Parts of a Wood Lathe

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The parts of a wood lathe include the stand it rests on, the power switch, the headstock, the speed control, the tool rest, the tailstock and the motor. Identify the different parts of a wood lathe machine 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 want to talk to you about the parts of a lathe. Lathes is a pretty basic machine, it has a stand, generally they'll have a stand, the smaller one may not, they may be benched mounted, a power switch, the headstock, which generally contains the speed control unit, the tool rest to support your tools while you're turning, the tail-stock 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 headstock you'll also find the motor, tucked in the back generally, they can range anywhere from a 1/3 of a horse to 2 horse on the larger machines. A lathe of this size probably has a 3/4 horse motor, and basically it powers the pulley's that hold the stock and provide the turning power that you need to turn your stock. It couldn't be a simpler machine. The motor turns a pulley which spin your drive mechanism. Now you're familiar with the basic parts of a wood lathe. I'm Dave Trull with the Trull Gallery, the fine art of furniture making.


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