Awesome Lathes

Turning Coffee Beans into a Coffee Mug

Turning Coffee Beans into a Coffee Mug

Mixing objects in resin holds them together so they can be worked like a block of wood. Preston Miller shows how he took a pound of Peet’s coffee beans, soaked them in epoxy resin, and then turned the block into a truly unique coffee mug. If you like how it turned out, he’s selling them on his Etsy store.

Making a Shredded CD Bracelet

Making a Shredded CD Bracelet

If there’s one thing we’ve learned from makers is that you can create all kinds of things from items bathed in resin and cut into shape. In this video, Peter Brown takes a bunch of shredded CDs and turns the shards into a large iridescent bracelet.

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Woodturning The One Ring

Woodturning The One Ring

Artist Olivier Gomis paid tribute to The Lord of the Rings by creating a larger-than-life replica of The One Ring. He started by assembling wedges of wood into circles and smoothed them on a lathe. He then carved its engravings and added curly maple veneers so its lettering only appears when its hidden LED lights are switched on.

Woodturning a Giant Bowl

Woodturning a Giant Bowl

There’s something so satisfying about woodturning and lathe videos, watching artists carve away at a solid block of material to reveal smooth shapes and interesting patterns. Watch as woodworker Olivier Gomis turns sticks of lumber into what he refers to as an “average size” bowl.

Turning Bolts into a Combination Lock

Turning Bolts into a Combination Lock

Combination padlocks aren’t necessarily the most secure locks, but there’s a certain appeal to not needing a key to unlock them. In this video from Maker B, they show us how they machined pieces of stainless steel bolts and assembled them to form a working combo lock that looks like it came right off the store shelf.

The Hole Doesn’t Move

The Hole Doesn’t Move

We spotted Tony Romero’s video on the Oddly Satisfying subreddit, and it definitely satisfies that criteria. What you’re about to watch is footage of an industrial lathe spinning an off-center workpiece with a centered hole drilled into it. The result is the illusion that the hole is staying in one place the whole time.

Bent Spacetime Vase

Bent Spacetime Vase

Woodworker Olivier Gomis shows off his build process for a really amazing sculptural piece. By arranging and gluing boards into funnel shape, then lathing out its center, he created a wooden vase that approximates the oft-seen images representing the curvature of spacetime.

Making a Pencil Vase

Making a Pencil Vase

Artist Olivier Gomis shows how he took hundreds of colored pencils and turned them into a cool looking wood vase. Rather than encasing them in epoxy resin, he sanded and glued together layers of pencils, twisted them into a tower, then turned that structure on a lathe.

Waterjet Lathe

Waterjet Lathe

We’ve always enjoyed watching videos of wood being turned on a lathe. However, the carving part is usually done with metal tools. The guys from the Waterjet Channel wanted to see if the powerful high-pressure cutting tip of their waterjet could be used to smoothly sculpt a spinning piece of wood in the same way.

Donut of Pencils

Donut of Pencils

We’ve seen how colored pencils can be turned into some cool objects, and here’s another one for the collection. Sit back and enjoy as artist Andy Phillip takes hundreds of the pencils, bathes them in resin, and then turns them on his lathe to form a colorful torus. We rather enjoyed watching those resin threads go flying.

Wooden Stanley Cup

Wooden Stanley Cup

A hockey fan asked woodworker Cameron Porter of Cammie’s Garage if he could craft a wood version of the iconic Stanley Cup. He quickly rose to the challenge, and crafted an impressive mini replica of the trophy using his talents and his lathe. He hopes to get the commission to build the full-size version soon.

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