This homemade wood lathe works a lot better than it looks. The finished wood lathe will look something like this. Our researchers dug deep into their heaps of scraps and spare parts, found most of the necessary pieces, and figured out how to build a lathe from what they pulled out of the pile. I decided to try to make a wood lathe for pieces up to 4 inches in diameter and about 30 inches long, although I will not be trying something that big until I get more practice with small items, like tops, chess pieces, other little toys.
If you want to turn wood to make spindles or decorative chair legs, you’re going to need a lathe. Rather than spending a fortune on expensive hardware, you can put an old drill to good use instead. Awhile ago I decided to build myself a Home Made Wood Lathe. This is another one of those projects that I wasn’t sure was going to work and would require quite a bit of effort up front before I could see if it was going to work. Watch these beautiful spoons come to life on this wood lathe!
Building a wood lathe is a specialized skill, but with the right planning and patience you can DIY everything in your workshop. The Highland Woodturner, a free woodturning magazine and newsletter for woodturners from the folks at Highland Woodworking. Safety Guidebook for Woodturners: Safe, effective use of a wood lathe requires study and knowledge of procedures. To avoid injury and make your turning experience as satisfying as possible, the AAW has prepared this complimentary booklet to help you understand and use safe practices.
Transform A Power Drill Into A Miniature Wood Lathe
Check out a great collection of DIY Wood Lathe projects. Beginners make the mistake of going for the cheapest tools available, which is understandable considering that they are just starting to start a hobby. Darrell Feltmate is a juried wood turner showing you how to make your own turning tools in the typical home shop. Save money and have fun. This quick-to-make project slides between the rails in the lathe bed (known as the ways) and cradles turning tools within arm’s reach. For turning project plans for your shop, visit the Turning Projects section within the WOOD Store. The Highland Woodturner, a free monthly online publication devoted to Woodturning. Build an electric powered wood turning lathe from spare parts. Welcome to Woodturning Online, your source for wood turning information, projects, community and vendors. In easy to follow steps, I will show you how to make this piece.
Build A Wood Lathe From Scratch
I bought my first wood lathe for the sole purpose of making my own earrings. This was a smart move. Now I have HEAPS of earrings to wear, I can make them whenever I need/want more, I can make them for other people and I LOVE working with wood so it helps me stay happy.