Gerard Corrigan, for our own North East
Chapter, demonstrated turning a kitchen paper towel holder mounted on an ornamental
started the project by turning the perfect sphere from a piece of beech, which became the support for the
base and the three legs. A central hole was drilled at the top for the spigot of the roll holder. Next, three points were
marked for drilling to insert the spigots of the three legs. To ensure a
consistent angle was maintained for the legs, Gerard invented his drill guide jig which he fitted into the
tool rest, and this was set at the correct height and angle prior to drilling the spigot
Gerard Corrigan at the lathe
The base was drilled to fit onto a spigot
chuck, and a wedge was inserted to expand the spigot and secure the base for turning. The legs and centre roll
holder were turned using a homemade spring chuck. A decorative finial was
inserted at the bottom. A friction polish was used throughout the process, and finally the unit was assembled,
ready for use.
It is always intriguing and refreshing to
witness other Turners ingenuity in developing gismos and jigs to cope with various situations, and we have
had no shortage of such developments in recent months.