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How to use a Lathe

For cutting, shaping and shearing wood, a lathe can't be beat. Lathes are used to create cylinders and round furniture legs and also to...

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Top 31 Lathes Projects

  1. 1. Use a Brake Lathe to Smooth Brake Rotors

    Smoothing brake rotors can be a DIY job. Automotive repair instructor Claude Whitaker demonstrates the use of a brake lathe to smooth b...

  2. 2. Designing a Wood Birdhouse (04:59)

    Combine the wonders of nature with woodturning by building a wonderful birdhouse

  3. 3. Threaded Box (00:20:00)

    Learn how to turn a small box with a threaded lid on a mini-lathe.

  4. 4. Council Tool Form-a-Nator (03:32)

    We tour the Council Tool factory, where these sledgehammers are made.

  5. 5. Barna Mill (01:36)

    Here's a look at the process of milling logs at Barna Mill.

  6. 6. Delta Midi Lathe (01:17)

    A 12-1/2-swing midi lathe costs about $500 and lets you turn bigger bowls.

  7. 7. How To Make Decorative Bottle Stoppers

    Learn how to make beautiful bottle stoppers using this woodworker's lathe technique.

    Time:
    Day
    Cost:
    $500 - $1,000
    Difficulty:
    Hard
  8. 8. Rolling Pin (00:20:00)

    Dave demos the method of turning a rolling pin from a block of glued woods.

  9. 9. Sizing the Birdhouse Top (04:47)

    The top of the birdhouse takes shape as it is hollowed out on the lathe.

  10. 10. Turned Wood Bowl - Part 1 (03:26)

    Dave Hout explains the lathe & basic tools for beginning wood turning.

  11. 11. Transformers (20:00)

    Chris Grundy checks out tools that transform shapes according to the job.

  12. 13. Multi-Tool Basics

    A multi-tool may be the answer for your small shop problem. Here, DIY Network experts explain how a multi-tool works.

  13. 14. Midi Lathe (01:13)

    Delta's midsize lathe can handle just about any woodworking project.

  14. 15. Mini Lathe in Slo-Mo (00:00:34)

    A 30-second slow-motion demonstration of a mini lathe at work.

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