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 www.packardwoodworks.com 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.
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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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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.
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