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William Chitham23/01/2022 13:10:21
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Riser to fit Myford Steady pxl_20220123.jpgWhen I bought my Boxford it came with a Myford fixed steady which didn't fit of course. I expected I would be able to sell it and buy a Boxford one with the proceeds but it turned out that Boxford ones are four times the price so that plan was shelved. Instead I decided to make a riser block which I have finally got round to. I found it quite tricky working out the geometry to fit the lathe bed, it took a few goes cutting grooves in a piece of Delrin to dial it in but once that was done it was fairly simple. I made the riser out of block of EN1A from Rapid Metals with piece of hot rolled for the "keeper" plate.

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John Haine23/01/2022 15:02:20
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Neat! I'd have thought that f.c. aluminium would have been fine though?

old mart23/01/2022 15:28:42
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That is a good way to use a smaller steady on a larger lathe without making it unusable on the original lathe. You do really need a mill to make the adaptor. I modified and made adaptors for 2 fixed steadies to fit the museum's Smart & Brown model A simply because the original ones were costing £150 plus on ebay. Both were intended for Chinese lathes, the small one can handle up to 2" diameter and is C shaped and the other is up to 3 1/2" and hinged. They both had their bases cut off and were milled to fit Aluminium adaptors. They can both be bolted to either side of the adaptors which helps when setting them up. To make them easier to fit to the lathe bed, the locking block underneath has a captive nylock nut which helps turn it into position when tightening or removing. The bigger one has a second set of fingers I made with little sealed ball races which are very good. I got lucky when a travelling steady for the model A came up on ebay cheaply because it was unidentified.

noel shelley23/01/2022 16:10:15
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Very neat and retains it's original use as well. Noel.

David Davies 824/01/2022 01:39:33
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An excellent solution William, you have inspired me to do the same for my Boxford.



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