Turning Spindle Turning, also known as turning between two centres, is an old woodturning technique referring to a single piece of wooden material on a lathe in which the centre axis of the wheel is turned on it’s center axis. Turning is normally used to describe a spinning movement, especially from an upright position; and in general refers to the use of a lathe as a tool to turn materials from one place to another. Turning refers to any rotation, whether clockwise or counter-clockwise, of a stationary object, whether this is the end of a rope or a wheel.
Turning is usually done on lathes with a fixed spindle in one of four ways: on both the left and right side of the machine; on both the front and back sides of the lathe; on the top or bottom of the lathe; or on the middle (or bottom) of the lathe. The turning spindle is then used as a tool to move the material from one place to another and/or the tools being used to perform these moves. A turning wheel turns when it is pushed or pulled by a power driven spring. When a wheel is spun it has a single centre-fixed point in the middle of it’s rotation. When a turning wheel rotates, it’s rotational axis is always pointing towards the point where it is turned by the spring.
Turning lathes are used for a number of different things and have been used for hundreds of years. Turning has become popular as a hobby and a pastime, particularly amongst woodturners, but it has also become popular as a tool for turning large pieces of wood into fine furniture, such as tables and chairs. Turning can also be used to create small, intricate objects that include small sculptures, beads, and small items of jewelry and decorative items. It is also a highly technical hobby which requires considerable skill to turn large objects accurately. For this reason, it’s not just a hobby for woodturners.
Turning is very much dependent on the equipment you use. There are many different types of turning machines available to you which are used to turn various sized pieces of wood, including tables, chairs, table tops and more. You may even use a combination of different types of turning machines to turn your wood turning experience into something greater than just making small sculptures. The turning equipment will depend on how complex your projects are. In general, turning can be performed on many different types of lathes, including: lathes using a horizontal bar and vertical wood turning lathes, for instance; a vertical wood turning lathe and a hand-turned turning lathe; a vertical lathe with a drum lathe or hand-turned lathes; and a horizontal lathe, a hand-turned lathe and a cross turned lathe; a horizontal lathe and a cross turned lathe; and a cross turned lathe and a vertical lathe; a vertical lathe and a drum lathe and a horizontal lathe.
If you are new to wood turning then it is advisable to start with something simple; such as a basic wood turning lathe which is easier to work with. You don’t want to be trying to turn something which can be too hard to handle and it is better to start with something easy, rather than getting discouraged quickly. When you feel confident that you’ve got the hang of using your wood turning lathes and your turning abilities then try to go onto something more difficult; it will take time and practice to learn more advanced techniques.
The most important tools to have when learning wood turning are: a few long, thin wooden skewers, long spindles, a bench, and a spindle wrench, some long, thin spindles, some thin plywood, some wooden pins, a few long wooden dowels, and/or a long wooden dowel rod and a saw. Of course, there’s nothing that you need more than these five tools, but it is still very important to keep these tools in your garage if you plan to turn wood frequently.