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Preparing a Piece of Wood for Turning – Faceplate Work

Wood is mounted on a lathe for either spindle or faceplate work. In the case of faceplate turning the orientation of the grain is usually at ninety degrees to the ways of the lathe, or in other words parallel to the wall, not the floor. It generally is held only at the headstock instead of between centers and thus needs to be held securely at one end. This requires some simple preparation.

Five Reasons For Repeating Woodturning Projects

While every piece of woodturning work is a project, the term is more generally used to describe a planned piece of wood turning that has been produced and described by others. It is now to be turned in a different shop by a different person and of course the outcome will be slightly different as well. Here are five reasons for the woodturner to seek out and to turn various projects.

Projects for Woodworking at Home

There are many different types of projects for woodworking around. This is due to the fact that woodwork has been around for a long time and you can make just about anything using the right plans. Below I have included some tips.

Sharpening Woodturning Tools – How Sharp Is Sharp Enough?

Many beginning woodturners and even some experienced ones are confused over the question of sharpening their tools, in particular wondering how sharp a tool needs to be. This tends to be further confused by the tendency for woodworkers to not restrict themselves to only one kind of woodworking. In other words a woodturner may find themselves at the wood lathe one hour and using a hand plane or a wood chisel the next. Now the question becomes whether the lathe tool needs to be as sharp as the hand tool. The answer may lie in considering the type of wood and work each will do.

Sharpening Woodturning Tools – Should You Hone Your Edges?

One of the great questions in woodturning is getting the tools sharp enough to work well. Sharpening a woodturning tool is different from the sharpening of most other tools in the workshop, but sharp edges are of course a must. While many of the edges in the woodworker’s arsenal are best sharpened to a razor edge and honed to ultimate cutting, wood turning tools seldom need this degree of sharpness.

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