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Project by hairy posted 546 days ago 2123 views 21 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

For spindles and hollowing. I bought one that will do up to 3”, as shown it has a 6” blank .

-- brown shoes don't make it...





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eugenerussia

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#1 posted 545 days ago

Wow! What a great idea! It’s so much simpler than all the other ones I’ve seen. I put it in my favorites.

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Lidiya Blaznina

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#2 posted 545 days ago

Cool project !!!

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michelletwo

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#3 posted 545 days ago

clever Hairy..that Robust ain’t too shabby either!!

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#4 posted 545 days ago

Good thinking super job.

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Roger

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#5 posted 545 days ago

That’ll help keep things smoothly runnin

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Jim55

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#6 posted 545 days ago

Nicely done. I’ve been wondering about making myself one since I extended my lathe out to 42.” Have you thought about putting it in your blog as a “How I made this.”?

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murch

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#7 posted 545 days ago

Haven’t seen that design before Hairy, but I’m impressed enough to think that’s the one for me.

Well done and thanks for sharing it.

Anyway, a bright idea is like a pile of manure – if you don’t spread it around, it’s no good.

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poopiekat

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#8 posted 545 days ago

Hey, Hairy, are those inline skate wheels ? Great concept, cool problem-solving ingenuity!

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ed220

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#9 posted 545 days ago

Awesome rest. Good job !

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Bluepine38

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#10 posted 545 days ago

Nice sturdy looking steady rest, and good selection of tools, the lathe, the flexcut carving knives, and do put
that two man misery whip to use anymore? I used to bring mine out to the boy scout campouts and let the
boys get a workout. Thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 75 yr young apprentice carpenter

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Beginningwoodworker

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#11 posted 544 days ago

Neat idea.

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hairy

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#12 posted 544 days ago

Poopiekat, those are inline skate wheels. They’re cheap at the flea market.

Gus, that is the only I have bought that I hope I never use. It was $10 at a yard sale.

Jim55,, just size it to fit your lathe. It’s as wide as the lathe bed, wider where the rods attach. I cut the 2 pieces for the clamp, then glued them together in the lathe bed. A little sanding made it slide easy.

-- brown shoes don't make it...

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whitewulf

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#13 posted 531 days ago

WOODCRAFT had them on sale a while back, may still be avalible.

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#14 posted 475 days ago

Looks good and functional.
50 years ago (I was 18 I was working for a cabinet maker. He gave me a job to turn some slender spindles about 42” long. As soon as I touched the tool to the piece it would begin vibrating and it was just impossible to make any cuts. I went to him to explain the problem. He took one look and put me on another project while he installed new bearings. With the new bearings I turned all the spindles without a steady rest and without any difficulty. For normal applications the original bearings had lots of life. But for this just the slightest imperfections in the bearings caused major vibrations in the piece. I learned a lot from that guy.

You can sometimes get into natural frequency issues when turning a slender part —especially if it’s in compression. Adding a steady rest completely changes the frequency the part wants to vibrate at. It also adds a safety factor and that’s always a good thing.

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