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Forum topic by Karda posted 03-14-2017 03:40 AM 550 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Karda

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03-14-2017 03:40 AM

Hi my first project was a pine block and the drive center set well but I put on a piece of 2 month old green maple tree limb roughly 4 inches in diameter. Problem, the wood turns on the center. How do you set the center in hard wood so it won’t come loose


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#1 posted 03-14-2017 04:11 AM

Drill a small pilot hole for the center point, set the center by tapping it in with a mallet, and tighten up your tail stock. Some will cut an “X” across the end for the flutes to engage, but that is really only needed for very hard wood where the flutes won’t penetrate easily.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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#2 posted 03-14-2017 07:03 AM

thanks for the suggestion I don’t tighten the tail stock ral tight I don’t want to burn out the bearings, I’ll tighten it a little more thanks Mike

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#3 posted 03-14-2017 02:55 PM

I usually set mine with a rubber mallet off the lathe (wooden mallet is fine).
For very hard wood you may need to clear an area since most drives are not very sharp.
On small diameter your can saw and X as Brad described.
For large diameter I use a bench chisel. Your drive will have one side flat and one angled. The flat side provides the drive. You can drive the chisel straight in so the bevel angle matches. Seldom do you need to actually remove a chip. You want it like l/, not like V.

-- We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them. Albert Einstein

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#4 posted 03-15-2017 01:04 AM

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#5 posted 03-15-2017 02:37 AM

thanks why do I want that one looks like the one I have

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#6 posted 03-15-2017 01:36 PM

There I went assuming again. I thought you were talking about a 4 spur center that comes with almost every lathe.
The stebs work very well for hard endgrain or face work. Not so much on softer or punky wood.
The teeth are so short on a steb that you really can’t set them much. For your green wood you will probably need a spur drive. I turned some chrerry down to round last week and it was just too soft (and wet) to use my steb.
On punky wood I have even had the steb “drill” into the wood over the head of the steb; I wasn’t paying attention and just kept tightening the tailstock.

-- We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them. Albert Einstein

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#7 posted 03-15-2017 05:47 PM



thanks why do I want that one looks like the one I have

- Karda


2 people suggested cutting an X into the end grain and you did not correct them so I suggested a drive center that doesn’t require hammering or a kerf. Turns out you already have a steb type drive but I couldn’t know that could I? It should have no trouble holding maple if you tighten it down.

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#8 posted 03-15-2017 06:07 PM

I tightened the tailstock and it is holding., and turning like it should. Thanks for your suggestions they helped

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