Woodturning Tool Safety
Pastime or professional activities that require specific skills and knowledge of skilled work are what describes crafts work which are quite many including woodturning, metalwork, glasswork among many others. Wood turning uses a tool referred to as a lathe that is able to rotate a workpiece about the axis of rotation hence makes objects that are symmetrical. Cutting, knurling, drilling, sanding, facing, deformation and turning are some of the function of a lathe where in the end it makes a symmetrical object. Tool handles, knobs, lamps, cylindrical boxes, needle cases, legs, spindles and pegs for furniture, spinning tops, baseball bats among many others are some of the end products of a lathe which are symmetrical.
There are other tools that are used together with a lathe in woodturning such as includes spindle roughing gouge, skew chisel, parting tool, spindle gouge, bowl gouge, French curve bowl scraper and others. These tools use different materials such as steel and carbon steel, and the edge can maintain sharpness depending on the type of high-speed steel that has been used. A spindle roughing gouge is used in making a wooden spindle round by shaping it roughly. During woodturning, creating details on a spindle which includes adding beads and coves is done by a spindle gouge. Another a tool used is a bowl gouge whose major purpose in woodturning is to turn both the inside and outside of either a bowl or a vessel. Making the spindles smooth, cutting beads and they also add some details on the spindle is done by a skew chisel during woodturning. Parting tools are also important so as to create both small and large diameters on the workpiece and they work together with the lathe. Woodturning can use more other tools such as in drilling both partial and complete holes through wooden materials and also creating hollow spaces in workpiece such as when making vases, hollow vessels and also steep bowls. It is advisable to ensure that woodturning tools are sharpened on a regular basis to ensure they cut through wood smoothly since wood passes through them at a very high speed by use of power-driven sharpening wheels and abrasives.
Having a protective working gear when working with woodturning tools is important to enhance a person safety thus accidents are avoided. Some of these safety gears that are to be used include eye and head gear to prevent debris from getting into the eyes, respiratory equipment to prevent dust from getting in to the breathing system and ear protection if there is excessive noise being produced by the tools. Other safety tools should be used in protecting the hand and skin although gloves should not be used when working with rotating equipment since they can be easily tangled by the machine and also have a protective footwear.