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Forum topic by Neodogg posted 05-07-2009 05:59 AM 1523 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-07-2009 05:59 AM

Howdy, I was going through my g-pa’s shop looking to see what I could bring back to Ohio and he has two metal lathes, (1) old Craftsman, (1) Atlas. I don’t do any metal work (yet), but is there a use for them in wood working? I know little to nothing about lathes wood or metal.

-- If you can't fix it with a hammer, you've got an electrical problem!

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#1 posted 05-07-2009 06:18 AM

I had a neighbor who turned wood on his metal lathe all the time but I don’t think the swing is very big on many metal lathes.

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#2 posted 05-07-2009 07:18 AM

I have known a few guys who used metal lathes to turn wood with. I personally have never done it….but they have turned out some nice pieces.

-- Don S.E. OK

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#3 posted 05-07-2009 08:06 AM

We used a metal lathe in combination with a spindle head to make barley twists, worked sweet on ordinary turnings as well, grab it while you can.

-- if the hand is not working it is not a pure hand

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#4 posted 05-07-2009 08:36 AM

I have a friend who turns wood on his metal lathe. Just can’t swing too big a piece.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#5 posted 05-07-2009 09:53 AM

if you can get one that goes to a decent speed. most of them are too slow for wood turning

-- BRODY. NSW AUSTRALIA -arguments with turnings are rarely productive-

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#6 posted 05-07-2009 03:47 PM

I wish I had a metal lathe. It would come in very handy when creating jig parts.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#7 posted 05-07-2009 04:55 PM

lew has a great point !!!!

-- Don S.E. OK

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#8 posted 05-07-2009 07:54 PM

thanks for the ideas, maybe I’ll grab them (space permitting) after I get the joiner & some cabinets

-- If you can't fix it with a hammer, you've got an electrical problem!

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#9 posted 05-07-2009 08:25 PM

I always wanted one and had I not bought a Jet 9×20 a bunch of years back I’d make you an offer. Craftsman used to make some decent ones and Altas definitely did.

I do use mine for more then metal, wood and plastic too. It does come in handy when you need that one thing you can’t buy or something one off.

I was as recently as yesterday thinking of using it to repair a stud from a Delta DP-220 motor mount that someone welded the nut on if I couldn’t find a replacement stud or mount assembly. It does come in handy.

I would say keep one if you have the room.

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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#10 posted 05-07-2009 08:35 PM

Lew makes a great point. Having a small metal lathe would be handy for making or customizing parts to jigs and tools.

-- "At its best, life is completely unpredictable." - Christopher Walken

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