Wood lathe

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Draper wood lathe
Draper Lathe.jpg
Draper wood lathe
Used for Wood turning projects
Training required Yes
Model Number WTL12A
Serial Number TBC

We have a Draper wood lathe in the woody/dusty area. This is a work in progress and is not yet fully ready for use.

When completed it should be able to turn projects on a faceplate or between centres. There is an aspiration to add a four-jaw chuck for projects that require a chuck.

This lathe is for wood projects. For metal/plastic projects, see Myford_ML_7_Lathe


We have been unable to locate a PDF manual for the Draper lathe, but the following manual (for a Clarke CWL12D) appears to describe an identical tool.

File:Clarke CWL12D.pdf

To do list

To get the lathe in safe use:

  • Re-mount lathe closer to edge of bench. Completed 21/04/18 by Richard
  • Machine and fit brass pin to allow tailstock to be fixed in place. Completed 19/04/18 by Greg and Stewie
  • PAT test.
  • Complete risk assessment.
  • Assign tool trainers.
  • Acquire suitable PPE.

Longer term aims:

  • Acquire and fit suitable chuck
  • Carbide tooling
  • Build bespoke bench and fit lathe to it.

Pledge Drive

There is an ongoing pledge drive to acquire carbide tools and face shields.

Pledges/Wood Lathe Startup

Essential dimensions

  • Headstock and tailstock taper: No.1 Morse Taper
  • Faceplate/chuck fitting: 3/4" x 16TPI, right hand.
  • Maximum work length: 37" (between centres). Less if using chuck/faceplate.
  • Maximum work diameter: 12".

For further information, see manual.

Risk Assessment - DRAFT

Company Name Manchester Hackspace
Assessment Completed by Tom S,
Date 22/04/2018
Activity or area being assessed Draper WTL12A Lathe
Location Woody/Dusty

Who might be affected

Operator X
Other Members X
Visitors/Public X
Others (please describe)


Hazard Type Description of Hazard Initial Risk Action Required Final Risk
Severity Probability Rating Severity Probability Rating
Loss of control of cutting tool Operator loses control of handheld cutting tool. 4 3 12 Operator to be taught proper tool holding technique during training.

Operator to be undertake risky cuts (e.g. interrupted cuts) with great care.
Steady rest to be used.
Tools to be sharpened before use and checked for damage (N.B. Do not sharpen carbide tools, if damaged replace insert).
Most likely projectile path is into the wall behind the lathe.

4 2 8
Blindness/Facial injury Blindness/Facial Injury due to flying chips/splinters/dust 4 4 16 Woody/Dusty door to be closed while lathe in use

Operator and trainer(s) (if applicable) to wear full face shields provided.
Others in woody/dusty area to wear eye protection.

4 1 4
Trap Risk Hair or clothes caught or entangled in chuck 4 2 8 Operator to wear appropriate clothes with short sleeves, remove dangling jewellery, and tie hair back

Operator not to reach over spinning chuck/workpiece.
Gloves must not be worn.

4 1 4
Insecure work Injury due to work being incorrectly secured, and leaving the chuck at speed 2 3 6 Operators to be taught how to mount work safely during training. 2 2 4
Dust inhalation Lung damage due to inhalation of fine wood dust. 3 3 9 Use of respirator/dust mask to be strongly encouraged.

Manufactured woods (OSB, plywood, MDF) are not to be turned.

3 1 3

PPE Requirements

Head Protection Eye Protection Ear Protection Respiration Protection Hand Protection High Visibility Safety Harness
Required Not required Not required Not required Not required Not required Not required

Additional Notes

Any member who wishes to use the equipment must be trained in its safe operation by a competent member or other body, and supervised until competent. The findings of this risk assessment should be explained to the member. Any hazards discovered during use of the equipment should be investigated and this Risk Assessment updated if necessary.

Reference source: RapMan Australia

Guide to the risk matrix points system

Hazard severity Points rating Definition
Nil 1 Very minor injury, bruise, graze, no risk of disease.
Slight 2 Minor injury, which would allow the individual to continue work after first aid treatment on site or at a local surgery. The duration of the stoppage or treatment is such that the normal flow of work is not seriously interrupted.
Moderate 3 Temporary disability causing injury or disease capable of keeping an individual off work for three days or more and reportable under RIDDOR
High 4 Causing death, serious injury or permanent disability to an individual.
Very high 5 Causing multiple deaths and widespread destruction eg. fire, building collapse.
Hazard probability Points Rating Definition
Remote possibility 1 There is really no risk present. Only under freak conditions could there be any possibility of an accident or illness. All reasonable precautions have been taken - This should be the normal state of the workplace.
Unlikely 2 This incident or illness might occur but the probability is low and the risk minimal.
Possible 3 The accident may occur if additional factors precipitate it, but it is unlikely to happen without them.
Highly likely 4 Will happen more often than not. Additional factors could precipitate an incident but it is still likely to happen without this additional factor.
Inevitable 5 If the work continues as it is, there is almost 100% certainty that an accident will happen, for example:

• A broken stair or broken rung on a ladder • Bare, exposed electrical conductors • Unstable stacks of heavy boxes

Risk Rating Definitions
Score Definition Action
1 to 4 Low No action required
5 to 9 Moderate Reduce risks if reasonably practicable
10 to 15 High Risk Priority action to be undertaken
16 to 25 Unacceptable Action must be taken IMMEDIATELY
Points System
1 Nil 2 Slight 3 Moderate 4 High 5 Very High
1 Remote L L L L M
2 Unlikely L L M M H
3 Possible L M M H H
4 Highly Likely L M H U U
5 Ineveitable M H H U U