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14-01-2011, 19:13
Anyone done this ?

Gonna source some sheet, thin ss and try out at work (school) on a metal lathe.

Everything Mac
14-01-2011, 20:07
A chap who works in my Dads industrial unit does this for a living. - Quite a skill in it.

Certainly worth a go if you have the right equipment.


14-01-2011, 20:29
I've seen Fred Dibnah have a go in one of his programmes...

14-01-2011, 21:27
I mind seeing it done as a demo at the Modern Homes Exhibition in the Kelvin Hall, years ago.
Fascinating to watch :D
The fellow sold a lot of pots too :cool:


14-01-2011, 21:30
I didn't know about this - thanks!

No Idea
14-01-2011, 21:56
Cant help but wonder where the metal all goes!

Can that really be that easy?

Wonder if I can do it in the kitchen....

14-01-2011, 23:13
I've spun before its hard work but can produce some really good results. Never done it on a metal lathe as you'll have to make a special tool post as well as your tools and i have somewhere in the back of my head that there is a problem with torque/speed on metal lathes rather than spinning lathes.

start small and with anealed aluminium let us know how you get on. My head of department would have my hide (too much risk apparently)!!!

14-01-2011, 23:24
Risk is if the disc loosens, as there would be no hole in the disc before spinning. I will do it with a hole first. I will also make a support for the tail stock. Of course this is if I ever get time to do all the stuff and all the other work........

15-01-2011, 09:48
Stainless will be very hard to work. You're best off starting with a piece of thin annealed copper or brass which will be much easier to work. I've used wooden formers, but as stated above, proper tools would be better.

Good Luck!

Whittler Kev
15-01-2011, 11:57
I hate you for showing me this.....You know I'll have to try it :(