When I built my lathe, I bought a couple of steady rests that have a tool steel rod welded to the rest for the turning tool to ride on. Very hard steel and very smooth motion. For the life of me, I can't remember the brand of tool rest right now, but I'm sure I'll remember later. I ordered them from a turning tool catalog, but can't remember that either. Sorry, I'll try to find the source and post back.
Update: I purchased the rests from WoodCraft. They are the Pinnacle brand. I also found similar rests at Craft Supplies USA. They are the Robust brand. The prices are rather robust also.
I've gone out to find myself. If I return before I get back, have me wait for me.
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Last edited by Jim Frye; 05-21-2017 at 10:33 PM.
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