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post #1 of 6 Old 03-15-2012, 12:17 PM Thread Starter
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I've just been loaned a Rexon lathe. I think it's a hobbyist or starter lathe and is fairly small, but I just want to give it a try, having never turned any wood. It comes with a single 'drive center' (?) with a center point and four 'teeth' (?) surrounding it (like this one), but I don't even know how to attach it...

Can someone point me to a tutorial on-line or please perhaps explain the difference between using different types of woodturning chuck, arbors, drill-chuck, dovetail jaws and drive centers because I'm confused?

I also have to get some chisels, but as it's only a try out don't want to spend much, so I'm thinking Draper ones might be ok?

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Can't help you with a video on the drive centers. Your lathe probably has one of 2 ways to attach the drive center. It either screws on the outside of a threaded spindle that comes through the headstock, or it has a tapered shaft called a Morse taper that pushes in a hole in the headstock spindle. The pressure of the tailstock pushing the wood into this drive center locks the morse taper in place and keeps it from spinning.
As far as turning goes I'm still working on various videos but have quite a few online that should help you out. Go to www.youtube.com and type in john60lucas. It will find all of the video's I've done so far.
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I've just been loaned a Rexon lathe. I think it's a hobbyist or starter lathe and is fairly small, but I just want to give it a try, having never turned any wood. It comes with a single 'drive center' (?) with a center point and four 'teeth' (?) surrounding it (like this one), but I don't even know how to attach it...

Can someone point me to a tutorial on-line or please perhaps explain the difference between using different types of woodturning chuck, arbors, drill-chuck, dovetail jaws and drive centers because I'm confused?

I also have to get some chisels, but as it's only a try out don't want to spend much, so I'm thinking Draper ones might be ok?

TIA Chrome
Is your question on how to attach drive center to lathe or piece of wood you want to turn?
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Thanks so far chaps... Tom, both really :)
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Here is a very good video on "chucking up", about 1.5 hours but very inclusive.
He does seem to prefer a steb center drive but the the four prong you have works well (and has for hundreds/thousands of years).
If you a mounting an item such as a small bowl give the drive a tap into the wood to seat it before placing on the lathe. If you are turing a spindle (round or square) cut diagonal kerfs with your saw for the wings to seat into.
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Thanks so far chaps... Tom, both really :)
Find the center of the piece of wood you are going to turn. Mark the center with an awl or something similar. Take the drive center and put the point into the marked center and drive the drive spurs into the spindle with a wooden mallet. DO NOT use a metal hammer as you can damage the drive center. I hope this helps.
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