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    I just ruined another chair stretcher because the 18 1/4" long wood chatters so much between centers and the detail work is pretty fussy. I need a steady rest but can't find one that will fit. The problem is I have a Steel City mini-lathe and the distance between the lathe bed rails is 1 1/4 inch. The smallest steady rest I have been able to find on-line is for 1 1/2" between rails for a 10" swing like mine.

    Does anyone have any suggestions about where else I might look?

    Thanks,Tom

  • #2
    Re: Lathe steady rest

    make your own,

    even two non swivel casters wheels will help on a block of the correct thickness clamped on to the bed,

    http://www.hdv.net/tips/Making%20a%20Steady%20Rest.htm

    http://www.oyvind-riise.com/woodturn...odturning.html

    http://azwoodturners.org/SteadyRest.pdf

    http://www.woodprojectsonline.com/st...teady_rest.php

    http://lumberjocks.com/topics/6441

    http://www.taunton.com/finewoodworki...t.aspx?id=5874

    http://www.pennstateind.com/store/LSR2.html
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    • #3
      Re: Lathe steady rest

      BHD,

      Thank you for all the resources. Somehow it never occured to me to make one myself. Most of the ones I saw look pretty simple to make.

      Thanks again,

      Tom

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      • #4
        Re: Lathe steady rest

        using shearing cuts help to reduce vibrations instead of scraping cuts,

        also take a look at the steady in the link below, and he has good tips, as well,

        very good article, on turn long and lanky items,
        http://www.bigtreetools.com/articles/spindles.html
        Push sticks/blocks Save Fingers
        ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
        "The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good."
        attributed to Samuel Johnson
        ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
        PUBLIC NOTICE: Due to recent budget cuts, the rising cost of electricity, gas, and oil...plus the current state of the economy............the light at the end of the tunnel, has been turned off.

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        • #5
          Re: Lathe steady rest

          I've seen some nice home made rests using 2 or 3 skate wheels.
          Might have been in ShopNotes a few years back. You might
          find it if you do a search on their website. I would look for you but I am very busy at the moment.
          "It's a table saw, do you know where your fingers are?" Bob D. 2006

          https://www.youtube.com/user/PowerToolInstitute

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