Turning spindle turning, also known as turning between lathes, is an old woodturning technique referred to as an interlocking woodturning system. It is based on the idea that each piece of a wooden turn, such as a table or a chair, should be rotated so that it is at an angle parallel to its face. Turning spindles have been used in a variety of woodturning systems for hundreds of years. Their original purpose was to aid the worker when working on large pieces of wooden furniture, and they are still commonly used today. The turning process involves a series of steps, which includes turning the wooden object at an angle to its face, then setting the turned piece against its opposite face in order to turn it to its next direction.
Turning spindles are typically made out of hardwood such as oak, maple or birch. It is important to ensure that the turned pieces are well-cared for before attempting to turn them. The first step in using a turning spindle is to set up all the necessary tools such as a screwdriver, hammer, chisel, saw, and other hand tools such as a chop saw and a tongue and groove.
The turning mechanism consists of three parts, the spindle, the crank, and a pinion. The spindle is the main component of the turning system. The crank moves the turn along its axis while the pinion, or worm, turns the turned piece. All of these parts can be found within the spindle itself.
To start turning, a tool is first attached to the spindle by means of a turner. The turning rod is then turned at a 90 degree angle so that the next piece of the turn can be turned. Once the turn has been turned, the next piece can be turned as well, which completes the process. When finished, the turner is removed from the spindle and placed against the opposite face of the lathe so that a hole can be drilled and the spindle turned again to complete the turning process.
Woodturning can be performed by both professional woodturners and amateur woodturners alike. The turning process does not take long and is easy to perform.
Turning spindles may be used for a number of reasons, including woodworking as well as the decorative arts. Although this type of turning is not the most popular, it can still provide an interesting alternative.