North East Chapter – Irish Woodturners
We had the pleasure of welcoming
Pat Walsh, Dublin Chapter, as demonstrator for our June meeting when he illustrated his techniques in turning
a large platter. Starting with a blank 16” x 2” of kiln dried Beech
mounted on a screw chuck – the back was shaped to a light curve using a ½” bowl gouge, and shaping a 95mm
x3mm spigot. A 3/8” gouge with the flute closed provided the
finishing sheer cut – ensuring light shavings, and avoid creating dust. Final cut was achieved using a negative rake scraper. Hand sand to 180 and power sand up to 600 grit.
Remount in jaws and mark 68mm
rim. Form a large bead on the outside of the rim and a smaller bead on the
inside. Dome the rim between the beads. Define the rim using a
piece of formica to burn lines at each bead. Shape the central bowl
and finishing cuts were applied using a negative rake scraper. Any torn grain was
taken out using a cabinet scraper. Hand sand using
flexible sanding support for maintaining a smooth curve. Finish with power sanding and hand sand between each
grit. Lightly damp the surface with damp kitchen paper, and allow to dry before using the
final 600 grit. Finish with three coats of finishing oil – the 2nd coat is applied using
abranet. Apply the finishing oil sparingly with kitchen paper and wipe off excess and buff
with a soft cloth, finishing the wipe with the grain.
Remount between platter pressure
plate and tail stock to remove spigot and refine base.
Beech platter Pat
Thanks Pat for making a complex
and delicate turning project look so simple.
Thanks to Seamus Cassidy for his
critique on the following exhibits:-
goblet – Gerard Corrigan:
weight - Cecil Barron:
Spalted Sycamore bowl
– Eamonn McKelvey.
Poplar set of nesting
bowls (all in one piece)