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My neighbor asked me to turn a cane for him, and I said sure, no prob…...I've never done anything this long. It's like a gigantic pen.. Anyway, he brought me a 3×3" piece o Poplar. I split it in half, put a 3/8 piece o Walnut in the middle, and while it was gluing, I thought, hummmmm, I'm gonna need a steady rest, so here it is..2-3/4" ply(my football helmet), with Walnut legs, and the wheels came from our ever lovin Harbor Freight Hope to have the cane done soon. Thnx for lookin, any comments, good or bad. I appreciate em

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You got my attention Roger, Go ahead…..
 

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Thats a sweet rig ya got there. Good job on it.
 

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appreciate it guys. it works really well too. I wasn't gettin that much "wiggle" but, I did it really just as a safety factor, plus, I can't afford ta pay 130 bux or whatever it is that some o those places charge for somethin like this. I've got like 10-12 bux in it and the wood was scraps
 

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what kind of wheels are they???
 

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Truly genius, great job. I'm sure it works great!
 

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thnx Terina. much appreciated. I'm not all that tho. It's always a challenge to make something that you need to make somethin else… :) bcmarty: they are from Harbor Freight. We have one here in Louisville, and they have a very good selection of different sized wheels of all sorts. these are actually casters, but, I took the wheels of the chrome caster part. Just had to drill out the rivot holding it on the caster
 

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Thanks for kicking me in the butt, Roger! I've had the wheels for some time but just been delinquent in starting this project.
I really like your design because yo don't have to unmount the work to install the rig.
 

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thnx kelen. it does work well. @Lew: thnx too. I mounted the ply in a slot/dado in a piece o Poplar about 2×4", drilled a 1/4" hole in it, then took a piece of 1/4" hard Maple as a clamp from underneath the lathe bed in the middle, and put a wingnut to hold it. I also glued a few pieces o sandpaper on the bottom so it wouldn't slide around. The clamp I have holding it is just for extra safety, but, it doesn't need to be on there.
 

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Always great to see another take on this very handy apparatus
Pete
 

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That's what woodworking is all about, finding ways to do the job needed right.
Fantastic Roger
 

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Hello Roger

I like this jig
I haven't turn a so long piece
It seems to me that you must put four wheels ….. to equilibrate the piece of wood
Perhaps three wheels are good enough….

In the future I must do a jig like this with 3 or 4 wheels

All ideas are welcome

Thanks for sharing
 

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Hello Roger

Four wheels is not a good idea for the lathe but good to begin to ride a bicycle !!!!
 

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I had a go at making the same thing but it was not as neat as yours.
But mine lights up though. :)
 

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Looks great Roger.
 

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thnx guys.
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Jaques: I'm sure 3 would be enough. ..
Gumnut: that is kool. You could turn at night.
 

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I don't know what the print is so little on that last post o mine. I tried fixing it, but, nuttin worked
 

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Love your new font. Anyway…

That is nice. Looks like you found the Mother of Invention and she helped you out. I love it when that happens.

Steve
 

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How ingenious! That should work just find to prevent that cane from becoming a jump rope.
I have a bid steady rest with 3 roller blade wheels on it but I find I do need a smaller one and this will get me going on designing one.

Thanks, Jim
 

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Super cool and simple.
Thanks.
Best thoughts,
Mads
 
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