Turning Spindle Turning, also known as Turning Between Centers, is a popular woodturning technique where a piece of wooden spindled wood, usually a small log, on a regular woodturning machine is turned onto its center axis. This method was first used in England in the eighteenth century and became popular in the United States. Spindles are made from hollowed-out oak or pine branches. Woodworkers usually have a number of different spindles they are turning at one time. The size, height and direction of rotation for each spindle will depend on the machine they are working with.
The wooden spindles are usually hollowed out so that the woodworkers can easily manipulate them. The most common size of wooden spindle is around twenty inches long by four and a half inches wide. The diameter is important because it is the measurement that the turner has to turn the wood around the spindle.
Turning spindles can be used in many different ways. The most common way is with a handsaw or chipper. Hand saws and chippers have their own advantages and disadvantages. With a hand saw, the woodworker can turn the wood around the spindle, which allows them to make precise cuts into the wood. They do not have as much control over the angle of the wood as a spindle and this makes the cut less accurate. The only disadvantage is that a hand saw is more likely to slice a wooden spindle if the wood is cut too close to the edges of the turning spindle.
Hand chippers have two main advantages over a hand saw and chippers can be used to turn just about any kind of piece of woodworkers are working with. The first advantage is that a hand chipper is more compact and therefore can be carried around with the woodworker. Secondly, the woodworker can make very detailed turns with the chipper. They can turn the wood around the chipper to create curves and shapes. Chippers have also been known to cut through some of the softer woods such as pine or cedar. However, they tend to make more intricate shapes with soft woods such as ebony. There is also a chance that the wood might be cut with the chipper but have not been turned, thus leaving a lot of unbroken sections.
For a chipper, the turning of the wood will begin from the bottom of the spindle with the turning edge of the hand saw on the same side as the wood. Then the woodworker will begin their turn in a clockwise motion. Once the wood has been turned the woodworker will continue their turn by turning the wood around the spindle on the other side. The woodworker can continue to turn the wood around the spindle until all of the wood is turned and is smooth and straight before they turn it back around.
Turning spindles are not only used for turning small wooden spindles. Many woodturners use them to turn larger pieces of wood. The best pieces of wood to work on when working with spindles are oak and birch. The reason for the woodworker’s choice of wood is that they are much easier to work with than the softer woods. They are usually easier to work with and require less maintenance than most woods. For this reason, they are preferred for woodworking projects that involve turning large pieces of wood.