Turning Spindle Turning, or spinning between lathes, is a common woodturning technique referred to as a “piece on a lathe”. It is the most common type of turning because it can be done by just about anyone and it is simple to master. Spinning on a spindle is easy when the wood is ready and smooth, so there are not any jagged surfaces to worry about. Wood turning requires a basic understanding of the principles involved to create a smooth and well-balanced spinning motion.
Turning spindles have three different positions to enable a user to perform their turns. They are turned from the left or bottom position, the right or top position and the reverse position. All of the positions can be performed with a lathe and all of them can be used on both round and square lathes. Some lathes are equipped with a rotating handwheel which enables you to turn from the opposite direction.
Turning on the spindle provides a smooth spin and reduces the impact of any jagged surfaces that may be present on the wood. Spinning wood requires only a straight line to the turning tool and the use of the correct gear to drive the tool into the wood. Wood turning is not only an art but also a skill that requires practice, so practice is essential to becoming a better woodturner.
Turning on the spindle is easier on a lathe than a mill. The lathe must be at a reasonable angle to the spindle and the lathe wheel should be at a sufficient distance from the wood to allow for smooth turning. The distance between the lathe and the center of the spindle can be adjusted by turning the gear in the appropriate direction.
Turners need to learn how to turn on a spindle by practicing on a lathe and not just on a table or workbench. Practice can make perfect. If you are using a table to turn, then it is very important that you are sitting up straight. Sitting up straight enables the feet to rest on the floor at all times, as they would if you were standing.
Wood turning is a fun and interesting hobby to pursue. It can be done with any machine from a small table top lathe to an enormous mill. and everything in between. Practicing on a lathe can ensure that your skills are honed to the highest degree.