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Old 09-27-2017, 09:44 AM   #21 (permalink)
 
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Brass and aluminum turn almost as easily as woods or plastics with a standard wood lathe . All my pens are turned with my Jet mini , brass and aluminum as well . I prefer the jet because the ease of set up allows me the flexibility to design on the fly and any changes are almost instantaneous . I drill on the lathe and turn between centers so the only set up is to change the chuck (4 jaw or er 32 collet ) or the dead center , takes only seconds to do .
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I have been using a metal lathe daily for 6 months or so and I LOVE it. I have been making only kitless pens though. I appreciate it for threading with taps and dies. I have dialed in the tailstock and get very nice results. Drilling is also wonderful on it. I have a Jacobs spindle nose flexible collet chuck which is fantastic. I can't live without a metal lathe.

I have started doing kitless parts using stainless steel. the metal lathe is necessary for that as well.

With that said, I have three wood lathes, 2 of which I use almost daily. I like the speed afforded by the wood lathe at 3600 RPM for shaping of the nose cones, any final sanding I have to do as well as micro meshing and polishing. Then the buffing wheels which I cannot do without either!

You need both!
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Old 10-04-2017, 05:56 AM   #23 (permalink)
 
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I have both. Metal lathe for kitless parts and aluminum pens. Wood lathe for everything else.
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Sometimes making stuff on a metal lathe is just fun. Go for it. Learn to use a new tool. If you hate it, they hold their value, so you can sell it.

Stupid analogy, but what the heck. I love this Puerto Rican restaurant. For a couple of years, I only at their jerked chicken. Awesome. One day they had mofongo on special so I tried it with pulled pork. Even more awesome. Turns out I love both, but some days I feel more like chicken than pork.

Isn't that why they make both Mounds and Almond Joy. Sometimes you feel like a nut and sometimes you don't.

Must be lunch time.
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Old 10-08-2017, 08:32 PM   #25 (permalink)
 
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I bought a big good metal lathe, and in terms of pens, I use it only for kitless.
It is good to make some mandrels, custom parts, but all of my "kit" pens are made on an old crappy Chinese wood lathe:) Just because I could never have the same finish on a wood with a fixed tool in a tool holder as with my skew.

Also, my metal lathe is going only 750rpm, which is extremely low for a wood. Chinese mini-lathes are better in that regard, going up to 2000, may be? One more thing to consider.
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