|Tips: Wooden Running Pads|
Wooden Running Pads
I sometimes need to use my live center to support a turning attached to the drive center without the metal pin of the live center poking into the wood. I custom-make wooden pads that slip over the live center.
True up a small cylinder of wood and hollow out a recess deep enough for the live center to slip into cleanly. There should be very little or no play in the fit.
Cut the desired working profile and part that section free. The profiles are typically a cone—some shallow, some steep—but any profile can be made, even a long dowel shape. I keep these running pads stored close to my lathe so that they are super quick to slip on and off as needed.
~ Thomas Trager