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CNC Wood Lathe

A computer numerical controlled (CNC) wood lathe is a device that can create items such as stairway posts, designs on wood, and more.

It can also cut, trim and sand those items as well. Originally all lathes were used by two people. However the lathe, as we see it today has evolved into a much more modern machine which can be operated by one person.

A CNC wood lathe is operated by a computer which is controlled by the user. The use of computers on a lathe machine offer a wide range of benefits and features, while improving functionality.


As with any machine that used to be controlled solely by the person alone, the significance of a CNC lathe is that it can be controlled by a computer. These machines are so sophisticated that they are able to perform multiple functions with the touch of a button. Without the use of the computer the design, cut or other operations may not perform as precisely as they do today.


A wonderful feature of most CNC wood lathes is that they keep most, if not all, dust out of the machine allowing it to work better and more efficiently. This feature is especially important to those using a CNC lathe in woodworking. There are also various sizes of CNC lathes. For those at home in the garage, there are portable machines. Likewise, for a large company there are industrial size machines. However, these larger machines may be more difficult to move around.


All lathes work the same way. However, how to get the machine to work is where a CNC lathe differs. Thanks to computer technology that is similar to that of a sewing machine or embroidery machine, CNC lathes can be programmed with whatever design you have in mind. The computer takes the information for that design and moves the lathe in order to get that very design to show up on the item being engraved.