You can turn just about anything that is round on a lathe, within the length and diameter constraints of your machine. But when you turn a spindle to a long, thin shape, you will invariably encounter the work piece beginning to vibrate under pressure from your lathe chisel. The next thing that you’ll notice is that the surface is no longer very smooth. This effect is referred to as lathe chatter. Lathe chatter can be the bane of existence for a spindle turner!