Woodturning

Woodturning is the turning of wood by some sort of power on many types of lathes to shape it into a desired form, in woodturning the wood moving, between centers or mounted to a face plate and the tool is stationary. All questions about equipment, tools, techniques and materials can be found here.

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Importance of lathe machines?

Lathe machine is known as mother tool of all other machines tools. It is widely using for making round/ spherical jobs. One of the reasons of development of modern technology and modern industries are due to the contribution of this simple machine.Lathe machines is used for operations like:

Turning i.e workpiece will rotate on spindle against longitudinally moving HSS or Carbide insert turning tool.

Facing i.e producing a flat surface by cross feeding a tool against rotating workpiece.

Shaping or planning on a workpiece is also possible with the aid of some attachments.

Drilling and boring are yet another important operations that can be done on this machine.

knurling,Radius forming,Production of screws and various Milling operations with suitable attachments are its additional scope of operations.

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What is lath martensite?

Low carbon content <0.6% results in lath structure as opposed to plate or needle structure for high carbon content >0.6%

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What is the angle between the lathe centers?

A quote from the related link is "Most lathe centers have a tapered point with a 60° included angle to fit workpiece holes with the same angle. ". I am a Mechanical Engineer and I have never seen an angle other than 60 degrees for the lathe center.

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What is a faceplate?

Faceplate's are generally a circular metal plate that can be fixed to a lathe for project holding purposes.

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What is the main features of the Centre Lathe in the machine shop?

Compound Slide,

head stock

tail stock

tool post

the spindle

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Why does the center lathe squirt oil?

so it wont over heat (its coolant and its not supposed to be oil... coolant is milky white) that is all i know from a shop

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What is a lathe used for?

Lathes are made for many different materials, metal, wood, plastics, composites, etc., metal lathes can turn wood, plastic or many other materials and conversely speaking a wood lathe can do the same. I have turned on a metal lathe, metal, wood, plastic, rubber, composites. On wood lathes I have turned wood, metal, plastics, and composites. Note: turning metal on a wood lathe is misleading, spinning metal is the correct term, spinning on a wood lathe: having a form (usually wood) in the lathe and using a disc of metal pressed against the form, you burnish the metal disc over the form, many aluminum stock pots, lamp bases, etc. are made this way. But this is woodcrafts, I like to think a wood lathe reveals the beauty of nature in the woods of the world, many things can be made on a lathe such as: (linear in shape)Bats, Columns, Spindles,etc., for Vessels there's Bowls, Cups, Goblets, Plates, Vases, Boxes, (round) etc., and you can marry two or more dissimilar materials together to make one piece. For me a wood lathe is a piece of equipment for creating in the round.

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In which operation the spindle speed on lathe is minimum?

knurling

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What is chucking?

A chuck is a rotating clamp for holding a workpiece to your headstock spindle. If you've got one, you can turn the outside of a bowl to shape (as long as you turn some sort of a foot on the bowl), then flip the bowl around, clamp the foot in the chuck and turn the inside. This lets you get really creative with the foot.

There are jaw chucks (which have jaws, just like it sounds) and vacuum chucks, which look like a little cup--you attach a vacuum pump to your lathe, put the workpiece in the cup, draw vacuum and turn away.

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What is Swing in gap in lathe?

That would be the radius of the largest cylinder that can be turned in the lathe.

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What can you make with a wood lathe?

There are any number of items you can make on a wood lathe. It's going to depend on the size of the lathe, the materials available to you and your skill level.

On a larger lathe, (24" or better) you can start making things such as spindles for railings, balusters, table and furniture legs, any number of decorative items.

You can also make things such as baseball bats, clubs, self-defense night sticks and such.

You can also go smaller and make items such as wood pens, fan pulls, wine bottle stoppers, yo-yo's and more. Just search around video sharing sites for "Lathe" and you'll find no end to the number of projects you can accomplish with a few tools and a lot of practice.

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What are the advantages and disadvantages of lathe machine?

One advantage of a lathe machine is that it can perform very detailed and intricate designs. One disadvantage of a lathe machine is that these machines are more expensive than other types of machines used to produce this type of work.

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What kind of products can be made on a lathe?

Some examples of the types of products that can be made on a metal center lathe are (but not limited to):

  • Shafts
  • Bushings
  • Sleeves
  • Bolts
  • Nuts
  • Pistons
  • Rams
  • Pump parts
  • Electric motor parts
  • Aircraft parts
  • Train parts
  • Ship parts
  • And many, many more

Some examples of the types of products that can be made on a wood lathe are (but not limited to):

  • Wood Furniture legs
  • Wooden bowls
  • Art pieces
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Why is a lathe bed made of cast iron?

Cast iron is used as the "material of choice" for many machinery housings or bases because it is extremely stable in its structure. Certainly it is subject to thermal expansion and contraction, but the crystal structure of cast iron makes it "hold its shape" in applications ranging from machines and machine parts to cookware. And in things like a lathe bed, we need the thing to be "the same" every day and all the time so we get accurate, consistent work. Cast iron also suppresses high frequencies generated during machining.

Note that the ways (the parts of the bed that the carriage slides on), are hardened and machined to provide lasting and accurate surfaces.

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Average cutting speed of stainless steel in lathe machine?

Obviously it would depend on the stainless grade because stainless is an alloy, so the speed rate would differ slightly depending on your grade.

