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Wood Turning Lathes & Accessories

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.