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The Basic Procedure For Creating Wood Lathe Projects Despite the nominal effort required, lathes can produce beautifully, ornate work. Turned projects is the name this agreement projects created by a lathe are given. To make a beautiful table leg, lamp or stairway rail support, even a hobbyist can learn how to turn wood. Make The Design Drawing First The initial step toward creating a project is to measure the height and maximum thickness (diameter) of the piece. The load on the piece is the next thing to figure out. A piece that holds very little weight, like a lamp body, can be as lightweight and thin as desired. Things that must support a great deal of weight, such as a stairway rail support which conservatively has to hold hundreds of pounds, must not be too thin at any one point. Choose The Wood The most essential property of the wood is that it be homogenous, to keep the project from breaking during the turn, or catching the tool. Homogenous means that the wood can't have knotholes or a strong grain. The wood must also be sturdy enough to support its load which is influenced by the project. A wood that can hold stain, normally a lighter one, also has to be chosen by the woodworker. A popular choice that fulfills all of these requirements is the hardwood ash. For a softer wood that supports a lighter load and is much easier to work with, unblemished pine or spruce is a well-liked option. Design The Template The silhouette of the piece is called the template. The template guides the cutting tool. Freeform is definitely a possibility that some feel they would prefer to do with their lathes. For beginners, it is best to stick with a template that is based on an existing design. A template is also necessary if the project has to be replicated, like when turning stairway rail supports. Mount The Stock Cut the stock square, and after that mark the center at one end. Drill a starter hole and mount a chuck screw. To help keep the project from flying out of the machine, make this extremely accurate and secure. Then mark the middle of the opposite end and sink a hole punch. Mount the stock by placing the chuck screw into the chuck, then adjusting the holder distance at the opposite end to secure the stock. To check for a secure mount, switch on the lathe. The Rough Turn Turning the square stock into round stock is the initial step. Choose the appropriate speed for your wood and slowly draw the cutting tool across the project. Hold the tool with two hands all the time and be sure to use appropriate eyewear. Perform The Shaping Turn

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The Basic Procedure For Creating Wood Lathe Projects The template is now mounted and then using a shaping tool, the stock silhouette is matched to the template. For steady progress, make simple cuts. The tool is being pushed too quickly or it should be sharpened if the tool heats or the wood discolors. At the narrowest portions of the project, be particularly careful for sharp, concave cuts. Finish In order to complete the project, use sandpaper. Start with a grit of 100 then work your way up to a grit of 400. Keep your hands away from the chuck throughout this process. Following these simple steps will generate a beautiful turned piece that is ready for installation and staining. Beginners should make sure to start off simple and steadily increase their turning skills. They will also find out that maybe the most important part of using lathes is that it is great fun. Having been in business in excess of 100 years, Clausing Industrial provides outstanding oil country lathes. Drop by to read more information on Clausing Industrial.

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The Basic Procedure For Creating Wood Lathe Projects