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junior
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spindle steady rest
Sep 16th, 2005 at 8:42pm
 
today is the first time i have heard of this tool. i plan to "attempt" to make some spindle products where the shape, and taper and such have to be very precise.


will a Jet 1236 accept a spindle steady rest? and where do i get one if so??
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Re: spindle steady rest
Reply #1 - Sep 17th, 2005 at 6:15am
 
Junior I know Oneway makes a steady rest but not sure of the price.  You can make one out of simple things you might all ready have around the house.  A friend made a frame out of plywood and attached 2 inline skateing wheels from an old pare of skates.  These wheels will ride on the spindle and not allow it to flex while you are working on it.  Once you pull up and see the rest you will know what I am talking about.  I have made a lot of spindles but have never used one.  I use my off hand which is probably not the right thing to do and apply pressure on the other side while making finishing cuts.
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Re: spindle steady rest
Reply #2 - Sep 17th, 2005 at 1:10pm
 
Here is a good article in our project plans section on making one that I sorta copied to make one for my Delta midis, the plans are adaptable to any size lathe.  I also use plywood to make mine vice the formica counter top this guy used.

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There are a ton of other ways to do it, I found some by doing a Google search using the words "building a steady rest."  
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Reply #3 - Sep 17th, 2005 at 6:40pm
 
yup... seems easy enough to make!! it will be a while before i start trying spindles, but when i do, i want to be ready!!!
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Reply #4 - Sep 17th, 2005 at 7:07pm
 
Here is another article from Wood Central.  It is home made.  Several folks from that board has made it and have proclaimed it as the best there is including those you buy.  Give it a read and see what you think.   8)
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Reply #5 - Sep 17th, 2005 at 8:19pm
 
Rev, where is the URL? ???

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Reply #6 - Sep 18th, 2005 at 5:08pm
 
I'm sure that it was in there.  Don't know what might have happened to it.  Anyway, here it is again:
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Enjoy and I hope it helps.   8)
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Reply #7 - Sep 18th, 2005 at 5:32pm
 
Thanks Doug, that does look like a good steady rest.
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Re: spindle steady rest
Reply #8 - Sep 18th, 2005 at 8:56pm
 
Now that I have seen your link Doug, I am pretty sure this was the one I based my rest on and not the one from WR's project section.
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