I have to make up some aluminium parts, these are basicaly feet for a table.
The legs are made from 2" tube and I have spun up the top ends from alloy so they are the same o/d as the tube with a step down so they press fit into the tube.
1/2" inside the tube 1 1/2" outside the tube.
I would like to do the same for the feet only have the parts rounded, so it looks like half a ball on th eend of the tube.
The best effort I have made so far consists of turning a load of 'steps' into the part and finishing it off with a grinder!
Is there a good way of turning this on a manual lathe?
The only other way I have found is to draw a shape onto a bit of card, tape it to the bed by the cross slide and try to follow it by eye to shape the part. Again, It needed much work with the grinder!