Turning Archive 2005

McNaughton Coring Tool Issue - Little long

Brodie Brickey - Long Beach, CA
>Back when I had my smaller delta lathe I bought the Kel McNaughton coring tool. I was able to use it on that lathe despite the 500 RPM and the limit of 14" bowls. Last weekend I went out to core a nice piece of 15" maple and found that the post for the coring system didn't bring the blade up level with the horizontal center on my new Powermatic 3520a. Its been the advice of turners like Mahoney and Grumbine that you need to be at horizontal center to be most effective. The problems I had with the system on my previous lathe evaporated when I followed that principle.

Has anyone else had this problem?

I went over to Woodcraft and they didn't have any longer posts for the tool. I just got done sending off an email to McNaughton so we'll see what they say, but it looks like I'm going to have to scare up a machinist locally to get a post duplicated and lengthened.

Anyone in SoCal have a good machinist?

Any other ideas would be greatly appreciated.


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