Like most things in woodworking, mastering the art of turning is about engaging in a process of consistent, productive challenges that end in a product you’re proud of, so don’t be too hard on yourself the first few times! Since your imagination is the only limit to what you can do with a lathe, we’ve narrowed down the best beginner lathe projects to help you get started.
Few tools strike as much fear into the hearts of beginners and advanced woodworkers as the common lathe. However, this skepticism is mostly misplaced, as lathes are all bark and no bite. While it’s not an easy skill to master, don’t let the sheer size, grinding noise, or sight of flying wood chips put you off. All you need to get started is a few beginner-friendly projects and the right tools; we have already researched and tested the best lathes for you. You can also check out our guide to woodturning for beginners to speed up your progress.