That looks pretty darn good for a first cut, you might want to try reducing the amount of stick out on your cutting tool though. I have a similar lathe and they are not known as rigid machines. Any thing you can do to reduce flex will be a good thing. If you want to see how much they move, try an interrupted cut on a piece of square or hex and watch the tool holder bounce around. Stu
Thanks for the tip in stick out. The cut you see was not the actual first cut. The pipe was ROUGH so it took a bunch of cut to get to this point. I have some aluminum stock to play with when I get home.