North East Chapter – Irish Woodturners
Although the humble candle has
been around for over 5,000 years, Charlie Ryan, Dublin Chapter, showed us how to turn a three armed balancing
candelabra which was designed to the same working principle as a weighing scales balance. Timbers required for
this project incorporated:- 1 x 10” central candle holder: 2 x 8.25” side candle
holders: 1 supporting base 6” x 2”: 2 cross supporting
spindles x 6”: 3 pivoting rings x 1.75” deep: 6 pivoting
pins. Poplar timber was used throughout.
Charlie Ryan assembling his balancing candelabra
Initial marking out of timbers
was completed using ‘one of a kind’ marking gauge which incorporated a pencil rather than a marking
spike. Mount central candle holder between centers and pre-drill 2 holes at 56mm from the
top – for 2 pivoting pins. Bring the spindle to round before reverse chucking into chuck to drill top to hold brass
candle holder cup. Create a pivoting ball around the 2 pre-drilled holes and continue to shape spindle with a
spigot to fit into supporting base. Cut the 3 pivoting
rings and drill 4 x10mm in central ring – 2 for pivoting pins, and 2 for cross supporting
spindles. The other two rings will have 3 x 10mm holes – 1 for cross supporting spindle, and 2
for pivoting pins. Shape the side holders to match the central spindle with provision for night
lights. The assembled project was presented to our newest member, Imelda
Connolly. Thanks Charlie for an intriguing demonstration.
Also, thanks to Charlie for
providing critique on the following exhibits:-
Set of measuring cups – Cecil Barron.
tn_Cherry 12 sided polygone – Kevin Milton
10inch Spalted Ash bowl – Noel Byrne.
7inch Yew bowl John Conneff.
Pitch Pine Goblet – Tony Twaites
15inch Ash platter – Noel Byrne.
Set of Yew bowls – Patrick McKevett.
Decorated bowl – Gene McConnell.
14inch Ash bowl – Cecil Barron.
Laburnum vase – John Conneff
Square Ash box – Richard Coyle.
Oak box – Bob Dier
Walnut_Iroko 3 legged Art – Gerard Corrigan
Lathe Steady – Bob Dier.