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Sep 23rd, 2018 at 6:29am
 
I can get these for 2 each in the UK, would they be any good for a home brew steady rest? Ive not built one before.

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Re: Steady rest wheels
Reply #1 - Sep 23rd, 2018 at 8:07am
 
Don't see why not.
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Reply #2 - Sep 23rd, 2018 at 11:34am
 
Ive used inline skate wheels for years, they work well.
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Reply #3 - Sep 23rd, 2018 at 3:02pm
 
Ordered some roller blade replacement wheels and installed them on a plywood steady rest ring yesterday.  With a 4' ash spindle on the lathe the steady rest did not seem to allow any bouncing back and forth.  This spindle was the inspiration for a steady rest, as it would wobble too much to get a smooth surface, it's about 1 1/2" diameter.  Hope to try it out with a skew chisel tomorrow or tuesday.
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Reply #4 - Sep 24th, 2018 at 3:51am
 
Have you got any pictures of your steady rest youd care to share Don?  Smiley

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Reply #5 - Sep 24th, 2018 at 7:38pm
 
Made mine from this link.

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Reply #6 - Oct 2nd, 2018 at 9:07pm
 
Made this using. Mike Waldts YouTube instructions
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Reply #7 - Oct 3rd, 2018 at 8:09am
 
I dont actually want it for spindles but reducing vibration on vessels. This is a much simpler design so Ill try making something similar: Wink

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Reply #8 - Oct 3rd, 2018 at 3:51pm
 
Allan Stratton has a youtube video discussing his build for that type of bowl steady. Multimedia File Viewing and Clickable Links are available for Registered Members only!!  You need to Login or Register
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Reply #9 - Oct 3rd, 2018 at 6:43pm
 
Will

Those wheels may work well, but the description doesn't say how hard the wheels are.  And I am always wary of how long far east products will stand up to use.  I purchased mine from InLineSkates.com and I think a set of eight with bearings was about $32 + tax.


When I tried the steady rest on the problem spindle, I found that the spindle tried to slip between wheels until I really snugged the wheels against the spindle.  This made me wonder if a 4 arm would be better.  When I drew a 3 arm and 4 arm in CAD with the same size wheels, I found out that 3 wheels leaves a smaller circle between them than 4 wheels.

I've never understood how only two wheels help, but Oneway is a very reputable company.
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Reply #10 - Oct 4th, 2018 at 4:37am
 
Don Stephan wrote on Oct 3rd, 2018 at 6:43pm:
Will

I've never understood how only two wheels help, but Oneway is a very reputable company.


I suppose they just dampen the vibrations caused by tool pressure if placed opposite the tool. Three or four wheels are needed to fully support a workpiece but as said I dont need this at present and in fact a third wheel may get in the way of the tool. Wink
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Reply #11 - Oct 4th, 2018 at 7:58am
 
After thinking further about those wheels offered directly from the far east on Amazon, I would wonder if they are wheels that failed quality inspection.
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Reply #12 - Nov 1st, 2018 at 12:27pm
 
Wil, I ordered and received the rollers you provided a link for. This was in the post in the beginning of this thread.
I cannot get the rollers to turn freely. Upon inspection of the roller/bearing the inner race of the bearing is shorter than the outer race of the bearing. When I tighten up on the bolt the outer race is being contacted before the inner race and the wheel will not move. In my opinion these roller/ bearing are faulty, actually all 3 are the same way. How can you possibly have the bearing operate normally, roll free, if the outer race is being squeezed first.
In my opinion these roller/bearings are designed wrong and will never work.
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Reply #13 - Nov 1st, 2018 at 1:11pm
 
Thanks for that Ray.
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Reply #14 - Nov 1st, 2018 at 1:45pm
 
Wil did yours work ok?
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