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Project by Sam Shakouri posted 09-15-2012 10:56 AM 3781 views 18 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I needed one for my English lathe, Record, but I found it hard to get in Sydney, because its bed is made of two bars not flat. So, I desided to make it by myself. Here it is. Made of 4 layers of 12mm plywood, 4 second hand roller blade wheels, square iron bar, cut into 4 equal parts and some bolts and nuts.
I have, already and successfully used it to turn the bottom end of the candle sticks in the previous project. When you turn over two, opposite each other wheels, it will take a turning object from 0 to 160mm in diameter.

-- Sam Shakouri / CREATING WONDERS WITH WOOD.....Sydney,Australia....

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#1 posted 09-15-2012 12:17 PM

Sam … Very nice. I have a similar design in mind for my lathe … just waiting for my grandson to outgrow his inline skates.


-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#2 posted 09-15-2012 12:36 PM

Excellent design. I like it. Keep it up.

-- Its all about the jigs

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#3 posted 09-15-2012 02:33 PM

Why buy it when you can build it? Looks like a great design. Thanks for sharing your innovation with us.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#4 posted 09-15-2012 02:54 PM

Not only are you an artist, but your are an inventor! Great post. Keep on sharing. RH

-- Author of POWER CARVING BOOTS & SHOES - Schiffer Publishing. Available online or your favourite bookstore.

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#5 posted 09-15-2012 03:08 PM

Lookin good Sam ! and bless you for the inspiration. I have built a bowl turning lathe to replace my old one and was trying to figure out how to turn new tool handles etc without a tail stock…Oh yes it will work with small face plates…also a good way of providing extra support for very large work…I think I can make the alterations necessary using your design as the basis…goodony’a sam ! Thanks Don s. Havana Fl. P.S. , now I just have to remember where it was I saw the surplus hard vinyl wheels advertised…I think it might have been Lee Valley…I will be looking today…bless you sir !

-- The pig caught under the fence is always the one doing all the squealing !

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#6 posted 09-15-2012 03:38 PM

Porchfish—If you have a thrift store in the area, look for a pair of used inline stakes. One of the guys in my turners club picked up a pair at Goodwill for $5 … the shoes were shot, but the wheels and bearings were in good shape. He made two steady-rests similar to the one Sam showed us here.


-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#7 posted 09-15-2012 03:47 PM

Great steady rest Sam, and it is heavy enough to handle anything you need to turn. Those skate wheels
work great, the higher rpms will not bother them and they are soft enough not to damage any wood.
Thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 80 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#8 posted 09-15-2012 06:06 PM

Great idea from the king of innovation..

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#9 posted 09-15-2012 08:42 PM

Solid, well made steadyrest Sam. I am mazed that your Record lathe seems identical to mine. The only difference seems to be that pulley cover is slanted towards the back instead of the front like mine. My thought was that considering your wonderful turning work that your lathe would be much more robust than a Record, but it just goes to prove that it is turner not the lathe that makes the difference.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 09-15-2012 08:47 PM

I like it, ALLOT!! I have added it to my favorites list. I already have the roller blade wheels, I’m half there :).

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#11 posted 09-15-2012 09:28 PM

Great idea. Looks easy to build and sturdy. My favorite design so far for a steady. I don’t have a big lathe yet (got a Shopsmith that doesn’t work and a small Jet) but when I get one I will steal your design but give you credit!

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#12 posted 09-15-2012 09:56 PM

It’s always satisfing to build your own where you can Sam, looks a good sturdy job & that you will be using for many years to come.
Cheers Mate

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

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#13 posted 09-16-2012 12:51 AM

Great design Sam. Well done.

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

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#14 posted 09-16-2012 12:56 AM

Nice work Sam. Looks like it will last a lifetime!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#15 posted 09-16-2012 01:41 AM

Gr8 steady rest. It sure helps if you get a long spindle that wants to weeble-wobble.. Here is one I came up with a while back when turning a cane: I call it my football helmet.. lol

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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