My new wooden steady rest

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Project by captbbrooks posted 07-14-2013 10:00 PM 2850 views 18 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 07-14-2013 10:23 PM

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 07-14-2013 11:01 PM

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 07-14-2013 11:05 PM

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 procrastination a bad thing?

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#4 posted 07-15-2013 12:45 AM

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

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

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#5 posted 07-15-2013 01:33 AM

Excellent job Brian !!!

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

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#6 posted 07-15-2013 07:46 AM

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 07-15-2013 07:42 PM

That is really cool! Great job

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#8 posted 07-15-2013 10:26 PM

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 07-16-2013 12:55 AM

Thank you everyone for the great comments!

-- Brian Brooks, Maine

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#10 posted 07-16-2013 06:40 PM

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 07-17-2013 03:37 AM

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 ………….. one can never be too organized

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