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.
Reverse Cone Center from Boxelder
Ellis Hein, author of The Woodturner’s Project Book
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