For some time now I have thought about making myself a steady rest….. So, today I did just that. Plans for these type of rest are abundant on the inter-web. I read a couple of construction articles, then went to the shop to see what I ended up with. One very good article can be found here:
Constructed of 3/4” ply, hard maple and some wheels off some casters. I had wanted to use in line Rollerblade wheels, but none could be had that were with-in my budget. I looked at some of my old Radio Controlled Airplane wheels, but think they were just too soft, and large. Anyway, these caster wheels will do the trick, and were very cheap. The big orange box stores will have them.
The following pictures show the completed rest on it’s maiden voyage. Set up in a spindle configuration, using an old 1” dowel. It seems to work very well. Really stopped the whip that is so often the case in this type of turning. I don’t think I will be using it in this type of set-up very much, but it’s nice to know I can. Reversing (flipping over) one of the legs will allow me to get in on even thiner diameters. I see me using this more in the hollowing of longer pieces such as vases, and maybe some segmented things. .... as well as bowls.
The left over cut-outs will be made into a donut chuck….. or maybe a longworths….when I get around to it….
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-- Brian, Ontario Canada,