Woodturning Turning Horses
Turning Spindle Turning, also called turning between centres, is an old woodturning technique which involves the process of turning between parallel poles on a metal lathe. As the name implies, the process of turning spindles requires a large number of turning poles. The turning spindles that are designed for metal lathes can be classified into two: one with a fixed centre and the other one with a free centre.
Turning spindles that are attached to a machine that has a fixed centre are called turning horses. Turning horses are the most common type of turning spindle used in the United States. These types of turning horses have an external pivot which is attached to a steel rod which is fitted onto the back of the lathe.
Free spindles are the types of turning horses available in the market nowadays. Free spindles have a free turning wheel that is fixed on the top of a lathe and it uses an internal turning mechanism that functions by itself. Free spinning turning horses are usually less expensive than the fixed-centre types.
Turning spindles are generally made out of aluminum or steel. Most modern turning horses are made from plastic since it has an attractive look. It is not very hard to maintain the turning horses in terms of maintenance and they are very easy to transport.
Turning spindles are very important for woodturners, since they can make the wood turn faster. Turning horses are also commonly used in furniture industry as well as in hobby shops. These kinds of turning horses are also commonly found in workshops.
Woodturners use these turning horses in order to turn the wood between centres and turn it to another point in time. These turners are also used in some factories where they help in making various products that use wooden components and lathes. They are also used in some other industries, like the metal lathe, in which they help in turning metal pieces.
Turning spindles are made out of different materials. Some of them are made out of a combination of brass and steel, while other ones are made of a mixture of metal and brass. Most of the turning horses are made out of stainless steel, since they have an appealing appearance.
Most of the metal lathes have a metallic rod, while the turning spindles have a steel rod fitted to the end of the spindle. The rods are fixed onto the turning horse.
Turning spindles are very useful tools. They make the turning of wood turn very fast. They are also very useful for woodturners because it enables them to turn wood at faster. Turning spindles are available in different designs and styles.