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2019 Buyer's Guide to CNC Wood Turning Lathe Machine

Do you have an idea to DIY or buy an affordable wood lathe? Check out the 2019 new wood turning lathe machine buyer's guide as follows, we'll offer you the best wood lathes of 2019 with expert customer service to fit your requirements.

What is A Wood Lathe?

Wood lathe is a type of wood turning machine for popular woodworking. There are two types of wood lathe: hand held wood lathe and CNC wood lathe. CNC wood lathe is refer to a wood turning machine with Computer Numerical Control.

Wood lathe is a woodturning tool that rotates the workpiece on it's axis to perform various operations such as cutting, sanding, broaching, carving, knurling, drilling, deformation, facing or turning with tools that are applied to the workpiece to create an object with symmetry about an axis of rotation.


Hand held wood lathe is mainly designed for craftsman. CNC wood lathe is widely used in industrial manufacturing applications, school education, small businesses, home business, small shop, home shop and hobbyists.

Wood lathe is mainly used for cylindrical workpiece, bowl sharp, tubular sharp, vehicle wood crafts, staircase column, roman column, general column, table or chair legs, washstand, wooden vase, wooden table, baseball bat, car wooden furniture, children's bed column, etc. You may call it as wood column turning lathe, wood bowl turning lathe, wood crafts turning lathe, wood vase turning lathe, baseball bat turning lathe.

Working Principle

CNC wood turning is a form of CNC woodworking that is used to create wooden objects on a lathe. CNC wood turning is different from most other forms of CNC woodworking in that the wood is moving while a stationary tool is used to cut and shape it. Many intricate shapes and designs can be made by CNC wood lathe machine. A CNC wood turning lathe machine is also called as wood lathe, CNC wood lathe, CNC wood turning machine, CNC wood lathe machine, wood turning lathe, wood turning tool, CNC wood turning tool, wood turning machine, wood lathe machine, CNC lathe for wood, CNC lathe machine for wood.

There are two distinct methods of CNC wood turning: spindle turning and bowl or faceplate turning. Their key difference is in the orientation of the wood grain, relative to the axis of the lathe. This variation in orientation changes the tools and techniques used. In spindle turning, the grain runs lengthways along the lathe bed, as if a log was mounted in the lathe. Grain is thus always perpendicular to the direction of rotation under the tool. In bowl turning, the grain runs at right angles to the axis, as if a plank were mounted across the chuck. When a bowl blank rotates, the angle that the grain makes with the cutting tool continually changes between the easy cuts of lengthways and downwards across the grain to two places per rotation where the tool is cutting across the grain and even upwards across it. This varying grain angle limits some of the tools that may be used and requires additional skill in order to cope with it.

In spindle turning, the wood is fixed between 2 points. The spur center digs into the wood and is powered by a motor. The other, a hard center or a live center may be a point or set of points in the tail-stock. In face plate turning, the wood is secured with screws to a faceplate or in a chuck or jig. the tail stock and a center may also be used for added support on large pieces with a faceplate. Most bowls, platters and many vessels are face plate turned, while pens, furniture legs, spindles, and some vessels are spindle turned. The method used may differ depending on the shape of the blank and the technique of the turner, and both methods may be used on the same piece.

When wood is cut in such a way that the fibre being cut is not supported by the fibre below it, it tends to separate and tear. This "tear out" exhibits a rough, highly damaged looking surface texture and greatly reduces the value of any product exhibiting it. The direction of cut is different in spindle turning and faceplate turning because cutting in the wrong direction can cause tear out. Spindle turning cuts are made from high points toward the axis on the outside of the piece, and from the axis toward the outside when hollowing. When faceplate turning, the opposite applies.

Technical Parameters

ModelSTL1040, STL1512, STL1516, STL1530, STL2030, STL3080
Max Turning Length3000mm
Max Turning Diameter5mm-300mm
Maximum Feed Rate2000mm/min
Minimum Setting Unit0.1mm
Air Pressure0.6-0.8Mpa
Price Range$1,500.00 - $8,000.00
Main Shaft Rotating Speed0-3000r/min
Transimission TypeBallscrew for X/Z axis, Gear for Y axis

Manufacturer Guide

STYLECNC is a guaranteed wood lathe manufacturer, supplier and seller.

STYLECNC provides all kinds of best wood lathes for sale to fit your woodworking requirements.

STYLECNC's CNC wood lathes are equipped with:

Genuine CNC woodturning software and system, the best original wood turning lathe kits, bits, parts and tools.

STYLECNC offers cost price for your CNC wood turning plans without any intermediate. You will get the best CNC lathes for wood with the affordable price from us.

STYLECNC also offers all-round smart 2D/3D woodturning solutions, 24/7 one-to-one free service and support, which is available free.

Buying Guide

1. Consult:

We will recommend the most suitable CNC lathe machine for wood to you after being informed by your requirements.

2. Quotation:

We will offer you with our detail quotation according to the consulted woodworking lathe machine. You will get the most suitable woodworking lathe specifications, the best woodturning lathe machine accessories and the affordable price.

3. Process Evaluation:

Both sides carefully evaluate and discuss all the details (technical parameters, specifications and business terms) of the order to exclude any misunderstanding.

4. Placing Order:

If you have no doubt, we will send you the PI (Proforma Invoice), and then we will sign a contract with you.

