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Poor Man's Tools #2: Center Finder

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Blog entry by handsawgeek posted 02-20-2015 02:01 PM 1889 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Who needs expensive brass and rosewood to get to the middle of those dowels and chunks of turning stock when all you need is a piece of scrap 1/2×3/4 stick and a BORG paint stir stick?

Presenting ….

…the handsawgeek Poor Man’s Center Finder !!!

The only thing to be diligent with here is that the marking edge is straight and that all the relative angles of the bearing surfaces and ‘blade’ are laid out as accurately as possible.

It might also be wise to slap a quick finish on this (unlike mine) to distinguish it from other pieces of scrap wood when you’re cleaning up your bench.

Oh, and I would not recommend using a marking knife with this particular version…..

-- Ed



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handsawgeek

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#1 posted 02-20-2015 02:04 PM

Sorry about the incomplete post for you first couple of readers. I accidently hit the ‘GO’ button while I was still editing and had not yet transferred the photo.

-- Ed

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#2 posted 02-20-2015 02:23 PM

I really need to get busy & make one. I needed one the other day. As soon as it warms up some I’ll get started

-- Http://www.woodworkermike.com

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#3 posted 02-20-2015 02:29 PM

I haven’t had enough morning coffee to be fully sentient, so it took me a while to get my head into how to use this simple, effective tool. Eventually I was able to interpolate its use in realizing there is symmetry in round dowel ends and square turning stock. This may turn out to be a two IV-bag coffee day. :)

-- -- Paul Bucalo, Norwich NY USA

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#4 posted 02-20-2015 02:48 PM

Worry not, I’m already on a cup of coffee with a Mountain Dew chaser….

-- Ed

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