LATHE OPERATIONS - OD1645 - LESSON 1/TASK 1
The workpiece must be machined with a concentric bearing surface at the
point where the steady rest is to be applied. The jaws must be carefully
adjusted for proper alignment and locked in position. The area of contact
must be lubricated frequently.
The top section of the steady rest swings
away from the bottom section to permit removal of the workpiece without
disturbing the jaw setting.
(3) Follower Rest.
The follower rest (figure 21) is used to back up a
workpiece of small diameter to keep it from springing under the stress of
the cutting operation. The follower rest gets its name because it follows
the cutting tool along the workpiece. The follower rest has one or two jaws
that bear directly on the finished diameter of the workpiece opposite and
above the cutting tool. The rest is bolted to the lathe carriage so that it