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    Default Steady rest

    Hi guy's and gal's, Would anyone on here have a steady rest to suit a C model hercus for sale?

    I've gotten away without one for so long now but can't do it any longer!

    Or is it possible to fabricate one to suit?

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    Fabrication is always possible!


    1) I have considered finding an old skateboard or inline skates, and bolting the rolling wheels on a bracket like this:

    https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Midi-Woo...w/291353893532

    s-l500.jpg

    If you bolt it onto the right hand side of the carriage/saddle, it is a lot easier than trying to match the V on the bed.




    2) Here is a more substantial travelling steady:

    https://www.homemadetools.net/homema...velling-steady
    homemade-boxford-travelling-steady.jpg





    3) Once, in a pinch, I have clamped timber under the job with some oil



    4) I'll have a look when I visit a local secondhand supplier:

    MICK MOYLES ENGINEERS SUPPLIES
    Phone Number : 02 9799 8444 Fax: 02 9798 7276
    Email Address : sales@moyles.com.au
    Address : 40 Edward St. Summer Hill

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    Quote Originally Posted by nigelpearson View Post
    ...Here is a more substantial travelling steady:

    homemade-boxford-travelling-steady.jpg
    To paraphrase Paul Hogan, that's not a substantial steady - this is a substantial steady...
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    (For scale, that shaft is 3/4")
    Getting back on topic, the Hercus steadies are something that could be made by cutting out the shape in a piece of plate. Most other steadies from similar sized lathes would adapt as well. I bought one from H&F once to go on a 9x20 lathe I had; all I had to do was make up a mounting bracket to interface between the lathe and steady.

    Michael

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    I had to resort to machining up this piece to fit nicely inside the pipe i was working on allowing me to machine the end.

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    Another way to go is a live centre with removable tips:

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    The rotating tip holder is tapered, which is easy for small jobs,
    but sometimes needs a cup machined for larger jobs.



    Of course, if your work piece is flimsy, you would still need a steady.

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    hi mate ive made one there is a post some where about it. currently ive lost a component so cant use it.

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