Wood lathes are pretty cool. You can turn an old log into something useful and have a lot of fun doing it.
This is a little project showing how to cut down a lot, turn it to a blank for turning, and then do some very basic shaping so that you end up with a wooden mallet you can use for chiseling, leather stamping, or popping bubbles.
Disclaimer: I don't know much about wood turning; I just have fun with it. I'd be glad to hear tips from the experts out there.
I also don't own a lathe, so I made it at techshop (techshop.ws
), which has a nice wood lathe and tools to borrow.