Safe Use of Woodturning Tools
There are various crafts which exists and can be described as pastime or professional activities that require specific skills and knowledge of skilled work such as 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. 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. 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. 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. Frequent sharpening of woodturning tools is necessary by use of powered sharpening wheels and abrasives to ensure clean cut when wood is passing through them at a very high 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.