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  1. I'd like to know the name of a tailstock part. Instead of coming to a precise point that sticks in the center of your piece, it is just the opposite. It is tapered inward and will have an adjustable piercing point in the dead center. When turning small ornaments, I sometimes break a piece and could repair with another piece, if I knew dead center. I made one of wood and it worked good. However one made of steel would be SO much nicer and easier. Thanks
  2. Found this video interesting. We all have those old "dead battery" drills to make this from.
  3. Something we do not talk about a lot is finding and marking the center on a piece of wood. 1. The easy way is to mark a square blank with a line across opposing corners and where they cross is the center. 2. A little more is a tool for lathes to find center on either square or round blanks and mark a line. With this tool you can do some irregular shapes by making several lines across the piece and select a spot in the center of all the marks. 3. Use a pencil in your hand extended but not to the center . Rubbing your finger on the edge of the blank mark all four sides and then select a spot roughly in the center of those marks. When center is determined use an awl or center punch to make your center for drive spur and then the opposite end for revolving tailstock. When starting to turn a bow blank with knots or protrusions it may be necessary to balance the piece to turn safely. In this case the center is the center of gravity for the piece and not the visual center. Mount the piece between centers and spin by hand . If it stops in the same place each time with a heavy spot down you will need to adjust the center you used toward the bottom and try again til you are satisfied with the balance and then try at a low speed by turning speed up til shake starts and then back slightly for a safer turning. as the unbalanced areas are removed speed can be increased.
  4. Great way to get an awkwardly shaped/weighted piece centered/balanced on the lathe in preparation for turning-
  5. Salutations Gents, I'm thinking of making a 12" center finder from Plexiglas. I've got a smaller one that came with one of my lathes, works great, nice German engineering. What I've been doing for years is using measuring tools and a rule. What I'd like to create is something that works great on irregularly shaped tree parts. Say for example egg shaped Holly, where I want to find the best center overall. Any tips before I build one on my own thoughts? Concept: Thinking of just scribing circles out from the center at intervals then ink them in. Then I'll just hold it over the end grain and with a tiny hole in the center I'll pop an impression. Thanks
  6. Bought a small old lathe that has a solid tailshaft instead of one with bearing. No name on it, so no help there. I was wondering how I might convert it to use a tail pc with a bearing? I probably could lube it but want to update it a little on that end. Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated. If I can't convert it, I probably will need to use it as a boat anchor or loan it to a small town museum.
  7. Last year I built a center steady using ply and roller skate wheels...........worked great. However it would allow me to work on small turnings. Today I fashioned some new shower rollers into a new set of wheels for the old base. It seemed to work on a small piece of pine, however the wheels are so hard that they make a groove. I know most of the reason is the soft pine. Anyone else have any ideas of an alternate and better wheel. Thanks
  8. I made a center steady for my lathe some time ago. At first I used model airplane aluminum wheels with rubber tires. I did use them once and the second time the tries came off. My second wheels were made for sliding glass doors and was suggested by a fellow turner on this forum. Still not satisfied, I kept my eyes open for a good replacement. Then at a yard sale I saw the ones pictured for free. They are off a child's pair of inline skates and as an added bonus, they are WHITE!! They are great and work like a charm. I would like some just like them but smaller. I'm sure someday I may just find them at a garage sale
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