The lathe machine is one of the most valuable items that you can have in your professional or home workshop. This is because the kind of work that it does would be hard to be accomplished by any other machine. Of course, being the handy man that I am and having established a good workshop in my basement, much to my wife’s chagrin I must say, I bought a lathe machine recently.
The reason why I bought one is because I want to start shaping chair and leg tables and I know this one will help me pull off a perfect job. However, my children have been showing plenty of curiosity towards this acquisition. Thus, I have had to educate them on what it is and how it works.
A wood lathe, as this machine is also called, is used to shape wood into different designs for decorative purposes. If you look at the wooden cots for toddlers, you will find that they have wood shaped like a spindle. They may also have circular legs and so on. All this is accomplished by the use of a wood lathe. What happens is that when shaping the wood, you place it on the spinner arm of the machine and then use different tools, some people even use wood chisels, to shape the wood as it spins. It really is ingenious!
If you do some research, you will realize that in addition to a wood later, many other lathe machines have been fashioned after this one. For example, today, we have metal and even glass lathers. They all work on the same concept as the wood lather and they are used to introduce an element of decoration on the material at hand.
Lathe machines for wood are also used to hollow out wood. This same process is used to make kitchen essentials like mortar for pounding herbs and spices in the kitchen. Lathing can also be used to hollow out wood to make things like cups, mugs, plates, ladles and even basins. When you think about it, you will see that there is no limitation to the benefits and productivity of a lathe machine.
You may also use the lathe machine for boring through your wooden objects. This is a very important function in woodwork, especially in joinery. You can even bore holes that are six inches deep in your wooden object.
Caution when using a wood lathe
There is quite a lot that you can do with a wood lathe machine. Now, there are some recommendations if you aim to get the best out of it. One, you must first learn how to use the machine. Make use of the user manual that it is sold with. Since this is a spinning and cutting machine, you can appreciate that it poses quite a hazard and you do not want to take chances.
Before you start lathing the wood away, you will need to make sure that the wood is securely held on the machine. Avoid wearing loose clothing lest some loose bits are caught on the moving parts. With caution in mind, you should enjoy seeing what a wood lathe can do.