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. Cutting, knurling, drilling, sanding, facing, deformation and turning are some of the function of a lathe where in the end it makes a symmetrical object. Tool handles, knobs, lamps, cylindrical boxes, needle cases, legs, spindles and pegs for furniture, spinning tops, baseball bats among many others are some of the end products of a lathe which are symmetrical.
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. A spindle gouge is used in creating details on a spindle which can include both beads and coves on a spindle. A bowl gouge is used mainly in turning both the inside and the outside of vessels and bowls. 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. There are other tools used to cut out deep sections when making steep bowls, hollow vessels and also vases and also others help to drill part way holes or holes all the way through a wooden item. 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 safety tools should be used in protecting the hand and skin although gloves should not be used when working with rotating equipment since they can be easily tangled by the machine and also have a protective footwear.