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Today started as just the same as the previous weeks with John giving out a few notices before introducing the tutors for the day. First up was Bill Thorne who was going to demonstrate Ear’ Ring holders, Alan Brown different projects that the members asked for with Don Smith teaching the Beginners.

Saturday Club 11th May 2019

Bill started off by explaining how to drill the holes in the two Ear’ ring discs. He proceeded to turn the five individual pieces. His first item was the Base, followed by the Spindles and then finally how to hold the discs to enable him to turn those. Once all items where sanded and polished he assembled the project.

 The photo shows Bill with one of his Double Ear’ ring stands attached to the lathe.


Alan turned a small Burr platter and then had hands on with a beginner whilst enjoying a cup of coffee (the lathe was stationary at this time).


Don had a new member who had a lathe but had not done any turning and was an absolute Novice. After explaining the mechanics of the lathe it was time to make shavings fly.

Using some old Pine pillars which were cut down to 40mm square section 305mm long the beginner was shown how to use a Spindle Roughing Gouge a Skew and a 9mm Spindle gouge we proceeded to turn Beads and Coves.


Don then showed the many different ways that you can mount a bowl blank to start making your bowl. At the next meeting Don will continue with this theme if the members wish it.

Alan with a Beginner turning Beads and Coves

Alan with a Beginner turning Beads and Coves

Written and Photographed by Don Smith.

Club Night 14th May 2019 with Paul Nesbitt

With all the equipment set and the time racing past it was time for the Chairman to open the meeting starting in the usual way with notices. The first notice was to mention that the July meeting which was a turn-in would be given over to members homemade jigs etc and that all members would be welcome to bring along anything that they have made or purchased. Ken Briffitt gave a small talk on the “Stella” competition putting out a few more ideas on could be achieved.


John introduced Paul who has been a friend of the club for many years (1994 was the first year that he demonstrated for us) and has been coming regularly every since.

To a round of applause Paul thanked the club for asking him back again and started off with a joke.

It was now time to get down to the serious business by stating that tonight’s project would be a pair of three sided candlesticks with twist. The first point was the timber required would be 75mm square section by 125mm high. The tools that he would be using were Spindle Roughing Gouge, Parting Tool, Bowl Gouge and a Forstner Bit. Before any turning could commence the two blanks have to be marked up details on how to achieve this follows.


On each end of the timber he pasted a piece of white paper (or paint both ends with an Acrylic white paint) this makes it easy to see you’re marking out points. From now on every measurement you do must be added to all four faces or the final candlesticks may not match as a pair.

Firstly find the accurate centre at both ends and centre pop it. Next point to mark out is your datum line this is the first critical stage as getting this wrong the whole project would be in jeopardy. See drawing to help define this.

Centre pop were the Datum line crosses the Blue Circle as this is your starting point, taking your dividers that you drew your circle with  divide the circle into six segments, (ignore points Two, Four & Six) and mark points one, three & five as shown in the drawing.  Set you’re dividers from point one to the outside of your circle and scribe an arc from points 1, 2 &3. (Green Lines) do this to all four faces. Now reset you’re callipers so that your arc is 1/8” inside the blue circle again using the same three points draw the three arcs (shown in Red).


It is most important that you mark all four faces at the same time before altering the dimension but also remember that on the second piece the numbers must go anti clockwise to enable you to make a pair Also that the Datum that is on the underside of the blank is on the opposite corner as shown by the dotted line.


Now once Paul had done all of this he made certain that the points 1, 2 & 3 were well centre popped to help placing them between centres on the lathe. Again it was important that when placing between centres that the points must add up to four i.e.:- 1 + 3, 2 + 2, 3 + 1. Paul placed a ½” Steb Drive Centre in the headstock a revolving centre into the Tailstock (Point 1 Headstock point 3 Tailstock end). Using the smaller size Steb centre it helped in preventing breakout on the ends as there isn’t much waste wood to connect to.

Paul was now ready to start turning and using a Spindle Roughing Gouge he proceeded to turn the profile on the first arc. Keeping the whole piece parallel he seized the first cut up to the Green Line on both ends. Once satisfied he re-centred the piece on the next set of numbers continued to turn this to the same position as the first turning and then on to the third side in the same way.


Once Paul was satisfied with all three sides being correct he explained that he would now refine all three sides taking each one down to the Red Arc line.


The piece was now removed from the lathe and replaced between the centre points on both ends to enable you to add a compression chucking point. Paul changed his drive centre and replaced it with his chuck, setting the piece in to the chuck then using a saw tooth bit to match the diameter of your candle holder drill a hole to the required depth.


The first candlestick is now ready to have the top cleaned up or embellished as you wish sand and polish by hand remembering not to round the edges of the piece or you can leave the polishing till later when you could buff it up.

Before you buff it you will need to remove the Spigot from the bottom so taking a piece of scrap wood you make yourself a Jam chuck to fit the hole.


Paul placed the piece on to the Jam chuck bringing up the tailstock with its revolving centre to use as a steady, he removed most of the spigot making sure that the base was perfectly flat before it was completely removed the base was sanded then removed from the lathe and the small nipple was removed and the piece finished off by hand.

Now was the time to buff the item up if you didn’t do it by hand earlier.

Paul’s finished item of the night.

A pair that was made earlier.

Written and Photographed by Don Smith.