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    My Homemade Bowl Steady

    Well here is my home made bowl steady. I havent tried it yet but it should work good. I may have to add a little something to the base. Click image for larger version. 

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    Got one on my list, even stole some wheels off of one of my Grandson's skateboards! He has so many he hasn't even noticed and that was two years ago! Your's is a nice looking one.
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    Thanks...it should work good.

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    My Homemade Bowl Steady

    That looks real good, Mike.

    Paul, in general, roller blade wheels will work better that skateboard wheels, since they have a rounded tread profile instead of the wide flat profile skateboard wheels typically have. The round profile allows the wheel to still be effective even when it's not perpendicular to the piece you're turning.


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    I had found these wheels on a skateboard or something thrown away beside the road..I would have bought roller blade wheels if I had to buy some.

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    Looks good Mike. Looking forward to seeing it being used.
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    Looks mighty fine Mike.
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    Thanks, Im ready to use it but a lot going on right now...Wife just had back surgery so might be a bit unless MIL comes over and gives me a break.....Ive got a really great MIL!!!!

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    Good info on the wheels Vaughn, makes sense. Now I have to sneak my grandson's wheels back and find a rollerblader. That won't be as easy.
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    I have plans to build one for my lathe... even already have the roller blade wheels... which by the way were a pain to find... must have visited 1/2 a dozen thrift shops before I found an blades for sale... procrastinating on the build as usual... I've had the wheels for at least 2 years and every time I get into a bowl or hollow form where a steady would benefit the turning, I think -- "gonna have to build one of those, one of these days"
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