Yep, it's as simple as using a hand hacksaw.
But, if you use a wood lathe, you are 'not' going to come up with an equivalent to a metal lathe. It would work I'm sure, but I'm not sure you'd be happy.
What is it you ultimately want to make?
Joat, Thanks for response.
For starters I'd like to make that toolpost shown above just so that I could make something and get a taste of what its like to cut up metal and stick it together.
Yes - I realise that sticking that toolpost on a wood lathe is a poor substitute for a metal lathe.
I made the wood lathe from shopnotes issue 73, photo here ShopNotes-73 - Mini Lathe - Revista ShopNotes com idéia para construção de mini...
I've often thought it would be handy if I could make small metal things - ie a live centre, small replacement wheel for broken hinge on oven door, etc.
Ultimately I'd like to build a small metal lathe and a better wood lathe. After building the wood lathe I have wondered if a very simple metal lathe could be made by substituting pieces of steel instead of plywood in the shop notes plans. It wouldn't cut gears or threads but it would satisfy my immediate hankerings.
Have wondered about making this one http://www.green-trust.org/junkyardp...etherLathe.pdf
Maybe one day, after appropriate skills are in place I could build some of these things ? Build Your Own Lathe, Milling Machine and Attachments
I have read the David Gingery books but building a furnace doesnt appeal to me.
Retired - plenty of time and little money, interested in learning how to make something out of metal, so dont want to simply buy a cheap chinese lathe.