Wood DIY Lathe Tool and accessories expand and improve your lathe’s usefulness. They also make it possible to achieve the greatest results while turning wood stock.
The issue is that there are so many lathe accessories available that most woodworkers who are just getting started with woodturning may be unsure which to purchase.
I’ve compiled a list of the bare minimum wood lathe tools and accessories you’ll need to complete various woodturning projects in this article.
Things To Note:-
Keep the following in mind before digging into the list.
- This is far from a comprehensive list of all available wood DIY Lathe Tool and accessories. You may require a unique tool not listed here, depending on the scale of your project.
- Some of the tools listed here may already be included with newer DIY Lathe Tool.
- Some of these instruments (particularly the cutting tools) are available in various sizes. A decent rule of thumb is that the greater the project you’re working on, the larger the cutting tool you’ll require.
1. Lathe Stand:-
One of the biggest drawbacks of using a tiny lathe on a low workbench is that you have to bend over to angle your cutting tools correctly. This can cause physical discomfort over time.
To remedy this problem, I recommend purchasing a steel lathe stand that allows you to modify the height of your lathe to your liking.
The length of the WEN LA8800 lathe stand may be changed from 2314 to 3714 inches, and it can support up to 225 pounds. Although this lathe was designed to accommodate the whole WEN benchtop wood lathe series, it is compatible with most mini/benchtop lathes.
2. HSS Chisels:-
The cutting tools with a wood lathe are only as good as the lathe itself. You can shape the wood stock as it revolves on the lathe with these cutting tools.
Chisels are the most common woodturning cutting tools. They come in various shapes, but you’ll need four of them on a regular basis. They are; a parting tool, a roughing gouge, a spindle gouge, and a skew chisel. Let’s take a quick look at each shape.
A. Parting tool:-
This instrument is mainly used for splitting, as the name implies. It’s utilized to set the transitions and depths of the workpiece’s various components. The tool’s diamond-shaped edge keeps it from becoming stuck in the spindle.
B. Roughing Gouge:-
You’ll probably use the roughing gouge the most out of all the woodturning chisels. It’s used to turn a square piece of wood into a round, cylindrical shape.
This tool produces a sloppy, uneven finish. The spindle gouge should be used to make more precise cuts.
C. Spindle Gouge:-
For curving details in beads and coves, the spindle gouge is widely utilized (coves are rounded scallops or grooves on the surface of the wood). They can also be used to smooth transitions where the skew chisel isn’t available.
The roughing gouge and the spindle gouge differ primarily because the roughing gouge has a wide groove and the spindle gouge has a narrow groove.
D. Skew Chisel:-
V-cuts for coves and beads are made with the skew chisel. After using all of the other cutting tools, it’s also used to plane and finish the wood.
To use this tool, place it on the workpiece with one of its edges, making a 45-degree angle with its axis.
This is the most versatile chisels described so that it will be a valuable addition to your tool and accessory collection for wood lathes.
E. HSS Chisel S:-
Instead of purchasing the chisels individually, I recommend purchasing the eight-piece HSS chisel set. The previously mentioned chisels (parting tool, 1′′ skew chisel, 5/8′′ skew chisel, spindle gouge, roughing gouge) are included in this set, as well as three more important chisels (spear scraper, round nose scraper, bowl gouge). It also comes with a carrying and storage case made of wood.
You can tackle a wide range of woodturning projects with just this set.
3. Outside Spring Calipers:-
These are little attachments used to measure the workpiece’s section diameter as you cut so you can know when you’ve reached your desired diameter.
4. Diamond Hones:-
It’s a good idea to purchase a number of these spring callipers so you don’t have to keep changing their diameter to fit the various areas of your project.
Metal burrs will inevitably form after sharpening the bevels of cutting tools. Diamond hones are a cost-effective way to get rid of metal burrs from your cutting tools.
5. Four-Jaw Chucks:-
While the workpiece spins, chucks are utilized to grip it tightly on one end rather than between two points. This allows you to customize the cut of the workpiece to your liking.
Four-jaw chucks have steadily gained popularity as the most practical way to turn bowls and hollow objects, displacing faceplates.
- There’s no need to reduce the bowl-blank thickness to fit the screws that hold it to the faceplate with chucks.
- When utilizing a chuck, remove the wood stock from the lathe and afterward remount it than using a faceplate.
Note: Chucks do not work with all lathes. The WEN 4-Inch 4-Jaw Self-Centering Lathe Chuck, on the other hand, has a 1′′ x 8 TPI mounting thread that works with a wide range of wood lathes.