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shop made steady rest for Delta 46-715 lathe
-- "Fast is fine but accuracy is everything" - Wyatt Earp
Mar 28, 2010
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#1 posted 03-29-2010 04:15 AM
That looks good. I love homemade tools.
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#2 posted 03-29-2010 04:29 AM
Nice work, I must make one someday.
-- Bob C, Australia. I love sharing as long as it is not my tools
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#3 posted 03-29-2010 04:42 AM
I’ve seen a couple of steady’s made like this. I think it’s still the best design I’ve seen. The use of roller blade wheels is very clever.
-- Daniel - http://theloveofwood.blogspot.com/
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#4 posted 03-29-2010 05:06 AM
Very nice rest. Hand made tools are the best and most appreciated!!You have me interested in making one now.
-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!
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#5 posted 03-29-2010 05:53 AM
This looks like something I’ll be needing in the near future. Thanks for posting it. It looks simple enough to build. Is there anything I should be aware of during the build? Good looking job on this one!
-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL
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#6 posted 03-29-2010 05:59 AM
I liuke it! good work.
-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence
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#7 posted 03-29-2010 01:29 PM
I have the same lathe and my own version of the lathe center, I used four wheels and one layer of mdf I wish I would have made mine stronger like yours. Are those regular size skate wheels? thanks for showing. Nice job.
-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -
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#8 posted 03-29-2010 04:27 PM
cool, I finally have a use for some old scooter wheels.
-- Every neighborhood has an eccentric neighbor. I wondered for years "who was ours?" Then I realized it was me.
#9 posted 03-29-2010 09:25 PM
The wheels are Rollerblade type. The steady is fairly easy to build. I modified a plan that was in an old issue of Woodturning Design Magazine. It works very nicely when drilling on the lathe. I used it to drill the hole for a custom tool handle and it kept it dead center. If you decide to make one, make sure that you keep the slot for the arms snug. It will work much better this way. Thanks for all of the comments.
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#10 posted 03-30-2010 03:55 PM
great work and homemade tools are the best
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#11 posted 04-10-2010 03:06 AM
Great steady tool. I saw one demo’d last night on a large turning project with the Seattle Wood turners Assn.I would love to have the specs for your rest. Is it possible to obtain them?Jess Duit
-- Jess Duit
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#12 posted 08-23-2010 02:16 AM
do you have a plan for this? I have been wanting to make one of these for some time now and would love to find some plans if you have some or know where to get them.
#13 posted 08-23-2010 02:21 AM
This design is modified slightly from a plan in an issue of Woodturning Design Magazine. The article was about making a steady rest for the same Delta lathe that I have so the modifications were minor. I beleive the issue was from a couple of years ago.
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#14 posted 10-19-2010 06:00 PM
I get my rollerblade wheels from the second hand store…I buy a pair of old rollerblades for 3 or 4 bucks and that give me 8 wheels..enough for a couple of rests and a follower all at the same time.http://picasaweb.google.com/summerspa53/EvolutionOfTheSteadyResthttp://picasaweb.google.com/summerspa53/EvolutionOfTheSteadyRest02
-- Pete, "It isn't broken, you just aren't using it right."
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