Veneer Lathe Operator

Set up and operate rotary lathes to cut veneer from logs.
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Salary Range
$18,000 – $39,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Veneer Lathe Operators do?

Sets up and operates rotary lathe to cut veneer from logs: Selects and installs knives and adjusts gears of knife-feeding mechanism according to specified thickness of veneer to be cut, using handtools. Signals LATHE SPOTTER 663.686-022 to position log between chucks of lathe and pushes lever or button to drive chucks into log. Pulls lever to set lathe knife to cut veneer to specified thickness and to start log rotating. Verifies thickness of veneer with ruler or caliper and adjusts speed of knife-feeding mechanism and turning speed of lathe accordingly. Pushes chuck control to release log core onto conveyor. May stop machine and tilt blade away from log when machine becomes clogged with slivers or bark. May replace dull knives and broken or worn parts, using handtools. May set up and operate back-roll lathe to cut veneer stock to specified lengths and widths for manufacture of wirebound boxes and baskets and be designated Back-Roll-Lathe Operator.


Should I be a Veneer Lathe Operator?

You should have a certificate degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • Also known as: Back-Roll-Lathe Operator, Bat-Lathe Operator, Handle-Lathe Operator, Lathe Set Up Operator, Variety-Lathe Operator See More

    How to become a Veneer Lathe Operator

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