Woodturning Tool Safety

30 Nov

Craft activities are quite a number and they are usually described as pastime or professional activities that require specific skills and knowledge of skilled work such as woodturning, metalwork, glasswork among many others. Wood turning uses a tool referred to as a lathe that is able to rotate a workpiece about the axis of rotation hence makes objects that are symmetrical. The tool is meant to perform various functions which include cutting, knurling, drilling, sanding, facing, deformation and turning therefore coming up with an object that is similar on either side of the axis of rotation. Tool handles, knobs, lamps, cylindrical boxes, needle cases, legs, spindles and pegs for furniture, spinning tops, baseball bats among many others are some of the end products of a lathe which are symmetrical.

Woodturning not only uses a lathe but also employs the help of other tools including spindle roughing gouge, skew chisel, parting tool, spindle gouge, bowl gouge, French curve bowl scraper and others. Different high-speed steel is used in making these tools and may include steel and carbon, and they ensure that the tools' edges maintain their sharpness. A spindle roughing gouge is used in making a wooden spindle round by shaping it roughly. Spindle gouge purpose during woodturning is to add details on a spindle including beads and coves. Turning of the inside and outside of a vessel or a bowl during woodturning is done by a bowl gouge. Skew chisels help in making the spindles smooth, cutting beads and they also add some distinct parts on the spindle.  Get Wood turning Education here!

Parting tools are also important so as to create both small and large diameters on the workpiece and they work together with the lathe. There are also many other tools which perform various roles on the work piece such as drilling holes completely or partly through a wooden item and creating hollow spaces while making steep bowls vases and other hollow vessels. Frequent sharpening of woodturning tools is necessary by use of powered sharpening wheels and abrasives to ensure clean cut when wood is passing through them at a very high speed. Know more about woods at http://www.dictionary.com/browse/wood.

When working with woodturning tools, it is important to have a protective gear to enhance one's safety and avoid accidents that can take place. One should ensure protection of the whole body using safety gears to avoid dust particles from getting into the eyes, avoid breathing of the dust particles and also protect ears from excessive noise. Use of protective footwear and hands and skin protection is advisable always ensuring that gloves are not worn since they easily tangle with the rotating machine making it unsafe. Go to Wood turning community here!

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