Turning Archive 2004

Req. for unusual lathe situation

Wanna turn
>Can anyone name a lathe that is appropriate for BOTH metal and woodturning?

I understand and am willing to deal with all the issues surrounding woodchips in the acme threads. And I know I won't be able to find a swing as large as most wood lathes. But I note that some metal lathes have a pretty good "swing over gap". I just don't know how long the "gap" is usually.

Here's the deal. I've money for ONE lathe. And room for ONE lathe and one mill, and I definitely want to be able to mill and turn metal sometime in the next 3 or 4 years. But I want to turn wood very soon (Christmas) and buying two lathes just seems a waste. Also, I want to be able to easily and quickly turn dowels of a precise diameter, and thread them precisely, and I just haven't seen woodlathes or woodlathe accesories that are set up to do that.

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