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The Woodturning Resource Page

The craft of turning wood over a moving lathe to shape it into various designs has existed since at the least the time of the ancient Egyptians. In earlier centuries, woodturning was an essential craft, important for trade, and even dabbled in by European royalty. As woodturning evolved, more elaborate machines and tools have been invented. Associations have also sprung up all over the world to share the craft of woodworking with hobbyists, professionals, and the general public. Review woodturning history, get the right tools, improve woodworking techniques, and learn safety awareness to advance your woodturning knowledge.

General Woodturning Resources

History of Woodturning

Woodturning Tools

  • Hook Tool Usage: Hook tools are a specialized type of tool used to remove end-grain stock in projects requiring a hollow form.
  • Sharpening Your Lathe Tools: Dull tools do not belong in woodturning and can be dangerous. Review these procedures for getting and keeping your tools sharpened.
  • Small Tools for Tiny Turnings: When turning very small objects regular gouges and scrapers just won't do. To handle the smallest projects get the details of making thin, round-nosed hand tools.
  • Tools Used in Woodturning: Chisels, scarpers, and gouges represent the main tools every woodturner needs.
  • Using A Hook Tool: Depending on the type of wood being used, hook tools can be used with end grain turning to provide impressive results.
  • Wood Lathes: Quick review of the parts of the lathe, types of wooden lathes, and basic safety info for use with lathes.
  • Wood Turning Tools: After the lathe, chisels are the most important tool for woodturners and several different types are needed.

Woodturning Techniques

Woodturning Safety

  • 10 Safety Tips to Post in Your Shop: Woodturning can be a dangerous hobby. Use common sense, wear the right equipment, reduce clutter, and follow these additional tips for shop safety.
  • General Safety Tips: Know what safety procedures to follow, what activities to avoid, and understand all equipment instructions before operating a lathe.
  • Safety First: Guidance on toxic woods, central dust collection systems, and general safety guidelines.
  • Safety Tips for Woodturners: Even woodturners with years of experience can make dangerous mistakes. By implementing basic safety tips accidents can be avoided.
  • Turning Injuries: Learning the Hard Way: Some woodturners have learned the hard way that safety rules are meant to be followed. Read their stories and learn from their mistakes.