Terms of the Trade: What Is a Wood Turning Parting Tool?

A wood turning parting tool is a small chisel that's used to cut grooves into wood while it's turning on the lathe. There are other times when the parting tool is also used to remove small pieces of finished wood. Using the parting tool to "part" the end of the piece of wood is another function of this tool. By turning a small screw, the operator can get just the right adjustment in order not to go too deep into the wood.