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In search of a good Steady Rest (Finished)

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This should be a great build, and of interest to many members here. Seems so many lathes get passed around, and dont have the steady, or as in Bill,s case, not big enough to do the job.

I looked over the drawing, and I think it will be a nice piece when Bill gets it done. Being that its been decided by Bill to make the steady now, because it is needed for his other project, and post the build up of this project will have many of the members watching the progress.

I can say that from the drawing, this isnt going to be a run of the mill quick and dirty build. Im sure this steady will be of the best quality. Now its been started, keep yer eyes peeled, the good stuff is yet to come ;)
 

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I blew that drawing plan pic up larger and looked at it too. I'm not anywhere close to a machinist, so it really impressed me. Looks like some nice sliding features in the adjusting tubes, knobs, etc. Am I reading it right? Curious what the material cost would be on this project - not that I am attempting one - just curious.
 

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Bill,

Could I talk you into scanning your drawing and posing it. I can't seem to save it or make a good quality enlargement of the one you posted so I can see the details of your design. I need to make one for my Micromark 7x14.

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This is just the type of thread I'd like to see more of on this site. If we are building things anyway, it doesn't take much time to snap a few pics and document it for others. It's not only an excellent way for the new machinist to learn, it's also great for the more experienced to see how others work. So if you guys are building something, snap a few pics and show us how it's done!

Keep up the good work Bill.

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Glad you stopped by. I can answer the price question in two parts. #1 -- How good can you scrounge? #2 -- If you have to pat for it all I'd guess at $90.00, depending on where you are located. The biggest expense will be for the two 7" dia. pieces of Aluminum 1" thick. The reason for two is the overlap where it opens up. You are pretty much correct on how it works. You have a good eye for a non-machinist.

Now, I've been in the shop for 4 hours and have three 11/32 holes drilled 2 1/2 inches deep. O have three holes drilled and tapped 5/16-18 thru.

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"Billy G" :biggrin:
Oh, I can scrounge with the best of 'em :biggrin: Thanks.

That must have been interesting (and time consuming) tapping the three holes, not to mention the drilling. Patience is a virtue! (chuckle)
 

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That is going to be a great Steady Rest. Now if I needed one I'd steal your idea. :biggrin:

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Looking good, Bill. Those should give you a good feel for the surface of the work. It might not hurt to drill a couple of holes in the outside face, just in case one of them ever gets tight to turn. You could use an adjustable pin wrench from an angle grinder to loosen it rather than clamping a pair of vise-grips on your knurled surface.
 

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Bill for what its worth, I wrote on this somewhere awhile back (sorry dead camara) I cut my housing
out of 1/2 plate, one big, one small ground and trimed those, then I used Detroit Diesel cam followers
(valve lifters) they are hardened big with a nice foot print. I turned three pieces of thick pipe internally
to these lifters, welded these three to the housing welded three nuts to the tops (downfeed) three bolts
with lock nuts. The rollers track the work perfectly cause of their wide foot print. Very strong too.
Just another quick idea that works for me Sam

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Looking good! And congrats on the 42 years - I'll hit the same mark at the end of May. Hope you are enjoying the anniversary. :halo:
 

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Very nice. I see you got around to changing the cap screws too :)
 

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Looking good Billy, That will be better than a store model.

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Bill,

How are the bolsters for the locking screws attached? They seemed to just magically appear with no mention of how.:thinking:

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Ok Bill, that makes sense. Hopefully the welding won't warp your parts too much but I guess you could always run a reamer thru to make them round again.

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Glad I'm not the only one who sneaks into the shop between chores and "duties". :)

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It's a beautiful thing when a plan comes together :biggrin:
 

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Sorry to hear about the setback - look at it as just another bump in the road to success ;)
 

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I went to the welder to pick up the sleeves and he ruined all three.
That's why I took welding classes at the local community college. Got only myself to blame for screwups, less frustrating. :lmao:
 

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This is a great thread Bill
Ive been lurking since you started the project. Following the progress daily.
Good to see your back on track, even when S happens. This will be be one hell of a nice steady. ;)
 

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Good one Billy glad you piulled it out of the files. I had to print it out so SWMBO could read it.

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I saw that a few years back. It's still hilarious! :biggrin:
 

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Okay, it's "show my ignorance" time. :eek: Bill, I'm not familiar with the "wire cutter". Is that somewhat similar to a bandsaw?

Thanks,

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Thanks ScrapMetal - I thought I was the only uninformed person here when it came to wire cutters. Looks similar to a plasma cutter table setup, but..........??

That's gonna be the prettiest center rest I've ever laid eyes on! :biggrin:
 

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Very cool Bill... Now I want one! :drool: :biggrin:

-Ron
 

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Wire EDMs is something else. We have two in the shop, usually making stamping die parts and other stuff. To the layman, I tell them to think of a metal cutting bandsaw that the blade does not touch the metal. I then say that it actually cuts by the reverse of welding. It removes the metal by pulling it away from the part and it is washed away by water, where it is filtered and polished to be reused. The wire is a one time use and goes to recycling.

They can hold very tight tolerances with proper operation and maintainence. Here are some pictures of a Wire cut object that is 2 pieces and the mating surfaces are spot on. They are not cut together, they are seperately cut. The program has to take into consideration for the wire size and total size of the cut. A .010" tends to cut about .013", .003 overburn. This varies with the material being cut.
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Another big use for wire EDM is making blanking dies. By tilting the wire, a profile can be cut that yields a punch and a die from the same piece of steel. Once the profile is cut, the punch and die are hardened and ground to the desired clearances. The process saves a lot of steel and a lot of time over making the punch and die separately.

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Looking good Billy, One more good day should finish it up....:biggrin:

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Don't know bout the other folks but I'm still watching.:biggrin:

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Yep, wouldn't want to miss any of it!
 

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I'am watching too, but have to go to the kitchen from time to time to eat, and work tends to get in the way as well!:biggrin:
 
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