mnrok Posted September 30, 2014 Share Posted September 30, 2014 Need advice on turning legs/spindles that taper down to between 1/16" to 1/8" diameter and 2" to 3" long on a duplicator lathe without breaking as many as I turn out! Have a 13 year old CarbaTech mini lathe, 6" swing, 12 1/2" center, and variable speed between 400-4500. I use a duplicator with templates, sharp carbide cutter and am fairly proficient at woodturning....at least I thought I was! Any secrets on turning really thin spindles. I know on full size lathes there are what is called a steady rest that is basically a couple of roller wheels that follow the turned piece so that it prevents whip and vibration on long thin turnings.Is there anything out there similar to this. On full size lathes you can sometimes hold the piece with one hand while holding the turning tool with the other to prevent whip or vibration. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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