3" steady rest for 7x12 lathe

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  1. Jun 8, 2014 #1

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

    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?

    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
    attachment or a upload to the download section.

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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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    making the support fingers/ quill.

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    here it is now still need to make a few more bits bit it is in usable condition.


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    its almost there. i just need to make some knobs for the lead screws.


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    This is one World Best ''Steady Rest'' money cannot buy.

    But I am too lazy to upgrade mine made out of scrap bin and surplus. But when a critical job comes up,I would have to make one
    very good looking and robust Steady.
     
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    thanks gus.



    here it is facing a 3" dia. aluminum rod. otherwise impossible to do on a mini lathe.


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    W/o a steady rest when turning a long bar stock on a mini lathe,the job will fly out and usually with the last cut.

    Gus was turning the American PopCorn Steam Engine Frame and was forced to come up with a steady rest in two days.
    The Over-hung was a wee bitty to much.Facing and OD reduction very risky.

    Will find time to finish up the steady rest with support rollers. Meanwhile I had to put lotsa grease to support job.The frame was a surplus from PopCorn Engine for the spoked flywheel.

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