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. 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. 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. The end products are usually symmetrical and may include 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. Turning of the inside and outside of a vessel or a bowl during woodturning is done by a bowl gouge. Skew chisels help in making the spindles smooth, cutting beads and they also add some distinct parts on the spindle. Parting tools usually work with the lathe together so as to help in creating large and small diameter sections. 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. It is advisable to ensure that woodturning tools are sharpened on a regular basis to ensure they cut through wood smoothly since wood passes through them at a very high speed by use of power-driven sharpening wheels and abrasives.
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. One should ensure protection of the whole body using safety gears to avoid dust particles from getting into the eyes, avoid breathing of the dust particles and also protect ears from 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.