Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Baxter, Tennessee
A spur center is usually used to drive work between centers such as a chair leg or ball bat. Some people cut slots for the spur center or simply drive it in with a wooden mallet. If you have a heavy duty lathe you can simply screw the tailstock down to force the spur center into the end of the wood.
A screw center is usually used without the tailstock although depending on the size of the project you might want to use the tailstock for safety until the piece is spinning true.