11-21-2011 03:22 AM
I was shopping for a new live center for my lathe and stumbled on to this set. It says it's for a metal lathe but the morse taper is right for mine. Is there any reason something like this wouldn't work on a small wood lathe?
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11-21-2011 05:48 AM
The only reason it wouldn't work is if the Morse taper on it is 1 size bigger than your tailstock. Tailstock a #2 MT and the live center a #3MT it won't fit in. One size smaller will work with an adaptor...#2MT tailstock and #1MT live center with a #1 to #2 adaptor.
They do make a #2 to #3 but it will stick the live center way out of the tailstock. On a small lathe this will eat up your working length and be prone to unstable. On a large lathe the thing is still prone to unstable. I'm sure almost everyone knows this but in case there is anyone who is afraid to ask....
11-21-2011 06:31 AM
Looks like it should work to me.
You may also want to look at one made for woodworking as most allow you to customize very easily.
Some the the custom centers I have made are shown below.
11-21-2011 08:46 AM
Thanks to all who replied, the nova package does make more sense. Thought I might save a few bucks but would probably not be satisfied.
11-21-2011 08:48 AM
As long as the taper fits your lathe it will work. You probably have a #2 although some small lathes have a #1 and the big Oneway lathes have a #3.
I prefer this one.
The nice thing about the Nova is that the accessory points are all very short #2 morse tapers. It's very easy to turn other points out of wood to fit the live center. I used one last night to make a box lid. It was thin and I was afraid a pointed center would damage it so I pulled out one of my flat wooden inserts and used that to hold the lid onto the box while I turned the box. I'll post a photo of the box later today when I have time to shoot. it.
11-21-2011 09:04 PM - edited 11-21-2011 09:16 PM
The only potential issue for me is that there are no cup centers with a sharp center point. The cone type points could drift in some types of wood that have a big difference between early and late wood. Check out the Sanding Glove. They have the MultiStar lineup of live centers made in the UK that looks a lot like the one you show and has tips that are more suited for woodturning. I have the Super 32 model.
11-22-2011 03:57 AM
Ditto what Bill said. I use a cup center for 90 percent of what I turn. I rarely use the pointed centers. The only reason I use the different diameter centers is to go into a specific hole so that hole stays centered such as turning tool handles.
I did like the sanding glove live centers. I worked for Bruce at one of the symposiums and drooled over those centers.