Wood Lathe

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Wood Lathe.

Machine Details

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Safety Instructions

  • No attempt should be made to operate the lathe until you understand the proper procedures for its use and have been checked out on it.
  • Dress appropriately. Remove all watches and jewelry. Safety glasses or goggles are a must.
  • Plan out your work thoroughly before starting.
  • Know were the location of the OFF switch is.
  • Be sure the work and holding device are firmly attached.
  • Turn the chuck by hand, with the lathe turned OFF, to be sure there is no danger of striking any part of the lathe.
  • Always remove the chuck key from the chuck immediately after use, and before operating the lathe. Make it a habit to never let go of the chuck key until it is out of the chuck and back in its holder.
  • Keep the machine clear of tools. Tools must not be placed on the ways of the lathe.
  • Stop the lathe before making any measurements, adjustments, or cleaning.
  • Support all work solidly. Do not permit small diameter work to project too far from the chuck, (over 3X’s the work’s diameter), without support.
  • If the work must be repositioned or removed from the lathe. Move the cutting tool clear of the work to prevent any accidental injuries.
  • You should always be aware of the direction of travel and speed of the carriage before you engage the automatic feed.
  • Chips are sharp. Do not attempt to remove them with your hand when they become “stringy” and build up on the tool post or workpiece. Stop the machine and remove them with pliers.
  • Stop the lathe immediately if any odd noise or vibration develops while you are operating it. If you can not locate the source of the trouble, get help from the instructor. Under no circumstance should the lathe be operated until the problem has been corrected.
  • Remove sharp edges and burrs from the work before removing it from the lathe.
  • Use care when cleaning the lathe. Chips sometimes get caught in recesses. Remove them with a brush or short stick. Never use a floor brush to clean the machine. Use only a brush, compressed air, or a rag.


Preparing machine and material.

Active Use

  • Never walk away from the machine while it is turned on.
  • If someone approaches you while on the machine - shut down before directing your attention towards person.

Clean Up

  • At minimum sweep up area around lathe after use or vacuum if possible.
  • Put away any lathe tools or accesories when not in use.
  • Never leave lathe chuck on after use.

Best Practices

  • Be mindful of the grain on the wood - the harder woods will generally speaking be better for holding hard edges.