Wood Lathe Certification

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Wood Lathe Certification
Version 0.1.0
Approval Date 2020-11-03
Band Saw Certification
Document/Printout Wood Lathe Certification
Required For Tools/Shops

Training Check-Off List:

Tool Anatomy

  • Tool rest
  • Banjo
  • Ways
  • tail stock
  • drive center
  • tailstock live center
  • Tailstock
  • head stock
  • headstock spindle
  • spur drive
  • Chuck
  • control switches-on off speed
  • tailstock banjo
  • tool rest locks


  • Examine a blank for cracked or loose bark or loose wood.
  • Wear correct face and/or eye protection while working on or standing near a turning lathe.
  • Secure or remove loose clothing that might get entangled with the work piece.


  • Properly chucking a blank between centers using a drive spur.
  • Adjusting the banjo and tool rest to the proper position in relation to the blank.
  • Setting the gap distance between the blank and the tool rest for proper tool support.
  • Checking that the tailstock, chuck or drive spur, tool rest and banjo is locked in place prior to turning and during turning.
  • Turning the lathe on and off.
  • Adjusting the speed of the lathe
  • Turner demonstrates the proper use of the swept back gouge to make roughing cuts, slicing cuts, scraping cuts and shear scraping as indicated on the "cheat sheet".
  • Turner demonstrates the appropriate use of the scraper to do a shear scrape.

Tool Sharpening

  • Turner sets the jig properly and sharpens a swept back gouge.
  • Turner sets the jig properly and sharpens a scraper.


  • Work area is cleaned with Shop Vac or broom
  • All tools are returned to their proper places

Lockout/Tagout Procedure

  • Student imparts lockout/tagout procedure: Tool unplugged and plug wrapped in safe/visible location, barrel covers and locks, tag filled out and posted, notify front desk (if on site) and email Woodshop Lead immediately.