Sometimes your stock is too long for your lathe, i.e. the tailstock cannot hold it.
Or, the piece can be held by the tailstock, but it vibrates too much for you to turn it properly.
In both situations, a steady rest solves the problem.
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How to turn a very long wooden pole or spindleposted 9 Aug 2012 12:24 by Daniel Garner [ updated 5 Oct 2012 06:54 ]