I got a Grizzly G8688 7x12 Metal lathe

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keithbyrd

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SO I got the metal lathe- been wanting to do this for a long time! Here is the problem. I know almost nothing about metal lathes!
So any tips, tricks, video sources etc would be greatly appreciated!!
Those who use metal lathe for pen turning - what cutters do you use?

Thanks folks!
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Congrats. I started out with this lathe and made many pens on it: a good portion of those being reasonably complex. This lathe will serve you well. One upgrade I would make ASAP is a quick change tool post. Little machine shop sells them, and they are a godsend. this one should be compatible with your lathe.

 

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Congratulations Keith. This will help you get started also.

To go along with the QCTP John has posted, you can look for a set of Indexable turning tools on ebay to save some bucks. Otherwise LMS has a set for $150.00 LMS is a good source for all your metal lathe needs. But then so is ebay.
 

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@keithbyrd - CONGRATULATIONS on your new lathe !!! . . . You are going to have MUCH FUN with it !! . A Sieg lathe by the looks . . like mine !

I do NOT recommend buying the multi-shaped cutter sets that are commonly sold in a variety pack by some vendors -- you don't need most that are in the set - - and besides that, those variety-pack carbide cutters tend to break easily and often. . The pack may not even include a round.

I see such a set (red) in the picture you showed.

The cutting tool that I have used for 10 years (some infrequent replacements during that period) is a round carbide cutter, 11 mm diameter, supplied by Global Tooling in Portland, OR, and fitted to a straight 5/16 tool holder bar (not quite square cross section) which was made by Ken Ferrell (IAP member who I have not seen on-line for several years now).

I would suggest that you try to get Rick Herrell ( Username: rherrell ) to make a cutter like this for you, using the same Global Tooling carbide.
I order from Global Tooling by phone, as needed. . The people there are very helpful and very prompt to ship.

I use this cutter for everything I make.- "plastic", wood, aluminum and brass. . . It is a superb workhorse for pens !!!

I believe this is the cutter that I buy, as needed. . . I will check to be sure - - contact me directly for further info.

 
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keithbyrd

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Congrats. I started out with this lathe and made many pens on it: a good portion of those being reasonably complex. This lathe will serve you well. One upgrade I would make ASAP is a quick change tool post. Little machine shop sells them, and they are a godsend. this one should be compatible with your lathe.

Thanks for the input and link!
 

keithbyrd

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Congratulations Keith. This will help you get started also.

To go along with the QCTP John has posted, you can look for a set of Indexable turning tools on ebay to save some bucks. Otherwise LMS has a set for $150.00 LMS is a good source for all your metal lathe needs. But then so is ebay.
Thank Chuck! will do some research!
 

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@keithbyrd - CONGRATULATIONS on your new lathe !!! . . . You are going to have MUCH FUN with it !! . A Sieg lathe by the looks . . like mine !

I do NOT recommend buying the multi-shaped cutter sets that are commonly sold in a variety pack by some vendors -- you don't need most that are in the set - - and besides that, those variety-pack carbide cutters tend to break easily and often. . The pack may not even include a round.

I see such a set (red) in the picture you showed.

The cutting tool that I have used for 10 years (some infrequent replacements during that period) is a round carbide cutter, 11 mm diameter, supplied by Global Tooling in Portland, OR, and fitted to a straight 5/16 tool holder bar (not quite square cross section) which was made by Ken Ferrell (IAP member who I have not seen on-line for several years now).

I would suggest that you try to get Rick Herrell ( Username: rherrell ) to make a cutter like this for you, using the same Global Tooling carbide.
I order from Global Tooling by phone, as needed. . The people there are very helpful and very prompt to ship.

I use this cutter for everything I make.- "plastic", wood, aluminum and brass. . . It is a superb workhorse for pens !!!

I believe this is the cutter that I buy, as needed. . . I will check to be sure - - contact me directly for further info.

Thanks Mal - I appreciate the input and the links!
 

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I have found the youtube machining community to be pretty plentiful. Some of the channels that I like include: Blondihacks, oxtoolco, this old tony, mrpete222, keith rucker, abom79, joe pieczynki, woods creek workshop, frank hoose. I think most of the channels/creators will do at least some of the beginner topics, but sometimes it is fun to learn about the more advanced techniques and specialized tools to get a more well rounded understanding of the topic.
 
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