It’s done. I have finally ordered myself a proper wood lathe. It’s a Twister FU-200, from Simon Hope. The lathe itself is a German make, with a 16″ swing and 28″ between centres. And since I intend to go quite big with some pieces, I also ordered the bed extension, which, together with the swivel head, will give me a maximum diameter of 32″.
I have been playing around with this idea for quite some time. The green goddess is a metal lathe, and not ideal for wood turning. I can get the speed up to about 2k rpm, but only for abnout 10 minutes, and then it starts to get very warm. The saddle gets in the way of many cuts, and I am limited to 10″ diameter. Actually, more like 9″, since you always need a little bit to just get your work piece round. And at that diameter, I can’t get the tool rest where I want it, it’s all dictated by the general build of the machine. As said, it’s a metal lathe, and I am abusing it.
So now, I have to rearrange the workshop. Nut just a little, but quite majorly, because I don’t intend to sell the green goddess. After all, it’s good for a lot of things. Metal turning, for a start, which allows me to combine metal and wood work into one. And it comes in very handy as a disk sander.
Well, I am almost there. Had to box up a lot of the model building stuff, and throw out some other stuff, but it’ll work. I can’t tell you how exited I am!