I've come up with a need to turn the OD and do some clean up on some tubes that are too long to fit between centers of my lablond 17x54.
And they are too large in diameter to fit in my little steady rest.
So time to build another slightly larger one. I started with a pair of 10ga rings 14" OD 12" ID for the sides of the body also this was the reason I needed to put my combo bender into good use. I rolled a piece of 1/4X 1 1/4 flat bar to make the curved segments for the inner and outer prts of the body
I used some old bed rail angle iron to make the guide sockets for the roller slides those are made out of 1" by 1/8" sq tubing and bearings that fit a riding lawnmower deck
The adjuster screws are 5/8-11 threaded rod
a little gold metallic paint because I had it handy
and now I have a 8" light duty steady rest.
I can later on change out the roller slides for something else with brass inserts and have a 10 or even 11" steady rest in just a few minutes.