Metal Spinning

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Metal Spinning

Post by MochetVelo » Mon Jun 09, 2014 5:11 am

Metal spinning is normally done on special lathes, but it is quite possible on a normal wood or metal lathe. It's commonly used for brass lamp parts. It may be worth a try if you want to save some money, and enjoy a challenge. Be sure your metal is fully annealed before spinning. It may be necessary to re-anneal it during the spinning process. For brass, you simply heat the metal to a red glow, then let it cool (dip in water, if desired). The spinning tools are made long so they fit under your arm for stability. Here's a good video:

To learn more, Terry Tynan made some good DVDs. You can rent them at SmartFlix: ... g-Workshop

Penn State Industries, in association with Terry Tynan, sells a spinning kit designed to fit any wood lathe with an 10" swing (swing being the largest diameter you can turn on a particular lathe). ... odpage=1MS (I have no association with them, but I might buy it!)


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Re: Metal Spinning

Post by 15max » Wed Jun 11, 2014 5:57 am

Very nice video. Here is a link to making some E&J lamp burners: ... 1326907131

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