About DT Woodturning
is a small specialist woodturning business
run by Dave Thomas. He was based in Shere,
Guildford, Surrey, but has now moved back
to his hometown of Port Talbot in South Wales.
This has allowed him to expand the business.
He still supplies turnings to the Surrey area
on a regular basis.
With over Twenty Four years of woodturning experience under his belt, in that period he has turned a lot of items for Joineries and private clients, from as small as 25mm high and 10mm dia. ivory chair spindles up to 3.6 mt long 300mm dia. cedar columns and faceplate work at 800mm dia. and 700mm long.
If the item had previously been made on a woodturning lathe then there is a 99% chance that he can replicate it.
Since 2006 he has also been making Martial arts training equipment such as Wing chun wooden dummies, wooden knives and long poles including Medieval quarter staffs. Along with bespoke spear shafts and poles for various martial arts and artists.
Dave carries out both spindle turning and
faceplate work. He supplies turnings
to Carpenters, Furniture restorers, Joineries and the general public.
Turnings can be made in a single length up to 8' long (2440mm) and up
to 8" (200mm) square, or be as small as a doorknob for a dolls
house. Twists, flutes and reeding can also be catered for. Faceplate
work can be done up to 28" (710mm) diameter. Sizes larger than
quoted can be accommodated depending on design.
Some of his decorative work
and bowls are handturned using green timber
which is rough-turned
to shape then left for a period of time from 6 months up to 1 year before
the final shaping and finishing is carried out. Placing the rough-turned
items in a controlled environment can speed up this process.
The majority of his pieces
are made from native hardwoods obtained from local tree surgeons.
Dave is generally surprised by the amount
of people that do not know what woodturning is. So he has put together
a few pics and some general information to give them an insite into
In woodturning a piece of timber is placed
on the lathe. It is held firmly between the head and tailstock. When
the lathe is turned on the timber is rotated by a motor. The timber
is then shaped using turning tools. Some people say that it is like
potting only that the potter's wheel is placed on its side. I suppose
it is similar to potting, but if you cut too much wood away you cannot
stick it back on like you can with a clay pot.
a much smaller lathe, an Axminster M330 lathe.
rs200 which will allow when (Spindle
turning), to turn thirteen inches in Diameter over the banjo
and sixteen inches in diameter over the bed, by sixty inches
When (Face plate turning) up
to 28 inches in Diameter by 10 inches deep, when using the inboard
Larger Face Plate Turning can also be carried out on the outboard
side Up to 48 inches in Diameter.
is a picture of the Wadkin RS200 Woodturning Lathe.
locate the part you want to identify, by placing your mouse
pointer over it, when the pointer changes to a hand, just left-click
for a description.
This is a much smaller machine than the Wadkin, has faster speeds and
is ideally suited to small turnings. It's capacities are up to eight inches
in Diameter and ten inches in Length.
Ideally suited for small turned knobs and finials for restoration work.
Between Centres Turning as it is sometimes known is where the timber
to be turned is held between the headstock and the tailstock of the
When mounted on the lathe the grain of the piece runs parallel to
the lathe bed and is held in place by pressure from the tailstock.
This method of turning is used for table legs, chair legs, lamp stems,
Face plate turning:
Used when turning discs of timber.
The timber is mounted on a face plate or in a chuck. This method of
turning is used for bowls, platters, breadboards, lamp bases etc.
In this method of turning there is usually no support from the tailstock.
The outboard side of the lathe is
usually on the left hand side of the headstock spindle it usually
has a left hand thread and with the use of a free standing toolrest,
it enables much larger diameter face plate work to be carried out.
Headstock on this lathe is of the fixed type, also available are rotating
headstocks and even rotating sliding headstocks. Housed in the headstock
are the the:
- Headstock bearings.
- Mandrel. Which can be hollow
and is usually bored with a morse taper to enable the drive centre
and various other attachment's to be fitted.
- Multi-step pulley system
This allows speed changes.
Sometimes called the Saddle. This is adjustable
and supports the toolpost onto which the toolrest is attached.
Tailstock barrel, which
slides forward and backward, enabling the workpiece to be clamped between
the drive centre and the tailstock centre. This secures the work piece
onto the lathe.
This is used to advance the tailstock barrel,
into which the tail centre is mounted. This applies pressure to the
workpiece clamping it securely onto the drive centre.
Lathe beds come in various types:
- Solid cast iron.
- Round twin bars.
- Round tubular single bar.
- Angle iron beds.
is mounted on the Toolpost and is easily adjusted to give the correct
turning position for the relevant tool in use.
This is the side of the lathe
to the right of the headstock and is
directly over the bed of the lathe.
Timber that is freshly cut and having high moisture
In turning, the term roughing
or rough-turned refers to the first shaping of the timber on the lathe.
In the case of bowls, the green timber is roughed to a basic shape with
a wall thickness of between 1-2 inches, the rough-turned bowl is then
taken off the lathe and stored in a controlled environment until it's
moisture content is reduced enough to render the timber stable. Although
inevitably some movement will occur after final turning has taken place.