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 article is one of the most detail ones that I've ever seen to make a metal steady rest with four arms. The dimensional drawings are a huge help and if you've got experience fabricating with metal, this project might be for you.

 

Making a Steady Rest
By: J.P. Rapattoni
This short article is really good because it gives you a list of the materials and hardware needed to make it. It also gives you measured drawings and then photos of the assembly details. If you've ever wanted to make a steady rest, this article will really help you out.

 

Lathe Steady Rest
By: Ray Lanham
In this article, Ray shows us how he made his own steady rest using a kitchen sink cut-out. He likes them laminated with formica as they are a wonderful material for this project.

 

Building a Bowl Steady Rest
By: Dave Gould
In this great article, Dave shows us how to build a steady rest at home for only $50.00. Now that's pretty incredible to do it for such a low cost. Part of Dave's secret is that he uses 2 sheets of 2'x2' 18mm lauan plywood and a set of child's in-line skate wheels from Walmart. Now I know that you need to read the rest of this article to see how Dave pulls this off and how you can make your own.

 

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.

 

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!

 

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!

 

Shop built Steady Rests for Thin Turning
By: Tom Enloe
In this article, Tom shows us three different types of steady rests that you can easily make at home.

 

Making a Steady Rest
By: Herman de Vries
In this short article, Herman explains how he made a steady rest of his lathe with square steel tubing, threaded rod and roller blade wheels. This is a very simple and easy to make design.

 

Plans for building a Steady Rest for a 10” Mini Lathe
By: Tom Crosby
Tom provides us with a set of dimensional drawing for a steady rest to fit onto a 10" mini lathe.

 

MagSteady - A Two Wheeled Steady
By: David Reed Smith
In this article, David shows us how he makes a magnetic two-wheeled steady rest which he uses to turn thin spindles. The magnetic base makes it easy to attach and remove from your lathe.

 

Make a String Steady Rest
By: Rick Hutcheson
In this article, Rick shows us how he uses a string steady for long slender spindles. Then he provides us with PDF files of templates so you can make your own.

 

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