What Is A Wood Lathe? Wood Lathe Works

Easy Wood Tools offers a series of replaceable carbide cutter woodturning tools that address fatigue, safety and efficiency like no other tools. An extra advantage of using a jam chuck is that it holds the work completely centered (or not, if that is your intention), which is not always the case with a manufactured chuck due to machining quality and inconsistencies in the wood. I do find the steel on the Ultimate Gouge holds an edge longer than my other tools and I can get it very, very sharp.

This tool serves the purpose and the worst that can happen from it is that it won’t work. This is less prominent with modern lathes and carbide tooling, but with HSS and carbon steel tooling you have to limit the cutting speed to avoid overheating and softening the tool. The banjo handle on the Vega bowl lathe is a real ball buster and huge pain in the back side. I just move the banjo up next to the headstock and turn the tool rest to be perpendicular to the ways of the lathe. The second option is to mount the duplicator on the back side of the lathe and turn the cutter upside down.

Head to eBay to search from a wide inventory of wood lathes; options range from vintage models to a full scale Powermatic with digital readout and integrated tool storage. Understanding how each tool works is essential for the proper usage of a wood chisel, and the best results come with a lot of practice. I have just recently bought an MC 900 lathe from Timbecon the same as the one from Carbatec.

In order to get the best results and products, a woodworker has to know all the different tools used in a wood lathe, and understand their unique characteristics, features and capabilities. If you want to build something solid for turning larger and longer pieces of wood you’ll need to use bigger materials like washing machine motor, bigger bearings etc. While most wood lathes weigh 100 to 400 pounds, the Serious Wood Lathe (SL2542) weighs in at over 1580 pounds — including enough power, control, and capacity to handle any project. A handheld tool called a graver is often used in preference to a slide-mounted tool. I’ve made a couple Oland Tools (image below) that make use of metal lathe keys.

Of course there are lot of other solutions for making a homemade wood lathe, bigger,stronger, solid etc. A jam chuck can still be utilized by keeping the tail stock in place to the bitter end, simply requiring that a small nub in the center be carved away after turning. What I did not see mention was Safety a lathe IS DANGEROUS pieces will come flying at you. You can side the headstock on Powermatic and Robust lathes and then turn bowls off the end of the lathe bed.

Getting back to the above $399 plus tools package……..about the only other hobby that you can start and persue for for many years at that price is keeping silk worms……..and only if you have your own mulberry tree. The tools used for that are called, with staggering clarity, roughing gouges, examples of which are shown in the photo. I attended a local Adult education wood turning course in Feb – the best thing I could have done… given me the basics on tool techniques, sharpening etc. Either way the money spent on that 110 volt lathe and a ton more on tools is all just wasted money.

I have an old wood lather and it is a real pleasure making shavings with it. I am not an artist, but with the lathe I have become one. The carbide turning tool is available from small to aggressively large to suit your needs. A workpiece may be mounted on a mandrel , or circular work clamped in a three- or four-jaw chuck For irregular shaped workpieces it is usual to use a four jaw (independent moving jaws) chuck.

Though for CNC lathes there are much less differences between CNC metal and CNC wood lathes, machine rigidity requirements are probably the biggest difference there. New to wood turning and not sure it’s something I want to spend a huge amount on. With that in mind a buddy has both HF lathes and they are workhorses. STEP 9: To remove the last bit of paper fibers and glue from the bottom of the turning, a few seconds on a belt sander does the trick (see Photo 9). All that’s left now is to add the finish of your choice, if you didn’t already do a friction polish on the lathe. Basically we will cover the…um…basics to getting started turning on a foot powered lathe.

In my research for these part numbers for the Craftsman lathe, I see the parts are no longer available. For example, a chuck which fits the inboard end will need an adaptor to enable it to fit on the outboard end. Needs hardwood carving busybodied Bee Tools is your author 10 plywood for wood lathes & woodturning centres. Out of the box it was perfect, the headstock and tail stock lined up perfectly and the tool rest move freely when not clamped.

Work of this nature, where the diameter of the workpiece is large in relation to its thickness and where the piece is normally mounted from only one side, is known as ‘faceplate’ turning – even if you use a chuck instead of a faceplate. The original watchmaker’s turns was a simple dead-center lathe with a moveable rest and two loose head-stocks. I’ve searched this forum for GMC and couldn’t find much on the lathe – I found three posts, 1 was negative and two were positive when keeping in mind the cost of the beast. You can cut through the remainder with a hand saw while the assembly is still mounting on the lathe.

If I was held at gun point and had to recommend a lathe under $3000, I guess it would be Jet 1642. Stand to one side when you do start the lathe so that if anything does fly off – loose bits of bark, for instance – you will be out of the line-of-fire. A patternmaker’s lathe looks like a heavy wood lathe, often with a turret and either a leadscrew or a rack and pinion to manually position the turret The turret is used to accurately cut straight lines. That’s the same lathe I use Marvin and theKCtermite are correct with what they say.

Always check the lathe speed before switching the lathe on to avoid the risk of starting it whilst it is set to run at too high a speed. The workpiece may be supported between a pair of points called centres , or it may be bolted to a faceplate or held in a chuck A chuck has movable jaws that can grip the workpiece securely. We believe we have the largest selection and the most cost efficient carbide wood lathe tools of this type on the market now. Take it from a woodturner of 50+ years….they have nothing that makes for a safe lathe. I would highly recommend if you are thinking about turning this is a great entry level lathe.

This variety of tools used with wood lathes consists of different chisels, used for creating the unique designs and patterns resulted from wood turning. From first appearances, the Easy Wood Tools Easy Chuck body looks very similar to the mid sized body chucks available from many other manufacturers located throughout the world. To start I’m pretty sure that metal lathes and wood lathes have different speeds they tend to use.wood lave	wood lave

You can do this with regular clamps — which I do if I’m making up additional blanks while my lathe is otherwise occupied — but if you’re only working on one project you’ll find it efficient to use your lathe. You have to get your tooling set up all in the right places and adjust your tools to feed in the proper direction, at the proper rate. I jus picked up the same lathe at a deal locally on craigslist w/ three turning tools.

If you compare this lathe to other mini lathes then note how this mini lathe has a real METAL hand wheel on the tailstock. I just wanted to let you all know how much I like my new lathe (G0462 Wood Lathe With Digital Readout). At the other end of the lathe bed is the tailstock, which supports the end of the workpiece and which can be moved along the bed to suit different lengths of workpiece. I bought a cheap lathe last year and went tropo for the first couple of months, but now I rarely touch it, I prefer makeing cabinets.

When choosing a wood for turning, keep in mind that it has to be free from defects (knots, checks, splits and shakes) and straight grained. A hunk ” iron sticking out of the tool post makes a great tool rest and for that long boring process of rounding up you have the carriage with power feeds. By all means start with a cheap set of tools, but invest in sharpening gear (razor sharp cheap tools still cut, just not as long as better quality tools).