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Lockdown Projects

Alan Brown

I was given a slice of a pine tree a couple of years ago to make a table for a friend.

With the lockdown I have been able at long last to do something with it.

The tree legs needed to be angled and tied together.  Using chestnut branches about 3 inches in diameter, I turned three inches to a 54mm diameter to match my largest "Forstner Bit".

I made a jig to ensure the holes in the table bottom were at the same angle and drilled out the holes for the legs to fit in.

I turned the stays ends to 25mm and drilled in to the legs to accommodate these turned ends.

Glued it all and put together.

The top was planed and rubbed down and then waxed.

The recipient was pleased with the result.

Monkey Puzzle Wood

I was given two wet lumps last autumn by our dear friend Peter Skrzypczak, who sadly passed away on the 25th of March this year.


Walter Siegerist

Hi all, I hope you are all well and keep safe, preferably in the wood turning shed!

Here are a few items I want to share with you which I made over the last five weeks.

Dimensions: 19 cm diam. X 12 cm height - propped up on a coaster

Turning was a challenge as it is all end grain and varies in density with the knots.

Oriental shape

Dimensions: 20 cm x 12 cm height

Two tops for choice made from Sycamore wood, which blends in rather well. I may spray the lids with Chestnut black ebonising lacquer.

Yew Wood

Dimensions: 17 cm dia. x 8 cm height

The challenge was to make size and shape totally identical.

Apple wood

Turned from a Y-branch, keeping the natural edge all around

Spalted birch birdhouse with oak roof.

Spalted birch carved pot.

Oak decorative vase.

Fan palm hollow form.

Yew sphere desk clock.

Bedside lamp with bowl and sphere clock. Cherry and oak.

Mike Sharp

These items were all turned by me during April.

Iain Grant

All pieces turned during the lockdown.

Nick Rose

I acquired this large lump of Pseudo Acacia from a tree with rot removed down the road.

It proved to be quite a challenge being very out of balance and plenty of air cuts, I didn’t get much above 200rpm for most of the turning. I sanded from 180 to 400 grit and used a Chestnut 3 step buffing system to finish off.

Very pleased with the end result, plenty of interest with the rot, knot holes.

Table lamp made from laminating a few pieces of plywood together, not the easiest wood to turn but an interesting effect when finished.

Mick Sharps

Pair of small bowls using the combination of resin and wood.  The first is Yew the second is Laburnum.

Probably my favourite piece to date, I picked up a large slab of Yew from a club member which had a large natural split in it.  Decided to separate the wood along the split line, cleaned it up and then joined back together with a single pour of resin, using some blue colouring.  The result is a ‘river’ platter measuring about 12 inches across.  Easy to see why Yew is a favourite for a lot of turners.  In hindsight I would use less colour in the resin as I think it needs to be a bit more translucent.

Another use of resin in the pot above, had a split piece of Apple and was going to bin it but added some resin and the result was quite nice.  The green finial is made from a small piece of Corian.

And finally......a couple of small, ornamental bird houses.  Not tried these before but saw a post by Mike Sharp that coincided with me getting a book written by Dale Nish on the thought I would have a go.  I think there are an infinite number of possibilities with these and a great way to use up smaller pieces of wood.

Spiral hollow form in Cherry with pewter tear drop finial.

Off center turned platter in Sycamore with miliput inlay and Holly sphere.

Mike Haselden

First of all I hope that every club member is keeping fit and well and keeping well away from the Coronvirus.

Whilst the bad weather has been with us I really wanted a project to make and luckily at the end of our last club night six Woodturning magazines were left behind. Glancing through them I found an item by David Springett about a Chinese puzzle.

The project was inspired by a Chinese story of a Village elder wishing to save the Well in their village from winter contamination so he devised a way of covering it with a lid also adding six pillars for later use. The lid was made light enough to enable it to be removed and replaced over the top in the summer to give it shelter from the hot sun. The photo on the right shows the well with its lid in place also the six pillars. Each year the elder placed the lid on the well in the winter.

Then when summer came he removed the lid and replaced it over the well. As time went on the elder died so causing the villagers to ponder how he had placed the lid over the well in summer. How was this achieved? It now places the burden of finding the solution on your shoulders. (Can you solve the puzzle).

The photo on the left shows the well head plus the lid and three pillars fixed and three removed. Your task is to reassemble the well with the lid in place as shown in the photo below.

Thanks to David Springett for his article published in the July 2019 edition of the Woodturner.

