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Project by Steve Preslar posted 12-18-2016 04:53 AM 748 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In order to make my carbide turning tools I needed a steady rest. So I made this. Body and knobs are made from birch plywood, and wheels from some pink inline skates I bought from a thrift store. Of course I had to paint it, couldn’t have pink wheels.

-- Live, lathe, and prosper. - William Gwin





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bushmaster

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#1 posted 12-18-2016 05:59 AM

Nicely built steady rest, definitely not a copy, good design.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 12-18-2016 12:53 PM

Hi Steve. first of all WELCOME TO LUMBERJOCKS!!!!
Very nice steady rest. I like the flow through design of r the arms!!

On thing to consider if you ever have to do big stuff with it, if you put the wheel on the other side of the arms, you will have a bigger inside capacity!!

Nice work on it. I love the design!!

cheers, Jim

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

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Steve Preslar

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#3 posted 12-18-2016 01:18 PM

Thanks guys!

-- Live, lathe, and prosper. - William Gwin

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#4 posted 12-18-2016 03:02 PM

Like your design. Looks great.

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#5 posted 12-18-2016 03:18 PM

nice job

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helluvawreck

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#6 posted 12-18-2016 05:18 PM

This steady rest is a great piece of shop built equipment and a wonderful 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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#7 posted 12-18-2016 06:09 PM

Looks good. I keep thinking I need to make one of those and I have saved multiple examples in my favorites folder but never get around to building one. If I did more spindle turning it would probably spur me on.

-- Les B, Oregon

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