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 

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 are required
  • Lung protection is encouraged
  • Tie back any long hair
  • Know your grain direction and never use a spindle roughing gouge on mixed grain wood
  • 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
  • Use the safe driver when turning with a skew
  • Move the tool rest when sanding
  • Sand on the bottom of the piece and only on the lowest RPM

Files & External Resources


Wood Working Area




Matt Holmes


In-person training required. Reach out to @MattHolmes on slack to set up a time.

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