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Posted on Adapting metal working lathe for wood turning

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#1 posted 08-08-2017 02:56 PM

Been there, done that.

The wood dust doesn’t harm a metal lathe but wood dust mixed with oil will surely gum up the works! It gets into things like the half nut and eventually you find it will begin to pop out while following the lead screw and mess up a cut. I had to disassemble my lathe carriage to clean out my half nut because of this. It also builds between the carriage and the lathe bed and the carriage movement stiffens. Not to mention oily wood dust is a mess to clean up!

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