Woodworking Lathes and Lathe Tools

Ace Makerspace has one large woodworking lathe currently as well as an assortment of tools and accessories. As of March 2021 classes are by request on the #workshop channel in the Ace Slack Workspace. For information on the metal lathe for metals and plastics please see the metal page.

 

WWGoA has a good refresher, in addition to the information on this page.

Projects made by Ace Members

Jason's wooden stool
Jason’s wooden stool

A few things you can make on a lathe

Here are some project ideas to get you inspired:

  • Bowls
  • Table legs
  • Candleholders
  • Rings
  • Bells
  • Magic wants

Ask the Makers:

Is there anything special to know about Ace’s wood lathe? 

  • “The “On” button does not turn the lathe on, but the switch on the side does!” –Will Kasten
  • “Be freakishly paranoid about long hair, sleeves, hoodie pulls etc. Getting these caught can be fatal” –Will Kasten
     

What Lathes do

A lathe spins your stock securely so that you can shape it by holding sharp chisels against the stock. You control how much wood is removed by pressing more or less hard. The chisel must be held at the proper angle and orientation to safely shape the spinning stock. You can also adjust the speed of the lathe to accommodate different sized stock, allowing you to shape anything from a thin table leg to a bowl.

About lathe tools and accessories

Ace's Lathe Diagram

Wood is secured in between the headstock and tailstock. The motor then spins the wood while tools, resting against the tool rest, shape and cut it. 

Two types of turning

Spindle Work — Wood is wedged between headstock and tailstock. You can shape and cut the side of the wood but you can’t cut the ends because the tailstock is in the way. 

Face Plate Work — Wood is only secured to the headstock by using screw or a “chuck.” This leaves the tailstock end free so that you can carve out wood and make bowls or other vessels.

Learn more about lathe tools on the Lathe Tools post

wood lathe speed chart

AMT265 Nova DVR XP Woodlathe November 8, 2019

Model: Nova DVR XP Woodlathe Manual: Manual PDF This video lists the new features in the Nova DVR XP Woodlathe that were not in our last lathe. Rubric for testing Lathe-CertificaitonRubric Logs Read more

Woodworking Lathe Tools July 18, 2019

About lathe tools and accessories Overview Wood is secured in between the headstock and tailstock. The motor then spins the wood while tools, resting against the tool rest, shape and cut it.  Two types of turning Spindle Work — Wood is wedged between headstock and tailstock. You can shape and… Read more