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. Wood turning uses a tool referred to as a lathe that is able to rotate a workpiece about the axis of rotation hence makes objects that are symmetrical. 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. There are various types of items that are made using the lathe such as tool handles, knobs, lamps, cylindrical boxes, needle cases, legs, spindles and pegs for furniture, spinning tops, baseball bats among many others.
There are other tools that are used together with a lathe in woodturning such as includes spindle roughing gouge, skew chisel, parting tool, spindle gouge, bowl gouge, French curve bowl scraper and others. These tools use different materials such as steel and carbon steel, and the edge can maintain sharpness depending on the type of high-speed steel that has been used. Rough and round shaping of a spindle is usually done by a spindle roughing gouge. The main purpose of a spindle roughing gouge in woodturning is roughly shaping a spindle in a rounded shape. During woodturning, creating details on a spindle which includes adding beads and coves is done by a spindle gouge. 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. Making the spindles smooth, cutting beads and they also add some details on the spindle is done by a skew chisel during woodturning. Parting tools are also important so as to create both small and large diameters on the workpiece and they work together with the lathe. 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.
Safety should be key when working with woodturning tools by having protective working gears which help prevent accidents. Some of these safety gears that are to be used include eye and head gear to prevent debris from getting into the eyes, respiratory equipment to prevent dust from getting in to the breathing system and ear protection if there is excessive noise being produced by the tools. 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.