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  • Super Precision Steady Rest for Atlas / Craftsman 6" X 18" Lathe

    Several months ago I bought this Craftsman lathe with the idea of donating the headstock to another project and parting out the rest. But I have an ongoing project now that justifies it's own little lathe, so I put it all back together and put it to work. I had forgotten about this steady rest that came with it until just a few days ago. It looks well built and very precise. If anyone wants measurements I'll be glad to make something up.





    I guess I shouldn't laugh...ya gotta do what ya gotta do.

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    John,

    That was most likely a free hand cut so I would applaud the fellow who made it...he was torch wise and had a steady hand. Fun stuff for sure..thanks!

    Stuart

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    • #3
      I was going to say the same thing,
      about for freehand cutting, it looks
      pretty good. I would use it. And
      heck, it is only for a wet noodle lathe.
      I bet it makes it much more rigid.

      This is my wet noodle 10" Atlas making an axle
      for my monster dirt bike. I adapted a steady
      from an 11" Rockwell lathe. I could hardly notice
      the totally shot babbit headstock bearings when
      running this steady.

      --Doozer
      DZER

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      • #4
        Other than the one support finger pointing a bit askew, that's not a bad effort. If the surface that contacts the bed is flat I'd be inclined to improve the fingers and use it. I'm more about function over form. I need a steady for my 6" Atlas and now have a good model to work from. Thanks.

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        • #5
          That sparks some great ideas for the cnc table. How does a plasma cut haz machine?
          Andy

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