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Steady rest

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Rusty,

How is it secured to the lathe’s bed ways?

Rich
The two wing nuts on the bottom are on a 3” by 1/4-20 bolt with a 3.5” piece of track on the bottom. I drew a sharpie line on the top of the bolt with the direction of the track so I could spin it into place without having to feel underneath. I wanted to be able to put it on and take it off without having to remove the tail stock. It goes on and off in seconds.
 
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The reason for the track instead of the normal slotted board was so I can turn larger projects. I should be able to extend them out so the center of the wheel is at the first support bolt.
 
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Rusty, you built a very nice steady rest. I don’t know if you use a camera or laser, but the arm at the 12 o’clock position will be in the way.
Thanks for the heads up. I forgot all about that. The bottom that connects to the bed ways is only screwed on and not glued. I did it that way in case something needed to be changed.
 

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Thanks for the heads up. I forgot all about that. The bottom that connects to the bed ways is only screwed on and not glued. I did it that way in case something needed to be changed.
Rusty, I had the same problem when I built mine. If you can rotate the loop structure 10-15 degrees to the right on the base you should be able to avoid the problem. The laser/camera arm will be above the front of the turning where the cutting is taking place. Also you might want shorten the protruding bolts. They will find a way to snag something.
 
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I just checked and my laser is a few inches taller than the wood frame of the steady rest. Looks like I am good to go.
Just trying to understand. Your laser will clear the wood frame, but with the arm extended I doubt it will clear that. Am I missing something? Seems to me you need to rotate as suggested.
 
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Just trying to understand. Your laser will clear the wood frame, but with the arm extended I doubt it will clear that. Am I missing something? Seems to me you need to rotate as suggested.
I have more track. I can make a few in different lengths. I can change that one out in under 30 seconds. That to me seems a better option than trying to rotate the whole thing.
 
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You could inlay the aluminum channels into plywood to provide additional dampening for the channels that the wheels mount to.
The lightweight channels will tend to pick up harmonic vibrations from the wheels contacting the work piece.
The rest of the steady rest looks good with plenty of mass to absorb any vibrations from the wheels.
 
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