Homemade Center Finder

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Project by Steve Panner posted 11-22-2015 05:58 PM 1079 views 5 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Making a simple, but accurate center finder from scraps of laminate flooring. It will be used mostly for woodturning, to mark the center of blanks.

Laminate flooring is a great material for workshop projects since it’s basically MDF covered in melamine on both sides.

I used the factory edges to get an accurate square then used it’s diagonal to mark the 45 degree angle for the ruler. The ruler itself is a piece of leftover aluminum transition strip.

Here’s a video:

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#1 posted 11-22-2015 07:03 PM

Good job. I think I still have a couple pieces of laminate around here somewhere. Thanks for sharing

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woodshaver (Tony)

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#2 posted 11-22-2015 07:59 PM

Nice work! Great video also! I’ll be making one for my shop!
Thanks for sharing!

-- Tony C UAW, St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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Steve Panner

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#3 posted 11-22-2015 08:07 PM

Thank you guys! Happy you liked it!

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Jim Jakosh

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#4 posted 11-22-2015 10:24 PM

Great tool. I love it. That is so handy in the shop!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#5 posted 11-23-2015 12:33 AM

Great idea. I don’t have any flooring but I have plenty of Formica and a nice collection of thin stainless. Guess I best get into the shop and get started.

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#6 posted 11-23-2015 01:04 AM

Nice design and great accuracy. Job well done.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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Steve Panner

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#7 posted 11-23-2015 04:14 PM

Thanks guys!

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Derek Oliver

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#8 posted 11-23-2015 10:22 PM

Great job Steve. Looking foward to your Christmas Ornament Challenge entry this year.

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#9 posted 11-24-2015 07:06 PM

Piece of tool you always need. Very professionaly done.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#10 posted 11-25-2015 04:52 AM

looks good Steve!

-- Reece Althoff,

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