Jet Wood Lathe

Jet Wood Lathe located in the Woodworking Area.


Model Number JWL-1236


Use it to make wood round. 


Model number JWL-1236
Swing (maximum diameter the lathe will accept): 12″
Lathe bed length: 36″
Speed type: Variable (changed with ratchet arm)
Speed range: 550-3600 rpm
Headstock taper: #2 Morse 


In person training and sign off required. Training typically takes 10-20 min. 

Training Checklist

  • When to use a lathe and basic principles
  • No moving blade, but still dangerous
  • Cover everything in Usage Guidelines and Safety Tips sections
  • Go over various chisels and head/tail stocks
  • Go over distance of tool rest from turning piece
  • Instructor demos proper technique of setting up machine and turning a piece of wood.
  • Trainee demonstrates technique of using the machine

  • Trainers: Sign off trainee using the Slack command /membership > equipment authorization.

Usage Guidelines

  • Choose the appropriate accessory for the headstock (faceplate, spur drive center, safe driver center, 4 jaw chuck, etc)
  • Drive centers should only be #2 Morse
  • Ensure that your piece will clear the tool rest and the lathe bed before turning on the machine
  • Lock down the banjo and tail stock before turning on the machine
  • The knockout bar is used to hold the chuck in place for removal and for the removal of the spur drive from the back of the headstock
  • Clean off all shavings and sawdust when you’re done

Safety Tips

  • Face mask is required
  • Lung protection is encouraged
  • Closely tie back any long hair. No long sleeves, dangling necklaces, or jewelry on hands.
  • When turning the machine on the first time, stand off to the side (and ensure no one else is standing in the perpendicular path)
  • Know your grain direction
  • Use a live center to stabilize your piece as much as possible to avoid having your piece going bye-bye
  • Only adjust the tool rest when the machine is off
  • Always anchor your tool on the tool rest
  • Move the tool rest when sanding and polishing
  • Sand on the bottom of the piece and only on the lowest RPM
  • When polishing, use paper, not cloth, so it tears if it catches.
  • Speed adjustments should be done with the machine running

Files & External Resources


Wood Working Area





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