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By Don Smith

This is the second time that the Saturday Club has been able to be held since the Pandemic started in March 2020 and it was nice to see so many old and new members.

The venue for this meeting was St Nicholas Church Hall and arriving at 08.00am found that it was already open and the usual early members were there. Alan Brown, Dave Reynolds, John Wyatt and a member of the church Alec Matthews.

A big thank you must go to Alec for setting up and examining our equipment for Pat Testing with everything passing “THANK YOU ALEC”.

Mike Sharp was on hand to collect the morning fee which helps pay for the hire of the Hall.

With around 22 members including the Tutors Alan got the meeting underway with a couple of notices and then the shavings started to fly

First up was Alan with a large hefty chunk of wood on the lathe he started turning keeping his audience entertained.

John was explaining how to sharpen certain tools by bring in his own Grinding set-up and then later on in the morning took to turning a bowl.

Whilst myself had four new comers who were new to woodturning and we went through Roughing down square section to the round and then practicing beads and coves.

It was one of those rare occasions when all four had the chance to turn the exact amount each. They each took the test piece home so that they could continue to practice their beads and coves ready for the next project.

This is just a reminder to them to bring on Saturday 11th December 2.5” x 2.5” X 10” long piece of wood for the next project.

Thanks must also go to all those members who are looking after and bringing the equipment to the venue during this period whilst Covid is still with us.

Thank you to St Nicholas Church for allowing us to use their facilities.

Good day was had by all well done.

The meeting finished and after the clearing up was done we had dispersed by 12.30pm.

Next Saturday Club 11th December usual time.


By Don Smith

This was the second meeting that the club has been able to hold as a gathering since the lockdown the first being since the AGM. But we have held two Saturday club with a third coming up on December 11th with another club night on the 17th.

This was the first meeting for our new chairman Alan Brown who thanked everyone for coming and how nice it was to meet up again person to person. Asked for a show of hands for any new members of which there was quite a few welcoming them to the club.

He asked the members if we could start up again the TIP of the Month. This month’s tip was if you make Salt and Pepper Grinders to take the salt grinder apart about once a month to release the mechanism this would keep it in good working order.

Alan explained that as it was the Christmas season that I (Don Smith) would be demonstrating how to turn an Involuted Angel and passed the floor over to me.

I started by showing a finished article as seen below in the first photo’s below.

If you now turn to the next page you will find a write up to help if you wish to make your own.

After I had finished my demo it was time for any questions but this was done in a different format than usual as there was a lot more to be seen and discussed.

Firstly John Wyatt had brought along an assortment of Jigs etc and spent the rest of the evening explaining to those members who wanted to no more. Whilst I had manly the new members asking me subsequent questions on more detailed information on how the Angels were turned example what tools, glue and how they were finished.


By Don Smith

Just to recap on tonight’s demonstration.

As Christmas is just around the corner the project for tonight was an Involuted turned Angel.

The word Involuted means that which is rolled or turned inwardly.

The first stage of the operations is to cut four pieces of wood into square section 1 ¼ x 1 ¼ x 8 inches (32mm x 32mm x 205mm long). These are then glued into a square using newspaper as a joint see photo 1 & 2.

Once they are dry you need to glue a square piece of scrap material at each end (in this case plywood was used). The reason that you do this is so that when you bring your tailstock up it doesn’t split the paper joints. Photo 3

No 1 Showing paper joints

No 2 All four pieces clamped together

Whilst your wood is drying you can turn your attention to the templates which will help in your shaping whilst turning. Photos at the end of the article

Take your block fix it to your lathe between centres, mark your two identification marks for the position of the skirt and start turning the narrowest point needs to be 3/5 of your overall thickness. The photo No 4 shows the shape of your inside of the skirt plus the beadings being turned. The left hand side of the turning is the 3/5s diameter of the overall width of your square section this is essential for the thickness of your reverse turning so that you do not break the bottom edge off the finished article.

Once you are satisfied with the shape and beading of your inside of the skirt sand and polish before taking it off the lathe.

Now you have to split the piece back into four separate pieces.(This is where the numbering comes in).Once split check that they line up using the numbers and keeping them in the same numerical sequence. I use (Evostick Wood Glue) glue them together and clamp as photo 2.

The next thing to do is on the extreme left hand side turn a spigot to fit you chuck, remove it from between centres and place in your chuck. Next turn the piece into a cylinder.

No 3 Plywood attached to stop splitting

No 4 Showing skirt and beads

No 5 Piece in the lathe with the pattern marked

No 6 Groove made by the parting tool

Place on your lathe photo 5. This photo shows the object in the lathe with my pattern along side.

The photo No 6 will show the first markings to define your skirt. Using a parting tool just make a small groove at the top of the skirt at waist height and start to turn watching the shadow of the inside as it revolves. How you need to remove some of the extra waste from the body and head areas, using your template mark of the positions these positions.

This photo shows the object in the lathe with my pattern along side.

Now the fun starts turning the skirt to shape taking the waist down to 1 1/4 “following the contours of the inside shape till you have a fairly regular thickness throughout the sides of the skirt.

No 7 Skirt turned, body and head marked

No 8 Showing the turned item

Now your attention moves on to the head and body turn this area down to 1 3/4” and again using your template mark off the body and head positions. Photo 7

Commence turning the body taking the neck down to 7/8” to 3/4” when the body is correct shape turn to the head to a dimension of 1 1/4 and remember the Halo which is the same size as the head.

Add a foot on the bottom of the skirt using a Parting tool to about 1 1/2” then sand and polish once satisfied part the Angel off of the waste wood.

Take the Angel over to a pillar drill and drill a 3/4” hole just below the shoulder about 3/8” deep this is for your Angels wings.

Your last part of the project is to turn the wings for this you will require a blank 3/4" thick by 5 1/4” diameter using a wooden faceplate I Hot Air Glued the blank onto the faceplate. No need to true it up as this will be done automatically when you turn a converse shape to the piece adding your 3/4” spigot which is your fixing point to the Angel.

Check that Angel fits on the spigot before removing from the lathe. Photo No 9

Sand & Polish and remove from the lathe carefully. Reverse the wings by using spigot in your chuck concave the front at the same time bringing the wings down to 5”Sand and polish.

No 9 Showing the wing with the spigot

You will now need to mark the wing using your template so that you can cut out the shape using a Scroll Saw, Coping Saw or a Fret Saw.

I used a Coping saw and a small drum sander in a Dremel to sand the cut-outs before Gluing on to my finished Angel.

The photos below show the inside skirt shown in the red cardboard and below that is the Wing design.

To the right on the grey card is the overall shape with dimensions shown.

The photos were taking in my own workshop to enable me to describe in some detail the procedures for making my Involuted Angel.

I hope this helps if you get stuck and if you need any advise please contact me.

Written and Photographed by Don Smith