What Is Woodturning?
Woodturning uses a rotating lathe and sharp chisels to produce curved or cylindrical items. These can be anything from large-diameter platters to long columns.
Buying a Wood Lathe
A key decision when choosing a lathe is its size. Quality is always important, but unless you have a specific interest, we recommend buying the largest model you can afford and have space to accommodate.
– With spindle turning, the piece of wood to be turned is supported by steel points (called centers) at either end of the machine.
– With faceplate turning, the woodturning blank is fixed to the faceplate. The chisel moves along the side and face of the blank.
In addition to a quality lathe, the following tools are appropriate for beginning woodturners:
– Woodturning chisel set
Look for local woodturning classes, clubs, or co-op workshop spaces. These opportunities allow you to take the equipment for a spin before investing in it yourself. You will also meet like-minded individuals.
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