Graphical Construction Glossary >> Tools. >> Power Tools >> Wood Lathe
Lathes for turning wood must be one of the oldest and first used machine tools. Initial they were driven by human power only, you can see an example of a foot powered one here. On this page we are looking at engine driven lathes which are almost exclusively driven by electric motors.
Above, is a small electric powered wood turning lathe cutting a piece of softwood.
To the right is a shot of the turner checking the outside diameter of a turning with a set of external spring callipers.
Internal callipers are straight, almost like a pair of compasses, except that the last part of each leg turns outwards to enable them to gauge the internal size.
See the wood turning tools page for more lathe photos.
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