Turning Spindles on a Turning Lathe
Turning Spindle Turning, or turning the ends of pieces of wood on a turning lathe is a method referred to as turning on the center axis, an axis that is usually made up of a stationary woodwork center piece. This spinning action is normally done with a flat spindle that has been aligned properly on the base of the tool.
Turning the ends of pieces of wood is one of the most common ways to make the ends smooth and uniform. However, the process can take a while, depending on how much wood is involved. If you have a small table saw, or a small lathe, it will take longer than if you are using a larger and heavier tool. Here are some tips on using a turner correctly so you can turn a lot more than two ends of a log.
The first thing you will need to do is put the tools in the turning position. First, set the turning lathe on the table. You want to do this by removing the back, or the side that hangs off the lathe, which will allow you to slide the lathe closer to the wall, or workbench, in order to adjust the lathe for turning the ends of the wood. If you are working on a straight piece of wood, you will want to turn the end at a 45 degree angle to begin. If you are working on a curved piece, you will want to turn the end at an angle that is equal to the radius of the curve of the piece.
Then, you should turn the turning spindle by placing it about a half inch from the edge of the piece that is being turned. The turning spindle will spin and rotate as the workpiece is turned, and the end that the spindle is turning will be smooth and uniform. Be careful not to use the turning spindle at an angle as this will produce a different effect.
After the turner is complete, you should place the wood against the flat surface. With a block of wood against the flat surface, place another flat surface against the wood. This should provide a smooth and uniform surface that will not cause you to grind against the wood while turning.
Continue to turn the wood, with the turning spindle at a 45 degree angle, until you are satisfied with the levelness of the end and the texture of the wood. If you continue to turn at this angle, you will find that a large number of turns will take place without your tool hitting any of the end pieces and making the piece uneven.