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Don Stephan
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Sep 5th, 2018 at 3:39pm
 
Building a steady rest and not sure what to use for the wheels, and bearings for same.  Skateboard wheels and bearings?  In line skate wheels and bearings?  Something else altogether?  We don't have kids or grandchildren (lol) or even neighbors with kids. Thanks in advace.
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Re: Steady Rest Wheels
Reply #1 - Sep 5th, 2018 at 4:42pm
 
I opted for clear in-line (rollerBlade) wheels and sealed bearings.
They were not inexpensive but I shouldn't have any bearing issues of marring of the wood.
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Reply #2 - Sep 5th, 2018 at 6:16pm
 
I used these ones.They work well.

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Reply #3 - Sep 6th, 2018 at 8:36am
 
I bought a pair of used rollerblades from the thrift store for $8.  They were barely used, so 8 almost new wheels/bearings for a buck each.
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Reply #4 - Sep 6th, 2018 at 8:39am
 
The Lee Valley wheels look nice, I'm not sure they were available when I bought mine many years ago. Good to know, thanks
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Re: Steady Rest Wheels
Reply #5 - Sep 6th, 2018 at 10:33am
 
Some quick looks yesterday suggested the smallest diameter wheels, and therefore the smallest diameter spindle on which they could be used, would be those used on rollerblades.  I'll have to cruise some thrift shops!
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Reply #6 - Sep 6th, 2018 at 2:43pm
 
Back on an earlier discussion, the Roller blade wheels were most popular.

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Reply #7 - Sep 7th, 2018 at 7:48am
 
If you're not in a rush, these are ABEC-7 rated (tighter tolerance than those from Lee Valley ones at ABEC-5) and have a smaller diameter:

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Reply #8 - Sep 8th, 2018 at 4:42pm
 
For those who use a bowl read...do you have a maximum speed you feel comfortable using them at?
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Reply #9 - Sep 11th, 2018 at 10:30am
 
I have a bunch of skateboard wheels (24) from my photography studio setup that i won't need but it seems they might be too wide of a footprint versus those inline wheels. Any thoughts on how wide or how thin we would want  for a steady rest?


I had my camera stand on wheels that rode on 2 lengths of PVC pipe and the wall that held the art to be shot had the same set up. The wall and camera were perpendicular to each other and the camera  rode in or out from the wall and the wall rode left or right of the camera.
Minimized having to reset everything every time I had to shoot something.


Depending on whether these would work or not, i would have more than a few  to give away... PLUS postage, of course. Smiley
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Reply #10 - Sep 18th, 2018 at 9:26pm
 
I used swap/flea deal on kids inline skates.. $5 bucks for eight bb wheels... and the zipper bag is great for storing a welding helmet... smooth running
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Reply #11 - Nov 1st, 2018 at 2:13pm
 
Frank Wilda, where do you find these inserts that basically makes the inner race longer? This leads me to believe that now my bolts are too big in diameter.

Folks this is just fundamental to me, the (inner race) of the bearing has to be longer than rest of the bearing or more speciafically the outer race. It has to stick out on each side of the bearing. If it is not then how does the wheel turn freely?

Just so everyone knows what I'm talking about, I bought roller/bearings assemblies and when I put washers on each side of the bearing and tightened the assembly the wheel would not turn.
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Reply #12 - Nov 1st, 2018 at 2:34pm
 
This is what I'm talking about. Take a look at these wheels and it is clear that the inner race is longer than the outer race, and the grease seal for the bearing. You can tighten your bolt and the wheel will turn freely. No need for spacers or washers.
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Reply #13 - Nov 2nd, 2018 at 8:27am
 
If you're looking for spacers you'll need something like these:

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Check your diameters before purchasing.


Also, you can Google:
   -rollerblade bearing shims
   -bearing inner race shim washer


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Reply #14 - Nov 2nd, 2018 at 1:49pm
 
The point of my post was, if the bearing is designed and made properly, there is no need for specialty washers. These bearings I received are basically flawed. The inner race should be longer than any other part of the bearing, if it is not, then you need a specific washer to make it work.
I appreciate your link for the washers, but IMO the bearings are flawed.
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