So you’ve decided to take up wood turning? Well, that really is fantastic news!

Now you can create some beautiful things, in your spare time. But the issue that many people have is that they don’t know what to make.

Today, we’ll be looking at 8 things that can be great fun for beginners to make. Although I should say, these aren’t going to be the full instructions, they will merely be rough guides which will allow you to decide for yourself whether or not to research how to make them even further.

And so, without further ado, let’s get on with the list.

1. Bowls

Bowls wood turning

One of the most common things that people like to make on a wood turning lathe is the bowl. It’s easy to make, and can serve  lot of purpose once it’s been created. The great thing about bowls is that you can put almost anything you like into it.

To make a bowl, the thing you’ll have to do is make the bottom of the wood into a bowl shape. This will mean turning it into a semi circle, only with a flat surface at the bottom.
You’ll then have to hollow out the insides, until the bowl has reached the thickness that you want.

2. Bottle Coaster

Bottle Coaster

Who doesn’t love a nice cold bottle of beer?

The only problem with them is that when you’re drinking off of a wooden table, they can leave some marks that can be very difficult to remove. Luckily, you can make your very own bottle coasters.

To do this, you will want to create a line going around circle, this line will contain any moisture that wants to go over the edges. And just just outside the line, on the edges of the coaster, you will want to flatten this. This shouldn’t take more than 5-10 minutes.

3. Gavel


Third, you can make your very own gavel. For those of you who are not familiar with what that is, a gavel is the hammer that judges use when you sentence someone. You can be the judge of what you have for dinner, or whether or not your children clean their room today.

To do this, you’ll first need to turn a thick piece of wood into a cylinder, this will be the head. Then, just carve in the lines in all the right places. And afterwards, do the same thing for the handle, before attaching the two together.

4. Spoon


Next on this list, we have the humble wooden spoon. The great thing about wooden spoons is that they’re perfect for cooking as they don’t absorb heart, so you can use them without having to worry about burning yourself.

To make them you’ll fist need to cut out the rough shape of a spoon out of a piece of wood.

Using the lathe, you’ll need to create the bowl part of the spoon. And then turn the handle into a cylinder shape. And just before it will be time to add the finishing touches, you’ll need to sand it down until it looks like the perfect spoon.

5. Table

If you have something in your house that you look at and think, that would make a cool table, you can use wood turning to make the legs, in order to turn your vision into reality.

So what do you need to do?

Well, there is no right or wrong to turn table legs. If you want to play it safe, then you could just make them into cylinders, but if you want to be a little bit more creative, then why not try carving some patterns into them like in posh tables?

6. Ring

If you want to wear something that looks cool, then a great idea could be to make your very own wooden rings. To do this, you might also want some metal insides just to make it look even cooler.

The first thing to do would be to turn a slab of wood into a circle. Then, in the middle the circle, create a hole that’s just about big enough for either your finger or the metallic insert. Once you’ve done than, make the circle smaller until it’s the size that you want the ring to be.

All that’s left now is sanding and polishing.

7. Christmas tree ornament

If you’re feeling festive than a fun thing to make could be a Christmas tree ornament.

To to this, you’ll first need to make small cylinder on the end where you will be putting the string through. The best way to do this is using a small brass cover to put over it.

You will then want to make a semi circle like shape that leads up to the brass. And then finalise it by making a pointed tip at the other end.

This one is more for people who want to challenge themselves.

8. Vase

And finally, we have a vase. A vase can be a great way for you to display all of your beautiful flowers.

Firstly, make your wood into a perfect cylinder. Then carve the cylinder into the whatever shape you want the vase to be.

With the vase in the right shape, you should now take your time to hollow out the inside. And once that’s done, flatten the bottom (if you need to) so the vase will not fall over.

And finally, sand it out to make it smooth, and add the polish to finish. And there you have your own vase.

And there we have it. The top 8 best things for newbies to be creating. If you want to dip your toe into wood turning, to see if it’s for you, then this can be a great place for you to start.

As mentioned in the introduction, nothing in this article alone will let you know exactly how to make anything, but hopefully, it will have persuaded you to go and find out how to properly complete these tasks.

Wood turning is a fantastic hobby for you to take up, and if you get the hang of it, you’ll be a boss in no time.

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