Using a Wood Lathe

Custom wood turning requires special tools.  Using a wood lathe can be a lot of fun, but it can also be difficult to use, especially if you don't know what you are doing. It is one of the most powerful tools when it comes to woodworking.

Is the Wood Lathe Dangerous to Use?

A wood lathe is most definitely a very dangerous woodworking tool. One wrong move can send a piece of wood flying at a very high speed in various directions causing serious problems.

Whether you're using a wood or metal lathe, these devices grind down and shape materials by employing high speeds and friction. This can cause large amounts of dust, splinters, and other tiny airborne particles to fly in the air which is not good for your overall health. It's important to make sure that you keep protective glasses over your eyes and even wear a mask if you are working with a lot of wood for long periods of time.

A wood lathe is definitely a dangerous tool and you should only use it if you are experienced and know what you are doing.

Hugh Patrick using a wood lathe


Why Hire a Professional Woodturner?

Patrick's Turning Point has been doing this since 1949 so we are very experienced. Maybe you are a homeowner with an older home and need to replace some custom wood pieces that are not being made anymore. Send us the picture and we can make it for you just like the picture.

Types of Wood Pieces We Turn:

  • Bed Posts 
  • Column Bases
  • Columns and Posts
  • Exterior Balusters
  • Newel Posts
  • Rosettes
  • Furniture such as Cabinetry and Vanities
  • Table Legs
  • Moulding
  • Finials


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