Keeping On Center

live center

When I purchased my Oneway live center and its associated center options, I thought I had everything I needed. But sometimes, I need a way to hold the off end of an object, such as a hollow form, that does not leave the black ring left by the aluminum large cone center. Thus I started making my own centers out of wood. The live end of my center has 3/4 by 10 tpi.

I can drill a 5/8 inch hole into side grain of a piece of wood and turn it onto the live center, forming threads in the wood as it goes. Below are a couple of centers I have made. One is a rounded center to fit into a hole, the other is a reverse cone that will center a cylinder smaller than what is possible with the factory supplied reverse cone center.

Rounded Center

Reverse Cone Center from Boxelder

Ellis Hein, author of The Woodturner’s Project Book

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About Ellis Hein

I am a woodturner and the author of The Woodturner's Project Book. I have a life-long interest in the gospel preached by George Fox and the early Quakers. You can see some of my material on that subject at http://nffquaker.org/profiles/blog/list?user=1zw2th7nj9p89.
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