Just received my April/May copy of "Machinist's Workshop". Wonderful article by Jon A. Nelson on making a Too Post Grinder. While this project may be beyond my capabilities, I was very impressed by the detail contained therein. As an example, he has you holding the outboard end of a 1" by 9" (drill rod stock) spindle in a steady rest (making sure you dial it in so it runs true) in order to center drill the end. Until now I've simply shoved my stock well into the headstock and slid the tailstock all the way to the left to do center drilling etc. I've also watched my center drill wobble quite a bit since my 3 jaw chuck is not the best.
Question: I do own a steady rest. (1947 ± Le Blonde 13" lathe). One of the fingers is missing. As long as I'm going to be making a finger, should I make three (out of steel) and install ball bearings, or just use friction (brass)? Advantages and disadvantages?
As I mentioned, great article, possible a little too elementary for the rest of you.