Turning Lathe Tender

Tend turning lathes that shape furniture parts.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$18,000 – $39,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Turning Lathe Tenders do?

Tends turning lathe that shapes furniture parts: Positions workpiece against stops on lathe carriage rests. Moves lever to drive tailstock and headstock centers into workpiece. Pushes lever to start spindle drive and move turning workpiece into turning centerhead of lathe to shape workpiece. Pulls lever to pull workpiece back from cutterhead and disengage drive clutch. Removes and inspects workpieces for smoothness and defects and places finished pieces onto cart. Discards defective pieces. Pushes cart of turned pieces to next operation. Sharpens blade, using whetstone.

Should I be a Turning Lathe Tender?

You should have a certificate degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • How to become a Turning Lathe Tender

    Turning Lathe Tenders often have a Certificate or higher. Chart?chd=s:9dgaga&chl=no+college+%2880%25%29|certificate+%284%25%29|associate%27s+%288%25%29||master%27s+%288%25%29|&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,80,80
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