Lathe Steady Rest

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Project by TheDane posted 10-18-2012 06:16 PM 5629 views 29 times favorited 14 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.

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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

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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 76 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. 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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