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Steady Rests

A Steady Rests is wood turning jig which is used to hold the wood from vibrating or moving while you're turning it. When used with spindles, they help to stop vibration while making long and/or thin spindles. When used with bowls, they help to turn the inside of very thin bowls. When used with hollow forms, they help hold the vessel while hollowing the interior.

 

Jeff Nicol Style Wood Turning Steady Rest
By: JD Combs
This is an excellent article with detailed drawings to make your own heavy duty, metal steady rest.

 

MagSteady - A Two Wheeled Steady
By: David Reed Smith

 

Making a Steady Rest
By: Herman de Vries

 

Make a String Steady Rest
By: Rick Hutcheson

 

Plans for building a Steady Rest for a 10” Mini Lathe
By: Tom Crosby

 

Shop built Steady Rests for Thin Turning
By: Tom Enloe

 

Make your own Steady Rest
By: Phil Bristow
In this photo tutorial, Phil shows all the dimensions and explains all the steps necessary to make your own steady rest. The results are quite nice and a steady rest is very valuable when turning a hollow vessels or any long spindle!

 

Make your own 3-wheeled Steady Rest
By: Phil Bristow
In this short photo article, Phil shows us how he made a plywood and hardwood steady rest for his Nova lathe. Phil provides a one-sheet diagram which you can blow us for your pattern or resize if you have a different swing on your lathe.

Phil uses an "h-shaped" component to keep the steady rest aligned with the bed of the lathe and this is a nice touch that you might want to consider if you're planning on making your own steady rest.

 

How To Make A Spindle Steady Rest
By: Ted Monk
As turner Ted Monk prepared to turn a cane, it realized that he needed to have some way to steady his turning blank. So, he built himself a steady rest and turned that project into a photo tutorial which would help you to do the same thing.

Ted also provides a list of materials which will help you get started in gathering all the materials to complete the project.

And at the end of the article, you'll get to see Ted with his finished and very nice looking cane!

 

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In May, More Woodturning Magazine reveals how to make those fascinating Segmented Tubular Sculptures

Here is what readers are saying about Al Miotke's article:

"Remarkably inventive!! I can only look 'open-mouthed' at both the process and the finished article." B.T., United Kingdom."

"A great project. Clearly and precisely written, too, with supporting photos. I've made a number of segmented projects after reading Tibbetts' book but no sculptural forms. I'm ready to tackle one now. Thanks." (J.W., Ohio)

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