Thanks for your input Ron. I'm not hitting the wood onto the spur while it's on the lathe, I'm removing the spur, then driving it into the piece. I don't have any chucks, but that's something I can definitely check into. Thanks!
If I may, I do believe I have solved the how too, in holding wood and finish product in the head stock, at a reasonable price.No spindles please.
1. woodcraft sells a tap to the configuration of my spindle (jet)1 in. 10tpi
2. I like to use 1 1/2 in 3x3 sq. yellow pine as the main block.
3. Follow the direction on the tap box for drill size, the side going the head stock, I use a relieve hole so the wood sit against the spindle.
4. next I glue a piece of luan 3x3in. to the waste block
Going to make a bowl, make round and clean face and glue waste block to wood. Bowl is done even the finish only thing left is the bottom. Carefully using a parting tool 3/32 thick blade, cut into the luan till the part is severed. Note: need to glue a fresh piece of luan to waste block.
Now going to make a jamb check (mallet head) glue a piece if (w/e) to the waste block. Make hole to snug fit your turn mallet. It turns concentric, will not damage finish. and you can turn a fancy design.
Works every time, the possibilities are endless.
PS I have a small box of waste block cheaper than chucks and every thing is the way I left it nice and round and concentric, no adjustment needed. Ron Marietta Ga