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Air Follower Steady Rest

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Active Member
Oct 25, 2013
I have run across a couple of references to using what was termed an "air follower steady rest" on a manual machine when contouring rifle barrels. In the photos of the barrels I have seen it appears to work well but I have no idea what the rest actually looks like. They seem to be DIY projects from what the references stated.

I am familiar with both hydraulic and pneumatic rests on CNC lathes but that's where my experience ends.

The gunsmith mentioned was Pete Grisel. It would seem that the one used was of his design.

Anyone know where to get some guidance on constructing one of these?


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Oct 6, 2014

this is what mine looks like. works great on 35psi. the brass end-pieces are sacrificial, although they will last quite a while.
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