Category Archives: Tools Chucks

Best Drive Center

Updated: 5/8/2020: I just discovered that this center is now be manufactured by Nova. It is called the “Nova Jumbo Spur Center”. You can get it from it is $90 on 5/8/2020. However, I now like the “Oneway Big Bite Spur” center better than this center. See my “Oneway Big Bite Spur Center” blog entry at
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Meta Description: The “Nova Jumbo Spur Center” use to be the best 2 or 4 prong drive center in Carl's not so humble opinion. However, he now likes the “Oneway Big Bite Spur” better.

Collet Chucks

Updated: 6/5/2020. All check out my “Collet Chuck Revisited” blog entry and my “Shopmade Collet Chuck” blog entry.

I find collet chucks convenient for holding small work.  

Collets typically come in standard dowel sizes 1/4″, 3/8″, 1/2″, 5/8″, or 3/4″.   So it is very easy to mount a chunk of dowel as a turning blank.  Or you can mount a turning blank between centers and turn a tenon.  I like to use 3/4″ diameter tenons when possible.
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Meta Description: Carl finds collet chucks convenient for holding small work. It is very easy to mount a chunk of dowel as a turning blank. Carl reviews 2 poplar brands of collet chucks.

Custom Centering Cones

I could not live without my Custom Centering Cones that I have turned out of ultar-high molecular weight (UHMW) polyethylene. I have turned lots of different shapes and use them often.  

In 2007, I wrote a magazine artificial that explains how to turn your own cones out of UHMW.

See my “Custom Centering Cones” magazine article on page 49 of “American Woodturner, The Journal of the American Association of Woodturners, Winter 2007, Vol. 22, No. 4″  Or click here for the PDF.  (Magazine photos by Joe Larese)

Meta Description: Link to Carl's "Custom Centering Cones" AAW magazine article PDF. What they are. Why live center cones are useful. How to make your own out of UHMW.