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Posted on Adapting metal working lathe for wood turning

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#1 posted 08-02-2017 05:54 PM

I’m not so happy with using a metal lathe for turning wood. First, wood chips and dust will get into the workings of the lathe and compromise the accuracy. Second, the speeds are usually not fast enough for turning wood. I have a great old Sheldon metal working lathe, but for woodworking, I bought a wood lathe. I have on occasion, turned a piece of wood on the Sheldon, but I didn’t like the mess it made.There’s a saying; “use the right tool for the right purpose”. That I believe. A metal working lathe is a precision machine and should be treated with respect.

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