Turning Spindle is an ancient woodworking technique referring to the process of turning a wooden block on its center axis using only a screwdriver and a flat-ended screw. Although a very old practice, turning the spindle has continued to grow in popularity over the past century. There are several variations to the basic turning technique used for turning spindles. For example, there is the double turn which has one arm on the left hand side and the other on the right. A reverse turn has one arm on the left and the other on the right.
Turning a spindle can be accomplished with a standard lathe turning machine, using either a rotary tool (rotary press lathe screwdriver) or a turning spindle lathe. This type of spindle is best suited for turning a flat surface rather than a round piece of material.
Turning a spindle is the process of turning a flat surface by turning a screw at the center point of the turning spindle, as opposed to turning a circular surface. While the rotation of a screw is more difficult than the rotation of a circle, a rotating spindle will produce a more evenly finished product.
Turning a spindle is usually completed by attaching a vane to the end of the turning screw and turning the vane to the appropriate position. The vane is attached to a handle, and in turn, a hand crank moves the vane to the required position on the lathe.
One of the most common types of turning spindles used today are those manufactured by Stanley. These are commonly referred to as “rolling lathes”.
The spindle itself is often mounted inside a lathe machine. This design allows the spindle to have more space so that the screw can rotate freely, thereby producing more turn than if the spindle was fixed to the workpiece itself.
In modern tool manufacturers, turning a spindle is often achieved using either a rotary tool or a turning spindle lathe. Most lathes produced today are equipped with turning mechanisms. These lathes are able to move the spindle at various angles.
Turning a spindle can also be done with the aid of a manual turning mechanism. For instance, there are turning lathes that are turned with the use of a lever, while others are turned with the use of a screwdriver.
Turning a spindle is a difficult task. With the help of a quality turning machine, the difficulty is made less daunting.