LPCPL Exchange Equipment Spotlight: Wood-Turning Lathes

Jet Wood Turning Lathe

Posted on November 17, 2021

by Kerstin Vossberg

Take your creativity to the next level with the resources available at the LPCPL Exchange! Makers have been exploring the equipment and creating some amazing things! This month we’re showcasing the Jet Wood-Turning Lathes! 

What are Lathes used for?

A wood-turning lathe is a machine used to form a piece of wood into a desired shape. The piece of wood is attached to a spinning arm and various tools are used to shape the piece of wood as it spins. Examples of projects include bowls, pens, vases and a variety of other useful and/or decorative wood items. Customers at the Exchange have been making honey-dippers, Christmas ornaments, and these amazing pens!

How do I get started?

New makers are always welcome at the LPCPL Exchange! Individuals over the age of eight are able to use the makerspace. Depending on age, an adult may be required to attend.

To get started, take the Official Maker Course to become a certified user and start the registration process. Then, visit the Lathe Use and Safety Course to learn more about the equipment and how it works! All equipment requires a scheduled in person demonstration with Exchange staff prior to individual use. You can register for an “Official Maker – Equipment Class” on the events calendar, or call the LPCPL Exchange to schedule.

Upcoming events

Once you get certified, sign up to attend one of the Make It! Classes to learn to use the machines and take home a finished project. You can find upcoming classes on the LPCPL website events page

Kerstin Vossberg

Kerstin Vossberg

Kerstin is a part of the Community Engagement team for the Makerspace Lab at the Exchange Building. She is a graduate of the Purdue University School of Engineering and enjoys all things STEAM. She likes to spend her time with her dog Taki.
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