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By Retired
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Hi,

Good luck if/when you have a go at metal spinning TFrench; your Wadkin lathe will be up to the job; I like Wadkin machinery which lasts forever if cared for but even if its abused it can easily be rebuilt mostly needing bearings and drive belts. I used to own a big heavy Dominion woodturning lathe but it proved too big taking up lots of workshop space.

You'll need to check the aluminium grade you have access to; I'm sure with practice any aluminium sheet can be turned but the correct metal spinning aluminium is the softest grade.

www.aalco.co.uk/datasheets/Aluminium-Alloy-3003-0-Sheet_59.ashx

1100-0 grade is even better but both 3003 and 1100-0 are the aluminium grades to go for knowing they will give good results during metal spinning.

Kind regards, Colin.