December 2012 Newsletter

Wood Turner was Dave Reeks.

Item 1.
Turned Apples, wood used was Yew.
Dave said he used to turn 20 apples an hour it is now down to 10 an hour.
Turns 25 apples at a time.
Dave stated that he never uses a Roughing gouge, just a bowl gouge Dave puts a round collar under the tool rest to keep the tool rest at the same height. The piece of yew was heart shaped with the corners cut off. The yew was turned to an apple shape in minutes. Bored a 4mm hole down the end to receive the stalk. The wood was turned round in the lathe using a screw chuck. The bottom was shaped and a clove drawn on bottom. The apple was sanded to a finish going down grades to a fine finish. Sanding sealer (50-50 with cellulose thinners) then finished with a Carnauba stick to a good shine. Stalk was glued in the end.

Item 2.
Vase with a long thin neck. Wood used Yew.
Turned spigot one end. Yew was turned using a swept back bowl gouge on outside (Dave was having a bad day at this point as wood kept coming out of lathe throughout morning).
The vase was bored out using a Forstner bit with an extension rod, to remove shavings from inside, a clear wax was used with the Forstner bit, a textured finish was left inside the vase. The outside was sanded, polished and waxed as Item 1.

Item 3.
Bowl, wood used Sycamore.
A spigot was turned on the tailstock end, this was turned and the spigot put into the chuck, outside of the bowl was then turned. Next another bowl was turned inside, Dave explained different jigs for cutting out these bowls, normally Dave gets 3 bowls out of one piece of wood. Dave boils his bowls to stop them shrinking and cracking..


Item 4.
Textured Plate. wood used Sycamore.
A plate shape was turned on the lathe. Inside of plate flattened area with a hollow to the centre. The flattened part was textured, the hollowed centre was cut to a curved finish. A spindle gouge was used to form a bead on inner and outer edges. The plate was sanded down to 1200 grit and given a coat of sanding sealer inside and out, and a coat of hard masking fluid to the inside only. The inside was sprayed red using a spray gun and compressor. The inner and outer beads were sprayed black. When dry a skew chisel was used to cut the masking fluid also cut at the beads and peeled off and also at the red paint.

Item 5.
Vase. wood was Yew (wet)
Vase turned as Item 2 with a finger nail grind chisel, and an addition to the tool rest. The tool rest was made especially with a series of holes along the top in which a steel peg was fitted. The peg could be moved along the tool rest, the chisel was held up against the peg. The outside of the vase was finished off as Item 2. The vase was bored out with a forstner bit etc as Item 2.

Next Dave put another of his jigs on the lathe bed (hollowing tool) in the jig was put a Hamlet cutting tool, this was used to cut and finish the inside of the vase, Dave stated the cuts should be made slowly not fast.

The next meeting is on Saturday 8th December and Simon Hope is back with us. He was with us last year and we had a really good day with him. (He had a good day with us too. He flogged a lot of his goodies!!) What will he get up to this time? Come along and find out.
His website

Also, would you like to bring along your subscription renewals duly filled in and attached to some money?
You would, lovely.
Iíll slip a form in with this newsletter. Still the same amazing price of £20 or £30 for husband and wife membership.

Alan and Chris Smith

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