Woodturners use a lathe to remove superfluous material from wood. The lathe turns the workpiece around its axis, as shape tools are used to obtain the desired shape.
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- Realistic / Conventional
- Design principles
The elements used in design such as unity, scale, proportion, balance, symmetry, space, form, texture, colour, light, shade and congruence and their application into practice.
- Woodworking tools
The various tools used to process wood, such as planers, chisels and lathes.
- Lathe machine parts
The different parts of a lathe machine and their applications, such as the compound, the bed, the sadle, the cross slide, the cutting tool, the lathe dog and more.
- Wood cuts
Different ways of cutting wood, across the grain or parallel with it, and radial or tangential to the core. The behaviour of cuts of wood under different circumstances and the optimal cut for a given purpose. Influence of special attributes of the wood, like knots or defects.
- Woodworking processes
Steps in the processing of wood for the manufacturing of wooden articles and types of machines used for these processes such as drying, shaping, assembling and surface finishing.
- Types of lathe tools
Types of tools used for the lathe machining process such as high-speed steel tools, carbide-tipped tools and carbide insert tools.
- Types of wood
Types of wood, such as birch, pine, poplar, mahogany, maple and tulipwood.
- Work safely with machines
Check and safely operate machines and equipment required for your work according to manuals and instructions.
- Avoid tear-out in woodworking
Use techniques to prevent the fibres of wood materials from tearing away, which produces a highly damaged looking surface, thus greatly reducing the value of the specific product.
- Use turning tools
Use turning tools such as gouges and chisels to skin off rounded areas or cut new shapes in the wood.
- Tend lathe
Tend a lathe designed for cutting manufacturing processes on metal, wooden, plastic materials and others, monitor and operate it, according to regulations.
- Turn wood
Turn wood in chiefly two methods, spindle and faceplate turning. The key difference between these two is the orientation of the wood grain relative to the axis of the lathe.
- Manipulate wood
Manipulate the properties, shape and size of wood.
- Inspect wood materials
Carry out a thorough inspection of wood material using appropriate methods, instruments, tools, and other apparatus.
- Position cross slide of a lathe
Position, by turning a specific lever, the cross slide of a lathe machine perpendicularly, calculating the size of the workpiece and the type of lathe cutting tools used for ideal positioning.