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I have been wanting a steady for what seems like years, especially when I made a cane for my father. I saw one I thought i could make out of some scrap metal I had available. I just couldnt afford the plywood needed to make the one I will eventually will make. So I made this one...the important thing is that it works!

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Btw...if you look close you will see I am NOT a good welder.
 

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Thank you all. I used some inline skate wheels with the bearings. Not going to crank it up on speed due to not trusting the bearings at a high speed.
 

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Phil,
I used the same kind of wheels for mine. They had good german made bearings in them. I've spun them pretty good with no problems.
Mike Hawkins;)
 

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What is it for?... Pardon my ignorance I just got a lathe.
 

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If you have a long thin piece of material..a cane or pool cue or the like... it will start to flex and bow out in the center. It will cause the work to be uneven instead of perfectly round and smooth from end to end...The steady holds the piece so it cant flex but still allows it to turn.

Hope that helps.

Harder to see with the design I used but the round steadys it is easier to see.
 
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