STARTING WITH WOOD TURNING
You are considering starting with wood turning ...
An excellent idea, you will no doubt notice for yourself soon. Wood is, after all, a very beautiful and rewarding material. While you are processing it on a lathe, there are no limits to your creativity.
Wood turning, an attractive hobby.
The attractive thing about wood turning is that it is accessible to everyone. It can yield surprisingly beautiful results very quickly. For some, wood turning is part of a larger woodworking project. For others wood turning means making nice little things, for example for the (grand) children. Others still see it as a way to escape from the daily grind.
Whatever your motive may be, you will undoubtedly enjoy it.
Before you actually commit to starting wood turning, its good to consider a number of things.
Wood turning requires a suitable space.
You need some space for turning wood, because a lot of wood shavings and dust are produced during turning. This is usually done in enclosed spaces such as garages, garden sheds, storage areas, etc. You must take the necessary measures to dispose of the wood dust.
What type of investment do you need?
As with any hobby, turning wood also implies a certain investment. To begin with, you need a lathe and some woodturning tools.
Those chisels must be sharpened sooner or later, so you need "something" to sharpen with. When you start turning boxes, bowls and saucers, a claw plate is very handy. The safety equipment should not be forgotten either: a dust mask and head protection. Maybe a dust extraction machine or a band saw will someday be on your wish list.
Which wood lathe do you need?
The choice of a first lathe is of course important. Precision, stability, user-friendliness and weight are decisive factors that determine the quality of a lathe, and therefore also determine to a large extent whether or not you enjoy the new hobby.
Which chisels do you need for wood turning?
We advise you not to save on tools. Good HSS chisels can last a lifetime, while poor or badly sharpened chisels are guaranteed to cause frustration and disillusionment, with the inevitable consequence of giving up the new hobby.
A basic set of woodturning chisels can, for example, consist of a roughing gouge, a profiling gouge, an oblique chisel (or “spindle master”), a chipping chisel, possibly supplemented with an ice-turning chisel. You will probably supplement these basic chisels at a later stage with other, more specific wood turning tools.
Keep it safe during wood turning.
Wood turning also has implications for your health and safety. After all, you produce wood shavings and wood dust. Wood dust is harmful to your health; it is therefore necessary to ensure that this dust does not enter your lungs. It is advisable to always wear a dust mask, and to ensure that as little dust as possible floats in the air.
Finally, we would like to point out that a piece of wood that rotates at a relatively high speed always represents a potential danger. It is therefore very important to adjust the rotation speed to the size and shape of the wood, that is, the larger the piece, the smaller the speed.
Basic safety tips for wood turning:
- never start your lathe before putting on your safety glasses or main screen, and your dust mask.
- do not wear loose-fitting clothes while turning.
- choose a low speed to start a new piece.
- use the right tool for every job. For example, never use a roughing cap or an oblique chisel to hollow out a workpiece.
- make sure that the workpiece is correctly attached before you start the machine.
- do not touch the workpiece until it is completely in rest.
- keep the floor around the lathe free of wood shavings; they make the floor slippery and are also flammable.
Wood turning can be learned fast.
Wood turning is a hobby that can be learned easily and quickly. You can do that on your own with the help of a book or a video, or you can opt for some kind of entry course. The advantage of such a course is that everything goes faster, and that you avoid a number of problems instead of experiencing them. After all, you learn from the experience of others.
In any case, you will soon notice that wood turning is a fascinating and creative activity that you can have a lot of fun with, but with which you will unfortunately not get rich, because: “the only way to make a small fortune with wood turning is to start with a big fortune! ”
The reason why most wood turners are addicted to their hobby is that they can express their creativity unbridled in this way. Seeing a rough piece of wood under your eyes turn into an artful object gives an incredible personal satisfaction. Turning wood is a pleasure, it should never be a chore.