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#1 posted 03-03-2010 12:16 AM

I have just reciently been using my Atlas Metal Lathe for wood turning. I needed 50 3/4X 4 1/4 and 25 1/4X 4 1/4 disks for wheels on a project. I tuned them in batches of 5 wheel sets 10 3/4 pieces and 5 1/4 pieces stacked together with a 1/4 threaded rod holding the stack together. I first center drilled the 1/4 rod, then stacked my pieces on it, tightned two nuts down, chucked it in the lathe and machined the wood stock down to 4.25 making each wheel identical. I could have done it on the wood lathe, but this was faster and they are all the same. Yes there was tons of chips, but it cleaned up well. And a little oiling and it was back to normal.

-- Ray

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