Finding Center

This is a tip on how to find center on a piece of round stock without special measuring devices. I realize most people do not own a mill, however most own a drill press. This will not work for mill spec work, but for most of our work it’s plenty close. I use it all the time.

  • Pointer (pictured)
  • Scale
  • Mini bubble level
  • Move the vise till everything is level and you have center. If you don’t have a mini level, you can get close enough by “eye balling” it level to the vise.
  • Clamp in place and drill or machine.
  • Always use a center drill to start your hole, then your drill size.

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