About Wood Lathe Components

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The components of a wood lathe include the stand, a power switch, the headstock, the tool rest, the tailstock, the speed control and the motor. Discover the simplicity of a wood lathe with information from a woodworking craftsman in this free video on wood crafts.

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Hi, I'm Dave Trull with the Trull Gallery, a custom furniture shop in St. Petersburg, Florida. And I'm here to talk to you about wood lathe and it's components. A lathe is a pretty basic machine. It has a stand, generally it'll have a stand. The small ones may not, they may be bench mounted. A power switch. The head stalk, which generally contains the speed control unit. The tool rest to support your tools while you're turning. The tail stalk for when you're turning between centers. And all these items are mounted directly to the bed of the lathe. Along with the speed control on the head stalk, you'll also find the motor, tucked in the back generally. They can range anywhere from a third of a horse to two horse on the larger machines. A lathe of this size probably has a three-quarter horse motor, and basically, it powers the pulleys that hold the stalk and provide the turning power that you need to turn your stalk. It couldn't be a simpler machine. The motor turns a pulley, which spin your drive mechanism. I'm Dave Trull with the Trull Gallery, the fine art of furniture making.


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