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post #1 of 7 Old 09-29-2017, 01:59 PM Thread Starter
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Hello folks. Hope every one is Well on this Friday. I want to ask you for a little advice on Bearing Wheels to put on a steady rest when I get it ready.
I have to do whatever IS Least Expensive but, I don't want to cut cost so badly they are Not Safe or Will Leave Marks on any turnings. Any suggestions? Where, what Size, and a name maybe?
I know it seems funny But Ive seen several options But never the details.
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I don't have a steady rest, but when I was doing research on building one, the most popular bearings seemed to be wheels from roller blades. Inexpensive and readily available.
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Seems to be the normal response. My main reason for asking is due to either Having to order by mail, or I have to Burn Half a tank of gas or more to drive into town big enough for stores that carry such. My little ole town doesn't have a store that carries 'em. So that's why I was asking if there is 'One' better than another for Non-marring, or a particular size that folks find better to use than another?
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I made my own steady rest for the shop built 14x36 lathe I made a dozen years ago. I went to a local sporting goods shop and purchased some roller blade wheels and bearings. The bearing centers were sized to fit standard bolts, so a trip to the hardware department provided bolts and lock nuts. I don't recall the cost, but it wasn't too dear since I was on tight budget for the project.

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Here's the steady rest I built using roller blade wheels and bearings. I used threaded inserts and T-Nuts along with off the shelf 1/4-20 bolts and fender washers. The rest is 3/4" oak plywood scraps.

http://www.woodworkingtalk.com/membe...steady-rest-1/
http://www.woodworkingtalk.com/membe...steady-rest-2/
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I Really Like that . I have not seen one quite like and I like the square style. Has it worked really well for you? Also, do you remember what size those wheels were? It's sounds (from Others) that you want as small a Diameter as you can find in the skate wheels, what are your thoughts? Thanks for the photos.
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Yes, the rest has worked well for me. I don't use it much, though. The wheels on mine are 2" in diameter and that gives support for a 19/64", (0.2969) diameter work piece. I've heard of folks turning down the wheels to smaller diameters and even giving them a narrower profile at the contact point. A 1" diameter wheel will give support for a 5/32", (0.1562) diameter work piece or about half of what 2" wheels provide. Since the sealed bearings are 3/4" in diameter, you can't go much smaller than 1". I decided that difference wasn't enough to be worth the effort. If you notice the top roller arm on my rest is a tad longer than the two lower ones. I designed the rest so the top roller and arm could be reversed, or flipped over, and thus overlap the two lower ones. This gets me by any project thinner than 19/64". It worked fine when I was restoring a Boston rocker and had to turn a couple of replacement back splat spindles. They were 1/2" at the bottom and tapered to 1/4" at the top. The spindles were just over 24" long.

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