Getting Started in Woodturning: 18 Practical Projects & Expert Advice on Safety, Tools & Techniques

Getting Started in Woodturning: 18 Practical Projects & Expert Advice on Safety, Tools & Techniques

Paperback(2nd ed.)

View All Available Formats & Editions
Members save with free shipping everyday! 
See details


Woodturning is a fun, engaging, and tremendously rewarding hobby that will last a lifetime.

Whether you’re just getting started at the lathe or you’re a seasoned woodturner looking for nuggets of insight, you’ll find it all in the AAW's Official Guide, Getting Started in Woodturning, an essential reference of safety information, tool advice, woodturning techniques, and practical projects from the pages of American Woodturner, the journal from the American Association of Woodturners (AAW). Written by some of today's finest woodturners, including Richard Raffan, Jim Rodgers, Richard Kleinhenz, and Alan Lacer among them, Getting Started in Woodturning teaches shop-tested, best-practice fundamentals that make woodturning a safe, enjoyable, and enriching hobby that will last a lifetime.

Divided into four sections - Getting Started, Tools, Techniques, and Projects, this treasure-trove of expert information will guide an aspiring woodturner to discover:

  • What to know when buying and aligning a lathe
  • Safety practices for dust collection, face shields, and the shop
  • Techniques for sharpening and using turning tools
  • How to turn, avoid catches, and finish like a pro
  • 18 useful projects to build your skills

Getting Started in Woodturning is the only book a beginner needs to safely and confidently get started in the craft of woodturning.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781950934232
Publisher: Cedar Lane Press
Publication date: 05/12/2020
Edition description: 2nd ed.
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

The American Association of Woodturners (AAW) is a nonprofit organization headquartered in Saint Paul, Minnesota, is dedicated to advancing the art and craft of woodturning worldwide. The AAW provides opportunities for education, information, and organization to those interested in turning wood while and is focused on establishing lathe-turned work as a major element in the art and craft world. Established in 1986, AAW has thousands of members and a network of local chapters globally, representing professionals, amateurs, gallery owners, collectors, and wood/tool suppliers. The official journal of the AAW is American Woodturner, the leading publication on the art and craft of woodturning in the world. A wellspring of practical information, inspiration, and resources, American Woodturner is published six times each year and is one of the premier benefits of membership.

Table of Contents

Section 1: Getting Started
·      Advice for Beginning Turners
·      Shopping for Your First Lathe
·      Turning and Aligning Your Lathe
·      Learn to Sharpen All Your Turning Tools
·      Sharpening Jigs
·      Are You Wearing the Right Faceshield
·      Collect Dust at the Lathe
·      Safety Checklist
Section 2: The Tools
·      Choosing the Right Driving Centers
·      Faceplates
·      Sweet and Simple Chucking Strategies
·      Mastering the Four-Jaw Scroll Chuck
·      What Speed is the Best?
·      Get a Good Start with Lathe and Turning Tools
·      Your First Bowl Gouge
·      A Guide to Gouges
·      Spindle Roughing Gouge
·      Getting the Most from Scrapers
·      Using the Point Tool
·      Carbide Cutters
·      Humanizing the Skew Chisel
·      Parting Tool
·      Bandsaw: Safe Setup and Operations
·      Bandsaw: Safe Practices with Green Wood
·      Grinder Wheels
Section 3: The Techniques & Tips
·      Wood: Kiln-Dried, Green, or Air Dried
·      Twenty Ways NOT to Turn a Bowl
·      The Complete Spindle Turner
·      Twenty Ways to Master Spindle Turning
·      Quick Guide for Avoiding Catches
·      How to Avoid a Catch
·      Good Grip: Feel the Wood through the Tool
·      Sandpaper: The Nitty Gritty
·      Guide to Finishing
·      Food Safe Finishing
·      Nice Turner's Finish Last
Section 4: The Projects
·      The Honey Dipper is a Classic First Project
·      Egg Cup Introduces End-Grain Hollowing
·      Letter Opener: A Skill Builder that Makes a Great Gift
·      Basic Wooden Bowl
·      Out of a Limb: Natural Edged Bowls
·      Ring Holders Make Great Gifts
·      Classy Clocks
·      Turning Offset Handles Simplified
·      Pepper Mill: It's a New Grind
·      Scoop for Ice Cream
·      Napkins Rings
·      Salt and Pepper Shakers
·      Turning the Finger-Snap Top
·      Pen with a Wooden Grip
·      Holiday Tree Topper: Turn Something Special
·      Colorful Christmas Lights
·      Two-Part Goblet: Tenon Connects Bowl to Stern
·      Door Knob Upgrade


If you are reading this book, you have made the decision to get started in woodturning. You won’t be disappointed: woodturning is a fun, engaging, and tremendously rewarding hobby that will last of lifetime. This 224-page collection from American Woodturner magazine will help you get off to a great start with the best safety practices, tool knowledge, fundamental techniques, and skill-building projects available. There’s a lot of detailed, practical advice in this book, covering most of the problems, challenges, and questions that all beginners encounter. Alongside all this practical, skill-building information, two more currents run through Getting Started in Woodturning. First is the infectious enthusiasm and pleasure that woodturners take from their craft, which shines through every one of these articles and stories. Second is the shared understanding that none of this information would be available without the fellowship and open exchange fostered by the American Association of Woodturners. In fact, you’ll find the best advice in this book right here: join your local AAW chapter. The many members of this national association are willing to help beginners like you learn how to turn.

Customer Reviews