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Forum topic by Ron Ford posted 01-27-2014 01:30 PM 668 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-27-2014 01:30 PM

Here is an updated link to get to the site for a set of plans to build an excellent bowl steady rest. I have used mine extensively and couldn’t be happier with it and the service it gives. At $7.95 for the plans, it is still a bargain for a tool you can build yourself and use for many years.


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#1 posted 01-27-2014 03:27 PM

Like said before do not need to buy plans to make your own steady rest.

Can use a steady rest for all kinds of turning so knowing different designs nice to know.

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#2 posted 01-27-2014 04:18 PM

Bill is right … there are beaucoup places you can get free plans for 2, 3, and 4 wheel steady rests.

Most plans call for using skate wheels (roller blade, inline, etc.) which are about 70mm in diameter. This severely limits the diameter of the spindle you can hold on a 4-wheel setup.

A better choice would be skateboard wheels, which are available from 50mm on up. The smaller wheel means you can handle a much smaller spindle.

Also, I think you want a hard wheel. The softer wheels tend to flex under pressure which is exactly what you do not want to happen.

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