lathe question

cayman shen

Master Member
I can't afford a metal lathe, so I had the bright (?) idea of using a wood lathe to turn delrin or acrylic or what have you, then maybe chroming or airbrushing the metallic bits.

1) is this a stupid idea?

2) are there any inexpensive lathes with tool rests/accurate tool movement that anyone's used?

3) what kind of tools would I be looking at to start turning?

I've looked around, but I figured someone here would know the best option, or a good one at least.


Sr Member
Will not work.

A wood lathe can not hold parts and has no tool holder for cutting tools.

You could really get hurt trying this, please do not.


cayman shen

Master Member
Thanks for warning me off before I blew a lot of money and lost an eye or something. I could have sworn someone said you can turn plastic on a wood lathe, but no? Oh well