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Forum topic by Herbiej posted 07-18-2009 01:29 AM 2349 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Herbiej

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07-18-2009 01:29 AM

What is the most accurate way to find the center of round stock?
How do I attach pics with this post

-- Acts: 2:38


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#1 posted 07-18-2009 01:37 AM

I find plastic center finder the easiest to use.

As far as pictures are concerned, you need to post them to a hosting site (Photobucket, flicker, etc) first then copy the link and paste it into your post and use the “image” button above/left of the posting area.

Here is a helpful link

http://lumberjocks.com/GaryK/blog/8899

Here is a link to the center finder:

http://www.woodcraft.com/product.aspx?ProductID=02J14&FamilyID=3046

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 07-18-2009 01:41 AM

I agree with lew. Cheap and accurate.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#3 posted 07-18-2009 01:42 AM

I have one of these plastic gadgets. Works fine on square stock, guess I’ll have to figure out how to use it for round.

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#4 posted 07-18-2009 01:48 AM

Just lay it in against the edges and make a mark. Turn it a quarter turn and mark again. It will give you the center.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#5 posted 07-18-2009 02:37 AM

i found it on lee valley but there are most expensive

http://www.leevalley.com/wood/page.aspx?c=1&p=43205&cat=1,330,49237

or one like this work great i have one like this http://busybeetools.ca/cgi-bin/picture10?NTITEM=B1879

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#6 posted 07-18-2009 04:03 AM

When I was growing up, my dad was a pattern maker at a steel foundry. A few years ago, he decided to have a yard sale and gave me first crack at his tool box. I don’t know why I didn’t take more, but one of the things I did get was this 6” Starrett.

The center finder works great for both square and dowels. I just wish I would have snagged this one’s 12” brother with the protractor, but I didn’t want to be greedy.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#7 posted 07-18-2009 04:36 AM

The plastic one I have is a two sided device. One side has a set of “fences” place at a right angle. Use this side for finding the center of square stock. The other side has a set of fences placed at about a 45 degree angle to each other. Use this side to find the center of round stock.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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