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Wood turning woodturning lathe work tools chisel chisels gouge roughing out spindle lathing workshop wonkee donkee tools DIY guide Wood turning chisels are used to cut and shape a piece wood that is being turned on a lathe. There are two different types of woodturning you can do on a lathe: spindle turning and faceplate turning.
Wood turning woodturning lathe work tools chisel chisels gouge roughing out spindle lathing workshop wonkee donkee tools DIY guide There are several different types of woodturning chisel and each has a specific application. For more information, see What are the different types of woodturning chisel?

Spindle turning

Wood turning woodturning lathe work tools chisel chisels gouge roughing out spindle lathing workshop wonkee donkee tools DIY guide Spindle turning generally involves turning a cylindrical object on a woodturner’s lathe.
Wood turning woodturning lathe work tools chisel chisels gouge roughing out spindle lathing workshop wonkee donkee tools DIY guide The workpiece is mounted between the lathe’s headstock and tailstock. Once secure and centred, the workpiece is spun at high speed and shaped with a woodturning tool.
Wood turning woodturning lathe work tools chisel chisels gouge roughing out spindle lathing workshop wonkee donkee tools DIY guide Some common spindle turning projects include: pens, pencils, candlesticks, bottle stoppers, table legs, pepper mills, balusters, wands, and chess pieces.

 Face plate turning

Wood turning woodturning lathe work tools chisel chisels gouge roughing out spindle lathing workshop wonkee donkee tools DIY guide This type of turning involves using a faceplate to which you secure your wooden blank (workpiece) via some screws.
Wood turning woodturning lathe work tools chisel chisels gouge roughing out spindle lathing workshop wonkee donkee tools DIY guide In turn, the faceplate is affixed to the lathe’s headstock spindle via a chuck.
Wood turning woodturning lathe work tools chisel chisels gouge roughing out spindle lathing workshop wonkee donkee tools DIY guide Once secure, the workpiece is spun at high speed and shaped with a woodturning tool.
Wood turning woodturning lathe work tools chisel chisels gouge roughing out spindle lathing workshop wonkee donkee tools DIY guide Some common faceplate turning projects are: bowls, plates, platters, urns, vases, cups, goblets and various other hollow forms.
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