Wood lathe patterns are essentially only half of the final product, as a pattern is worked from the interior core of the piece to the outer edge of the piece. Understand how to use wood lathe patterns with information from a woodworking craftsman in this free video on wood crafts.
Hi, I'm Dave Trull, with the Trull Gallery, a custom furniture shop in St. Petersburg, Florida, and we're going to talk about wood lathe patterns. Patterns are pretty simple to work with, and basically, when you're doing a turning, you only need to do half your pattern, because you're working from the center line out. It's going to be a mirror image, so you don't need to worry about the other half, and there's essentially two measurements you need, the measurements from end to end, which tell you where your dimension changes are going to be. In this case, three quarters of an inch, an inch and an eighth, two and an eighth, and the overall length of four and a half. Along with that, are the dimensions at those points, and these dimensions are actually the full dimension, not the half dimension, of an inch and nine sixteenths, an inch and a quarter, and an inch and five eighths. Patterns are important, if you've got a specific design in mind, at the end. This allows you to set all your points, and your depths, so that the end product is what you planned on, in the design stages. If you choose to do something free hand, of course you don't need the pattern, and that's just kind of a turning, and whatever happens kind of happens, so a pattern is not necessary at that point. I'm Dave Trull, with the Trull Gallery, the fine art of furniture making.