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.

 

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.

 

Make a String Steady Rest
By: Rick Hutcheson

 

MagSteady - A Two Wheeled Steady
By: David Reed Smith

 

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

 

Making a Steady Rest
By: Herman de Vries

 

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!

 

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 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.

 

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