Home made Centre steady.

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Project by BobWemm posted 11-09-2013 01:50 AM 1666 views 9 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I saw this idea in a magazine but needed it to be a bit bigger so I enlarged it to suit my needs. The ring is made from 3/4in ply and the roller arms are Tasmanian Oak. The rollers are skate board wheels. The maximum diameter I can support is 5 3/4 inches and the total cost was about $40.

There was a problem though, shortly after constructing this my 6in centre height lathe had a heart attack and the upgrade replacement was an 8in job (Nova 1624-44). This required an adjustment height block to be fitted and modification to the bed mounting set up.

My apologies for the messy photos.

Thanks for looking.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better.

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#1 posted 11-09-2013 02:08 AM

Well I’m not a wood spinner but I know a good thing when I see one. You are very clever taking that idea and turning into something that works for you. I bet your wheels were spinning too when you saw that in the magazine. Nice work Bob!

-- Tony C St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#2 posted 11-09-2013 03:03 AM

Great to be able to make what you need, nice work Bob. Some poor kid is missing his skate board but what the heck you will get more use from the wheels.

-- Bob C, Australia. I love sharing as long as it is not my tools

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#3 posted 11-09-2013 02:04 PM

Did you have to beat the kid you took the wheels from. Looks very well made. These are just the handiest tools. Now you can go bigger and deeper. Looking forward to what you do with this

-- Ron Campbell

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#4 posted 11-09-2013 04:53 PM

Gotta build me one of these. Don’t know when I’ll need it but it looks so useful. I made it a favorite cause you didn’t put any tags on your project. Using tags makes it easier for us to find it in the future.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA

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#5 posted 11-10-2013 02:12 AM

Very nice build here Bob, i sure could have used one of these when i was making a lot of baseball bats for the grandchildren, nothing worse than a goose egged ball bat. Might do a good job on a change up though!!

-- Rockbuster,Ft. Wayne,In It is far better to remain silent, and appear the fool, than it is to open ones mouth, and remove all doubt.

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#6 posted 11-10-2013 02:20 AM

Very nice centre steady Bob do you remember what magazine that was in. I just bought the Nova 20-24 and would like to make one for it…

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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#7 posted 11-10-2013 04:19 AM

Excellent, another new project for me.

-- Making Sawdust is great stress relief...

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#8 posted 11-10-2013 05:16 AM

Aussiedave, I tried to find the pattern for one of the other guys here but was unable to find it again. Would you like more details??


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better.

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#9 posted 11-10-2013 06:20 AM

Very Nice Work Indeed! Thanks For Sharing.


-- How long is a Minute? That depends on which side of the Bathroom Door You're On!

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#10 posted 11-11-2013 01:46 AM

Hi Bob, No thanks mate your pics show both sides of the steady, so I should be able to work it out from there. I have a Nova 20-24 still in the box and have just bought the timber to make the stand for it. Very excited to get it up and running. Thanks very much for the offer of extra details.

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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