Safe Use of Woodturning Tools
Pastime or professional activities that require specific skills and knowledge of skilled work are what describes crafts work which are quite many including woodturning, metalwork, glasswork among many others. Woodturning is a common craft that makes use of a lathe tool which works by rotating a piece of wood about the axis of rotation and in the end makes a symmetrical object. The lathe tool performs quite a number of functions such as 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. The end products are usually symmetrical and may include tool handles, knobs, lamps, cylindrical boxes, needle cases, legs, spindles and pegs for furniture, spinning tops, baseball bats among many others.
Other than a wood lathe, there other tools used in woodturning which includes 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. Another a tool used is a bowl gouge whose major purpose in woodturning is to turn both the inside and outside of either a bowl or a vessel. Skew chisels help in making the spindles smooth, cutting beads and they also add some distinct parts on the spindle. Another tool used for creating both small and large diameter sections on the workpiece working together with the lathe is a parting tool. Woodturning can use more other tools such as in drilling both partial and complete holes through wooden materials and also creating hollow spaces in workpiece such as when making vases, hollow vessels and also steep bowls. Woodturning tools are required to be frequently sharpened using powered sharpening wheels and abrasives so as a clean cut can be maintained since wood passes through them at a great speed.
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. Other protective gear should protect the feet and also hand and skin and it is advisable not to use gloves since they are easily tangled by rotating machines causing accidents.