5. Production:

We will arrange the wood turning machine production as soon as receiving your signed sales contract and deposit. The latest news about production will be updated and informed to the CNC wood lathe buyer during the production.

6. Quality Control:

The whole production procedure will be under regular inspection and strict quality control. The complete wood turning machine will be tested to make sure they can work well before out of factory. 

7. Delivery:

We will arrange the delivery as the terms in the contract after the confirmation by the wood turning lathe buyer.

8. Custom Clearance:

We will supply and deliver all the necessary shipping documents to the wood lathe buyer and ensure a smooth customs clearance.

9. Support and Service:

We will offer professional technical support and free woodturning service by Phone, Email, Skype, WhatsApp, Online Live Chat, Remote Service. We also have door-to-door service in some areas.


The Best CNC Wood Turning Lathe Machines for sale

(12 Items)

Mini Wood Lathe for Wood Arts and Crafts Turning

Model: STL0410

$2800.00 - $3000.00

 4.9 (55)

Mini wood lathe is used for craftsman to make wood arts and crafts turning works, such as wood beads, wood bowls, wood cup, buddha heads, etc. Now the mini wood lathe for sale with low price.

Small Wood Lathe for Woodturning

Model: STL0810-2

$4980.00 - $5180.00

 4.9 (124)

Small wood lathe is a kind of woodturning machine equipped with woodturning blades instead of handheld woodturning tools for wood column, bead, barrel, buddha heads, gourd pendant, hoist pieces, wood cup, bowl, and whip. The small wood lathe is mainly used for craftsman, school education, hobbyists, small business, small shop, home business and home shop.

The Best CNC Wood Turning Lathe Machine for Wood Crafts

Model: STL1530

$5980.00 - $6980.00

 4.4 (12)

The best CNC wood turning lathe machine is mainly designed for wood crafts, staircase columns, roman columns, table or chair legs, baseball bats, car wooden furnitures, children's bed columns, etc. Now the best wood lathe for sale with affordable price.

New Design Automatic CNC Wood Lathe Machine for sale

Model: STL1516-2S2

$7480.00 - $7880.00

 4.9 (9)

New design automatic CNC wood lathe machine is equipped with double axis for turning staircases, stairway balusters, stairway newel posts, table legs, chair legs, bed rails, baseball bats, etc. Now the wood lathe for sale with low price.

Full Automatic Feeding CNC Wood Turning Lathe Machine

Model: STL1530-A

$5980.00 - $7780.00

 4.6 (22)

Full Automatic Feeding CNC Wood Turning Lathe Machine is suitable for mass production with same turning designs, the CNC wood lathe machine can automatic loading raw timber, automatic centering, automtic turning according to the program, save time and labor to improve the working efficiency.

Double Axis Automatic CNC Wood Lathe for Baseball Bats

Model: STL1516-2

$6280.00 - $7680.00

 4.2 (17)

Double axis automatic CNC wood lathe is designed for cylindrical workpiece, tubular sharp and vehicle wood crafts such as baseball bats, pillar, staircase columns, roman columns, general columns, table legs, chair legs, etc.

3 Axis Wood Lathe Machine for Wood Turning

Model: STL1512-3S3

$8580.00 - $9080.00

 4.8 (15)

3 axis wood lathe machine with three turning axis, which can turn 3 pieces wood columns with maximum 120mm diameter and 1500mm length at the same time. The 3 axis wood turning lathe machine processing length can be customized to 2000mm, 2500mm or 3000mm.

CNC Wood Turning Lathe Machine for Stair Handrail

Model: STL1516-2S1

$6280.00 - $7480.00

 4.9 (56)

CNC wood turning lathe machine for stair handrail can be used for staircase columns, roman columns, bowl sharps, tubular sharps, vehicle wood crafts, general columns, baseball bates, table legs or chair legs.

CNC Woodworking Lathe Machine with Single Spindle and Double Cutters

Model: STL1530-S

$6980.00 - $7680.00

 4.4 (13)

CNC woodworking lathe machine with single spindle and double cutters is designed for craftsman, small business or industrial production, the CNC woodworking lathe machine is mainly used for turning the complex shape of wood cylinders or semi-finished wood products.

ATC CNC Wood Lathe with Automatic Tool Changer

Model: STL2530-ATC

$9180.00 - $11180.00

 4.9 (36)

The ATC CNC wood lathe adopts automatic tool changer system and 4th axis, the 4 axis ATC CNC wood lathe is widely used for 3D turning and carving roman columns, table legs, sofa feet, baseball bats, wood bowls, vases, etc.

Affordable CNC Wood Lathe Machine for sale

Model: STL2030-S

$7380.00 - $8080.00

 4.9 (51)

Affordable CNC Wood Lathe Machine is used for turning complex shape of rotary or semi-finished wood products, such as staircase column, cylindrical, conical, curved, spherical, etc. now the CNC wood lathe machine for sale with affordable price.

4 Axis CNC Wood Lathe for 3D Turning, Carving and Broaching

Model: STL2530-S4

$8880.00 - $10180.00

 4.8 (25)

4 axis CNC wood lathe is not only used for 3D turning and broaching, but also used for 3D carving and cutting with the additional spindle, now the best 4 axis CNC wood lathe for sale with affordable price.

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