Spindle turning

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Spindle turning, or turning between centers, is a woodturning method referring to a piece of wood on a wood lathe that is being turned on its center axis.[1]


For spindle turning, the wood is held on the lathe either by both ends (between the headstock and tailstock) or by one end only.

Wood is generally removed by running a turning tool down the slope of the wood from a larger diameter in the wood to a smaller diameter.


Spindle turning is the method used for items such as chair and table legs, lamps, cues, bats, candlesticks etc. i.e. long and thin objects.


  1. Clifford, Brian. "Woodturning - Grain and other factors", 1999. Accessed April 30, 2007.