Practical Woodturning Projects

16 selected skill-building projects for woodturners with expert, shop-tested instructions and illustrations from the pages of American Woodturner, journal of the American Association of Woodturners.

The quickest and best way to become proficient at the woodturning lathe is to stretch your skills by making useful projects. Each project gives you an opportunity to practice turning while trying new techniques. Each successful project graces your world with a handmade object that’s both useful and beautiful, to enjoy at home or to give as a gift.

  • For the table: Coasters, napkin rings, salt & pepper shakers, spice mill, ice cream scoop, all-wood goblet.
  • Great gifts: Letter opener, all-wood pen, decorative clock, crochet hook, ring holder, quarter display, branch mushrooms, holiday ornaments
  • For the workshop: Tool hands, jam and expansion chucks, virtual woodturning with Sketch-Up.
  • Selected skills include choosing wood, faceplates and jam chucks, skew chisel, drilling and fitting, end-grain turning, hollow turning, decorative effects, making multiples, and design at the lathe.

Since 1986, American Woodturner has been a genuine treasure-trove of practical and reliable information written by woodturners for their fellow woodturners. Practical Woodturning Projects is available as a 64-page printed book or as a digital download readable on all your electronic devices.

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