Wood Lathes

Wood lathes are an incredibly powerful yet versatile wood shaping machines, capable of performing a wide range of vital tasks. For this reason, you're unlikely to find a workshop or woodworking plant without one.

No matter your budget or goals, there's bound to be a wood lathe that meets your needs. Cromwell stocks a range of professional wood lathes, from trusted brands used by industry professionals around the globe.

What are wood lathes?

Wood lathes, and all lathes in general, differ from other tools - as they rotate the workpiece instead of the cutting tool itself. In a wood lathe, the wooden workpiece spins around a blade which can remove stock from the piece. They consist of a bed, head and tail stock, spindles, a tool rest and a motor.

The bed is the main part of the wood lathe, providing a base for the moving parts on top. The spindle is used to hold the workpiece, rotating it around the lathes cutting attachment for effortless wood cutting or shaping.

Why a wood lathe?

No matter whether you're a professional woodworker or a dabbling hobbyist, wood lathes are required to shape custom pieces to fit your design.

A staple of machining and creating, wood lathes allow users to efficiently turn wooden stock into intricate shapes and items. Previously only used to create cylindrical shapes, modern wood lathes can be used to perform a varied range of tasks.

The widespread usage of wood lathes is down to their excellent versatility and power. They enable quick and easy production or modification of any kind of wooden parts, saving the time and expense of having to buy them from the store.

When are wood lathes used?

Wood lathes are used across a wide range of wood crafting settings and environments. They are commonly used for:

• Wood shaping
• Woodturning
• Drilling
• Knurling
• Turning

If you're looking for the right wood lathe (or other wood shaping tool) for your job but aren't sure about the best option for your needs, feel free to ask our experts for specialised advice.

Considerations when choosing a wood lathe

• Motor power - As with other power tools, a more powerful motor allows for more practical uses, and can be more effective on tougher wood. Motors on wood lathes vary from ½ to 2 horsepower.

• Speed control - Speed control puts the RPM of the lathe in the control of the user for a range of tasks.

• Distance between centres - The distance between centres determines the effective working space of your wood lathe, and how big of a stock you can use.

• Weight / size - When working in professional environments, you're likely to come across wood lathes that are build for heavy-duty usage. Anyone who's ever tried to move a lathe like this knows they take up an incredible amount of space, and can weigh as much as a planet. Modern wood lathes are available in smaller sizes which is more suitable for hobbyists with limited space.


What can a wood lathe make?

Wood lathes can make and shape and turn a range of wooden components and items. A few common examples are:

• Hammer handles and other tool handles
• Bracelets
• Pens and scribers
• Bowls
• A range of other wooden parts