A wood turning table, sometimes referred to as a wood spinning table or a wood turning stove, is essentially a rotating machine that turns wood at extremely high speeds in order to attach circular parts to a wood turning timber. There are many choices to consider when acquiring a wood turning table. You will need to consider your turning needs, the size of your workshop, and your budget. When you have done all of these things, you will be ready to go shopping.
First, you should decide what type of equipment you want. Spindle wheels are one type of wood turning tools that allow you to turn large pieces of wood quickly. These are typically made of high speed steel, and are available in a variety of sizes and designs. Spindle wheels can be expensive, but if you are using the equipment frequently and making a large number of pieces then you will want one of these. The spindle wheel is also an important piece of equipment for safety reasons.
Next, you need to determine what type of wood you will be working with. Spindle wheels are available in both plastic and metal. Plastic ones are generally preferred because they are lighter and do not require the extra care required when using metal spinning wood turning lathes. Spinning wood with metal spindles is generally safer than plastic or metal ones, but they are not necessarily the best wood turning tools for beginners.
Lathe machines are another type of wood turning tools. They can turn a small amount of wood, but they usually take up more space and require some specialized tools. In addition to being larger and more expensive than the spindle wheel, a lathe machine can also take up more room because of all of the attachments that come with it. While it is generally not necessary to purchase the tools necessary to operate a lathe machine on your own, it can be helpful to have a few basic tools. A table saw, drill press, planer, chisels and other cutting tools are all essential to the operation of a wood lathing and turning business. If you are seriously considering purchasing one of these machines, you should invest in solid woodworking plans and practice until you know exactly what you are doing.
Another wood turning lathe essential is tool rests. Many lathes come with tool rests that fit over the spindle and prevent it from slipping and causing damage to the wood or the lathe itself. It is a good idea to make sure that you purchase a quality tool rest with your lathe so that you do not have to worry about it damaging your equipment. Most tool rests will fit any spindle size, but if yours is custom made or customized it is important to measure it carefully so that you purchase the correct tool rest. If you find that you are short on money, woodturning plans may come in handy to help you determine which tool rests are needed.
The final piece of wood turning equipment that you will need is a spindle head. Spindles can be purchased in different sizes based on the diameter of the headstock and the thickness of the wood being turned. Spindle heads come in two types – ball-bearing and screw-driven. A screw-driven headstock has a larger ball bearing allowing for a steeper turn, which makes the wood turning process faster and allows for more work to be done in a shorter amount of time. A ball bearing headstock is easier to control but it does not offer the same speed and efficiency as the screw-driving spindle headstock.
The final basic woodturning tool that you will need is the tailstock or center. The tailstock keeps your woodturning material from sticking to the lathe and prevents your hands from becoming covered with powdery residue. Many people purchase the tailstock separately from the lathe and choose to turn on their own. This can save quite a bit of money by purchasing the tailstock and lathe separately. However, if you are going to purchase a tailstock online be sure to note the exact size of the lathe when you are comparing the price.
Finally, the last basic wood turning essential is the spindle pulley. The spindle pulley is used to counterbalance the weight of the wood as it spins. You will need to choose the appropriate size of the spindle pulley to match the diameter of the spindle headstock and the diameter of the lathe itself. When purchasing a spindle pulley be sure to also note the speed of the spindle and the wood turning speed at which you intend to turn.