I've been trying to get re-acquaintaned with my lathe, I've gone through and did all the setup correctly (I think) but when I'm trying to do a facing or turning operation I seem to be getting a ton of tool chatter and it's leaving the cuts very rough. I've been trying to turn and cut some 1.25 inch aluminum. The part is less than 3X the diameter long. I haven't used a live center on the part because I don't want a hole on the end. It's going to become a cap.
I thought something might be loose on the cross slide so I went back last night and readjusted it again. Still no joy, I'm going to be going an getting some of those carbide insert type cutting tools today. I think part of the issue is those cheap Harbor Freight tools. I also think I might be not using the proper angles but I cannot seem to find any info on these HF cutters and the angles they need.
Any help here would be much appreciated.