All steady rests are custom made to your specifications in terms of size, color, number of arms etc. LARGE 25" swing lathe rests use a rugged 31 inch diameter ring - 3/8 inch thick steel construction - powder coated for a durable and beautiful finish! 1.25 inch diameter radial arms are aluminum.
The wheels vary in color. Steady rests can come with a 4th tube mounted at about the 1 o'clock position to allow the turner to place the upper arm off center so the arm is out of the way of the laser holder of a hollowing system. Of course, my hollowing system is designed with an articulating and adjustable laser holder to get around this problem. Radial arms move to adjust from 1/2 inch to 23 inch diameter spindles or bowls for final shaping, sanding or hollowing! 1/2 inch mounting plate with recessed attachment bolt. Option of flat plate or wrap around base plate (allows lower arm position).
Let me know what lathe you have and I will create the proper configuration! Smaller lathes use smaller diameter ring structure as needed. I now have a new design for those having a need to stabilize large diameter, heavy (wet) pieces. It uses the Wrap-Around-Base and can have any number of arms. With a more narrow base, the lowest arms can be more underneath the project. The vertical struts have a threaded hole for a 5/8" bolt that can engage the body of the lathe for additional stabilization. Spacing of arms is up to you but evenly spaced is good for projects with voids and 4-6 arms underneath is better for heavy projects.
STEADY REST- please turn safely!
The Clark Steady Rests are an integral accessory for
hollowing. Forces exerted by the hollowing system are tremendous. The
wood can be much more easily torn from a faceplate or chuck without a
steady rest. Any wood-turning task can potentially be dangerous! Proper
protection, instruction and experience are necessary. A three arm steady
rest is effective for smaller lathes, but I am becoming convinced that
more wheels on the wood is better. I believe that a perfectly round
block of wood that is well balance will turn smoothly. However, many
deal with very heavy, out of balance pieces of wood that actually
change shape while being hollowed. More wheels underneath a heavy piece
help to distribute the weight. But the steady takes nearly all the
pressure off of the faceplate but most importantly the HEADSTOCK of the
lathe. There is less vibration when using more wheels when the piece
changes shape over time. Change in shape is a major factor that induces
vibrations. There is an additional source of vibration realized by Jon
Leggett. Leaving a project on the lathe with wheels engaged but not not
turning even for a short period produces flats on the wheels. Harder
wheels take longer to recover, but running the lathe cures the problem.
Apparently this happens to automobile tires too.