Easter Lilies #3: -OR-Steady Rest Schmeddie Schfest

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Blog entry by Mark Wilson posted 04-09-2018 07:01 AM 899 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Just so you know I tried. It’s a piece of junk – too flimsy.

So, I had to separate.


Drilled, easily enough.

Then you know what happened?

The spring clip that holds the spindle together just took a powdah, (to Boston, for chowdah?).
Why, you doity…

On with the hollowing (this is very hard, for me).

While I’m watching the shape that’s developing, I start thinking of trumpets. (This is, of course, the headphone portion of the program.)

Speaking of my baby.

Now I’m just wasting your time.
Thank you. And, I apologize.

-- Mark

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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 04-09-2018 11:35 AM

Hi Mark.
Sticking out that far, I always use a steady rest. the slightest bit of hard cutting or a catch might throw it out.
I have done of lot of roughing out with a 3/8” bedan and then finishing with a bowl gouge with a scrape cut. That would be a good candidate.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 04-09-2018 02:05 PM

Nice looking steady rest you have there, why are you not using it in the last pictures when you are working on the end. project coming along great.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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Mark Wilson

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#3 posted 04-09-2018 04:31 PM

Brian, it’s not sturdy enough.
Jim, a bedan is a parting tool. You rough hollow with a bedan?

-- Mark

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#4 posted 04-09-2018 09:35 PM

Try putting another 36 screws in it and take the wheels off your inline skates and use them instead.
That should hold it fast and a bit steadier.
Dont be concerned about decommissioning your inline skates as most museum places wont let you in with them on anyway.
Get out your trusty circlip pliers and put the clip back in, too easy!! and get on with it! its starting to look good, and I am waiting!

-- Regards Rob

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#5 posted 04-09-2018 10:08 PM

Looking good Mark.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#6 posted 04-09-2018 10:12 PM

Mark, I think if you add another layer (or even 2) to the body of the steady rest- and to the base where it mounts to the tube ways, you will have something that will be really functional.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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Mark Wilson

2810 posts in 1799 days

#7 posted 04-09-2018 11:37 PM

Rob, those are inline skate wheels. I bought a pair for the purpose and still have four on the loose. Also, is it not obvious that I managed to clip the clip?
Lew, it’s a matter of needing a new lathe. Anything more than four inches out has a slight wobble. The wheels simply get pushed away.

-- Mark

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#8 posted 04-29-2018 10:46 AM

The never ending, learn as we go.
I coud not stop laughing at the ‘It’s a piece of junk – too flimsy’.
It’s a piece of junk – too flimsy.

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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