Turning Spindle Turning, also known as turning between center points, is a popular woodturning technique in which a wooden spindle is placed on its turning axis and turned by hand on an upright lathe. It has been a common practice for many centuries in China to make these tools out of the finest hardwoods such as mahogany, cherry, teak, and ebony.
Turning Spindles turn much slower than some other woodturning machines and it takes about an hour to complete a complete turn. The lathe used in turning a spindle will be similar to a normal lathe except for a spindle ring that is mounted on a platform that supports the lathe. To turn the spindle the first step in turning the spindle is to have it positioned properly on the lathe’s turning platform. This can be done by positioning the spindle as far back from the center as possible on the lathe and setting up the lathe’s cross bar to align with the spindle. Now the spindle is positioned on the platform and is free to rotate in one direction only.
Turning a spindle involves several steps. First of all the spindle should be mounted and turned with the crossbar of the lathe resting on the end of a horizontal bar and turned clockwise. This procedure ensures the wood turning chain is aligned with the spindle. The second step in turning the spindle is to slowly turn the crossbar of the lathe by loosening the nuts at the rear of the spindle turning chain. After this is accomplished, the spindle should be allowed to continue turning on its own, as it should be doing. The third step in turning the spindle involves turning the chain around its axis. This process helps the chain to turn on its own.
To start turning the spindle, it is best to begin the turning of the lathe at the opposite ends. Once both ends of the spindle are turned, they should be brought together and then twisted around until a spiral form is formed. At this point the lathe should be turned the full distance, the turning being completed in the same manner in the opposite directions.
Turning a spindle has many advantages over other woodturning methods such as sanding and mortising. While sanding is useful in creating a smooth finish on a variety of wood, its finish is often uneven due to the irregular shape of the piece being turned. Mortising, on the other hand, works better on flat surfaces that are smooth but are not perfectly round and is very effective on irregularly shaped pieces. Turning a spindle is faster because it does not involve the sanding and polishing process, instead of a hand wheel and lathe stand are used to speed up the turning process.
Turning a spindle is used in many industries because it is more cost-effective than other methods and is easy on the lathe and the wood turning machine itself. Turning a spindle can also be done manually, making it an ideal woodworking technique for people who do not wish to buy a lathe or who want to create a custom piece of furniture. Many hobbyists also choose to turn their own woodturns, often choosing wood from their backyard and turning it themselves. Turning a spindle is also used by woodturners to learn about woodturning techniques and to improve their own skills.