When beginning woodworking, it is necessary to purchase some woodworking turning tools. Woodworking turning projects can be a bit complicated to begin with, so getting the proper tools is of utmost importance. For woodturners that are just beginning, there are a variety of different woodworking machines that are available. These are all very useful in making various projects. Some woodworkers choose to have a shop and staff complete their turn projects, but having a basic set of tools can make woodworking much easier.
Lathe tools are primarily used for turning. They are designed for use with wood and come in a variety of sizes, shapes and functions. Many of the smaller lathe machines are easy to carry around and are ideal for home use. Woodturners that begin by using a table saw can quickly transition to using wood Turning machines as their woodturning needs increase.
A table saw is a tool that is designed to cut wood accurately and smoothly. It is important to have one of these tools because they will make the entire process of turning bowls, tubes and other objects much faster. Turning lathes are also used by many woodturners. This tool is similar to a table saw, but has a stile at the top of the piece of wood that prevents the wood from sliding down the lathe. A table saw or lathe will make woodturning much faster and simpler.
Turning machines are an essential part of any woodturning operation. The turning blades are what do most of the work of turning the wood, but the woodturner needs tools that help hold and pull the wood while it is being turned. Various types of grips and stands are available to help the woodturner position the piece of wood. Most woodturners have a collection of woodturning tools that are specific to various types of turning.
Lathe tools are used to make the initial cut into wood. Saws and drills are used to take away the material from the side of the lathe. Scissor and wood planes are used to cut out shapes from a variety of wood. A grinder makes grinding tools and is a very important tool in making bowls, tubes and other objects. A band saw is usually used for cutting larger pieces of wood and a jigsaw is also a woodturner’s best friend.
A power drill is a very valuable tool for woodturners because it is a tool that can be used to drill several holes in different areas of a lathe in a very precise motion. Power tools are important because they help save time while woodturning. A band saw has several applications including a straight or curved blade and a blade with a cross-cutting edge. A table saw with a circular blade and a heavy duty motor is a good choice for woodturners who need to turn large pieces of wood frequently.
Woodturners often have more than one lathe, depending upon the needs of their projects. A vertical jig lathe is used to cut several boards into the same size and shape. A horizontal jig lathe is used to cut a single piece of wood horizontally and usually has a router plate that enables the woodturner to place the piece of wood at different angles. A rotary jig is another woodturner favorite that allows the woodturner to cut long curved shapes.
Woodturning tools are not only used to make bowls, tubes and other objects but also to shape the wood itself. A carver uses a saw to cut lines in the wood and a sander uses a sandpaper to smooth the wood after the carving is done. A woodturner might have more than one of each type of these tools.