Spent part of the day making a steady rest for my lathe. Picked up some 5/8" All Thread, nuts,bolts,lock washers and oak from Lowes and started to fabricate the steady rest. It wasnt to hard really and i used all oak instead of part of it being steel as one of the links suggested. The price of the steel there was very high and i didnt want to fool around setting up my welder so i used all oak wood. Finished it and put a coat of oil on it for the heck of it and took these pictures........................
Question: I havent tried using it yet but one of the instructional links states you can put alot of pressure on the turning with how it clamps down. Why would you want to put that much pressure on the turning ???
I would assume when you do use it - you bring the bottom rollers (the one with two roller blades) up snug and tighten down the bolts. Then lower the upper plate with the one roller down on the project so it contacts snug and tighten down those bolts...........Snug meaning firmly on the wood but not pushing with alot of pressure or to loose so its not got good contact.
So anybody have any tips or tricks to add before i try this out ????
PS - in the first picture - someone asked about what scrappers each of us uses......not sure of the manufacturer as i bought it from someone but its one of my favorite bowl scrappers - with neg angle......very nice tool ......HSS made in England - thick steel and wide..............ok thanks