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Work steady

Postby HughSpencer » Sun Sep 10, 2017 10:06 pm

As I've been asked by Ilerner about a work steady I made from a photo in a 1950's turning book I've decided it would be a good idea to share it more widely.
A steady is used on long thin spindles to prevent them bending away from the chisel and causing chatter-marks on the work.
There are many more sophisticated ways of doing this but this is simple and it is self adjusting allowing you to cut directly in front of the steady.
As the wood is turned away, gravity pulls a wedge down that pushes the steady against the work so you don't have to keep adjusting it.
headstock view of steady
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tool rest removed
steady2.jpg (535.72 KiB) Viewed 1884 times

Steady and holder out of bed.
steady3.jpg (571.18 KiB) Viewed 1884 times
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Re: Work steady

Postby ilerner2 » Mon Sep 11, 2017 2:08 am

Hugh this is excellent. Thank you for posting the photos. I'm sure others will find it equally valuable. Cheers.
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