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Today started in the usual way with the chairman giving out a few notices and mentioned that Alan Brown and Ken White couldn’t make today as they were both away on holiday. The tutors were introduced starting with Bill who stated that he would be rough turning bowls etc.

Bill with his bowl

Mike with Hands On

The photo on the right shows Mike explaining about copy turning with hands on for the newcomers, again there was lots of interest and numerous memorable moments for the members who attended and watched Mike.

Don started by showing three types of Tooth Pick Holders making the easy version first which was a five minute project.

The second one a little more intricate as it contained a glass tune which was mounted in wood.

The third one that was discussed in depth was the project that Mike demonstrated back on the 21st February 2013. (You can find plans for this on the Hampshire Woodturners website and hopefully will get in on our own in the next couple of days).

Don then turned a Pear reiterating and explaining what Bill stated during his demo at the February meeting. He then went on to show how to turn a thin stemmed Goblet.

He was then asked about Barley Twists and after explaining the rudiments of the process stated that he would bring all the necessary pieces along to demonstrate at the April Saturday Club. Photo to the left shows the three items that Don Demonstrated.

Saturday Club 9th March 2019

 Mike would be copy turning with Don explaining about different styles of Tooth Pick Holders that you could make.

The photo shows Bill turning a Spalted Beech bowl.

During the morning he had a lot of interest with questions being fired at him plus the usual banter.

Pear, Goblet and Tooth Pick Holder

Sorry that this isn’t in more depth and detail but as you can see I was one of the tutors but it gives you some insight to what happened this month.

Written and Photographed by Don Smith

Club Night 20th March 2019

As usual the Chairman opened the meeting by asking if we had any guest new members and then welcomed everyone.

John introduced tonight’s demonstrator Mike Haselden who thanked everyone for having him for the night and that his first project which has been inspired by the Bangles which were presented for the recent monthly competition.

After doing a bit of research into what size best suited Bangles he came up with the following:- External diameter 78mm, Internal diameter  64mm and the width or thickness 20mm also straight grain was best.

Roughing the work piece down to 78mm (to allow for shaping) faced off the end, before cutting a section off of 20mm long to make his Bangle. Using a handmade jig the project was placed into the centre ready to have the internal waste removed.

It was whilst the piece was set up in this Jig the he rounded the internal edge on one face reversed the Bangle and did the same to the other side.

Jig with Bangle attached ready for centre to be removed

Showing centre being removed

Mike explained that the two Jigs/Jam chucks were made from pieces of waste Monkey Puzzle wood.

Placing his Bangle with the finished face on the inside of the Jig a ring was  clamped over the outside so that it held item firmly and after truing it up it enabled him to true up the inside to a diameter of 64mm when it was sanded and ready to be removed for the next operation.

This time the Bangle was placed on the outside of the Jig and a dolly was tapped into the centre expanding the Jig so that it was again held firmly then bringing up the Tailstock with a live centre applied pressure to the dolly.

Mike then proceeded to true up the outside and add some decoration.

He explained that he would normally add a coat of Sander Sealer wipe of the excess and the add a wax to the item and allow it to dry and using the three buffing wheel system would buff the items up.

Internal Jig with outer ring in

External Jig showing the Dolly attached

Mike then went on to stress the importance of having sharp tools and to make a bit of fun he turned one end of a piece of square section with a Spindle Roughing Gouge and the opposite end with a sharpened Spade. (Mike did not recommend turning with a spade) This piece was then passed round so that the members could see the effect of sharp tools, due to the Gouge not being absolutely sharp the end turned with the spade was far superior.

Mike stated that it didn’t matter what you used it was the sharpening which gave you your finish.

After the refreshment break the Chairman thanked all those members who had submitted pieces to the competition also the wonderful pieces on the Gallery Tables.

Back over to Mike who told the members that the next project would be a Cube turned into a three pointed Vase.

He explained that he found that the best way to hold this configuration was to make a holding piece held in the chuck.

This was made by produce and equilateral triangle cut out in the round disc so the corner of the cube would fit into it comfortable. The next stage was to flatten of the corner opposite to the corner that would fit into the jig. Then by bringing up the Tailstock he was able to centre the cube on the lathe so that he could commence turning.

Unfortunately I don’t have a good enough photo to show of this operation but will endeavour to describe it.

With the cube securely held between centres Mike started to turn the bottom for the bowl from the centre to the tailstock end remembering that this would be the end for your reverse chucking point. When satisfied he refined the chucking point and removed it from the lathe.

Mike reversed the object by placing it in the chuck jaws and checking that it was running centrally tightened everything up.

The photo on the left shows Mike removing the centre of the bowl keeping the thickness of the rim as parallel and accurate as possible. The thickness would depend upon the type of wood that was being used.

Mike continued to hollow out the bowl it would then be sanded, polished and buffed.

Hollowing out of the Cube Bowl

Finished Cube Bowl

Finished Bangle made in Pear Wood

Written and photographed by Don Smith