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Forum topic by konnon6 posted 903 days ago 873 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Topic tags/keywords: lathe shaping question arts and crafts

Has anybody done metal spinning on a wood lathe? I’ve heard its not that hard to do.
I want to spin a brass top for my wood porch light project.

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#1 posted 903 days ago

Some details here:

I didn’t notice anything about annealing the brass, but any shape changing will usually produce ‘work hardening’ in metals, so annealing before starting, and throughout the shaping process, should help.

Anneal by heating to red heat and allowing to cool slowly/plunging in water – I’m not sure which is best for brass – try and see (if you tap the sheet and get a dull sound rather than a ‘ring’ it’s soft and ready for forming),

-- Don, Somerset UK,

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#2 posted 902 days ago

I know penn state is trying to branch out into metal spinning. They have the free catalog and dvd deal like they offer for pen turning. Good luck and let us know how it ‘turns out’ ; )

-- Karen - a little bit of stupid goes a long way

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#3 posted 902 days ago

There was just an episode on metal spinning on Woodturning Workshop on Create TV. You might be able to find it online. It wasn’t the best show, but it would be a great start to see it in action.

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