Every year in Mid January I go to this little Fiber arts show and vend. I make Crochet hooks, Yarn bowls and a bunch of other stuff as well.
One of the things I make is called an Inkle Loom. They are used to weave long straps for a number of uses, Google it you’ll get the idea.
The version I make has 10 pegs on it and I am currently building 3 of them. Since driving an hour and a half to pick up 5/8 Oak dowel rod didn’t fit into my schedule I decided to turn the dowels. Thirty pieces 5 inches long (I would have turned longer ones and cut them down but don’t have a steady rest.) Now, anyone who has had to turn a lot of spindles, knows that finding centers on both ends of every piece then mounting each one and turning them is kind of a pain. And putting them in a set of pin jaws on a chuck, tightening and loosening the chuck over and over is also a time taker. So here was my solution.
Using the Pin jaws I mounted a 2X2 piece of Red Oak 3 inches long and cut a cup about 3/4 inch deep and 1-1/4 in Diameter.
Then I could set a piece into the cup run the tail stock up to it and center it by eye, And with my trusty Skew rough it and turn it leaving only a small chunk on the end, I could then cut of on the miter saw.
Its an old trick but worth posting I thought.
-- 25 years, 3 working lathes and I'm still figuring it out.