A warning here. If the center you insert doesn't go in far enough for the drift to touch then it will be tough removal. Typically that means that it doesn't work with shopsmith centers.
Here is an example of how it should be, first the over view then the close up showing the tang in the opening.
Now with the shopsmith live center and a close up of nothing showing up for the drift to touch.
Hope this helps.
everettdavis wrote:As a follow-up to private messages from folks who asked the purpose of the Morse Taper Extension, rather than replying to them individually, it would be more informative here in the forums.
A Morse Taper Extension allows more flexibility with the use of lathe drive centers, revolving centers, drill chucks etc.which fit a No.2 Morse Taper. This type of adapter extends the accessory about 3-1/2" from the headstock or tailstock, providing more manipulation of turning tools, and at the headstock or tailstock. This allows deeper access turning bowls and similar operations.
A live center or other #2 Morse Taper on Shopsmith tailstock can be moved away from the tailstock 3-1/2" providing that access, and the Morse Taper Drift Key inserted into the slot in the extension provides a simple way to separate the center from the extension when finished.
Morse Taper Extension and Drift Key.jpg