We have an Axminster woodworking lathe. All power should be turned off to the lathe when the space is closed.
Please only use Lathe chisels with the wood lathe, the tang in normal chisels is not sufficiently long
If you need any help or tuition, please ask for it.
The manual is available here and should be read and understood before use
- Oil (3 in 1) should be added to each grease point on a regular basis.
- All swarf and debris must be cleaned up at the end of each session.
- All tools must be put away at the end of each session.
- The lathe bench must remain clear and tidy at all times.
- All chisels must be kept sharp - please report broken/dull chisels to Ben so they can be fixed/replaced.
- Keep the lathe and tools clean using tough blue tissue roll (the lint free stuff that doesn't break)
Health & Safety
There is no guard currently so full PPE should be worn when operating or being near the lathe. This includes safety goggles AT ALL TIMES and apron.
DO NOT wear gloves. They can and will snag in rotating tools with unpleasant results.
Obviously all jewellery must be removed, long hair tied back and baggy clothing removed when operating the lathe.
The lathe bench must remain clear and tidy at all times.
The chuck key must be removed when operating the lathe - it can travel at such speeds as to KILL if left in the chuck.
Do not attempt to turn anything other than wood. It will probably break even the best wood lathe or any tools.
Using the lathe will generate large amounts of saw dust over time. This should not be picked up with bare fingers or wipe off with your hand as it can contain wood splinters. Ideally you should operate the lathe in partnership with the dust extractor. The lathe area can be cleaned using the vacuum cleaner or soft brush if necessary.
Only wood should be machined with the wood lathe