Updated Steady Rest Link

  • Advertise with us

« back to Woodturning forum

Forum topic by Ron Ford posted 01-27-2014 01:30 PM 901 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View Ron Ford's profile

Ron Ford

209 posts in 1966 days

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.


-- Once in awhile I make something really great. Most days I just make sawdust.

2 replies so far

View Wildwood's profile


2523 posts in 2369 days

#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.

-- Bill

View TheDane's profile


5574 posts in 3897 days

#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.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics