Turning Archive 2005

Subject:
Turn acrylic on wood lathe or metal lathe?

tim conlon
>Hi All,

(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?

Thanks,

Tim

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