Metal lathes arean't really very good for woodworking. Speeds are wrong,
knives are different, etc.. Unless you have money for a lot of tooling,
they're harder to use because of the differences between things made of
metal and of wood. IFF a metal lathe worked for wood, it'd also be slower
and cut rougher in wood.
There ARE some that would work, but they're generally pretty pricey. OH,
and more comples to operate and maintain properly.
Thanks for all the input! Gonna have to give this some thought.
I can see where the speed might be a factor, but I think you could
grind a tool bit to slice with a little care and design. I agree that
inside cuts on a bowl would be tough on a metal lathe, but I'm not
fully convinced outside cuts couldn't be done.
As to the artistry of it all, i presently enjoy a dove tail jig for the
router, but also enjoy doing them with a saw and chisel. Both have
their uses. I can see the art and skill with a wood lathe and a bowl,
but also the repeatability and precision of a metal lathe.
Oh, well.... Guess I'll make some more saw dust.
Thanks to all,
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