What A Turning Tool Used For?

Published On: March 15, 2022

Woodworking turning tools, which have only one blade, are often used in turning for processing outer circles, inner holes, end face, thread, groove, etc. If you have ever visited a factory or a person’s secret workshop, you may see these widely used tools.


These tools help us create many wooden works. Like your wooden bowls or your desk’s leg. And artists may use it to do rough processing for their wooden sculptures.


But how it works? To answer this question, we first need to know how many types of turning tools we have. Because different types of turning tools can do different work.


There are different types of turning tools divided by their structure. They are integral turning tools, welding turning tools, machine clamped turning tools, indexable turning tools, and molding turning tools. Among them, the application of indexable turning tools is getting more and more popular with people, with four cutting edges available, no matter in the factory or in the personal workshop, you can always see them. And its users are still increasing.

Except for the tools themselves, the blade which is loaded on them is also very important. Different shapes of blades decided what they can be used for. For example, square blades can be used to do rough processing and diamond-shaped blades can be used for fine processing, which means they can process some narrow places.

But shape is not the only thing that affects wood processing. Turning tools made up of different materials will also make some differences. Like high-speed steel(HSS) turning tools and tungsten carbide turning tools for woodworking. These two kinds of materials have their own advantages. HSS turning tools should run at a slower speed than tungsten carbide woodworking turning tools, but it is cheaper. So if your project is made up of some materials with low toughness, buying an HSS turning tool is better than buying a carbide turning tool.

How turning tools work?

In fact, its name has exposed how it works—Turning.


When we are doing the turning, usually we do not move the turning tool, but our workpieces. Clamp the workpiece on your lathe, and run the lathe. When your projects are rotating to a certain speed, put the blade on your workpiece gently. Do not put much pressure on the tool, if the blade is cut too much, its blade may be broken. Even worse, you may get injured because of your wrong operation way. So you need to pay attention when you operate your turning tools. Always remember safety first.

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