Profession woodturner

Woodturners use a lathe to remove superfluous material from wood. The lathe turns the workpiece around its axis, as shape tools are used to obtain the desired shape.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Conventional


  • Design principles

    The elements used in design such as unity, scale, proportion, balance, symmetry, space, form, texture, colour, light, shade and congruence and their application into practice.

  • Woodworking tools

    The various tools used to process wood, such as planers, chisels and lathes.

  • Lathe machine parts

    The different parts of a lathe machine and their applications, such as the compound, the bed, the sadle, the cross slide, the cutting tool, the lathe dog and more.

  • Wood cuts

    Different ways of cutting wood, across the grain or parallel with it, and radial or tangential to the core. The behaviour of cuts of wood under different circumstances and the optimal cut for a given purpose. Influence of special attributes of the wood, like knots or defects.

  • Woodworking processes

    Steps in the processing of wood for the manufacturing of wooden articles and types of machines used for these processes such as drying, shaping, assembling and surface finishing.

  • Types of lathe tools

    Types of tools used for the lathe machining process such as high-speed steel tools, carbide-tipped tools and carbide insert tools.

  • Types of wood

    Types of wood, such as birch, pine, poplar, mahogany, maple and tulipwood.


  • Work safely with machines

    Check and safely operate machines and equipment required for your work according to manuals and instructions.

  • Avoid tear-out in woodworking

    Use techniques to prevent the fibres of wood materials from tearing away, which produces a highly damaged looking surface, thus greatly reducing the value of the specific product.

  • Use turning tools

    Use turning tools such as gouges and chisels to skin off rounded areas or cut new shapes in the wood.

  • Tend lathe

    Tend a lathe designed for cutting manufacturing processes on metal, wooden, plastic materials and others, monitor and operate it, according to regulations.

  • Turn wood

    Turn wood in chiefly two methods, spindle and faceplate turning. The key difference between these two is the orientation of the wood grain relative to the axis of the lathe.

  • Manipulate wood

    Manipulate the properties, shape and size of wood.

  • Inspect wood materials

    Carry out a thorough inspection of wood material using appropriate methods, instruments, tools, and other apparatus.

  • Position cross slide of a lathe

    Position, by turning a specific lever, the cross slide of a lathe machine perpendicularly, calculating the size of the workpiece and the type of lathe cutting tools used for ideal positioning.

Optional knowledge and skills

consult technical resources monitor automated machines sawing techniques distinguish wood quality manufacturing of sports equipment apply wood finishes keep records of work progress manufacturing of furniture operate wood sawing equipment timber products troubleshoot report defective manufacturing materials set up the controller of a machine meet contract specifications inspect quality of products dispose of non-hazardous waste sanding techniques manufacturing of daily use goods perform machine maintenance identify hazards in the workplace record production data for quality control sand wood supply machine cutting technologies check quality of raw materials