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Not exactly sure what the project is but to bore through the middle you would need the wood attached to a faceplate or in a wood chuck and not use the tail stock at all other than a chuck and a drill bit.
 

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Wood doesn't like being bored like that. The drill bit tends to follow the soft grain so there is no telling where it would come out the other end or even if it would make it to the other end before coming out the side. I would be inclined to make two pieces of wood with a 1/2" cove down the center and then glue them together. You could glue a short dowel in the ends and do your turning work and then either cut the ends off or just drill out the dowels on the ends.
 
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