Metal Spinning on a Wood Lathe

Introduction: Metal Spinning on a Wood Lathe

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From turning a wood mandrel to cutting an aluminum blank and forming
the disc. The spinning tools used for this project are all made in my shop.
The item is a candle cup.

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    4 Discussions


    10 months ago

    This video was posted a good while back. I'm wondering which midi- or mini-lathe to get for metal spinning, which puts stress on a lathe in a way different way from wood turning. Did your Delta lathe hold up to metal spinning?


    1 year ago

    It's a circle cutter, they are a fairly standard tool. here is a commercially made one on eBay:

    You might have to perform a more local search to find one near you.

    I think you could improvise something very similar using one of the cheap disc shears:

    A length of wood against the ceiling might suffice to hold the metal down on to the pivot. (to suggest one way to avoid building a large stiff clamp frame)