Steady rest for my lathe

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Project by Bearpie posted 05-29-2010 06:03 AM 5890 views 14 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finally got around to making my steady rest for my lathe. This is based on the design posted by arjudy. I have not used it yet but will tomorrow to hollow out a 10” high hollow form. I think it will do the job more than satisfactory. Thank you arjudy!

Comments welcome!

Erwin Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#1 posted 05-29-2010 06:07 AM

A great steady rest good job

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#2 posted 05-29-2010 07:10 AM

nice work!!! That’ll keep them balisters in line.

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#3 posted 05-29-2010 11:57 AM

Nice job. Question, what size are the bearnings that you used?


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#4 posted 05-29-2010 01:47 PM

Well done.

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#5 posted 05-29-2010 02:15 PM

You are going to enjoy having a steady rest! One thing that I noticed when I built one is that the new rollerblade wheels have a seam on them that can cut into softer wood a little bit. May want to sand them smooth if this is the case for you and your wheels are new. Can’t wait to see the tall vase – good luck with it and be safe…first time you fire this up with all the new spinny things going is a bit of a sight. :-)

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#6 posted 05-29-2010 02:18 PM

I´m not in to turning , but seams to me it will do the job very well
I always love to see homemade tools, liked your use skatewheells as bearings

thank´s for sharing


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#7 posted 05-29-2010 04:11 PM

Nice work Erwin… I plan to build one of these as well.

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#8 posted 05-29-2010 09:18 PM

Thanks guys for the nice comments! Report on the steadyrest: I can say with confidence, now that I have tested the steadyrest, that it has done everything I expected it to and I would consider the time spent building it to be time well spent and I’m happy to say it works! Normally when I turn a vase/vessel over 8 inches tall I normally would have to reset/realign the bowl several times due to catches with the tool, today I had several pretty strong catches that would have certainly made the bowl come off alignment and it did not even move! I also realized that I will have to be careful to continue turning carefully and not be aggressive in turning with the SR or I could damage some turnings. The SR tends to make you turn a bit more aggressively cause you have it to hold the piece in place. Anyone else out there experience the same thing?

Eagle1: The bearings I used were roller blade bearings made for the wheels. I picked my set of wheels up at Sports Authority for $1.98 cause it was on clearance and the set of 8 bearings were $19.99 (one bearing for each side of the wheels). I used a 5/16” socket head bolt with a smooth shaft long enough to reach through the wheels and put washers to take up the slack.

RichardH: Thanks for the tip to sand the seams of the wheels. I was wondering about that but thought since it is neophrene it would not mar the surface too bad. I had not thought to sand it smooth. I sanded it while it was holding my vase so I would not have to take it apart and do them individually the hard way!

This is a project well worth the time and effort to do and I would recommend anyone with a lathe to build. It took me 6 hours to build but I think I could have shaved some time off of it if I didn’t dawdle so much. Just be sure to get all your parts on hand before you start or you may have to do some running around during the build.

Erwin Jacksonville, FL

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#9 posted 05-29-2010 09:55 PM

Great use for an old toilet seat LOL just kidding .I seriously need one myself and have this design in mind .I already have the wheel which flashes when turned .LOL should be interresting. Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#10 posted 05-30-2010 02:48 AM

cool, looks like it’l do the job.

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#11 posted 05-31-2010 03:59 PM

Very nice – great construction. I too plan to build one.

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#12 posted 02-18-2013 07:13 AM

it wil do,but y cant i bring up the plans.ido want to build 1

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#13 posted 02-18-2013 11:53 AM

Erwin, You did a fine job on that steady rest. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#14 posted 02-18-2013 03:55 PM

Good job Erwin. I have this lathe so I it should werk good.

Charles glad you posted this as it is my lathe and should werk great.

-- Dewayne in Bainbridge, Ga. - - No one can make you mad. Only you decide when you get mad - -

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#15 posted 02-23-2013 12:53 AM

Went by the goodwill store today and saw a pair of inline skates for less than $20. Would those wheels werk and be all I need for the wheels?

-- Dewayne in Bainbridge, Ga. - - No one can make you mad. Only you decide when you get mad - -

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