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.