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Old 06-08-2014, 04:33 AM   #1
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Default 3" steady rest for 7x12 lathe

here is my build of a steady rest for my lathe. i have wanted to make one for a while now. making it out of 1" thick steel flat bar. it is mostly a bandsaw and milling project.









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heres where im at now.

















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You certainly had to remove a lot of material. I like the way you milled the outside radius.

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Very nice work, MCRIPPer. I have made patterns in wood for a steady and follower rest, intending to cast them in Aluminum. They are definitly not as nice as yours. If you have CAD abilities it would be a great service to your fellow Mini lathe owners if you draw up your creation and share it.
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Very well made to last forever. A fixed steady is so useful when you have jobs that a not too long and not short.

DIY my own too but I took short cut with left-overs.
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You certainly had to remove a lot of material. I like the way you milled the outside radius.

since i dont have a rotary table(havn't made one yet), i decided to use a plastic wheel from my harbor freight bandsaw stand. just turned the od about 10-20 thousandths bigger than the id of the steady and bored the center in the same setup for a pivot. worked well and no real chatter from the small end mill.

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Very nice work, MCRIPPer. I have made patterns in wood for a steady and follower rest, intending to cast them in Aluminum. They are definitly not as nice as yours. If you have CAD abilities it would be a great service to your fellow Mini lathe owners if you draw up your creation and share it.

i have freecad and google sketchup. how do i post cad to the internet? i can draw it up now that its almost done

are there any other good free cad things out there that are better?

i wonder how much it would cost to get one lazer cut?

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Very well made to last forever. A fixed steady is so useful when you have jobs that a not too long and not short.

DIY my own too but I took short cut with left-overs.
nice steady rest. it looks like its got a few bucks worth of brass on it!
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MCRIPPer, at the bottom of the reply box, there is a button labled 'Manage Attachments'. Click that and navagate to where you saved the file. The rest is like attaching a file to an e-mail.

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i have a drawing from freecad but cant upload it. im guessing its the wrong format. (or else anyone wanting to view it would need freecad probably)
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You should be able to export you freecad file as a pdf then upload as an
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reamed out the holes today. i still need my material for the fingers, but i cut some old 5/8 rod to see what it looks like.



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