Welcome to our website. Here you will find suppliers of all types of wood turning
lathes and accessories. Wood turning is a wonderful pastime and if you are a beginner
then be prepared for hours of pleasure and fun as you see your creations develop
from a rough piece of wood to a useful, attractive object.
You will need various tools for wood turning, but the main consideration and expense
is your wood turning lathe. If you look around online, in catalogs, or even at your
local tool shop or DIY store then you will notice there are wide array of lathes
to choose from to suit any budget. As a rule, choose the best quality lathe that
you can afford. Don’t be afraid when choosing your first lathe as they are easy to
sell second-hand if you change your mind.
Beginners Lathe (Mini Lathe): A Mini Lathe is the most popular choice for the beginner.
It has the advantage of being able to fit in a limited space, but some models can
be extended later, if required. When choosing your first wood turning lathe you
should choose one with a cast iron bed and cast iron headstock and tailstock. It
should have a minimum of four speeds with the lowest being 500rpm or lower, and the
highest being 2000rpm or higher. The speed should be varied by an electronic or mechanical
system (not fiddly belts and pulleys – you’ll be glad later). The bearings should
be ball or roller, not solid or sleeve. Pick a good reliable make which will have
the advantage of good resale value as well as good dealer backup and available spares.
Avoid lathes with light sheet metal construction and those with a spindle bearing
only at one end.
Pen Lathe: This is a small specialized lathe for turning pens or doll house items
such as cups, plates, pots, vases, columns. It can also be used for model railroad
items (including power or signal posts) and doll or marionette limbs. Thousands of
classical model building items may be turned with ease. Note that you will also need
specialist accessory tools to match.
Floor Lathe: This lathe is for the serious, advanced wood turner. It is a Floor mounted,
heavy duty lathe with a bed that is more rigid than the other types.
CNC Lathe: This is the ultimate lathe that is for the industrial user rather than
the hobbyist. It has the advantage of being able to reproduce the most intricate
designs time and time again. Be prepared to learn how to program it though. The feel
and satisfaction of making something with your own hands is lost on this lathe.
Additional Equipment: In addition to your lathe you will also need extra equipment
including: A set of tools, sharpening equipment, abrasives and safety equipment.