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Wood Turning & Lathes 101: Make & Take a Pen Kit!

  • June 30, 2024
  • 18:00 - 21:00
  • 1936 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15219
  • 4



Start wood turning at HackPGH! Learn about different lathes and turning basics with this introductory woodworking class. We will focus on the concepts and safe use of the wood lathe while creating something fun and functional to take home: a pen kit!  Students will learn the basics of turning with carbide tools as well as how to prep, turn and assemble their pen kits. Different types of wood will be available for selection.

Using carbide tools is very easy, forgiving, and beginner-friendly. However, their application is not limited to the novice woodworker! The use of carbide tools is a great, low-investment way to learn to turn wood while building a foundation for techniques needed for advanced applications, such as turning with HSS (High Speed Steel) chisels.

Date and time: Sunday, June 30th from 6:00-9:00pm (class can go later for those needing additional help)

Requirements: No experience needed. All supplies and safety equipment will be provided.  Please wear closed-toed shoes and tie any long hair back for your safety!

Instructor: Zachary Amend

Cost: $95 for non-members, $85 for HackPGH Members. No-shows will NOT be refunded. If you need to cancel, please contact HackPGH at least 48 hours before the class date! 

Class Size: 4 people

Age Requirements: Adults only, 18+

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