May 28, 2021

A Few More Wood Lathe Projects for Beginners

If you’ve been looking for something to start a wood lathe project, then you’ve come to the right place. We have a vast collection of wood lathe projects for beginners, and the post will show you how you can make one of those projects yourself. We have written about this before in this post.

Some of the most common woodworking activities include turning bowls, bowls, cutting wood to planks. You can make turning tools and outfitting your workshop with hardwood furniture. One of the most common woodworking tools is the wood lathe. The lathe shapes the wood into various bowls, bowls, chisels, and other woodworking tools.

Wooden bowl

Making a bowl is satisfactory if you get it right. As a beginner, you start with small and shallow bowls that have a diameter of 8 inches. A large opening is not challenging, and that gives you easy access when you start shaping the inside of the bowl. In this case, you have time to focus on mastering the cuts. Starting with softwood will be ideal. Solid sharpening techniques will be for the project (4.6).

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Handles of Kitchen Tools

Design the handles that you want to make. You have to glue up some of the parts to achieve some designs. Turn the wood following the steps that make the design. If you are making handles for kitchen tools with holes, I advise you to add some hooks on a horizontal piece of wood (4.7). 

Tea Light Holder

Gather your materials and the equipment needed. In this case, you need a wood lathe. Rough out the wood and start shaping the top and sides, and you will be creating a hollow for the light. The holder needs sanding and finishing that leaves it with a beautiful and delicate touch. Flip it over as you shape and finish the bottom (4.5).

Wooden Rings

Making rings is similar to making bangles. However, wooden rings are more petite than bangles, and that makes them intricate. Wooden rings work best with hardwoods. For a beginner, that is challenging since hardwood is difficult to turn. Wooden rings and wooden bangles work hand in hand. Walnut and hickory are the best wood for wooden rings. Be attentive to the size of the rings before you make them bigger into bangles (4.8).

Rolling Pin

The rolling pin is a good starting point for a beginner. Know how to use the roughing gouge and the skew chisel. I encourage you to try different lengths and diameters. That broadens up your market and sharpens your skills at the same time. There is a wide range of styles and shapes. That is how the level of your creativity is shown (4.7).

Candle Stools/Doll Furniture

A candle stool is functional enough to make on a wood lathe, and it is quick and easy to make. Even a kid can make a candle stool. It consists of four parts. You are allowed to make candle stands of various sizes. Use it as a doll stool or as an elevated weed pot stand. It is a versatile item. I give it a rating of 4.9.

Staved Goblets

Goblets are a bit challenging (4.1). A beginner should not go for a staved goblet. It will be a good idea as you progress, and it is ideal for an intermediate user. The process involves a block of wood shaped into a goblet. 

Wooden Bangles

Making a bangle requires basic skills. These are movements and techniques of turning. The chances are high that you will make attempts before you produce a perfect bangle. You have to make bangles that you wax and buff up. The size of the wood piece you need for a bangle depends on the size of the bangle and quantity. Flattening and roughing the block of wood is part of the process. Smoothen the outside and sand for finishing. Wooden bangles are easy for starters (4.8).

Weed Pots

Weed pots are economical since you may use your old pots as a weed pot. The hole inside the pot is drilled, and it has to be wide enough to accommodate the stems of weeds. That does not mean it holds water for a long time. However, the plants survive for a day or two. Pots are easy to create, and it sharpens your skills. Standard pots are easy to make, and they help you master smoothening skills. You have the chance to practice creativity since the variations do not limit you. I give the pots a rating of 4.6. 

Pepper Grinders

It is a beautiful wood piece that comes in different shapes and sizes. The lathe requirements limit the size of the pepper grinder, and your choice of wood has to be perfect for a fine piece of work. The process includes drilling the interior of the grinder. Pepper grinders require a bit of skill, and that is why I tag them to the 4.6 ratings.

Wood Trivets

You make your wood trivet using scrap wood. The skills to be applied to the task are similar to that of bowl making. The face of the trivet has to be flat and the edge profile shaped. Trivets protect surfaces from pots and dishes. Look for multiple designs so that you choose the best. Wood trivets are on a 4.3 rating.

Bottle Openers

Bottle openers are popular in multiple households. They are a necessity since you have to use them on your bottle. You have various designs to choose from when you want to make one. If you are creative, you can create dozens of ideas and shapes. Bottle openers allow you to design what you want. I give it a 4.6.

Honey Dippers

Gather your materials and equipment for a honey dipper. Oakwood is ideal for the grinder. I urge you to do research and design. Use a table saw to cut the wood to an octagon shape. Turn, sand, and saw the dipper. The wood is secured onto the lathe machine. If you are not sure about your equipment, do tests. The octagon shape to a beginner is complex, and that is why it is on 4.2.

Bottle Stoppers

A bottle opener is an advanced item in woodwork. However, the complications are bearable for first-time woodworkers. Making a bottle opener sharpens your skills in the woodwork industry. You need to be patient, and you need a bottle opener kit. The hand-made gift is quick to turn, and it uses a small square of wood. That is an economic woodwork project that helps you master spindle turning techniques. I rate bottle stoppers on 4.5.

Bud Vase

A wooden vase has a beautiful effect on your home decoration. It holds flowers, and the project is different from other items. You are allowed to custom-make your vase in any size of your choice. What makes it a vase is hollow out of the middle portion, and drilling a hole cannot substitute the hollowing process. The rating is 4.3.

Wooden Toys

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Toys dominate the woodwork industry. For every project you are running, there is a wood piece for your toy. I advise you to try making a wide range of toys and toys that you will not have to store in your workshop. If you are running out of ideas, think of your favorite toys when you were growing up. You have a wide range of toys to make, and you can choose to stick to traditional toys. Flexibility rewards toy-making with a 4.5.

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Turned Birdhouse Ornament - Downloadable Plan

Creating a house for birds is a noble and humanitarian idea, and it provides shelter to stray and homeless birds. There are tools needed to ease the task for you. That includes the drill, a pine board, plywood, a saw, a dowel rod, and a PVC pipe. Cut the plywood and pine squares into appropriate sizes and drill holes on the pine board. The boards are attached to the plywood base using a hammer and nails. Since a birdhouse requires a lot of equipment, I give it a 4.2.

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Wooden Spoons

wooden spoons

Making a spoon sharpens your turning skills. Here’s a tutorial on how to make wooden spoons. It allows you to start making kitchen utensils in large quantities. You have to master turning wooden spoons that impress the one who is going to use them. You need more equipment such as a wood lathe chuck and a tool rest. Good quality varnish is used on the spoon, and it should not be exposed to food even if the wood is safe. I rate it on 4.3.

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There are many wood lathe projects that beginners can take on. Some of these projects will be more difficult than others, but we have ranked them based on how challenging they are so you know what to expect. If all this sounds overwhelming and you need help with your project or want a little advice for the next one, reach out to us! We’re always happy to assist our customers in any way possible. Which is your favorite Wood Lathe Project for beginners? You can get your project to a flying start by getting a Wood Project Planner.

David D. Hughes

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