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Project by peteg posted 11-06-2010 02:42 AM 3225 views 7 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a smaller lazy suzi I make for spray finish to small bowls etc, it is the hard drive from any old home computer, the bearing is a real gem and will spin forever with a light flick and can hold a good load. The bearing sits up about 5mm above the disk and is perfect to sit a plate over. I have made several so I can spray a piece with say a base, lid and maybe a stand all at the same time.

Well we have all done a version of a steady so I thought I would throw mine in too. The main thing with these is to be able to fit them up real quick, I used a builders angle bracket form the hardware store and a 60mm square HD washer which fits exactly under my lathe runners. The rest is bits of scrap and is easily picked up from the photos. May be of interest to someone considering making one

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#1 posted 11-06-2010 02:58 AM

Very genius. great ideas. I’ve got an old puter downstairs I was just talkin bout the other day…......guess what I’m doin with the shot harddrive….....thnx for sharin

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#2 posted 11-06-2010 03:30 AM

Great Ideas! Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#3 posted 11-06-2010 04:18 AM

Very clever. Thanks for the inspiration.

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#4 posted 11-06-2010 05:51 AM

I love the recycled hard drive turntable idea. Good thinkin’.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#5 posted 11-06-2010 05:55 AM

Very interesting about those bearings and nice job on the rest.

-- Tom D

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#6 posted 11-06-2010 12:25 PM

Very innovative. I hadn’t thought of using my old HDD in that manner. Usually I take them apart to get at the magnets inside. They are super strong and make for an excellent way to hold jigs in place on the various machines I own.

-- Doug - Make an effort to live by the slogan "We try harder"

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#7 posted 11-06-2010 01:01 PM

That’s very ingenious.

-- 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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#8 posted 11-06-2010 09:29 PM

thanks guys, for every thing you post I rekon you find at least 10 great ideas from others

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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