A Steady Rest for the Clausing Colchester Lathe

Lathe Steady Rest
Building a steady rest.

If I want to move forward with the carnival ride restoration, I need to machine the shaft.  Technically, it is far too large for my lathe.  However, after some careful measuring, I realized I just might be able to machine it, if I had a steady rest.

Although a steady rest has been on the wish list for a long time, I never came across one for a price I was willing to spend.

I came across an ad for OSHcut laser cutting and started to think about building something from a sandwich of steel plates.

 

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