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paul johnson 217/10/2011 19:37:09
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Our next challenge for our next club comp is to turn long and thin, Can anyone point me in the right direction to some plans on how to make a steady.
 
Manythanks Paul
 
Ron Davis17/10/2011 19:49:10
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George Arnold made one a while back try a PM to him
 
Ron

Edited By Ron Davis on 17/10/2011 19:50:34

BillW17/10/2011 21:04:20
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Have a look in my album Paul.
 
Can't remember what lathe you have, it could be adapted to most.
 
 
Bill.
Eric Harvey 117/10/2011 21:23:37
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if its a goblet or suchlike,pack it loosely with kitchen roll,then bring up the tailstockso its just firm enough to stop it whipping about,starting from the tailstock end thin the stem 1/2to an 1" at a time and sand to finnish each section turned thin,once you`ve got a couple of inches away from the tailstock,put a finger behind the work your thinning down to stop it whipping or snapping,this works on things up to at least 18" long in my experience,theres a french guy does work about 3 feet long this way,but he`s braver than me,regards. Eric.

Edited By Eric Harvey 1 on 17/10/2011 21:24:29

Simon Reeves18/10/2011 12:42:09
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Also an article in this month's Woodturning mag about making one (VERY similar to Bill's).
 
Simon
paul johnson 218/10/2011 21:20:05
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Thanks for the reply's, Eric i will have a go with what you suggested as im only looking to turn 15'' at longest.
 
Paul..
paul johnson 218/10/2011 21:26:43
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Hi Bill, just looked at your lathe steady thats just what im looking to make thanks
 
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BillW18/10/2011 22:22:13
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Hi Paul,
My steady was a copy of Tom Crosby's lathe steady on East Texas Woodturners
I can't put a link to the article because they use jarva script for page lookup or something similar, it's under Tips.
 
The bed gap on my lathe measures 31.70mm, 32mm steel stock does not take a lot of linishing to make it a pass through fitting, that is what I used under the steady to lock it down.
 
Bill.
 
paul johnson 219/10/2011 19:23:01
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thankyou Bill your a star
BillW19/10/2011 19:35:35
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Thank you Paul, your more than welcome.
 
My routers base has a flat (like a D shape) I found that if I clamped a piece of wood as a guide, used the flat for one pass then rolled the router on to the circumference it gave me a very accurate parallel groove for the arms, I then planed the arms to fit.
 
The main frame is veneered blockboard, the arms are oak.
 
Bill.
paul johnson 206/11/2011 19:10:26
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Well I took Eric's advice and didnt bother with a steady and here is the result,My interpratation of a flower the stem is 5mm thick and 18'' long I didnt cut out pettles on the flower as i liked the spalting comments most welcomed.
paul johnson 207/11/2011 20:33:33
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Sorry just looked at this post and forgot to put up the pics

Ron Davis08/11/2011 17:25:34
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H Paul, very nice work.
 
For your next challnge, put a hole through the middle so you can add a fibre optic light
 
Only kidding.
 
Ron
 
Eric Harvey 111/11/2011 15:58:52
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Nice job Paul,anything is possible with patients and care and the end result looks lovely,regards
 
Eric.

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