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The Easy Process Of Making Wood Lathe Projects Lathes can create beautiful, ornate work whose beauty belies the little effort required. Projects created by a lathe are known as turned projects. To make a beautiful table leg, lamp or stairway rail support, even a hobbyist can learn how to turn wood. Start By Making The Design Drawings The first step toward creating a project is to measure the height and maximum thickness (diameter) of the piece. The weight on the piece is the next thing to figure out. A piece that sustains almost no weight, like a lamp body, can be as lightweight and thin as desired. On the other hand, a stairway rail support must conservatively support hundreds of pounds, and should not be too thin at any point. Choose The Wood To keep the project from breaking during the turn or catching the tool, the wood should be homogenous; this is the most important property of the wood. This means the wood cannot have a strong grain or knotholes. The wood must also be sturdy enough to support its load which is dependent upon the project. A wood that can hold stain, usually a lighter one, also must be chosen by the woodworker. A popular choice that satisfies all of these requirements is the hardwood ash. Unblemished pine or spruce is a well-liked alternative for a softer wood that supports a lighter load and is simpler to work with. Design The Template The template is the silhouette of the piece. The template guides the cutting tool. Freeform is definitely an alternative that some feel they would prefer to do with their lathes. However, a beginner should begin with a template based upon an existing design. If a project has to be replicated, like when turning a stairway rail support, a template is important. Mounting The Stock First, you must cut the stock square, then take one end and mark it. Next create a starter hole with a drill and mount a chuck screw. Make this very accurate and secure, to help keep the project from flying out of the machine. 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, turn on the lathe. Execute The Rough Turn The first step is to turn the square stock into round stock. Depending on your wood selection, select the appropriate speed and slowly draw the cutting tool across the project. Make sure to use suitable eyewear, and hold the tool with two hands all the time. Perform The Shaping Turn

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The Easy Process Of Making Wood Lathe Projects The template is now mounted and then utilizing a shaping tool, the stock silhouette is matched to the template. For steady progress, make simple cuts. The tool is being pushed too fast or it has to be sharpened if the tool heats or the wood discolors. Be particularly careful at the narrowest portions of the project, particularly for sharp, concave cuts. Completion To finish the project, use sandpaper. Start with 100 grit, then work to 400 grit. Keep your hands away from the chuck throughout this process. You can generate a beautiful piece that's ready for installation and staining if you follow these simple steps. Keep in mind, if you're a beginner you should start out simple then you can increase your turning skills. The most important aspect of using lathes is that it is great fun, something you will discover on the way. Clausing Industrial provides first class items and also outstanding customer care if you are wanting to order lathes. Take a look at clausing-industrial.com to read more information about Clausing Industrial.

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The Easy Process Of Making Wood Lathe Projects