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        Q: What are good materials to lathe on a wooden lathe?
A: If you research some of `` The Old Yankee Workshop '' shown in they have a show using a foot/and whipping type wood lathe that be extremely basic . All you necessary is a solid supporting at each end of the jobspiece and a way to make it spin . Then you add an instrument supporting so you are able control it . This is the very fundamental wood lathe . 

Q: What is the swing of a lathe?
A: Lathe swing is the diameter of the wood that are able be transformed . Ie : a twelve '' swing mean you can turn a bowl that has a six '' radiu.s. and it will clear the bed of the lathe . When turning bowls or plates that are as huge as you indicated , the head stock generally pivots so that the work will hang off the back of the lathe and not over the bed . 

Q: What is an engine lathe?
A: An engine lathe is feasible to a gap bed lathe . The term `` gap bed '' relates to a lathe where a section of the bed next to the head stock is detachable be permitteded the machining of enormous outside diameter work slices .