Lathe Steady Rest

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Project by TheDane posted 10-18-2012 06:16 PM 9843 views 32 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s my Lathe Steady Rest, based on a plan from Woodworkers’s Journal (WJ133).

Easy to build … just hope my grandson doesn’t go looking for his inline skates!


-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#1 posted 10-18-2012 09:19 PM

Great Job Gerry. I felt very intimidated about trying to make one. Now I’m just intimidated.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#2 posted 10-18-2012 11:38 PM

Oh yes. Those skate wheels are perfect

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

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#3 posted 10-19-2012 12:10 AM

Nice. I’ve been meaning to build one of these.

-- -=Pride is not a sin=-

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#4 posted 10-19-2012 02:28 AM

Very good idea!

-- Mike - Northern Upper Michigan

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#5 posted 10-19-2012 02:49 AM

NEATO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks!!!

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#6 posted 10-19-2012 03:12 AM

I saw one of these in Woodcraft just today when picking up some materials for a treasure chest for my daughter. Looks very useful and sturdy

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#7 posted 10-19-2012 02:01 PM

Great looking steadyrest, and if your grandson needs his skates back, Rockler has the wheels for sale. Those
wheels do a great job of supporting the work without marring it.

-- As ever, Gus-the 80 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#8 posted 10-19-2012 02:21 PM

I like it. Added to my favorites.

-- Julian

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#9 posted 10-19-2012 04:05 PM

I second that Julian

-- Rj's Woodworks,San Jose & Weed Ca,

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#10 posted 10-19-2012 05:29 PM

Hello TheDane

Sorry for your grandson but this is a fantastic idea ( Another to be copied !!)

What is the diameter of the open center ?

A very nice idea

Thanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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#11 posted 10-19-2012 09:47 PM

Diggerjacks—The inside diameter is 10” ... the plywood is 12” wide by 12 1/4” high.


-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#12 posted 12-29-2012 02:33 AM

Quality build. Nice job.

-- It's easy when you know how - but that's the hard part. Ontario, Canada

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#13 posted 11-02-2014 08:38 AM

I’m looking at these wheels from Lee Valley to build my steady rest.,43455&p=68825

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#14 posted 11-02-2014 05:31 PM

I changed out the wheels on my steady-rest …

The new wheels are much smaller than the inline skate wheels, so I can use with smaller diameter turnings. They are also much harder so the workpiece doesn’t flex so much. I also replaced the T-tracks with longer arms. Here is the stuff I bought:

—Skateboard WHEELS Blank 50mm WHITE Skateboards (101a hardness, $8.45 on Amazon)

—New bearings (ABEC 9 Bearings Skateboard Deck Longboard Red Silver, $1.00 on Amazon).

—Bearing spacers/speed washers ($4.95 of Amazon)

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#15 posted 05-25-2016 03:49 AM

I have been looking for a steady rest plan for a while and this one seems to be the one I’m going to pick. Not special, not fancy, 4 wheel. however.. i cant seem to figure out what issue WJ133 is… can you tell me the year and cover art? Thank you much!!
OH! also, what bars did you use? the red ones.

Sorry for the “necro-post”!

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