Using a lathe to make beautiful items

When you are outfitting your home workshop, you probably don't think a lot about the smaller woodworking tools. After all, routers, table saws and drills will get most of your heavy duty work done. However, if you are into craftsmanship or detailed projects, you will want a good lathe in your workshop. You can opt for a power lathe if you like the electric option. However, many woodworkers prefer the feel of a hand lathe, because they can really get a feel for the wood and the cut. Whatever type of lathe you use, you will be able to use it for a wide variety of projects in and around your home.

If you or someone in your home is an avid outdoorsman, then a lathe is perfect for making some really cool gifts. Lathes are the primary tool used to make wooden baseball bats, and they are a fairly simple project to do for a young boy or even a grown man who plays in his church league. It is a unique one-of-a-kind gift that is actually usable. If you or your gift recipient loves to hike, there is nothing better than a handmade hiking staff. As long as you keep it thick and supportive, you can carve in as many swirls and curves as you like. This way, you and your friends can hike in style with a unique handmade stick that no one else owns.

Lathes make great gifts

A lathe can be used to make special housewarming or wedding gifts as well. While gas grills are nice for new homeowners, it is sometimes a little more meaningful to give something from the heart. A pair of hand carved candlesticks will look great on a rustic mantle, and also double as emergency supplies for when the power goes out. Wood turning is becoming such a lost art that a set of hand carved items will be cherished for years to come. Lathe tools can also be used to make pens. At first, this may seem like an odd gift, but there is quite a hobbyist following around the art of handmade pens. If someone is graduating from college, a handmade pen can be a beautiful and practical gift. As you know, cheap pens tend to walk off, but nice pens are usually returned to their owner. As you get better at using your lathe to craft these beautiful miniature projects, you may find that they are as much a work of art as they are another woodworking project.

Finally, home furniture is probably the most recognized woodcraft for avid lathe fans. Chair legs, table legs and crib slats can all be crafted with a lathe. You can always buy modern and simple tables and chairs at the store, but there is nothing like a rustic dining table made by hand that can be passed down from generation to generation. Likewise, a handmade crib can be a real head-turner at a baby shower. It will take a workshop full of tools, but you have Sears to help you along the way. Check out a great variety of saws, lathes and other items to help you craft some beautiful and useful gifts for any friend or family member.

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