Turning Archive 2005
(I posted this in the main messages by mistake)
A co-worker of mine who makes pipes (for smoking) as a hobby. When he heard I had a lathe, he asked me about turning acrylic pipe stems. I tried it using a 3/4" square rod of acrylic. I observed:
1. it really stinks when it cuts and gets worse if it gets hot
2. not having grain it doesnt have much strength
3 it breaks easily
4. its hard to get a nice finish from the tools
Does anybody know anthing about turning acrylic in small diameters. Is it better suited for a metal lathe or for scrapers.
What are the tricks for turning small diameter acrylic?