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McNaughton M8-2013 Center Saver
Designed by Kel McNaughton

The McNaughton Center Saver has proven to be one of the most revolutionary tools ever developed for the art of woodturning. Widely used by professionals and hobbyists alike, the M8 system is the most verstatile coring system available. Unlike most systems, the M8 does not limit the craftsman to coring hemispheres. It allows the user to create many various shapes - from platters, to standard bowls, to vases, to picture and mirror frames. The straight tool can also be used as a parting tool.

Five configurations of this ever-popular tool are available. Each includes a pin gate, restraint yoke, toolpost, handle and a selection of blades, as follows:

Micro Set: Micro System is designed to meet the needs of turners with small low powered lathes. It can be successfully used on lathes powered by motors of 1/2" hp and less. It includes 3 curved blades plus one straight blade of 3mm x 16mm (1/8" x 5/8") cross-section. The four pin gate supplied accepts both Micro and Small centre saving blades and the integrated hollowing gate can be used with Kelton 8mm (5/16") and 10mm (3/8") hollowers. The system is supplied with a 10" KH2 quick-change handle and a 16mm (5/8") column but other sizes are available upon request.

Small Set: 3 curved blades plus one straight blade of 5mm x 19mm (13/64" x 3/4") cross section. The standard 5 pin gate supplied accepts Micro, Small, Standard and Large centre saving blades. The set is supplied with 10" KH2 quick-change handle and a 25mm (1") diameter column. Other column sizes are available upon request (e.g. 30 mm, 1/1/4"). In addition, a longer post is available for the Powermatic lathe.

Standard Set: 3 curved blades plus one straight blade of 6mm x 25mm (1/4" x 1") cross section. The five pin gate supplied accepts Micro,Small, Standard and Large centre saving blades. The set is supplied with a 10" KH2 quick-change handle and a 1" diameter column. Other column sizes are available upon request (e.g. 30 mm, 1/1/4") In addition, a longer post is available for the Powermatic lathe.

Large Set: 2 curved blades plus one straight blade of 6mm x 31mm (1/4" x 1.1/4") cross section. The five pin gate supplied accepts Micro, Small, Standard and Large centre saving blades. The set is supplied with a 10" KH2 quick-change handle and a 25mm (1") diameter column. Other column sizes are available upon request (e.g. 30 mm, 1/1/4"). In addition, a longer post is available for the Powermatic lathe.

Combined Set: 3 curved blades plus one straight blade from the Standard set and 2 curved blades plus one straight blade from the large set with the stanfard five pin gate described above. The set is supplied with a 10" KH2 quick-change handle and a 25mm (1") diameter column. Other column sizes are available upon request (e.g. 30 mm, 1/1/4") and a longer post is available for the Powermatic lathe.

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, while by no means "absolute" may help:

The Micro system has been designed for those whose work is probably in a size range from 100mm to 200mm (4" to 8") in diameter or those wishing to take very small cores as part of nested sets where larger blades are used for the remaining cores. If you typically work with blanks in the size range 100 mm to 250 mm(6" to 10") diameter, then the Small set will probably fulfill your needs. For work in the 200 mm to 350 mm (8" to 14") range, then you might opt for the Standard system. If you routinely handle work in the 250mm to 450 mm(10" to 18+") diameter range, then the Large or even the Combo would be preferred.

Note that additonal blades may be purchased to extend the range of your basic set, up or down as needed.

Please see the User Guide for more information.

NEW!
Dale Bonertz Demo on the McNaughton System

User Guide - pdf
(See the Guides and Videos Section for other guides and tips.)

Reviews (pdf)

Videos: We highly recommend Mike Mahoney's widely available DVD "Mike Mahoney on the McNaughton Center Saver" revised edition.


M8 Micro-Post


Standard M8 Tool Post


M8 Center Saver in Use

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