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Metal Lathe turning wood?

Post by Mustang1964s » Wed Aug 21, 2019 3:27 pm

Can wood be turned on a metal Lathe?
I have a chance to pick up a nice metal lathe, just want to know.

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Re: Metal Lathe turning wood?

Post by BobD » Wed Aug 21, 2019 3:55 pm

Yes you can turn wood on a metal lathe. If you are going to use hand held turning tools, you will have to improvise a tool rest for the tools to slide on.
Depending on the type of wood and job, you can get by using standard tool bits mounted on the cross slides. Be advised, turning wood makes a huge mess on a metal turning lathe as there is typically no provision for dust collection.


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Re: Metal Lathe turning wood?

Post by Rich Bingham » Wed Aug 21, 2019 5:13 pm

Same tool rest adapted easily on my crumby old flat-bed Atlas. More of a problem with a Vee-ways lathe. You must take pains to keep the sawdust out of gearing and to see that oil doesn't soil your project. Overall, it's not the best idea JMHO
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Re: Metal Lathe turning wood?

Post by david_dewey » Thu Aug 22, 2019 2:26 am

I turn wood on my lathe occasionally--however, it's pretty specialized turning; apple and manzanita to make bearings. Many uses for such bearings, the ones I made were used for Theatre Pipe Organ swell shades.
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Re: Metal Lathe turning wood?

Post by Rich Eagle » Thu Aug 22, 2019 1:38 pm

I have turned a dozen or more forms for metal spinning on my old Craftsman. A piece of light cardboard under the chuck keeps most of the sawdust out of the works. It works well on maple using the standard tool posts and bits.
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Re: Metal Lathe turning wood?

Post by BHarper » Thu Aug 22, 2019 4:46 pm

As stated above, one can turn wood on a metal lathe. You can't turn metal on a wood lathe.

You should try to keep the sawdust out of the "works." Cleaning that sawdust out of lubricated areas is a PIA. I often use aluminum foil to catch debris as it is created. It forms well to almost any shape and a length of string can help to keep it in place.

The photo below shows the wooden handle I made for the hand crank on my Metz. The original was cracked and falling apart.


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Re: Metal Lathe turning wood?

Post by Rich Bingham » Thu Aug 22, 2019 6:01 pm

BHarper wrote:
Thu Aug 22, 2019 4:46 pm
. . . Cleaning that sawdust out of lubricated areas is a PIA. I often use aluminum foil to catch debris as it is created. It forms well to almost any shape . . .


That's a great tip ! Nice job on the crank handle.
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Re: Metal Lathe turning wood?

Post by Duey_C » Sun Aug 25, 2019 12:25 am

Bill, thank you. Armstrong tool holder? AND we can drill thru.
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Re: Metal Lathe turning wood?

Post by Mark Gregush » Sun Sep 15, 2019 12:34 pm

Turned the tenons on some wood spoke blanks I bought on my Atlas. The turning was done at the tailstock end, so no real problem at the other end.
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Re: Metal Lathe turning wood?

Post by babychadwick » Sun Oct 06, 2019 9:05 am

Without a doubt, to get those nice smooth tapers on this cannon I started out on the lathe.
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Re: Metal Lathe turning wood?

Post by Herb Iffrig » Tue Oct 08, 2019 8:43 am

Have a look at one of my favorite youtube posters' videos:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b68CI4cxjAM

That is one of many wagon making videos he has.

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