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Supplies for using a wood lathe include safety equipment, such as safety glasses, hearing protection, face shields and bib aprons, and turning tools, such as gouges and chisels. Gather the proper supplies before using 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 supplies. So one of the first things you should think about is your safety equipment. At a minimum, safety glasses. Some people also like safety shields, a full face shield, that's a good idea as well. You may also want hearing protection. A lathe isn't the loudest machine in the shop, but it still is loud and after several hours you could get some hearing loss, so you want to protect yourself--both your eyes and your ears. It's also not uncommon for people to wear bib aprons when they turn... kind of protects your clothing. I find it helpful for keeping a lot of the dust out of my pockets. The next thing you'll need, well... is a lathe. They come from... this is kind of an average sized lathe... they come bench top to much larger than this. You just need to find one that fits your needs. Some of the tools and accessories you might want to go with that... turning tools, gouges and chisels... a nice pair of calipers to measure your turning, make sure it comes out to the size you want in your design... multijawed chucks, which are useful in doing turnings that are similar to turning a bowl, can hold your stock in a couple of different ways. More generic piece, just a plain face plate, also helping for holding your stock... and of course a sharpening system to help keep your tools nice and sharp. The other thing you'll need is a good source of stock. A lot of woods work well on a lathe. Most of your hardwoods turn very nicely... cherry, mahogany, ash... all turn very nicely. You might want to stay away from woods such as pine, because of the density differences in the boards, they don't tend to turn very well, you get a lot of tear up, and it's not even a good wood to practice with because it is so difficult to work with. So we just talked about some of your basic wood turning supplies. I'm Dave Trull, with the Trull Gallery, the fine art of furniture making.


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