Turning tenons on dowels and more round stock
I've recently begun building some benches which are made mostly of dowels. I already made enough legs and spindles for 6 benches from rough sawn square stock.
I can't mount dowels between a live center and spur center. At least not in the direct center of the dowel, as it would be if I turned the dowel from square stock. The bench legs are made of dowels with a taper. Each spindle is simply round stock with tenons at the end. It would be very convenient if I could just buy dowels and turn the tenons and tapers.
My question is this: How can I mount a dowel on the lathe such that the dowel turns about the center of the dowel? I could maybe use a 4 jaw chuck, but then I'd need something on the tail stock to keep the dowel center. Is there a device similar to a 4 jaw chuck made for tail vices that I can use? I'm in the market for a new lathe. Is there any way to know that my new lathe can accept these accessories?
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