Safe Use of Woodturning Tools
Craft activities are quite a number and they are usually described as pastime or professional activities that require specific skills and knowledge of skilled work such as 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 tool is meant to perform various functions which include 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. 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. 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. Spindle gouge purpose during woodturning is to add details on a spindle including beads and coves. A bowl gouge is used mainly in turning both the inside and the outside of vessels and bowls. Skew chisels is a very important tool for making the spindles smooth, cutting beads and they also add some distinct parts on the spindle. Parting tools are also important so as to create both small and large diameters on the workpiece and they work together with the lathe. 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.
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. These safety gears that should always be used includes eye and head protective gear to prevent debris and dust from getting into the eyes, respiratory equipment such as nose mask to prevent one from breathing dust being produced and also era protection to avoid damaging years when there is excessive noise. 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.