Turning Spindle, or turning on its axis, is a popular woodturning technique referring to a single piece of wood being turned in its base axis on a stationary wood lathe. This is achieved by turning the wood on its axis in a clockwise motion in one direction and then turning it counter-clockwise in the opposite direction to finish turning. Turning on the axis, however, requires the use of more than just one turn of a turning wheel, but also a number of turns of the turning wheel to complete the entire process.
Turning on the axis of a turning wheel consists of starting with a turn that is slightly less than the whole turning circle, and then completing that turn in a direction that is directly opposite to the original direction of the turn in the opposite direction. The turning of the wheel then continues in the same direction in which the initial turn ended up.
Turning on the axis is similar to using two or more turning wheels on their axis. However, these turns are generally much shorter than the total number of turns of the turning wheel. Most woodturners will only use three to four turns in order to complete their projects.
Turning on the axis is often used for turning out pieces that are not able to be turned on their own axis. It is commonly used in a variety of woodworking projects and is particularly useful in turning small pieces such as boxes.
Turning on the axis also allows the woodworker to take control over the distance between the wood grains when turning. When a wheel is turned in the opposite direction from where it is turned, it creates a tighter and more uniform distance between the grains in the wood. This creates a much smoother finish as well. Turning on the axis can also be useful when working on large projects. The turning wheel may be turned in a direction that has a greater amount of depth than the direction in which the wood was originally turned, resulting in an even and smooth finish.
Turning on the axis is also useful in other types of woodturning. In this method, the woodturner turns on his or her own axis and then turns the turning wheel a different direction that results in a more even finish. Turning on the axis is also commonly used when working on an unfinished piece, as well as turning into a more detailed project that was initially started as a smaller one. In the case of working on unfinished pieces that were originally started as smaller ones, the turning process can be reversed in order to create a more even finish. This makes turning on the axis a versatile technique that can be used in any woodworking project.