Wood lathe tools and their uses: Understanding the basics of wood lathe tools

Wood lathes are the some of thefirst lathes that any hobbyist will choose and turn wooden pieces are a littleeasier and simpler than turning the metal objects. Once you have a goodunderstanding of wood lathes and how they function or operate, you should startlooking at the different tools that accompany these lathes.

We have set out to explore the mostcommonly used wood late tools and how they work to give you as a beginner, adetailed guide on how to use these tools when turning your wooden objects orpieces. These tools might not be used by any tuner, but they will make adifference when you know what they are used for and they could potentiallysimplify your life as well.

Top wood lathe tools and uses

The wood and metal lathe tools might seem quite similar, but there a re a few distinct differences between the two and once you understand these differences a little better, you will also know why you should stick to quality tools. We have looked at the uses and tried to explain them as simple as possible for you to understand them easily:

1. Spindle roughing gouge:

The spindle roughing gouge is the large tool that shifts most of the weight of the object you are turning. This tool is one of the heavier parts and can generally leave a nice finish to a piece, but they tend to work better on rugged shaped objects. This tool might not be the most effective for turning your bowls. The tool is wide and grinds quite straight and this means that you run the risk of potentially breaking or damaging the bowl.

2. Spindle gouge:

This tool is also known as the shallow fluted gouge and it is one of the most important tools for the Turner making intricate and detailed shaped objects. It is easy to use on your smaller items and making beads or creating captivating detail is much easier when using the spindle gouge.

3. Skew chisel:

The skew chisel is one of the most intimidating tools you could use if you are a beginner. The tool creates a near perfect finish on the wood and can create a ton of detail on the piece you are turning. Once you use this tool, you will find that not much sanding is needed and the piece will come out looking smooth and nearly perfect.

The skew chisel is one of the objects that definitely need complete concentration and once you understand how it works, you will have a ton of perfect pieces. You also run the risk of injury if you do not keep the concentration with this tool and using it will be with laser sharp focus to get the best results and to avoid potential injury.

4. Parting tool:

The parting tool does exactly what the name says and it is known for parting wood and splitting them. The tool can also be used for scraping, but this is not really recommended; however, once you get used to your lathe and working with it, you will be using different tools for different purposes. The parting tool can also be quite dangerous and we never recommend parting the wood all the way. The main purpose is to get a little gap and part it most of the way, before finishing the job with the trusty saw.

5. Bowl gouge:

The bowl gouge is also commonly known as the deep fluted gouge and it is primarily used for shaping bowls. This tool can be used on virtually any bowl and many people also choose to use it on the spindle for the simplicity it offers when using it. The bowl gouge is one of the tools you will be using the most, we definitely recommend learning the best way to use, and you will have great success.

6. Scraper:

Last but certainly not least, you will find the scraper as part of the basic tools that you get in your kit. The tools are used for scraping the wood as the name suggests and if you use it for this purposes, you will have a ton of success. Many people think of the scraper as useless, but by learning how to work with it, you could simplify your life as a beginner. It is also worth mentioning that the scraper is not something you will be using often.

Tips for using your tools effectively

Now that you have a general idea of the basic wood lathe tools and how to use them, we have decided to give you a few additional tips to consider when using these tools. With these tips, you will be safe and avoid injury and the job will flow much smoother as well. Here are our main tips for using your tools:

· Keep the tools sharp: if you neglect the tools, they will lose their sharpness and working with a blunt tool can be quite dangerous. We recommend ensuring that the tools are sharp and sharpening them before every job is a great routine to ensure safety and effectiveness in the work place.

· Use the tools for their purposes: You will be ready to experiment with the tools one you become a better turner, but at first, it is recommended that you use each tool for its intended purpose. The skew chisel should be used for making detail, while the scraper should also be used for scraping.

· Ensure the lathe is set up for work: The lathe should be setup at the right sized for you to work easily and you should not have to bend over or work above your head. If the lathe is set up correctly and securely mounted, you will have a better and more accurate working experience.

Final Thoughts

We hope that you understand the use of each tool a little better and that you plan to use each tool for the intended purpose it was designed for. We would like to thank you for reading this article and also like to encourage you to let us know in the comment section if we have missed any of your more advanced tools and why you choose them.

Please also let us know how you have used that tool effectively on your lathe and how it simplifies your life. 

  • February 19, 2018
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