Lathes

A collection of articles on lathes.

 

How to Calculate Safe Wood Lathe Speed?
By: Kent Weakley
Have you ever thought the wood lathe speed of a bowl blank is turning too fast or too slow?

If the lathe is too fast, things can get dangerous. If the lathe is too slow, turning can become tedious. Wood lathe speed while making wooden bowls is important for two reasons – safety and efficiency. If the lathe is too fast the turning bowl blank can become a dangerous projectile. If the lathe is too slow, cuts become clumsy and turning a bowl can take a long time.

In this article, Kent helps us to figure out the best lathe speed for turning (and hint: it's not using your RPM readout). This article is a "MUST READ" for all lathe users!

 

Idenitfy the Different Parts of your Wood Lathe
By: Kent Weakley
Knowing and being able to identify wood lathe parts is important, especially when first getting started. This article will go over the lathe basics, plus will cover much more. The goal is to help you identify wood lathe parts and accessories.

 

Wood Lathe Maintenance Checklist
By: Kent Weakley
In this article, Kent shares 7 areas for you to maintain your lathe. Most of us only perform maintenance when something goes wrong but with Kent's tips, you will reduce and eliminate problematic accumulations and make your lathe operate like new again.

 

Buying a Midi-Lathe
By: Alan Cusworth
In this article, Alan helps beginners to know what to look for in a lathe. He reviews many of the midi-lathes on the market to help you know what to buy. Since specifications on lathes change over time, it's important to get the most recent product specs from the manufacturer.

 

Making an Inexpensive Lathe Light with a Magnetic Base Fee-based Woodturning Articles by Andy Kuby
By: Andy Kuby
The little IKEA LED gooseneck lamp (JANSJÖ) is incredibly useful around the shop, and most of us have more than one. Here’s how I make an inexpensive lathe lamp using the IKEA light fixture and a magnetic base for a dial indicator (Grizzly Part H3328).

 

Verify & Align Your Lathe's Headstock With The TRUTH BAR Fee-based Woodturning Articles by Paul Rohrbacher
By: Paul Rohrbacher
The subject of this article flies under the Radar of most Woodturners. Accurate lathe set-up is mandatory for optimum results and possibly personal safety.

 

How to Keep your Lathe Alive
By: Angelo Schembari
In this article, Angelo helps us to keep our lathes alive by explaining the best ways to maintain a lathe. He explains ways to clean the ways (lathe bed), the tool rest and the banjo. He also tells how to best clean out the morse tapers on both our head stock and tail stock. Angelo then explains how to improve the action on your tail stock since they will often slip on the ways. And he explains how to clean lathe chucks. Lastly he explains how to change a best or head stock bearing. This is an excellent article for all woodturners since we all need to maintain our lathes!

 

Aligning Your Lathe
By: Dick Vietch
In this article, Dick Vietch shows us how to keep the headstock and tailstock of our lathes aligned. He uses a clever double-sided morse taper tool and explains how to use it.

 

1 Powermatic 3520A Spindle Removal and Reinstallation
By: Joe Johnson
In this article, Joe explains how to disassemble the headstock on his Powermatic 3520A lathe to replace the spindle. It took him 2 hours but with this knowledge, you may be lucky and take less time.

 

Add a Lathe Extension Bed
By: Dick Webber
Sometimes you just need a bit more room around your lathe. Dick Webber decided to add a fold down table to his lathe to solve this problem. Read the article to see how easy it would be to add to your lathe.

 

Your Guide to Choosing a Wood Lathe
By: Stephen S Johnson
In this short article, Stephen covers some of the basic questions that you should be asking yourself as you prepare to buy a lathe. Taking these things into consideration will help you make the best purchasing decision.

 

How to Test a Lathe
By: Ed Davidson
In this short article, Ed goes over the things that you would do to test a lathe . This guide is useful for when you're thinking of purchasing a new lathe. It can also be helpful for some checks as part doing regular maintenance on your lathe.

 

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