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The basis for the following article was written by [[Tyler Lane]] for his [http://www.tylerlanepipes.com/index.php website], and is used by permission.
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The metal lathe can play a huge role in pipe making. If large enough, it can be used for stummels as well as stems. Many pipe makers have both metal lathes, and wood lathes, others have only one or the other, and still others have multiple metal lathes set up for different procedures. For a complete description of the metal lathe, see the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metal_lathe (Wikipedia link)].
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The main advantage of metal lathes over wood lathes is the tool carriage, which moves the cutting tool precisely at any angle relative to the work. This is nearly essential when cutting stem tenons, for example. Many pipe makers also use this feature to rough in stummel shapes, using it freehand, sort of like the old Etch a Sketch (children's toy). It is also possible to set up a wood lathe type tool rest on a`metal lathe, which allows the use of wood lathe tools.
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== Full size metal lathes ==
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== Mini metal lathes ==
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=== Chinese made ===
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=== The Taig ===
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The basis for the Taig section of this article was written by [[Tyler Lane]] for his [http://www.tylerlanepipes.com/index.php website], and is used by permission.
    
I have a Taig, micro metal lathe, and micro it is! For those that are familiar with metal lathes, they would be socked at how small this lathe is. This is it greatest feature and it greatest weakness. Considering the price, this is a wonderful little tool. It is used to turn the tenons on stems to the precise diameter needed for a good fit between stem and stummel. It is also a key tool for doing stem inlay work.
 
I have a Taig, micro metal lathe, and micro it is! For those that are familiar with metal lathes, they would be socked at how small this lathe is. This is it greatest feature and it greatest weakness. Considering the price, this is a wonderful little tool. It is used to turn the tenons on stems to the precise diameter needed for a good fit between stem and stummel. It is also a key tool for doing stem inlay work.

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