North East Chapter – Irish Woodturners
We were pleased to welcome our
guest demonstrator Christien Van Bussel for our August meeting, showing us how to turn and decorate a picture
frame / mirror frame.
Starting with a 7” Ash bowl
blank, a flat surface was achieved using a bowl gouge with a short bevel. Mark depth and width of the ring
that will form the frame, and using a fine parting tool cut a groove to seat the face of the mirror.
Continue to remove the balance of the interior of the ring using the parting
tool. At this stage the back of the frame is sanded, and an ultra fine
finish can be achieved using various grades of Webrax pads or Nyweb pads.
These light abrasives are made
from a mat of nylon filament similar to domestic pot scours, and come in a variety of colours, grits and
names depending on the manufacturers. The common ones are Green – 220g:
Brown – 280g: Maroon – 360g: Red – 600g: Orange – 1000G: Grey – 1500g: White – non-abrasive.
Secure the ring with duct tape
before parting off. Using the remainder of the already mounted blank, cut a spigot to form a jam chuck to
reverse the ring to shape and decorate the front using a spindle gouge – ensuring to keep the bevel rubbing –
otherwise tear-out will occur.
The balance of the blank may be turned into a bowl shaped night
light. Christien demonstrated the square nosed scraper to achieve a good finish on the bowl shape
– presenting the tool at an angle of 45 degrees at centre height, and stabilizing the handle by supporting it
against the forearm, and cutting at the lower third of the edge. The corner edges of the
scraper were sanded for ease of movement on the tool rest.
A 2” round of elm was mounted to
make a series of decorative buttons for the frame. Start with a flat surface and shape a cove in the
centre. Sand before texturing with the Elf; presenting the tool above centre, and the lathe running
at slow speed. Thanks Christien for a most instructive presentation, packed with practical tips and
Thanks to Seamus Cassidy for his
critique on the exhibits and for humanely catching the visiting swallow :-
Seamus catches the visiting
8 coloured mice – Dave
Ash bowl & Yew hollow form –
Walnut wedding goblet – Kevin
Sectioned Beech bowl – Patrick
Ash pedestal bowl & bowl
holding jig – Eamonn McKelvey.