Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Step #1: Imagining the WW lathe Steady rest

After weeks of creating temporary solutions for holding longer pieces of stock and after an equal number of weeks searching online for a micro-adjustable steady rest (ebay included), I came to the conclusion that the vast majority of what was available for my beautiful little WW lathe were steady rests with much more basic functionality. Additionally, the vintage steady rests were regularly selling for astronomical numbers on Ebay. I resolved to design exactly what I wanted and make it! (Below is the completed result of what began as this wish to have something better than what was available).
It is now working so well, I decided to do more than post the fun of making it. I'll be offering the main parts as a kit for anyone who is interested and I'll do my best in this blog to detail all the specific process insights I learned while making this wonderful tool .
The completed Mowrer WW lathe steady rest
All purchased and fabricated parts for the Mowrer WW lathe steady rest
It is now working so well, I decided to do more than post the fun of making it. I'll be offering the main parts on ebay as a kit for anyone who is interested.
Detailed drawings for fabricating the additional parts are included with the parts you see above.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Kevin, just stumbled onto your blog a few minutes ago and instantly amazed by the tools you make. They remind me of things you would find originally made by the manufacturers themselves. The overall appearance and functionality of the fully kitted lathe is impressive. Keep up the good work.

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