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    Stupid Question

    Ok. I'm trying to buy new parts for my lathe and I lack the vocabulary to get the job done.

    I know the tail end that holds the piece is generally called a live center. I know you can put a chuck in the head part but what is the part that LOOKS like the live center but does not have bearings that goes in the head end if you dont want to use a chuck?
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    Well ya might be refering to the spur drive ?
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    Drew, I think you're talking about what's called the spur center.



    There's also a version that only has the pointy part without the chisel-looking parts, and it's called a dead center.

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    ?

    Isn't the Spur Drive the one that has the extra wings to hold wood projects?
    Ok lets try it this way: If you were going to turn a pen between centers what part would you need on the head end to get the job done?
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    Yep!

    Thats what I was forgetting! Dead Center. Thats what I was looking for, thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Drew Croy View Post
    Isn't the Spur Drive the one that has the extra wings to hold wood projects?
    Ok lets try it this way: If you were going to turn a pen between centers what part would you need on the head end to get the job done?
    A dead center...the lower example in the two pics I posted.
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    I'm not a turner but the only stupid question is the one that is not asked.
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    Normally you will mount a MAndrell on the head stock, when turning pens. A live center with a 60% point on it fits into the tail end of the mandrell, tight enough so that it will not slip without you holding it and putting pressure on it.

    Don't know what kind of pen you're going to turn. If a slimline, you will get a set of 7mm bushings with Woodcrafts "Pen and Pencil Makers Manderl" P/N 141469 (#2mt) for 12.99. Bruce
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bruce Shiverdecker View Post
    Normally you will mount a MAndrell on the head stock, when turning pens. A live center with a 60% point on it fits into the tail end of the mandrell, tight enough so that it will not slip without you holding it and putting pressure on it.

    Don't know what kind of pen you're going to turn. If a slimline, you will get a set of 7mm bushings with Woodcrafts "Pen and Pencil Makers Manderl" P/N 141469 (#2mt) for 12.99. Bruce
    Bruce, a number of folks are turning pens lately without the mandrel. They turn each barrel separately, using a dead center at the headstock and a live center at the tailstock. There are guys making special "no mandrel" bushings for this, although with some kits you can get OK results using the bushing intended for use on a mandrel.
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