Turning Spindle Turning, also known as turning between parallel lines, is an ancient woodturning technique referring to a straight piece of wood being turned on its perpendicular axis. Turning Spindles are commonly used in a variety of woodworking projects; for example, turnspindles for tables and chairs, spindles for window sills, and even turning spindles as part of the frame of a door.
Turning spindles, due to their design, create a unidirectional spinning motion which helps them to turn the wood in a straight line without breaking up or bending the wood. Turning spindles were once designed by hand using tools such as chisels and hammers. But today’s turning machines have taken over these ancient practices. The main differences are that most modern turning machines have no need for chisels or hammers and are now made up primarily of metal and plastic.
Turning machines come in a wide range of speeds, making them appropriate for almost any project. However, because of their size and weight, turning spindles are best turned with a pair of turning tools. Commonly used turning tools include: chisels, drill presses, and even screw drivers.
A turning machine is made up of a number of different parts, and the spinning spindle is usually the largest component. Spindles can be built with or without bearings, though bearings help to keep the spindle aligned and make turning easier. Other parts of a turning machine include a motor and pulley system, chain and sprockets, and a table or base.
Turning machines are used in woodworking projects where there is not enough space for large pieces of wood and the woodwork must be done quickly and efficiently. They are also used to turn small round wooden sculptures such as birds’ nests or small dolls. In addition, they can be used to turn small furniture pieces like table lamps, table runners, tablecloths, and other accessories.
Turning spindles are also used to build simple tables or benches, which can then be used as an end table or a place to sit while waiting to receive visitors at the table. Many tables are built with a turning machine as part of the construction process, to provide an elegant finish and to add a unique feature.
Wooden turning spindles can also be used to turn small pieces of wood such as branches or boards. For a decorative effect, a turning machine can be attached to a table, allowing a person to spin the wood as the wood rotates.
Turning machines are often used for woodworking projects because they are more efficient and durable than their wooden counterparts. The downside of turning machines is that they can be quite expensive, especially if purchased new and some of the newer models are made of metal, but with a woodworking kit.