I was asked by a friend of mine if I could put a Galileo Thermometer into a stand and I thought that I would share the finished project with you all the photo shows the finished item.

Galileo Thermometer

To all members keep fit and well and hope to catch up with you all in the not too distant future.

Chinese Puzzle

Don Smith

Adaptable Combination. Birch plywood off cuts.

The healing process that occurs after a branch has been removed from a living tree will result in the formation of many unusual shapes.

These hand size nodules show complete envelopment of the branch  mostly removed in the hollowing of the bowl. After flattening the chainsaw cut, the uneven rounded end was placed on a rope ring and fitted into a cage chuck keeping the two discs parallel while compressing the rope. After hollowing the remaining branch cavities were filled and finished before removing from the chuck.

Curiosity Pieces

I thought you might include this image of a corona and the surrounding elliptical pathways produced by turning green eucalyptus on centre, then
accidentally overdoing the removal of the foot. Error/opportunity!
This is a reminder that the “stellar” challenge is ongoing, details on the website. If you wish to discuss your thoughts, please contact John Wyatt or Ken Briffett.


Ken Briffett

I wanted to keep the natural damage to the branch visible on this one.  The opening measures 3cm across.

Yew Hollowform

Cherry Vase

Spalted Pear Vase

Mike Sharp

Walter Siegerist

Hello everyone, I hope you are all keeping safe and find plenty of time for woodturning.

I have taken on some new challenges, trying to turn some more demanding items. I have been looking at the book written by David Springett “Woodturning Wizardry” for some time, but never really had the courage to have a go with something different.

Well, below are a successive number of boxes with lattice lids made from walnut and sapele. It required three special chucks for:

 a) gluing the lid blank onto, turning a semi sphere first,

b) a chuck hollowed out to hold the inverted blank for turning it into a shell of 4mm thickness. This also requires a precise ring for clamping.

 c) a piece of wood cut at a precise angle for final turning of the outer lid grooves at 4 different centres.

I had to be very calm and concentrate when cutting these final grooves, the wobbling workpiece is a little intimidating! With each piece I made, there was a new challenge.

Treasure Box with lattice lid

Salt and Spice Spoons

I have managed to turn some from a variety of woods. Again, it requires a block of wood to be prepared for holding the pre-turned sphere with handle.

Alan Aldridge

Here are a couple of photos for the gallery, a Beech “Zip Vase” and a carved oak platter, and I’d just like to say hi to all our members and hope everyone is keeping well.

Don Smith

Don has created a project with full description which can be found in the Projects area of the website - CLICK HERE

Back last November I started a Christmas Decoration project but due to unforeseen circumstances I ended up on the 4th November in hospital where on the 6th I was fitted with a Pacemaker so the project stalled.

I came back to the project this February and have finally finished it so have decided to share it with you.

The project in question is a Carousel so having designed it I commenced by laminating the blanks required.

The photo shows 6 segments 3 in Sapele and 3 in Ash with its circlip.

Late Christmas Decoration by Don Smith

The second photo shows all the pieces plus the pedestal and the base plate.

I am not going to go in to all the detail on how I turned each part of the project but to just add at this point that I also turned 6 pillars which you will see on the finished object.

To allow the Carousel to turn I used a 4 four inch Lazy Susan.

Owl Pepper Mill and Finial by Alan Brown

Over large finial to start the ball rolling regarding the Cindy Drozda demo.

As there were 40 odd viewers perhaps some have created their own designs. I made my own tools using the angles that were given from a couple old gouges that were not being used, found they worked very well cutting deep between beads.

I wanted to create an owl with a use.

I used a wood grind mechanism, crush grind without the centre spindle

The babies rattle was made from apple with a snake wood handle & was commissioned for a new baby locally as a keepsake.

The finial on the hollow form was an attempt at a Cindy Dozda one, which just happened to fit the hollow form I turned about a year ago!

My second attempt at a Cindy Drozda finial was made to fit the very small hollow form I made, that started out as something else & evolved, made of apple wood with the finial in purple heart, the two pound coin is to give some scale, the whole thing is 135mm high!

Latest work by Iain Grant

Walter Siegerist

Following the encouragement of Cindy Drozda to improve our finial creation I have had a go and found it a lot of fun, using bits of left-over wood!

Storm Lights      I think I got the knack of making them, I need to stop….

First attempt to make an owl. I did not get the overall size and distance between the eyes quite right, but it still turned out to be a reasonable result. Head made from Sycamore, base made from Oak.