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Old 01-16-2008, 05:22 AM   #1
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The factory steady for the Taig has too small a capacity for my requirements, so I had to get busy and build one with a little more room...

here are the parts after machining


after a lot of polishing, and assembly


installed on the lathe, with a piece of 1.5" aluminum just for show....


Interesting job, got to use my shiny new rotary table for the first time, looks like it will work OK.

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Old 01-16-2008, 05:30 AM   #2
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Joe,

You did some very nice workmanship on that.

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Old 01-16-2008, 06:01 AM   #3
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Nice work. You should do a write up on it.

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Old 01-16-2008, 08:40 AM   #4
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Looks like a ball bearing steady? You might want to add some little slits before the bearing in its path to put some wipers in. This will keep swarf from getting sucked under the bearings and imbedding in the stock. Anything will do for scrapers. Even card stock.
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Old 01-16-2008, 03:22 PM   #5
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Macona: Good idea, wish I'd thought of it! Seems like an fast & easy mod. I'll add them before the test-drive.

Eric & Kenny: Thanks for the kind words. After looking at the project photos on this board, I had to spend the time to polish it up, the "bling" factor counts!

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