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Project by lew posted 543 days ago 3097 views 22 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Been wanting to have one of these for my lathe and finally got around to making it. Had almost everything lying around the shop. Scrap plywood ~ 17” x 48” and a piece ~ 10” x 10”. Hardware is all 1/4×20 machine bolts/nuts and fender washers. I may replace the wing nuts with knobs to make it a little easier on old hands. The cam action hold down has been in my “extras box” for a couple of years waiting on a worthwhile project. Got it from Woodcraft. The wheels are from an $8 pair of In-Line Skates bought from Goodwill.

The “circle” is made of 3 layers of 3/4 plywood. The wheel holders are made of Maple. There is a Maple “guide” on the bottom of the base that helps trap the assembly between the lathe bed rails.

I works pretty well, the wheel holders need a little sanding and bees wax to allow them to slide a bit more freely. The base may be a bit too wide although my large tool rest can allow access to the edge of the turning.

Thanks for looking! Comments are always welcome!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.





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Edward E Nock II

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#1 posted 543 days ago

Lew….Looks great!!!!! I saw a steady rest @ the tool show in Balto. last wknd Over $300.00!!!!! I’m wondering if your rest is dadoed @ the base or screwed & glued. I’ve tried to make several without much success. Yuo have given me inspiration.

Good Work!!!!!!!!!

-- ED NOCK

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lew

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#2 posted 543 days ago

Thanks, Ed! It is glued and screwed in place.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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Sam Shakouri

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#3 posted 543 days ago

Well done, Lew. A steady is a must in a wood turner’s shop.

-- Sam Shakouri / CREATING WONDERS WITH WOOD.....Sydney,Australia....

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grizzman

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#4 posted 543 days ago

way to go Lew, im kinda surprised you didn’t have one of these already, but it just goes to show that because of your skill level you have done well making your rolling pins without one for so long, so my question is can you really feel the difference with the use of this now…i agree with you on the wing nuts, they should be replaced with some nice knobs, much easier on the hands…i think these are really a nice tool for lathe use and if i had a lathe i would be sure to have one of these, maybe if you do a Lew version here, get some neat woods into this new tool , it could be a whole new market Lew..great job here…grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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DocSavage45

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#5 posted 543 days ago

Thanks for posting. Looks good, answered where I’ll get the wheels! LOL.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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jaykaypur

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#6 posted 543 days ago

Nice job. A sweet tool addition.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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cosmicturner

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#7 posted 543 days ago

Nice jig thanks for sharing…

-- Cosmicturner

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Bearpie

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#8 posted 543 days ago

I made 2, the first ended up being too small when I garnered more skill as a turner and needed a larger one to accommodate my larger turnings. I made it so I could use the maximum capacity of my lathe which is 20”. It is designed so the inside of the wheels, when fully open, will hold a 20” bowl.

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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Karson

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#9 posted 543 days ago

Lew Great looking steady rest.

Looks like a nice build also. I’ve been keeping my eyes open for skates also.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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JJones98042

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#10 posted 543 days ago

Very nice! I still need to make one of these. Its nice to see what others have done to get inspiration. Thanks for sharing. :)

-- "Keep thy airspeed up, lest the earth come from below and smite thee." - William Kershner

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a1Jim

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#11 posted 543 days ago

Very good job.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Jim Bertelson

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#12 posted 543 days ago

Tickles my Rube Goldberg funny bone, looks impressive….......even if I don’t own a lathe.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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MShort

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#13 posted 543 days ago

Nice job Lew. Looks great !!!!

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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Roger

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#14 posted 543 days ago

Looks really good Lew. I like the cam lock, very neat idea. That Celtic design on that turning looks very nice also.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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MonteCristo

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#15 posted 543 days ago

A fine looking steady. I took the easy way out and bought mine from Oneway. The $300 mentioned earlier seems a lot. Oneway’s is something like half that.

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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