Wood Lathe - Tyme Avon

(Beth Slater) #1


Tyme Avon (48" edition)

Condition Notes

Long term loan from @matt

Lathe specs

Tyme Avon
Headstock thread: 25mm diameter, 2mm pitch
Tailstock: 2 morse taper
Motor: ¾ Horse power
Speeds: 470, 750, 1150, 2000 rpm
Maximum turning diameters: 275mm (11”) over bed
200mm (8”) over tool rest
500mm (19 1/2”) at 90⁰
580mm (23”) at 180⁰

Induction and Training

Induction required



Risk Assessment


Safe Working Procedure

safe working pro.docx (74.0 KB)


Eye protection compulsory, face shield preferable
Dust mask when sanding
Suitable footwear

Before Use

• Tie back or remove loose clothing.
• Tie up long hair.
• Remove jewellery, neckties, gloves etc
• clear machine bench of any loose items
• check over lathe and tools for damage
• Check the working area is tidy and there are no trip or slip hazards
• Use appropriate drive and tailstock or faceplate for the job. Check it is secured in lathe and all locking knuts are tightened. if using a faceplate make sure wood is attached with screws of appropriate length and diameter.
• If tailstock is not needed make sure it is removed from lathe bed.
• Set appropriate speed
• Be aware of the woodstock you are using. Inspect it for defects. Remove any loose bark or knots. Don’t turn anything with metal in it. Check it is within the safe dimensions for the lathe
• Set tool rest at appropriate height and distance from work. Rotate work by hand to check it doesn’t hit the toolrest before switching on.
• Remove any adjusting keys or wrenches from machine before switching it on
• Plan your cuts and make sure you have suffient working space
• If sanding or finishing and toolrest is not needed remove it from lathe bed

During Use

• Stand to the side when first turning on the lathe
• Listen out for unfamiliar noises - if so turn off the lathe immediately and identify and rectify the problem.
• Keep firm hold and control of the turning tool at all times. Use extreme caution where knots and voids are exposed in the wood
• Always keep tool in full contact with the toolrest when applying to the workpiece
• Keep hands and fingers well away from all moving parts
• Use dust extraction if sanding and be aware that some wood dusts can be highly irritant
• Do not leave machine running unattended
• Use the correct gouges for the task. Don’t use improvised tools
• Do not allow tools to dig into wood.
• Exercise good practice; cut downhill, don’t take excessively heavy cuts
• Never stretch over the rotating workpiece, keep tools safely away from immediate work area
• Never adjust the toolrest whilst machine is running
• When sanding/ polishing make sure your hands are positioned so as not to be pulled into the direction of rotation (usually underneath the workpiece)
• Turn lathe off if using callipers to measure work. never touch callipers or other instruments against turning workpiece
Adjust toolrest position as wood diameter decreases

After Use

• Make sure everything is switched off
• Tidy up your working area: brush down the lathe bed, put all tools safely away, tidy area around lathe.
*Sweep floor

  • Post photos of your work on discourse


  • Protect bearings -don’t overtighten tail stock
  • Always clean shavings off after use
  • Protect from rust by cleaning away wet shavings
  • Protect from paints, glues and finishes
  • Support drive centres when removing from headstock to avoid damging the points
  • Keep toolrest smooth and file out any catches

Known issues:
Damaged thread on bolt on toolrest saddle


Speed guide:
makerspace lathe notes.docx (14.8 KB)

Induction checklist:
lathe induction checklist.docx (15.2 KB)

Nova Chuck specs and accessories:
Nova Chuck.docx (17.4 KB)