Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Baxter, Tennessee
Centering is the hard part. I pre-drill one hole and mount that between centers using the hole. You may have to make a custom adaptor for the live center to fit the hole or you can use a pin chuck in your chuck if the hole and chuck fit. This automatically aligns the hole. Someone use to sell a 1" pin chuck but I would have to look to find one. It's much easier to make an adaptor for your live center to fit in the 1" hole.
On the other part turn a tenon to match the hole. This automatically centers the tenon. Then very slightly undercut the mating details to make them fit perfectly. For example if the joint is between a ball and a bead if you very slightly undercut the mating surface of these 2 they will sit perfectly on top of one another and hide the joint.
Look very closely at store bought furniture and you what details they use to hide the joint. Then just mimic this. Of course you'll have to ignore the salesman while your there measuring the bed posts but they are probably used to that anyway.