Using Turning Spindles in Woodworking
Turning spindles, or turning between opposite centers, is simply a wooden turning technique which refers to a piece of timber on a wooden lathe being turned onto its opposite centre axis. These pieces of timber may either be turning between two adjacent wooden lathes, such as between an east-west lathe and a west-east lathe, or they may be turning from an edge-on angle onto its opposite centre, such as a lathe being turned from the outside of a house onto the centre of the house. Turning spindles are normally made up of two opposing wooden wheels with their centres of rotation at right angles to each other.
Turning spindles can be turned onto their opposite centre when a wood lathe has a cross-bar attached to its outer edge. This cross-bar then allows the wood lathe to turn between two opposing wooden wheels at both ends, providing the wood with the opportunity to work up a variety of curves.
Turning spindles are often employed in conjunction with the turners that are being used in the woodworking project, since a turning spindle is able to turn the wood from one side to another. If two spindles are set up side by side, they can then be rotated in opposite directions, giving a variety of different effects that can be produced when working with the turned pieces. It is possible to turn a single spindle into a number of turning spindles by using a cross bar.
Many types of woodturning projects require the use of these spindles, as it is not possible to have a single piece of timber turned in one direction on a lathe. These spindles can be used for turning a piece of timber across its centre axis and are also commonly used for turning pieces of timber opposite to each other, although the two ends of a turning spindle can also be used in this way. Turning spindles can also be used to turn a single piece of timber across its opposite centre axis, although this piece may have more than one centre axis. This type of turning spindle is referred to as a tri-axle turning machine and is very useful when working with a variety of different shapes and sizes of wooden items.
Turning spindles can also be used on top of other objects, such as large boxes and other tools, as the turners can be dragged out to the sides and moved around to give the desired effect. Turning spindles are often used alongside other tools in woodworking projects for example, since they are capable of rotating the tool in a variety of different ways.
Turning spindles can be used to make many different objects. One of the most common uses is for making furniture. Some of the best examples of turning spindles that people usually use are table saws and table legs, as the turning spindle will allow them to work with a wide variety of different shaped pieces of wood.