Working with Wood

WORKING WITH WOOD

 

Woodworking is a great hobby that can turn nicely into a serious business as time goes by.

 

So does woodturning, I find it a stress reliever.

 

Woodturning is the creation of wooden objects on a lathe. Depending on what you want to turn will guide you to the size of lathe you need. You will also need a set of turning tools and "lathe chucks" all of which you can buy from a good tool shop. The rule of thumb is to buy the best and biggest equipment you can and you will rarely regret it.

 

Your tools will depend on what you are going to turn.

 

Choosing your wood.

There are all kinds of wood out there: Oak, Chestnut, Wanlut, Beech and so on. Use dry or wet wood to turn, each has their good and bad points, but i prefer wood freshly milled.

 

Now comes the fun part, choosing your wood and attaching it to the chuck, then attach the chuck to the lathe.

BEFORE we go any further, think of safety: Remove all jewellery from fingers and wrists and roll up your sleeves. Put on eye protection or a full face mask and familiarise yourself with the STOP button. Then you can start and you will quickly see your object taking shape. It is a skill that you acquire really quickly and is rather addictive.

In no time at all you will be turning bowls, vases, spindles, more bowls, big bowls and small bowls.

Turn your own bowl.

Woodworking is a great hobby that can turn into an income provider as time goes by.

So does woodturning, I find it a stress reliever.

As a beginner you will need to purchase from a good tool shop the basics to get you started.

Woodturning is where you can create wooden objects on a lathe. Depending on what you want to turn will guide you to the size of lathe you need. You will also need a set of turning tools and "lathe chucks" all of which you can buy from a good tool shop. Your tools will depend on what you are going to turn.

Choosing your wood.

There are all kinds of wood out there: Oak, Chestnut, Wanlut, Beech and so on. Use dry wood to turn.

Now comes the fun part, choosing your wood and attaching it to the chuck, then attach the chuck to the lathe.

BEFORE we go any further, think of safety: Remove all jewellery from fingers and wrists and roll up your sleeves. Put on eye protection or a full face mask and familiarise yourself with the STOP button. Then you can start and you will quickly see your object taking shape. It is a skill that you acquire really quickly and is rather addictive.

In no time at all you will be turning bowls, vases, spindles, more bowls, big bowls and small bowls.

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