Here are a few of my favourite and/or most useful tools. There is a difference. There are some tools that I really dislike, but they are very useful.

Wood Lathe

I bought this lovely little lathe from a local machine tool supplier, Warco

Specifications (Copied from the website)

Quality variable speed mini lathe, ideal for a range of precise woodwork projects.

A compact sized hobby woodworker, capable of very intricate wood turning.

Supplied with a revolving and drive centre, machine is ready to go.

Features include

  • Digital rev. counter
  • Tool rest
  • Ground bed ways
  • Quick acting camlock tailstock
  • Rigid cast iron construction
  • Powerful 550w motor
  • Included with every lathe for no extra charge:
    • Faceplate – 80mm
    • Drive centre – 2MT
    • Four prong drive centre – 2MT
  • Specification
    • Centre height: 125mm
    • Distance between centres: 440mm
    • Spindle speeds: 750 / 3200 rpm
    • Face plate: 80mm
    • Diameter of tool rest support: 16mm
    • Spindle thread: 1″ x 8 TPI
    • Headstock: 2MT
    • Tailstock: 2MT
    • Motor: 550w
    • Overall dimensions (L x W x H): 820 x 200 x 380mm
    • Weight: 38kg

Mini Wood Lathe 4-Jaw Chuck

Another purchase from Warco was their Mini Wood Lathe 4-jaw chuck.


  • Diameter – 100mm
  • Thread – 1″ x 8 TPI
  • Index plate on rear of chuck
  • Supplied with dovetail jaw set and threaded centre which is gripped in chuck base jaws

Standard jaw capacity:

  • Gripping capacity: 32mm – 46mm
    • Expanding capacity: 59 mm – 72mm