Questions tagged [lathe]

Lathes spin wood for the purpose of shaping the wood. Techniques, features, safety etc.

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How can I tell if wood turning (lathe) chisels are sharp?

I have a set of large wood chisels given to me by a person that has never used them and doesn't know their history. I attempted to turn a small test bowl with them, but had tear-out type issues. How ...
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How can you stabilize green wood after turning it on a lathe?

I've turned a few things green on a lathe and I expected them to to do odd things, and they warped and/or cracked. But what useful techniques are out there that this could be minimized or even ...
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How can I fabricate a wooden cone?

I need to make a wooden cone that is slightly smaller than the smallest traffic cone available commercially. My guess is that it will definitely require a table router. Is that correct and are there ...
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How do I know when my lathe speed is wrong or could be better?

I'm about a year into learning to turn on an inexpensive mini-lathe. I mostly turn small lidded boxes or bowls. With both boxes and bowls, I like them big, so I'm often within an inch or two of the ...
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What do I need to know for basic lathe safety?

I am a complete beginner to turning, I have a set of tools arriving in a week or so, and want to make sure I'm not going to make a mistake and injure myself. What are basic safety precautions when ...