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Forum topic by RobH posted 2001 days ago 13814 views 4 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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2001 days ago

Hey all,

I am hoping to start turning again, and I am aiming mainly for chair parts. One thing I am going to do is to build be a full length tool rest. Since I am turning chair parts, I will be needing a steady rest. Of course, the most common one that I see is the one that completely circles the work and has three wheels that support the work. This will not work for what I am setting up to do.

A few months ago, I saw a video demonstration of a well known wood turner (can’t recall the name) using a steady rest made of wood. He waxed the rest and the work so it would not burn the work. The steady rest used a wedge to hold tension on the turning.

Does anyone know what I am talking about? Can you help my feeble mind remember where I saw this?

Thanks in advance,

-- -- Rob Hix, King George, VA

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#1 posted 1994 days ago

RobH, don’t know if this is what you are talking about.


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#2 posted 1994 days ago

Is this the style you are looking for?

From wood stuff 2009

Oneway lathes sell a commercial version if you can’t make one yourself.

This style is often used ffor spindles too

From wood stuff 2009


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#3 posted 1382 days ago

I’ve been playing around with making a steady rest for my old craftsman lathe.
Here’s some photos of the work-in-progress to date.
Today I’m going to try at totally different direction…1/2 allthread with wooden cross members and nut/washer combos to adjust the play…of course photos will follow.

-- Pete, "It isn't broken, you just aren't using it right."

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#4 posted 1359 days ago

Just favourited this maybe it can help.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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