The most important factor would be the type of cutter you use, if you are using Carbide cutting tools, with sufficient coolant you can run it at about 90-110 m/p/m (90 to 100 meters per minute)

If you using high speed steel cutters run it no more than about 30m/p/m.

My best advice to you is to ask for the manufactures recommendations they will give you a limit to work in, always start between lowest and middle of manufactures speed recomendations and then work your way up in speed if necessary. If your speed is correct you get a better finish and longer toolife.

Remember that if you run tools at higher speeds you decrease their life, the time taken to cut the material is determined by the feed-rate and not the speed, even on a lathe which has feed set to federate per revolution will only differ slightly.

Hope this helps…

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Where can you find wood lath strips?

Lowes sells 1-1/2" wide lath strips. They also can be ripped from 2x4 material, 3/16" thick. Jack L http://www.thewoodshop.20m.com

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What is a lathe chuck and what are the types of chuck?

A lathe chuck is a device on the driven spindle on the head (headstock) of the machine that holds the workpiece. It grips and spins it. The chuck has "fingers" called jaws that "pinch" the workpiece between them to secure it. Chucks can be 2-, 3- , 4-jaw or more. And the chuck can be self-centering or of the independent type. The self-centering chuck will have a "scroll" of threads behind the jaws that engages them. The scroll is the screw that will close each of the jaws on the workpiece (simultaneously) with the use of a tool to tighten it. And this chuck will automatically center the workpiece in the chuck. Independent chucks will have jaws that must have a tool used on each of them independently to tighten them. And of course, the workpiece will have to be "fooled around with" until it is centered in the jaws. Workholding is a company that sells chucks and has an article with pictures. A link is provided to the site. Additional links are provided to other images. Be sure to at least look at the "6-jaw chuck taken apart" to see the scroll gear that simultaneously closes the jaws. Look closely. The shiney "circles" are not circles at all but are the gradually shaped spiral of the scroll.

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How does a lathe work?

a laithe works by a rotating jaw with ur work in the chuck and u can use many laithe tools to cut difrent things off of your work sick bled dont mention

It has a head stock(fixed and is connected to motor) and a tail stock(movable).The tool is moved towards the workpiece (which is driven by motor).Used for making cylindrical sections,tapering,drilling..

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Specifications of a lathe machines?

Lathe specifications

· Distance between centers

· Swing over the bed

· Swing over the cross slide

· Horse power of the motor

· Number of speeds

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Give the type of lathe machine?

Two categories; Woodworking lathes, Metalworking lathes. Sub-categories;

Woodworking; Spindle turning, Scrolling, Bowl turning.

Metalworking; Collet Lathe, Capstan Lathe, Centre Lathe, Turret Lathe. Punch Card Lathe. CNC lathe. Copy Lathe, Watchmakers Lathe, Metal Spinning Lathe,Automatic Lathe, And a very simple small Lathe used by watchmakers and Instrument workers called "A Turns".

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Describe lathe machine?

A lathe (pronounced /ˈleɪð/) is a machine tool which spins a block of material to perform various operations such as cutting, sanding, knurling, drilling, or deformation with tools that are applied to the workpiece to create an object which has symmetry about an axis of rotation.

A lathe machine is a machine which you use in to face off metals and plastics!

The workpiece is held in place by a chuck that rotates. The tool are held (often by hand on a support for woodturning) againt the workpiece to form it in the desired way.

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What is step turning on lathe machine?

step turning is basically an operation performed on lathe machine to reduce diameter of a cylindrical work piece

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Is American Elm considered a light or heavy wood?

It is a hardwood and heavy

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Where does vibration occur most in a lathe machine?

Some major sources of lathe vibration are as follows: 1.) The stock you are turning is not centered properly, or has a lopsided mass. This has the same effect of to much clothes on one side of your wash machine during spin cycle. You can cure this by slowing down the speed you turn at until the roughed stock is more centered. 2.) Take a look at the head stock on your lathe, if it has worn bearings, if the pulleys are out of line or your belt is worn, you will most likely get vibration. 3.) Look at the floor your lathe is on. Is it solid? Cement is the best surface, an flex in your floor will result in lathe vibration. 4.) Look at the stand your lathe is on, is it solid, is it true. A level will let you know if youre base is sagging under the weight of your lathe. Make sure your lathe base is solid and not attached to surrounding walls. The common fixes:

Bring your head stock and tailstock together until they touch. Do they line up perfectly, if not you may have a lathe base or floor that is sagging under the weight. Spin the lathe by hand. Is it smooth? If its rough or bumpy chances are you have worn bearings that need to be replaced. Use a straight edge to make sure all belts and pulleys are in line. Being off center will cause vibration or can cause un-even wear of the belts which in turn will cause vibration. If the belt is worn replace it. Add some weight to your base. The lathe is heavy so any vibration is sent right through your base and magnified. Add weight makes it harder for the lathe to move around and will decrease vibration of an out of round piece of stock.

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Where can you purchase a wholesale lot of unpainted wooden nutcrackers?

I have had good luck at finding unpainted nutcrackers @ Zims crafts I only wish I could find another venue. * http://www.goldencockerel.com/shoprussian.asp?object=store&id=300000 * http://www.folkartlife.com/articles/paintnutcrackers.shtml

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