Turning - Fine Woodworking Plans and Projects


Turning falls into two broad categories -- faceplate turning and spindle turning. Each one relies on a special set of tools and techniques.  The Basics: • Faceplate turning: Bowls, vessels, and other round objects. • Spindle turning: From furniture
Read More

  • Turn a Carver's MalletTurn a Carver's Mallet

    by Michael Cullen

    Every workshop needs at least two mallets, Michael Cullen says. Flat-sided mallets are extremely useful, but when it comes to carving and other tasks where a light ...

  • Pens Make Great GiftsPens Make Great Gifts

    by Barry Gross

    Pen turning is fun, it's a great use for scraps, and it can probably be done mostly with tools you already own and skills you already have. Barry Gross will show ...

  • Faceplate Turning Is FunFaceplate Turning Is Fun

    by Jimmy Clewes

    If your wood turning has been confined to knobs and legs, it's time to branch out and start having some fun with your lathe. Try faceplate turning, the art of transforming ...

  • Make Your Own OrnamentsMake Your Own Ornaments

    by David Lake

    Contrasting woods and multiple-axis turning yield bold, distinctive tree decorations

  • Oxford Inspiration for Homemade BalustradeOxford Inspiration for Homemade Balustrade

    by Fred Ziegler

    See an intricate balustrade come together using a shopmade lathe and reclaimed Douglas fir

  • Pots, Pitchers, and PiercingsPots, Pitchers, and Piercings

    by David Heim

    Browse the gallery of work shown at the 2007 American Association of Woodturners Symposium

  • One Unreal EggOne Unreal Egg

    by Jonathan Binzen

    A stay-at-home dad whose shop is a converted garage in Damariscotta, Maine, Jacques Vesery has been turning and carving since boyhood. He turns most of his pieces ...

  • William H. Macy: WoodturnerWilliam H. Macy: Woodturner

    by David Heim

    Read one editor's account of his day in the shop and on the set with the "Wild Hogs" star and bowl maker

  • A Sunburst Finish for BowlsVideo: A Sunburst Finish for Bowls

    with Mark Schofield

    Wood turner Michael Allison answers questions about his colorful trademark finish at the 2006 Fine Furnishings Show

  • Finding a Niche with Turned LampshadesVideo: Finding a Niche with Turned Lampshades

    with Peter Bloch

    New Hampshire wood turner sheds light on his technique for turning thin-walled, translucent vessels

  • Turn a Hollow VesselTurn a Hollow Vessel

    by Howard Lewin

    Improvements in wood-turning tools have made the art of hollow-vessel turning accessible to woodturners of varying skill levels. In this article, Howard Levin, ...

  • Turn a Classic Floor LampTurn a Classic Floor Lamp

    by Ernie Conover

    This 18th-century inspired lamp offers a chance to practice both faceplate and spindle turning. The design accommodates a range of lathe sizes and turning abilities ...

  • Turned OrnamentsTurned Ornaments

    by Michael Sage

    Ornaments turned in three parts save small pieces of figured wood from the scrap bin and help embellish a tree or window. Michael Sage explains how to make them, ...

  • Build a Shaker Round StandBuild a Shaker Round Stand

    by Christian Becksvoort

    The measured drawing that Christian H. Becksvoort includes in this piece on a Shaker round table is by no means definitive, but it’s exceedingly close; he’s built ...

  • Turned Pens and PencilsTurned Pens and Pencils

    by Richard Elderton

    After one too many pen collapses, Richard Elderton decided to clothe his naked Parker pen refill with a suit of wood. It’s just a wooden cap and barrel, shaped ...

Become a Better Woodworker

Save up to 56% on Fine Woodworking