Benchtop Wood Lathe
We're offering our very first mini wood lathe for sale here, the Wahuda model 60170ML-WHD bench lathe. This mini wood turning machine is compact and extremely affordable, yet it is of the highest quality and has features only found in much larger, more expensive wood lathe machines. This includes heavy cast iron construction, providing great strength and durability and low vibration.
Other features include reliable inverter technology where the inverter drive controls the speed and torque of the motor. There's also an LED readout showing spindle speed in RPMs, which helps you to control your work. Electronic variable speed and three speed ranges provide fine-tuning capability, especially important when doing delicate work.
With measurements of 32"(L) x 17"(H) x 13"(D), and weighing in at just 90 lbs., this compact, miniature lathe can be easily moved within your shop, and the 13-amp, 120-volt AC motor provides plenty of power to tackle most any job.
Frequently Asked Questions About Wood Lathes
How Do I Use a Wood Lathe?
The board goes between the headstock and the tailstock. These stocks hold the wood in place like a C-clamp, but their ends can spin. The motor rotates the headstock, turning the wood with it. By placing tools against the tool rest, you can slowly adjust the position of the tool’s cutting face, chipping away at the wood to get the shape you want.
The lathe should spin fast enough to get good cutting performance without the wood pulling itself off of the stocks. Go slower with large pieces: At a given RPM, the surface speed of the board doubles when its diameter doubles. The Wahuda 60170ML-WHD has several pulleys along with the motor speed control. By moving the belt to the correct set of pulleys, you can limit the speed range, just as you would when using a drill press. A spindle tachometer helps you dial in the speed.
How Do I Sharpen Lathe Tools?
Even high-speed steel tools dull quickly when used with a lathe. The best tool for sharpening gouges and scrapers is a slow-speed grinder fitted with an 80-grit wheel. Use the grinder’s platform rest to line up your tools before pushing the bevel against the wheel. Drawing a couple parallel lines on the rest can help you line up the tool with the grinding surface. Skew chisels require honing with an oilstone, but other tools usually don’t as long as you get a good finish from the grinding wheel.
What Are the Dimensions of a Mini Lathe?
Tabletop lathes are available in sizes that can handle a maximum board size between 10 to 16 inches. The 60170ML-WHD is at the large end of this scale, handling 16-inch-long boards. However, it’s also one of the most compact models on the market, measuring 32 x 17 x 13 inches. If you want to shape longer boards, 10- and 24-inch bed extensions are available.