Steady rest for the lathe

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Project by Julian posted 07-02-2014 02:04 AM 3681 views 7 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I needed a steady rest for a lathe project. I copied this style from a website called; “As wood turns”. Many videos worth watching. I modified the steady rest to fit my 12” diameter lathe. It did a great job eliminating vibration. The bottom plate is a 1/2” thick piece of micarta. It is very flat and strong as steel. I wanted to have the steady rest fit under he bowl without taking away too much capacity.

-- Julian

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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 07-02-2014 03:03 AM

That is interesting. i would have thought you needed wheels on both side of the piece??
Is this used mainly for doing the inside turning?


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#2 posted 07-02-2014 12:30 PM

Looks pretty cool and different (in a good way) than the usual ones.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 07-02-2014 02:22 PM

Jim; yes, I made this to reduce the vibration when turning the inside. The steady rest shown on “As Wood Turns” website has wheels/supports on both side of the turning. There are commercially made steady rests similar to this, made of steel but mine did not cost any money. All made from materials I had laying around.

-- Julian

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#4 posted 07-02-2014 09:32 PM

Good result Julian, looks fit for the purpose you need it for :)

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#5 posted 07-03-2014 05:07 PM

Julian, I assume you used scraps laying around the shop. Good design!

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#6 posted 01-19-2017 12:52 PM

That is a great steady rest. It will be a wonderful accessory for your lathe.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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