A bowl lathe is used for face plate work. My Record bowl lathe has a 3/4" x 16 spindle and takes a lot of standard accessories but I generally use a typical faceplate with it or one of the threaded wooden glue blocks that frequent my shop. In theory it will turn a 36" table top but the largest I have used it for is 24". At the low speed of 575 rpm a 36" table surface would be turning a rim speed of over 60 miles an hour. This would call for a very well fastened lathe. I know of one man who habitually uses this model lathe for turning 18" bowls. His is fastened to a heavy bench that is bolted to both floor and wall and still makes for some interesting times.