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Intro to the Lathe with Jesse Marques - Slot 2

  • Saturday, July 30, 2022
  • 10:30 AM - 11:45 PM
  • 36 Talcott Street, Hartford, CT 06103
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General Admission: $75 / MakerspaceCT Members $59: 

This is an introduction to the tools and techniques for wood turning on the lathe. Jesse Marques makes and sells lathe-turned pens on his instagram and is going to teach some basics of the machine at MakerspaceCT! Check out his website to see some of his work.

Sign up for one of three time-slots for one-on-one instruction:

  • 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
  • 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
  • 12:15 PM - 1:30 PM

This course is open to everyone from novice makers first starting to create to veteran craftspeople looking to expand their skillset. You do not have to be a MakerspaceCT member to attend, but all students must sign up online and pay tuition to attend this class.

This course includes instruction on:

Lathe Safety: 

  • Safety Gear

  • Proper Use of Equipment

Wood Preparation

  • Swapping out Bits

  • Choosing the Correct Bit


  • Styles of Mounting

  • Choosing the Correct Chisel

  • Using a Parting Tool


  • Sanding

  • Finishing Technique

  • “Squaring”

  • Hollowing

  • Chisel Sharpening for the lathe

Basic Information

  • Feeds and Speeds

  • Vocabulary and Parts of the Lathe

  • Types of wood

  • Toxic and do not turn materials (spaulding, wenge)

  • Best conditions for turning

  • Other turnable materials

  • Types of Tools

  • Calculations

Other Content:

  • Where to source materials

  • Locations of tools and batteries

  • Storage options at MCT

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