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#1 posted 06-12-2008 08:17 PM

I don’t have hardly any turning experience. But when a very small metal lathe came into our tool shop I decided to “test” it out. I turned these:

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The thing about using a metal lathe is that it is like using an Etch-a-Sketch to turn wood (you don’t hold the turning tool by hand). There is an X dial and a Y dial that move the tip and it takes quite a bit of unnatural coordination. It makes some things easy (like making a perfect barrel) and some things harder (like natural seeping curves). But it can be done!

-- Happy woodworking!

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