Normal chisels should not be used on a lathe because they cannot always resist the forces exerted. They may break or become caught, and you run the danger of injuring yourself or knocking the wood off the lathe. Instead, use two-handed lathe chisels or gouges with the appropriate handle length. One option is to buy a set of fixed-handle chisels.
Fixed-handle chisels are best for general-purpose work on most types of wood. The handles stay in one place so you can work the tool with more control and less risk of injury. Fixed-handle chisels are available in different shapes and sizes for many different projects.
Tripod-supported chisels are designed for working on tall trees or large timbers where a regular standing height isn't feasible. The tripod stabilizes the chisel so that you can reach higher up on the tree without being affected by the distance to the ground. These tools are usually made out of steel or aluminum and feature a ball-and-socket joint at the base of the shaft for stability when used with a tripod.
Lathe chisels have a sharp cutting edge attached to a rotating piece of metal called a head. On fixed-head chisels, the head stays still while the shoulder rotates around it. This allows you to make deeper cuts into the wood's surface than possible with a normal chisel.
If not utilized properly, lathes may be harmful. Carefully read the owner's handbook. Before using a lathe, be sure you understand the instructions and are adequately educated. Only use tools that have been approved for your specific lathe. Don't modify the tooling or setup of the machine without knowing what it is designed to do.
Lathes are mechanical devices that cut materials such as wood, metal, and plastic. They include planers, reamers, drills, and other cutting tools mounted on a rotating head. The head is attached to a shaft called a spindle, which is turned by a motor or an individual hand crank. As the head turns, the tools cut into whatever material is being worked on.
There are many different types of lathes. Generally, they can be divided into two groups: tail-spin and head-turn. Head-turn lathes have a head that spins independently of the body. This type of lathe is more accurate than tail-spin lathes because it does not need to spin very fast to maintain its accuracy. Tail-spin lathes require faster rotation speeds to maintain accuracy. They can be more difficult to operate but give better results at slow speeds.
What are the four chisel-handling rules?
Use a metal chisel instead of a wood chisel. Do not chisel with one hand while holding the work with the other. Use an all-steel chisel with a mushroomed face or a chipped edge instead.