Turning Archive 2005

Live cone center question

Mike Recchione
>As part of getting ready for the recorder making class I mentioned in another post, I need to get a live cone center (at least I think I do). It would be used to true up the blank after boring it out, and then also to do the shaping and finishing of the instrument.

I've been looking at various options on the web, and the prices seem to go from not too much to more than I'd like to spend. I would be using this on a Delta Midi lathe, probably not more than a few dozen times altogether - if I really get into making woodwind instruments, I'll probably start thinking about retooling in a number of ways - bigger lathe, metalworking lathe, etc. But for now I'm taking a minimalist approach, or trying to anyway.

I'm currently looking at the cone center from Enco at http://www.use-enco.com/CGI/INSRIT?PMAKA=251-4002

and the one from Packard Woodworks at http://www.packardwoodworks.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=packard&Product_Code=110402&Category_Code=lathes-acc-rtc-rcc

Does anyone have any experience with either of these?

I have the live center that came with the lathe, and while a lot of people said they don't like it, it's more or less done the job for me so far. So another option I was considering was making a cone from wood, that would slip over my current live center. Has anyone done this? Is it a reasonable way to go?

Thanks in advance for any replies.

- Mike

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