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Specialist Extension Level Course
S7HS - Wood Turning Lathe
Woodturning Basics by Jamie Wallwin of Craft Supplies
Parts of a Wood Lathe worksheet Answers
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6 Laws of Wood Turning by Keith Rowley
Law 1. The speed of the lathe must be compatible with the size, weight, and length of the wood to be turned.
Law 2. The tool must be on the rest before the whirling
timber is engaged, and must remain so whenever the tool is in contact with the wood.
Law 3. The bevel (grinding angle) of the cutting tools must rub the wood behind the cut.
Law 4. The only part of the tool that should be in contact with the wood is that part of the tool receiving direct
support from the tool rest.
Law 5. Always cut “downhill” or with the grain.
Law 6. Scrapers must be kept perfectly flat (in section) on the tool rest and presented in the “trailing mode,” i.e., with the tool handle higher than the tool edge.
Along with the Rowley laws, several others come to mind, but in a humorous mode:
1. You can always make it smaller.
2. It’s only wood, and you can burn it at any stage.
3. Catches are not problems, but rather artistic opportunities.
4. The longer it has been since you had a catch, the closer you are to having one. Nobody gets it right all the time.
5. Practice may not make you perfect, but it certainly produces a lot of shavings.
6. If you’re not having fun, you’re probably doing something wrong.
7. When things happen on the lathe, they happen FAST.
Woodturning Tools - Click to see a larger picture
Woodturning Tools Information Sheet
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'Getting the most out of your lathe' - published in 1935 (no safety information)
Download in chapters - if you haven't got it.
Chapter 1 - The Lathe and its equipment
Chapter 2 - Spindle Turning
Chapter 3 - Faceplate and Chuck Turning
Chapter 4 - Special Turning Operations
Chapter 5 - Jigs and Fixtures
Chapter 6 - Using Lathe Attachments
Chapter 7 - Wood Finishing
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