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machine tool which rotates the workpiece on its axis

A lathe, in woodworking and metalworking, is a machine tool which spins a block of material so that when abrasive or cutting tools are applied to the block, it can be shaped to produce an object which has rotational symmetry about an axis of rotation.


Types of lathesEdit


Contemporary images of old lathes
Types of lathes (in historical order of source)
Lathes in operation (in historical order of source)
See also Category:Lathe operators

Lathe topicsEdit

Lathe construction elementsEdit

Example, conventional lathe
Example, the Hwacheon center lathe

Lathe toolsEdit

Lathe productsEdit

See alsoEdit