My new wooden steady rest

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Project by captbbrooks posted 408 days ago 1955 views 16 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Using my new wooden steady rest. I made it with two layers of 10 ply 3/4 plywood glued together with Gorilla glue.Then found a pair of roller blades and used the wheels off them. It works great with my home made boring bar arm.

-- Brian Brooks, Maine

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#1 posted 408 days ago

Very nice … both the steady rest and the boring arm look terrific and should come in handy!

-- 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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#2 posted 408 days ago

they both look great

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions - --

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#3 posted 408 days ago

Well done! Looks very “steady”!!!

I just clean up a storage area and threw away my old rollerblades….
Luckily, I had the foresight to pull the wheels off, just for this reason!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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#4 posted 408 days ago

That’s a nice steady rest. Looks like a custom motorcycle wheel. :)

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#5 posted 408 days ago

Excellent job Brian !!!

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

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#6 posted 408 days ago

Great work
Looks good but you had better hide the wheels from view as somebody in the family is gunna be annoyed when they go to use their rollerblades again !

-- Regards Robert

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#7 posted 408 days ago

That is really cool! Great job

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#8 posted 407 days ago

Just threw away 3 pairs of roller blades and almost have my steady complete (not sure what I’m going to do with the extra 20+ wheels but I’ve got some ideas for a few of the bearings.)
2 thumbs up on this one looks great

-- I could retire nicely if I could sell my experience for what it cost me.

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#9 posted 407 days ago

Thank you everyone for the great comments!

-- Brian Brooks, Maine

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#10 posted 407 days ago

I was on my lathe today, making a walking stick, and my, it was wobbeling…
So I put your post in my favorites now. ;-)
Best thoughts,

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#11 posted 406 days ago

Nice Job. This will be one of my many favorites. Will have to build one when I get all the other things I want to build done.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA

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