Component Assembly Needed For Spindle Turning

To view a brief (few-seconds long) video clip of each step being performed click on the video in each section.

Step 1

Mount the Lathe Drive Center to the Smart Motor quill spindle. Be sure the setscrew tightens on the spindle flat. Tighten it securely using your 5/32″ Allen wrench.

Install Drive Center
Install Drive Center

Step 2

Mount the Tailstock to the base arm on the right end of the machine base and tighten the knurled sleeve & insert assembly.

Install Tailstock
Install Tailstock
Tighten Handle
Tighten Handle

Step 3

Mount the Tailstock Cup (Dead) Center in the center hole of the tailstock.

Note that a Tailstock Center may already be installed in your tailstock (see photo).

Install Cup Center
Install Cup Center

Step 4

Insert the Lathe Tool Rest Post into the front mounting hole in the carriage.

The following parts (post, arm & tool rest) may already be assembled.

Install Tool Rest Post
Install Tool Rest Post

Step 5

Mount the Tool Rest Arm to the top of the tool rest post and tighten the handle.

Mount Tool Rest Arm
Mount Tool Rest Arm

Step 6

Mount the Lathe Chisel Tool Rest to the top of the tool rest arm and tighten the handle.

Mount Tool Rest
Mount Tool Rest Arm

Step 7

Position the stock between the two centers, advance the quill with FIRM pressure to solidly seat the stock between the 2 centers and lock the quill into position. SAFETY NOTE: It is often necessary to seat the drive center into one end of the wood by striking it with a mallet to be certain the center spurs have a good bite on your stock. If necessary, this would have to be done BEFORE you position the stock between the two centers.

Position Stock
Position Stock

Component Assembly Needed For Faceplate Turning

NOTE: With Faceplate (unlike Spindle Turning) the actual turning process must begin by mounting your workpiece (turning blank) to the primary faceplate turning component… the faceplate.

Step 1

Start by rounding your turning blank on the bandsaw or by making a succession of 45° cuts on the table saw to approximate a rounded blank.

Round Turning Stock
Round Turning Stock

Step 2

Locate and mark the center of your turning blank on its back side.

Mark Centerpoint
Mark Centerpoint

Step 3

Lay your turning blank front-side-down on your workbench, position your faceplate over your center mark and securely screw your faceplate to the back side of your turning blank.

Mount To Faceplate
Mount To Faceplate

Step 4

Mount your Faceplate (with workpiece attached) to the lathe’s quill spindle and secure it with Allen setscrew.Mount Faceplate To Quill

Mount Faceplate To Quill
Mount Faceplate To Quill

Step 5

Insert the Lathe Tool Rest Post into the front mounting hole in the carriage.

The following parts (post, arm & tool rest) may already be assembled.

Insert Tool Rest Post
Insert Tool Rest Post

Step 6

Mount the Tool Rest Arm to the top of the tool rest post and tighten the handle.

Install Tool Rest Arm
Install Tool Rest Arm

Step 7

Mount the Lathe Chisel Tool Rest to the top of the tool rest arm and tighten the handle.

Install Tool Rest
Install Tool Rest

See How Simple That Was!

Now that you’ve located and assembled the lathe turning components, it’s time to get into the basic lathe turning instruction you need to start turning.

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