North East Chapter – Irish Woodturners
As members of the Northeast
Chapter gathered for our 15th Annual General Meeting, our thoughts and concerns extended to those citizens in the
west and south of the country battling the devastating effects of the floods during Advent.
Our Chairman, Peter Donagh, was flood
bound, and in his absence Dave Carroll chaired the meeting.
The following members were
elected to officiate for 2016:-
Manager Gerard Corrigan
After the meeting and the festive
afternoon tea-break, Seamus Cassidy demonstrated turning a pair of scoops. Starting with a 75mm x
150mm block of American Cherry mounted between centers, and turned to a cylinder. Using the diameter of
the cylinder, mark the length of the sphere at the tailstock end, together with its centre
line. Insert two additional lined – 2mm each side of the centre line: this 4mm area must
not be touched when shaping the sphere, as this flat area can be blended in when sanding. The balance of the cylinder
is used to turn the handle. Shape the sphere using a spindle gouge slightly above centre. Control the cut by
presenting the tool on bevel and gradually raising the handle to start fine cuts. A template may be used
to check the trueness of the sphere. Set up a V block jig
with its 150mm precut central slot to guide the band-saw blade.
Seamus Cassidy turning
Next, mount the sphere in the V
block ensuring the handle sits on the central line, and proceed to slice the turning in equal
halves. To mount the scoop - prepare a jam chuck and insert 3 dots of hot melt glue, and jam
the scoop into position using a flat mounted in the tailstock to ensure scoop is mounted
centrally. Wrap red tape on the full length of the handle as an added visual and safety
feature. After turning out the centre of the scoop, the end of the handle was slightly curved
using a sander. The scoop was finished with liquid paraffin and presented to our youngest member,
Niamh Connolly. Thanks Seamus for making the process look so repeatable.
Thanks Seamus for your critique
on the following exhibits:-
– James Halligan.
Yew volcanic bowl –
Oak desk set – Eamonn
Laurel and Rowan off
centre bottle stoppers – Kevin Milton.
Guinness can & credit card insets – Bob Dier.
Cherry night light –
18” Burr Oak platter –