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.
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!
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.
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!
Have you ever wanted to get into pen turning but didn't know where to start? These pen starter kits give you two pen kits (one in Gold and one in Chrome), the proper drill bit, bushings and replacement tubes. And it's all packaged in a great pen parts storage container.
Teknatool SuperNova2 Chuck On Sale for only $139.99
Price normally $189.99
The newest evolution of the classic Nova Chuck is finally available - the SuperNova2! Includes 50mm jaw set, T-bar, Allen wrenches, woodworm screw, and manual. Requires a threaded body insert to fit your lathe.