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Posted on Adapting metal working lathe for wood turning

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Mainiac Matt

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#1 posted 08-02-2017 01:10 PM

If you were good with an EtchaSketch when you were a kid, should be no problem working the crosslide and carriage hand wheel at the same time to form curves and radiuses on a work piece. Give it a try.

- unbob

Bob,

It sounds like you have “turned the wheels” on a metal working lathe yourself, because the EtchaSketch analogy is spot on. I used to think I was pretty good on the EtchaSketch, and could do fairly smooth diagonal lines… but I have yet to find a way to salvage a botched turning by flipping it upside down and shaking it :^)


Nice work. What model lathe is that (looks sorta like a Shop Fox)? At one point, I did think about doing something similar on my South Bend, but wound up just buying a wood lathe instead :)

Cheers,
Brad

- MrUnix

Hey Brad, It’s a Grizzly 10×22 (you can see better pics on my stand build project if your interested)

-- Matt -- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam


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