Timber isn't cheap. Good, attractive timber is positively expensive. So why do we happily convert most of it into shavings on our workshop floors? Primarily because we believe we have no alternative. That may have been true before the advent of the McNaughton Centre-Saving system but this clever and versatile tool provides a realistic way for you to "core out" blanks from within your turning timber, creating extra material for you to use at no extra cost. Hugely popular with professional turners and described by Ray Key as "the turning tool of the century" here's a real opportunity to actually reduce the cost of your hobby. Imagine getting four bowl blanks or even two or three – but why not five or six - out of your source material?
Five configurations of this great tool are available. Each includes a pin gate, restraint yoke, toolpost, handle and a selection of blades, as follows:-
Because this system is so flexible in terms of the size and shape of core that can be taken with any particular blade, it is difficult to specify any sort of exact size range for each set. The following guidelines, whilst by no means "absolute" may help.
Note that additonal blades may be purchased to extend the range of your basic set, up or down and that there is considerable overlap between the sizes of cores that can be taken with the different sets.
Please note that the system is supplied with a 1" diameter toolpost stem. Other sizes are available as accessories