Wood lathe and woodwork

Wood turning on lathe Level 4

Learn the wood lathe and basic tooling
Learn without any experience
Ou shop is open to the public in Fribourg for the course

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Wood turning on a lathe MIYWOD104

Wood turning on a lathe beginner

Reference: MIYWOD104
Age: 12- 99 yrs.
Objective: Learning the wood lathe can be very satisfying and a great way to pass the time for any hobbyist. Learn how to make pens and cylindrical objects out of wood.


Prerequisite: No prerequisite
Duration: 2-3h course & 2-3h self-work
Dates: On demand Tuesday to Saturday
Instructors: Team Miy MakerSpace et extern
Cost: 300.- HT materials not included
Group: 200/p (min 5)

What you can expect to learn during this wood turning

The wood lathe has been around since the dawn of time and is a welcome addition to any shop. Whether you want to make salt and pepper shakers, baseball bats, pool cues or just about any cylindrical wooden object, you will need a wood lathe. You will take the first steps that you need to master the wood lathe including choosing what piece you need to use a wood lathe and what tools you can use.

You will also learn how to treat your tools with respect and how to sharpen them so that they have the best effect on your projects. Tool use is very important when using a lathe for wood because it can determine the surface finish on your piece.

This course is a practical course which means that it doesn’t just cover the basics of using a wood lathe, it also gives you the chance to build an actual project. This project can include a pen made from wood, a tool handle or a salt and pepper shaker. This is a very popular course with beginners because you don’t need any experience whatsoever in woodwork to take the course. This is a good introduction to the metal lathe as the principle is the same but the tool changes and it’s less dangerous for beginners. This course can be taken in a small group or one-on-one with one of our engineers.



Le tour à bois peut être un outil très satisfaisant

Apprendre à fabriquer des stylos est facile à faire

About the equipment used in this course

we will be using a wood lathe for this course equipped with all the tools that we need to make a practical project. This is a manual machine which requires no computer and no digital display because all the operations are manual. Contrary to a metal lathe the tool is held in a hand while the piece is spinning in rotation in front of us. Wood leads can be used to make salt and pepper shakers, baseball bats and pool cues. They can also be quite useful in repairing cylindrical objects because of the nature of the rotation.

The course will be taken on a small lathe that can handle pieces up to 300 millimeters long but in advanced courses we will have a larger lathe at our disposal to do longer pieces. This is an introductory course, so you don’t need any experience beforehand to enroll.


MiY MakerSpace equipment used for this course.

Machines/technologies:  power tools like saws, drills, routers, and planners will be used.
Software and support: the support for the course will be available on printed paper and no software will be needed for this course as we’re using electric tools and no computer control equipment.
Options: On the day of the course, you will be supplied with a list of options for different projects that you may like to do




Travaillez à votre rythme avec nos cours pour débutants

Fabriquez des stylos, des manches d’outils et des salières et poivrières



Wood lathe Course syllabus and Instruction method

  • Introductory course of security and workshop tour
  • Presentation of the material
  • What’s the difference between a metal lathe and a wood lathe
  • Choices of wood for the wood lathe
  • How to choose and sharpen tools
  • Speeds and feeds how to get a correct finish.
  • Practical tests on various materials
  • Woodwork finishing and varnishing considerations.
  • Hands-on personal exercises with coaching
  • Conclusion and follow-up



Instruction method:
Live lectures with our team of engineers
You will be using real machines and real technologies used in industries.
Support, Instruction, and procedure are also included on paper.
See our agenda or contact us for reservations or for more details for our other woodworking courses.


Our advice

Because this is a rotational machine, and it is advised not to wear any loose clothing and to tie your hair back as tight as possible so it doesn’t get trapped in the machine where it can hurt us. It’s also advised to use our gloves and our safety glasses that we supply on the day of the course. The machine may be dangerous but if used correctly can be a lot of fun and you can make a lot of beautiful pieces with it. We also advise you to wear work clothes as the machine can kick up the dust and you can get dirty easily.





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