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  • Home made steady

    I was clearing out pics on my iPad and saw these .Its been a while since I built it and couldn't recall if I posted anything on here.I did a search and didn't see anything so thought I would share.
    I didn't really do a lot of building pics but just a few at different stages.

    This steady was for my monarch lathe.the cost was too high to purchase one so I decided to build it.I wanted it to look somewhat like it belonged on the lathe so that's why it is shaped as it is.
    I started out with a flat plate. Radius end it and drilled the center hole.i have 3 of these plates for making these..Its sat around a while.lol



    I didn't have pics of the arms of the steady but you can use your imagination.lol



    I set it up on the rotary table and drilled and bored the holes for the fingers.



    After that was don I sawed it in half and made a hinge and bronze bushings for the fingers.There isn't any pics of this work.Also made fingers and knobs.



    Also made the base that fits the bed but again I didn't take pics. I really don't think much about following the build with pics at every step.Maybe I'll change that so I may give others ideas or such.I'm not a great teacher

    Happy with how it functions and looks. Jim

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    Pic limit..Finished pics



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    • #3
      BINGO, we have a WINNER.

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      • #4
        Beautiful job! Probably better than the original.
        Kansas City area

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        • #5
          Wow! Beautiful work. You took care with your design and execution to make your weldment joints bland in clean and smooth as a casting. That is a real plus considering most such executions while functional stop as rough welded unpainted plate.

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          • #6
            Thanks guys.i should have matched the knobs to the machine but got lazy..

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            • #7
              Been me I would have changed the machine knobs to match the steady, far better and functional.
              .

              Sir John , Earl of Bligeport & Sudspumpwater. MBE [ Motor Bike Engineer ] Nottingham England.



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              • #8
                Hey nice job. I may have to do the same but at the moment whilst I don't have the requirement I'll keep searching for one or the steel that was a hell of a chunk you used

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                • #9
                  How did you do the outer radius on the steady,is it machined or done on a belt sander?

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by j king View Post
                    Thanks guys.i should have matched the knobs to the machine but got lazy..
                    Yeah, it looks like crap.

                    You should send it to me for proper disposal and make yourself a decent one.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by plunger View Post
                      How did you do the outer radius on the steady,is it machined or done on a belt sander?
                      rotary table. saw cut to scribed line then milled it.

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                      • #12
                        very nice, looks like a Monarch quality creation.

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                        • #13
                          Nice trick with the roller lifters!
                          Andy

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                          • #14
                            WOW! Nice job! Probably better than factory.
                            My buddy George & I were visiting another metal trader who we know just made a several Atlas & other machine buy & of course had to look in his metal can like a couple of hobos & George picked up a good sized spanner which I said "that will fit my Pacemaker" Sure enough perfect fit for the chuck!

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                            • #15
                              Gee and I was impressed with your other steady when I saw it in the Shop made Tools thread a while back.

                              Jim's pics start at post 1465 and carry on and off to the next page.

                              http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net/thr...-Tools/page147

                              Now you show us even more tool porn...this one is absolutely beautiful. Thanks for posting these.
                              To add insult to injury I now see you have not one but two Monarchs!
                              Have you no shame?
                              Home, down in the valley behind the Red Angus
                              Bad Decisions Make Good Stories​

                              Location: British Columbia

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