This is my preferred way to drive work between centers. This is wonderful for learning difficult tools or cuts--such as learning to use a skew chisel--and especially helpful for teaching children or anyone new to woodturning. Historically this would be called a "dead cup center" but when mounted into the headstock it is a cup drive. To use it, mark the center of the blank, place the center point on the mark and hit sharply with a deadblow mallet--not a hard faced hammer, rubber or rawhide mallet. Mount the center into the headstock, crank the tailstock firmly to allow the piece to rotate. Base the amount of drive you apply by your own safety concerns or apprehension! As you become more confident you can tighten the drive. If you are looking for even more drive you an sharpen the rim of the cup drive and file two or three notches (see skew articles on my site www.alanlacercom). This drive works for even very hard end-grain woods--certainly for a modified version.
Posted by James on 14th May 2015
I didn't thank it would really work. But was I ever wrong. It made a big difference on skip or feedback are what ever you call it when using the skew. try it you'll like it
Posted by Al S. on 13th Mar 2014
Does OneWay even know how to make an inferior product? Everything I own with the OneWay brand is top of the line... the Campanolo of woodworking products. And buying my product from Alan Lacer Woodworking only added to a most agreeable experience. Keep up the great work, Alan! You are an inspiration!
Posted by Dave Brandt on 25th Feb 2014
Posted by Richard Redman on 10th Feb 2014
Alan introduced me to this product at the MASW last summer. I have "skewed" up several projects learning the skew and this is ideal for learning. Makes the catches not quite so bad. Would recommend it to all new skew users.