Center Finder - Brass and Bloodwood

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Project by PPK posted 08-28-2017 06:15 PM 1333 views 4 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I spent a little time making a center finder, because that’s all I seem to have time to do these days, and also because the concept is so simple and intriguing to me.

I used a piece of bloodwood, because I really like the color and density (its a really hard, dense and stable wood), and some thick (about 7/16”) brass pins that I salvaged off an old thermometer thing. The pins are drilled/threaded/epoxied in.

I rubbed on some of my oil wax finish to keep it nice.

The last photo shows how you use it, in case you are confused as to how to use it, like I was at first!

-- Pete

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#1 posted 08-28-2017 06:48 PM

I have always meant to make one, this is one that I have been thinking of coping?

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#2 posted 08-28-2017 08:01 PM

^That one’s cool. More complex for sure… but as long as it works, cool!

-- Pete

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#3 posted 08-28-2017 11:15 PM

Nicely done, I also have been considering making one

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#4 posted 08-29-2017 09:11 AM

Nice center finder, the weight will keep it steady and the wood warm your heart.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#5 posted 08-29-2017 05:16 PM

Very nice Pete. Definitely a handy tool to have around!

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#6 posted 08-29-2017 05:19 PM

Well done. Great wood selection.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#7 posted 08-29-2017 05:43 PM

Nice. I’ve tried making one but always end up asking myself this question.

How do you make one without already having one????

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#8 posted 08-29-2017 05:52 PM

Nice. I ve tried making one but always end up asking myself this question.

How do you make one without already having one????

- ScottM

Well… I just put the pins in the two ends, then measured 1/2 way between them with a ruler… lol. This one has a little forgiveness too, because I can grind (sand) the brass center pin a little on one side or the other if it’s not perfectly centered. Checking for center is easy – just flip if around, just like the way you check a square for “squareness”.

-- Pete

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#9 posted 08-29-2017 06:36 PM

Nice job Pete, I like home made tools of any kind.

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#10 posted 09-18-2017 06:01 PM

Slick – I see I have another tool to make!

-- Bill - Rochester MI

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