Turning a Spindle
Turning spindle turning, also called turning between poles, is a versatile woodturning technique referring to a work of art of a piece of metal on a wooden lathe being turned at its central axis. The most common way this is done today is by using an electronic machine, most commonly an electric lathe.
Spindle turning is not simply an artistic tool, and there are many uses for them. Many tools have turning components, including lathes, drills, screw drivers, hammers, chisels, etc. Turning a screw into a thread, and vice versa, is referred to as turning the tool on its inner axis. This is commonly achieved with an interlocking screw and may be performed manually, or can be automated with a power driven rotating shaft.
Turning a lathe is used in many industries. One popular example is the manufacture of hand-held computer devices such as handheld computers and PDAs. As the computer is rotated on its axis, it can spin at various speeds depending on the speed of the rotation. Spinning a lathe in a similar fashion on a motorized machine can produce the same result, resulting in an electronic device that is both lightweight and extremely portable.
Tool turning may also be used for manufacturing purposes. There are various types of machinery available to do this, but the basic tool has a rotating rod which is either horizontal vertical or angled. When a work piece is put into the machine, the rotational motion of the rotating rod is taken and placed onto a spindle. At this point, the machine will start to rotate, and can continue to spin as long as the work piece continues to move. It is possible for the rotational shaft to stop, but the angle at which the work piece is spun will allow it to continue spinning without stopping.
Turning a tool requires a fair amount of mechanical dexterity. Turning a tool involves moving parts of the tool and the machine, and it takes time and practice to get the feel of the rotational motion. While turning a tool can be accomplished easily with a hand held device, it is usually more complicated to turn larger objects with a larger machine. Many machines, such as a reciprocating lathe, may need several people to be able to turn a larger tool effectively.
Turning a tool can have a variety of uses, but there are some things to consider before you attempt to turn any machinery. Be sure that you have plenty of experience using the tool, and the proper tools to achieve the desired result.