Magnetic Homemade Steady Rest

Magnetic Homemade Steady Rest

Here’s a homemade steady rest system I’ve created for woodturning. I built it using the wheels and mounts from a pair of old in-line skates. I fashioned the articulated joints for each of the three rests from hardwood and bolts. They mount to my Excelsior mini lathe’s bed using 150-lb breakaway Magswitch magnets I purchased from Rockler.

Homemade magnetic lathe rest for Excelsior lathe

Once the rests are positioned and the magnets are turned on, tightening the bolts on the rests holds the wheels in place against a bowl or spindle. The system works great, and it can easily be retrofitted to any lathe.

– Al Fletcher
Mahtomedi, Minnesota

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