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    Show me your Steady Rests

    Finally got some roller blade wheels for a steady rest. I need to make one to hold the drill press column so I can clean it up. It will be much longer than the lathe bed but it will be low speed too. I have an idea or two but wanted to see others ideas.
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    Funny you should mention steady rests, Jeff. I'm researching home-made bowl steadys in anticipation of my hollowing rig's arrival, and have spent a chunk of the evening Googling 'bowl steady', 'skate wheel', and 'bearing'. For what you've described, it seems somthing simple like this would work:



    or this:



    (Credit to this article.)

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    I cheaped out and just bought one. Not really for bowls though. Just spindle work.
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    I know the idea was homemade but, with a digi camera making it so easy to post pics, what the hey?
    This is the Grizzly model made to fit my lathe and other Griz'es. I have never had much success using it. I bought originally with the intention of turning canes (as in walking sticks) but found that 36" or longer, slender, hickory rods are simply just too 'whippy' to turn successfully. It would take four rests to hold them rigid. That is why most canes are made with joints and things like pool cues have special lathes for the job.
    And a p.s. to Stu: Yes, I occasionally do try to use up the full length of my 42" bed. Not brilliantly yet, but I try.

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    jeff, here are a couple shots of the duplicators built in steady rest on the minimax/centauro lathe i use and a pic of the loose one i use for freehand work...tod
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    [SIZE="1"] associated with several importers and manufacturers.[/SIZE]

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    woodcraft has aa spindle steady rest I have been eyeing for $40. Attachment 2977and a bowl steady for $100.Attachment 2978
    Last edited by Don Baer; 01-08-2007 at 04:55 PM.
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    This looks interesting to me. Pretty simple and straight forward. Most of all I can make it very cheap.

    Attachment 2979

    It should work on anything I need and would work on bowls just fine. Just would limit the size a bit. Main think right now it to steady some Drill press columns to polish them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Don Baer View Post
    woodcraft has aa spindle steady rest I have been eyeing for $40. Attachment 2977and a bowl steady for $100.Attachment 2978
    The WC rest, except for color, 'bears' a striking resemblance to my Grizzly.
    Get it? 'bears'/Grizzly Sometimes I can't help myself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Horton View Post
    This looks interesting to me. Pretty simple and straight forward. Most of all I can make it very cheap.

    Attachment 2979

    It should work on anything I need and would work on bowls just fine. Just would limit the size a bit. Main think right now it to steady some Drill press columns to polish them.
    jeff, for spinnin` drill press columns you`d be smart to consider making one out of metal instead of wood......tod
    [SIZE="1"] associated with several importers and manufacturers.[/SIZE]

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    Quote Originally Posted by Don Baer View Post
    woodcraft has aa spindle steady rest I have been eyeing for $40. Attachment 2977and a bowl steady for $100.Attachment 2978
    Spindle steady is made by One-Way
    I got fancy red wheels on mine

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