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John Smith

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#1 posted 09-22-2020 01:04 AM



My guess from a thousand miles away is your using spur centers. After you rough it out round did you tighten up your center.
Another possibility is your using a low quality lathe from Horrible freight.
If not there’s still hope.

Good Luck

- Aj2

I agree that the tension between the centers could have loosened up a bit.
it could also be a combination of other factors: speed, sharpness of tools,
tools sharpened at the wrong angles, tools held at the wrong angle, yada yada yada.
and believe you me, I have had more than my fare share of snags, catches and tear routs !!!!!

I am on my 2nd HF lathe in 30 years and I have turned some pretty fancy things on it.
I would not blame the machine just because of its brand.

a video of the table leg being turned may shed some light on the issues and concerns.

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