Lathes for Turning Big Bowls
See how today's heavy-duty lathes are designed to handle large-scale work from bed posts to big burls
After testing seven heavy-duty lathes for a Fine Woodworking tool review (FWW #191), woodturner Andy Barnum takes his top two picks for a test drive to demonstrate their unique features and large turning capacities.
Barnum, a woodturning instructor at State University of New York in Purchase, shows off the powerful motors on these lathes, which offer high torque at low speeds — ideal for turning big-diameter or off-balance work. He also demonstrates how the heft, speed control, and outboard turning capabilities make these lathes ideal for just about any turning project.