Re: Metal Lathe, do you machine wood
1 & 2. I have two lathes -- a Taig 3” lathe and a 9” South Bend made in the 1950s, which is my favorite tool in my shop. I love it and couldn’t do what I want to do without it. The Taig is also an excellent precision machine, but good mostly for small parts. You can make small parts on a big lathe but you can’t make big parts on a little one.toggle quoted messageShow quoted text
3. I prefer to work with brass or free-machining steel. Aluminum machines well but I don’t like the material.
4. I have machined wood but don’t like to on my lathes for the reasons Vance outlined. I ALWAYS use a vacuum in close proximity to the cutting tool when machining wood, and thoroughly clean up afterward. If it’s a larger part, I’ll put some protective plastic over parts of the lathe.
5. I also have two milling machines -- a Taig, which is excellent for most things that I do, and a Rusnok for larger or heavier work.