Free Turning on a Metal Lathe

free turning metal

Some time ago I did some free turning on a metal lathe. Namely a Hobbymat MD65 and I was turning a steel spinning top. My approach at that time was to use a technique that mimicked that of wood turning. I ground a broken HSS centre drill into a lathe tool. The round bar of … Read more

Graver Handle

hand graver

A graver handle is just a turned wooden handle with a brass ferule around the neck to stop it splitting. The high speed steel graver is then just tapped into a pre-drilled hole in the handle. Simple, but I wanted something a bit more elegant. Also, as I’m starting out I want to be able … Read more

Wood Turning on Unimat 3

My wood turning technique will horrify the professional and amateur wood turners alike. However, having never had a lesson and starting with an Emco Unimat 3 when I was 11 years old I’ve developed a style where I mix metal turning and wood turning techniques. The first stage for me is to screw the roughly … Read more