How to Turn at a Safe Speed
A good rule-of-thumb for turning at the proper speed
Turning a workpiece too fast is dangerous, so Mahoney shares simple tips for working at a safe speed. He recommends starting slow, then revving up the lathe to a speed that you’re comfortable with. Watch the video to learn a simple speed formula.
Teacher, author, and wood turner Mike Mahoney answers 8 reader questions about tools and techniques for turning bowls.
Why are there so many different gouges?
What’s the difference between shear scraping, scraping, and cutting?
What’s the right way to position a gouge?
How can I avoid tearout when turning end-grain fiber?
What’s the best way to handle difficult grain?
How can I prevent green wood from cracking?
What’s the best way to cut a tenon for a scroll chuck?
What’s the proper lathe speed?