|Forum topic by ckorkyrun89||posted 489 days ago||727 views||0 times favorited||7 replies|
489 days ago
This is my first post but I have been lurking for about 6 months so far.
I am currently designing a substantial bowl and spindle lathe. Currently, it will have a 21” swing and about 48” between centers. The 21” dimension is to make the most out of my nova chuck and the 48 inch dimension is somewhat arbitrary and I figure it allows me to turn just about anything I would ever need.
I have been using a 12 inch Delta lathe that is about 15 years old. The headstock casting is pretty flimsy and turning any bowl over about 6 inches really is pretty scary. I believe it has a cast iron bed and I have never had a problem with it rusting.
In doing some research on exactly what I should include when making this lathe I have noticed that some of the more expensive brands advertise having stainless steel. I plan on using steel sections and creating a large welded together lathe so other than cost having stainless steel for the bed would not be a problem. I am wondering if anyone that has a steel lathe as opposed to cast iron ever has problems with rust or corrosion or if it is a gimmick that I need not worry about.