|Forum topic by Ron Ford||posted 09-01-2013 07:45 PM||2722 views||4 times favorited||10 replies|
09-01-2013 07:45 PM
As a new poster on LJ, I am eager to be a contributor as well as learn from the rest of you out there. I’ve seen some discussion on bowl steady rests and thought I would share my recent experience with making one. If you like to turn deep bowls, pepper mills, etc., – really anything longer that is supported on one end only, I’d absolutely recommend using a bowl steady rest. After having a few pieces tend to ‘whip’ at the unsupported end, I searched for plans on the web and saw several different ones. The one that caught my eye and bought for $4.95 is the one offered by Rob Sheffield at Sheffield Woodturning (http://www.sheffieldwoodturning.com). The plans were clear and well defined, and I found the few hours it took to make the tool very worthwhile.
Here are two pictures of the one I made mounted on my Jet 1642. It really made working the deep bowl easy to work on!
I notice that several comments on earlier posts indicate that some of your would prefer a 2 or 3 arm model. It would be pretty simple to modify these plans to build it either way, or even to allow multiple configurations.
Hope you find this useful!
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