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Steady Rest for Lathe

Postby outofrshell » Wed Dec 17, 2014 1:06 pm

A while back I made a shovel handle out of aluminum tubing and to knurl it I had to improvise a steady rest made from plywood this prompted me to build a real steady rest from materials I had on hand. Dave
I started with this (this plate was part of an 80+year old elevator) This is the scrap left over, I had already torch cut the circle from it. The rollers are from a bank's old billing machine
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I mounted it on a 1" mandrel to turn the OD
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Using the 1" hole to start with I cut the ID and turned the retainer ring and milled the slots
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The base is 2 pieces of 3/4 X 2.5 aluminum bolted together, rough sawed with a band saw and then milled to finish
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Pedestal is 1" X 2" tubing with a saddle and base plate welded to it
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Finished project
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1989 Trooper 2.8/ 3.2 built V6, 5speed
Revolution gears
ARB Rear locker
ARB Front locker
SWAY-AWAY HD TORSION BARS
Self made Longer shackles
1998 Trooper front disc brakes and front seats
Self made HD Tie rods
Self made bumpers and grill guard w/ KC & Hella lights
Self made sliders
Waren VRS 8000 winch set up to use at either end of Trooper
Custom made cargo box w/ full length roll out drawers
31 X 10.50 X 15 Cooper STT Pro on Cragar black steel wheels
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Re: Steady Rest for Lathe

Postby shackleford » Thu Dec 18, 2014 10:45 am

Out of shell, could ya tell me more about your lathe? I've been slowly becoming interested in machine work, to the tune of dialing numbers off craigslist, in serch of a metal Lathe. Which comes first the mill, the lathe, the home remortgage? :twisted:
Thanks Ron.
91 2.6l trooper. was stock now is in fewer pieces.
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Re: Steady Rest for Lathe

Postby outofrshell » Tue Dec 23, 2014 11:05 pm

The lathe is actually a lathe/mill combo made/sold by Shop Task it is an Asian knock off of a Smitty combo that has been around for years. I bought this one 17 years ago because it was the first of these machines to have a large enough spindle bore (1.125) to put a 1" octagon barrel thru plus I didn't have room for any thing any bigger. Shop Task is evidently gone but I see a brand called Bolton that looks very similar for around $1,700 dollars. This machine has served me well but I'm just a hobby machinist and it does have it's faults like too much play in the cross feed table and missing the features that you normally use to thread with,threading can be done but it's tricky and a short length between centers (the reason for the steady rest). But if a person is limited on funds and space these machines are good starter and with practice and patience you can do a lot of fun things with it. Dave
1989 Trooper 2.8/ 3.2 built V6, 5speed
Revolution gears
ARB Rear locker
ARB Front locker
SWAY-AWAY HD TORSION BARS
Self made Longer shackles
1998 Trooper front disc brakes and front seats
Self made HD Tie rods
Self made bumpers and grill guard w/ KC & Hella lights
Self made sliders
Waren VRS 8000 winch set up to use at either end of Trooper
Custom made cargo box w/ full length roll out drawers
31 X 10.50 X 15 Cooper STT Pro on Cragar black steel wheels
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