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Posted on Applications of 60RPM to 250RPM on a wood lathe?

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JorgeJO53M

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#1 posted 07-12-2017 05:05 PM


For cutting, surface speed, which is a product of rpm & diameter, is important. As others said, large diameter pieces need slower rpm whether roughing or finishing. Larger dia bowls and platters, like 16” and up, need speeds below 500 rpm. Research cutting speed charts.

Sanding is another reason for slower speeds, but finishing can be as well. I finish most of my turnings using the lathe to spin them. Depending on the finish type & piece dia slow speed can really help.

- OSU55

Thanks, I partially did my research on cutting speed charts. Partially because never looked into full size lathes, can’t afford one. I looked up to midi lathes, didn’t also looked up to midi lathes with extension table. I’ve never touched a lathe in my life neither have I looked at one in person. Although I have made my research (not absolutely extensive) but due to complete lack of experience I decided to try forums.

Making and example of a piece dimensions: 11.75” inch diameter and 42” inch long (Midi lathe with extension bed 1hp 110v/115v) What would be your aproximately ideal speed for sanding?

Thank you for sharing me your experience and time.


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