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C - ROSS
06-16-2006, 01:57 AM
I have had the lathe for several years but this is the first time that I have needed to use the steady rest. What a POS. The fingers will not retract far enough to accept large work.

http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a135/C-Ross/SteadyRest3.jpg

http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a135/C-Ross/SteadyRest4.jpg

Also the darn things were made wrong. They used a right hand thread so that when turning to the right you retracted the fingers. that worked OK for the top and front fingers but the back one was reversed twice. For an old man like me that was just too confusing. So I made two new sets of fingers, one short set and a longer set to accomidate small work. Also while making them I used a left hand thread so everything works like it should. You turn it to the right to extend the fingers and turn left to retract the fingers.

The first picture shows steady rest with the original fingers fully retracted, the second pic shows the new short set fully retracted.

http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a135/C-Ross/SteadyRest.jpg

This last pic shows the new long fingers fully extended

Ross

Bguns
06-16-2006, 10:10 AM
I had the same problem, and have already made the shorter
fingers. Next trip to town I will get some brass
for the tips to complete. Hard to use a cathead on a barrel without a larger
opening.. Another project is to convert crappy lever collet closer to handwheel style.