addition to your shop.

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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#11 posted 12-17-2016 05:40 PM

Took the idea of t track from the LJ project post I noted above. Thankful for those who share their projects. Very helpful as I wouldn’t have come up with that idea on my own!


Professional! well made with great wheels and the T-track!

- jim65


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BB1

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#12 posted 12-17-2016 05:43 PM

Switched out the wheels – much better. Had to redrill my holes for the wheels as I didn’t have them centered. Gave me the chance to adjust the length. Here’s the “new and improved”. :)


Nice work, Barbara. I see your T tracks came in.

Here is an idea to get more range out of it. Put the wheels on the outside of the opening and then you can back them our farther for a larger diameter piece.

Cheers, Jim

- Jim Jakosh


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Jim Jakosh

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#13 posted 12-18-2016 12:01 AM

Nice change, Barbara!! He’ll like the extra capability!

On mine, I put the wheels that way and then the bolt that holds them sticks out a little so I grooved out the slide area in the middle so it clears that bolt and they can retract all the way and I can put in a piece as big as the opening.The last shot in the text shows the slot for the arm and the clearance slot for the bolt:
http://lumberjocks.com/projects/281434

cheers, Jim

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

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BB1

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#14 posted 12-18-2016 12:27 AM

I think the wheels should be able to retract as the bolt is now buried in t track. Another benefit of following your suggestion of flipping the wheels as I was able to use a shorter bolt I had on hand as my original was a bit long – nice when it works out that way.


Nice change, Barbara!! He ll like the extra capability!

On mine, I put the wheels that way and then the bolt that holds them sticks out a little so I grooved out the slide area in the middle so it clears that bolt and they can retract all the way and I can put in a piece as big as the opening.The last shot in the text shows the slot for the arm and the clearance slot for the bolt:
http://lumberjocks.com/projects/281434

cheers, Jim

- Jim Jakosh


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