Finding Exact Center for Turning

Using a center gage to find center.

Using a center gage to find center.

When you don’t have much extra material to turn you need to find the exact center of the workpiece. In this case I have only about 1/16″ of waste all around on the small side of the oval. This is also compounded by the piece being oval.

The solution is simple. Use the center gage of a combination square set and mark the layout lines from all four sides of the oval. The exact center is the center of a box formed by these lines.

As always, thanks for stopping by and feel free to leave a comment.


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1 Response to Finding Exact Center for Turning

  1. Marilyn says:

    Finally .. a use for this thing. I’ve been using it as a saddle square. Thanks for sharin’

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