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Been wanting to have one of these for my lathe and finally got around to making it. Had almost everything lying around the shop. Scrap plywood ~ 17" x 48" and a piece ~ 10" x 10". Hardware is all 1/4 x 20 machine bolts/nuts and fender washers. I may replace the wing nuts with knobs to make it a little easier on old hands. The cam action hold down has been in my "extras box" for a couple of years waiting on a worthwhile project. Got it from Woodcraft. The wheels are from an $8 pair of In-Line Skates bought from Goodwill. The "circle" is made of 3 layers of 3/4 plywood. The wheel holders are made of Maple. There is a Maple "guide" on the bottom of the base that helps trap the assembly between the lathe bed rails. I works pretty well, the wheel holders need a little sanding and bees wax to allow them to slide a bit more freely. The base may be a bit too wide although my large tool rest can allow access to the edge of the turning. Thanks for looking! Comments are always welcome!
I got to spend some time on my steady rest today, more importantly, I got the wheels for it. Over last weekend I went to several second hand stores, a couple sports stores, walmart, and a skating rink trying to find inline skate wheels. Finally, I broke down and ordered some from amazon. They make great bearings for a steady rest. Thought about buying the Carter steady rest but that was before I checked the price. One sized to fit my lathe is close to six hundred bucks, WOW! Carter makes quality products but that's way more than I wanted to spend. This one is 3 layers of 3/4" plywood laminated with fiber glass cloth between the layers. It is VERY rigid. The center layer is cutout to accept a 3/4" by 2" spoke that will carry the inline skate wheel. There is another spoke outside of the glue-up to form a fork for the wheel axle which is a 5/16" bolt. It should easily support anything I want to turn up to about 18" in diameter. Still some rough edges to profile and round and I have to make a couple spacers here and there but I should get it done tomorrow or Monday. Then, fabricate the arm and clamp for my laser and I'll be ready to go!! Steve
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