The focus of this article is making a fixed steady to match my lathe. 

The basic design is similar to  commercial units and the construction is not complicated.  This is a good project for honing your metalworking skills while producing a shop accessory that will serve you well.

The material of the support frame is cast iron.

<< Drawing is here >>

Drawing of internal detail of adjusting screw.

Machining one of the three adjusting screws, one end of which is held in the chuck, the other supported by a live center (Out of the frame.)

Adjusting screw knurling complete.

Making one of three locking screws that holds the fingers is place.  The head size is 22 mm and the diameter is 10 mm.

One of the locking screws is "parted off" on the bandsaw,  much easier than on the lathe. Extra material is left for facing.

The locking screws are held in a dedicated fixture for machining two parallel flats.  

Slotting a brass finger, one of three.  An easy step.

Setting up to machine the finger nose bevel.

The fingers, adjusting and locking screws.

(Visitors to your site may be interested in knowing how you blackened  the screws. A nice touch, I might add.  I don't know, so could not inform them.)

Machining  base  #1.  

Note - The base assembly consists  of base #1 and #2, bolted into an "L" shape.
Machining  base #2.

Base #1 and #2  bolted together. Top surface being milled.

Preparing to machine  a female vee  to match  the lathe v-way.
A protractor was used to precisely set the tilting angle plate.

See Article Number 30 for details on  making a tilted angle plate.

Aligning base with dial indicator.

The base completed, including vee to mate with lathe.

Facing the support frame, diameter 140 mm , material cast iron.

Boring center hole to size.

Drilling three equidistant holes in the support frame.  The support frame is held in the lathe chuck, mounted on the Index Table.  See Article Number 23 for the design of the Index Table.
Machining three channels with a 12mm end mill.
The channel width is 18mm.

Turning the outside edge of the support frame.

Machining a face on support frame for mounting  base. 

Verifying center height of steady. 

Radial sectioning of support frame.  The bandsaw cuts were cleaned up on the mill.

I have painted the steady a similar colour to the lathe .
The rear view of the steady.