Top 7 Ideas for a Hobbyist to make with a wood-turning lathe

Top 7 Ideas for a Hobbyist to make with a wood-turning lathe

Wood-Turning Lathe is a  machine helpful in cutting, sanding, drilling, turning, and deforming wooden workpieces. Its power, size, etc are less compared to the counterpart metal lathes and the rotation of workpieces is controlled by a basic pulley system. There are generally three types of wood lathe namely, Floor Lathe, Mini Lathe, and Pen Lathe. Apart from the industrial Floor Lathe, the other two are convenient for woodturning hobbies and require only less amount of space to store.


Let’s have a look at some of the hobbies that we can cultivate with the help of woodturning lathe. These hobbies are interesting, thrilling, time-killing, and most importantly a great source of income! Now I have your ears right?!

  • Wooden Spoons 

  • Since metallic spoons can alter the taste of acidic food like pasta, or foods that contain bacteria, wooden spoons are the unavoidable weapon for a healthy kitchen.  One of the best things about making a wooden spoon from you lathe is, its beginner-friendly, easy to make, and can be made in a variety of shapes. Hardwoods are normally preferred since they can withstand rough use in the kitchen. Even though we can use different hardwoods, the best should have finer grains and fewer pores. It’s better to work with easy hardwoods like Cherry, Soft Maple, Pecan, etc at a beginner level.  Beech, harder maple, etc can give you great finishing and durability but requires more expertise.

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  • Cutting Boards
  • Wooden cutting boards have almost the same history of cooking. Studies show that plastic cutting boards can cause health issues and recommends the usage of wooden cutting boards. It’s quite easy to make rounded rectangle wooden cutting boards without much experience. The safety, lifespan, etc of the cutting board depends upon the important characteristics of the wood, like grain, porosity, firmness, and toxicity. Typically a hardwood with the closed grain can serve the purpose. Hard maple or sugar maple wood is said to be the industry standard when it comes to wooden cutting boards. Other major choices include Ash, Walnut, Cherry, Bamboo, Teak, Acacia, etc

  • Pool Cues
  • Most cues are made of wood, but sometimes the wood cooperated with other materials including graphite, carbon fiber are also used. A straight-grained hard rock maple wood is said to be the best wood available for making pool cues. Some of the favorite woods used in pool cue making are  Brazilian Rosewood, Ebony, Pine, Blackwood, Olive, Zircote, Cocobolo, etc.

  • Duck Call
  • A Duck Call is simply a tool used to lure the Ducks to your location by mimicking its sound, mainly for hunting purposes. Duck hunting is more like a cherished tradition for a certain group of people, passed from generation to generation, which makes duck calls important. Wooden Duck Call is the most favored over other materials such as acrylic and polycarbonate. Duck calls can be made from hardwoods like walnut, maple or cherry wood.

  • Pens
  • When it comes to woodturning, pen making is always at the top of the list of hobbies. We can easily build a beautiful pen from closed-grain woods like cherry or maple within one or two hours. Also, wooden pens can be a beautiful gift in various situations and hence its popularity. Artistic pens can be created from woods like Cherry, Olive, Padauk, Wenge, Bubinga, etc

  • Tool Handles
  • Most of the household tools might have faced a situation where the metal part breaks the handles and pop out of it. Such tool handles can be made from wood. A kitchen knife, A chisel, A hammer, An axe, whatever the tool is, handles are better equipped with wood due to the better grip and its elegant look. Walnut, Oak, etc can be used for tool handles since they are durable and strong.


  • Chess Pieces
  • As the product to be made gets smaller, the expertise of the person who makes it becomes high, or in other words, it’s quite difficult to carve out an extraordinary rook or bishop from a piece of wood. In ancient times, Chess pieces were made of Ivory or costly stones, which was later replaced by wood, plastic, glass, etc. Making wooden chess pieces needs a lot of patience and skillset. A variety of wood items can be used to make chess pieces. Some examples are Mahogany, Ebony, Rosewood, Boxwood, Maple, etc


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