Turning Spindle Turning
Turning Spindle Turning, also known as turning between centers, a technique used to turn small pieces of wood, is an art form involving turning spindles on a flat wood lathe. It is one of the simplest woodturning techniques and many people have developed their own technique, which they like to use.
The term “turning spindle” is somewhat misleading as some wood lathes do not have spindles at all. Some lathes will have spindles but they are not turners. Turning spindles are not necessarily a lathe with a spinwheel. Turning spindles are more accurately described as the process of turning wood by hand. This may be done by using a hand crank, a screwdriver, a hammer or even the hands themselves.
Turning spindles are very useful for wood turning, because they allow for a more precise turn and are much easier to control than those using lathes with spinwheels. Turning spindles usually have three parts: the turning part, the gear box, and the spindle. These parts are the most important of the three and are usually made of brass, steel, copper or pewter. Brass is a popular choice because it is very durable and can withstand the wear and tear of heavy turning and twisting. Steel and copper are very strong and often times are used when turning large pieces of hardwood. Pewter is also quite common and is available in a wide range of colors.
The first piece of equipment needed for turning wood is a gear box. Many turners prefer to have a two-piece gear box instead of a one-piece unit because the two pieces tend to rotate at different speeds and there is more consistency in the turning action. The type of gear box you use depends on your skill level and preference. Some turners prefer to have an open-spindle while other turners prefer the closed-spindle type.
The next piece of equipment is the spindle. Spindles come in all shapes and sizes but are normally circular in shape. Most turners turn two spindles at a time so the spindle has to be large enough for them to rotate around each other. There are also some modern day woodturners who turn two spindles at once or more for greater stability and efficiency.
Turning wood requires a lot of practice and patience. It does take a lot of practice to master the techniques involved in turning a piece and to become comfortable with turning. Turning wood can be a good way for people to spend time with friends and family and spend quality time doing something relaxing.