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Beginner Spindle-Turning Workshop (Members Only)

October 9 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am

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An event every month that begins at 9:00 am on day Second of the month, repeating until October 9, 2021

Spindle Workshop

*This workshop is open to current Lowell Makes members. A password is required to register. No other skills are required.

For the beginner, this workshop will teach fundamentals of spindle turning that will qualify you for a Level 1 checkout (spindle-turning). These techniques will provide basic skills allowing you to work independently in the lathe shop. Carbide tipped tools will be used to learn spindle-turning.

A $5 materials fee will be collected at the beginning of class.

Scope of workshop:

Create a shaped spindle demonstrating familiarity with all machine parts and turning competency by finding center, turning a cylinder, smoothing to pre-sand finish, and creating beads and coves.

General review of lathe turning:

• Review and discuss AAW shop safety rules and protocols
• Review and explain lathe parts and purpose
• Explain RPM speed selection
• Change belt
• Check lathe alignment


• Find center
• Secure piece to lathe
• Speed selection
• Turn a rough cylinder
• Smooth cylinder
• Sand piece (reverse direction)


October 9
9:00 am - 11:00 am
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Lowell Makes
130 Western Ave
Lowell, MA 01851 United States


Lowell Makes