November 2017 Newsletter

Phil Jones was our demonstrator for September and although his work can be very artistic he played it down somewhat for us.
The first hour or so was very much a lesson in turning. He turned what could be a table leg with beads and curves etc. explaining the way to use various tools, even starting by turning a square spindle to round using only a skew chisel. With a large wooden image of part of a grinding wheel he explained the handling of tools while sharpening them. Once he had gone through this routine he went on to turn a few small items and the first was a pepper shaker in the shape of a pig. This meant turning eight different components, the first being the body complete with snout. He turned his square to round with a chucking spigot on one end. He mounted it in the chuck and drilled a hole in the body and then with a scraper he hollowed it out to hold the pepper. Next he turned the outside to take the shape of the body and snout leaving it oversize to start with until he had drilled the small holes for the legs and the ears.. The reason for this is that there is always a certain amount of breakout when you drill which can be turned away after. To position the holes he marked four lines equi-distant apart around the body and then in to three along its length. Along two of the lines where they crossed he drilled four holes for the legs all at a slight angle and thenÖ., taking note where the snout is, yep, thatís important, he drilled the holes for the ears. He then shaped the body and formed the snout and parted it off with a finishing cut with the toe of the skew chisel. He then drilled some small holes in the snout to allow the pepper to come out and put it to one side. Next he turned four little legs and two smaller pegs from which to shape the ears. He glued the legs in place and the ears he shaped on a small sanding drum fitted in the chuck before gluing them in to the body. Finally he turned the tail and fitted a small cork to it to give it a firm fit in the body after filling it with pepper.
That and the last piece were the only items he finished, the rest were an exercise in spindle and face plate turning.

The first of these was a clock, or it could be a mirror, on a base with two uprights to show the decorative use of beads etc. Phil turned the disc to hold the clock, checking the bore several times to be sure to get a snug fit. So snug Iím not sure how he would get to it to alter the time or fit a new battery.
Perhaps I wasnít paying attention as usual!!

In this photo you see him turning one of the spindles and once these were turned he would turn the base The design was in one of the wood turning magazines and a copy of that picture is here.

He didnít turn the complete piece but went on to his next project This was something he said he had never done before in front of an audience and it was to make a box with a screw top. For this he had a pyramid shape piece of ebony, a good hard and fine grained wood ideal for screw cutting. He reckons to always cut the female thread first in the body of the box which he did by hollowing out the block and recessing at the back of the entrance to clear the chaser. The exercise was screw cutting so he didnít actually shape the box. He removed this from the chuck and mounted the top section in the lathe and turned the spindle to make the male thread, again with a recess at the back to allow the chaser to come out of the cut. Always start oversize to start the thread off then take the tops off and cut a bit deeper until you finally reach a good fitting thread in the box. Sorry. No pics of this item, Iíll consider my wrist slapped.

The third item on Philís agenda was to turn a Christmas tree decoration between centres, again an exercise in spindle turning using beads and coves etc.

His final piece of the day was to turn a sphere between centres. He turned a block to round and then marked the length of the sphere to match the diameter of the resulting spindle. Then drawing a line around the centre he proceeded to turn away the edge to create a chamfer. He then turned the edges off this to create effectively three chamfers and so on until he reached a ball shape which then he rounded off to a smooth finish leaving two very small spigots as you can see in the picture.
This done he took it off the lathe and set a pair of cup chucks in the lathe and mounted the ball between these and turned away the remaining spigots as in the picture on the right. And that ended a very informative days demonstrations. Many thanks Phil.

Our next meeting is on Saturday 11th November and we have got Tony Handford with us. Always an interesting day with him and one you must not miss. What he does with ďunusual lumps of woodĒ is almost magic.(Do you like that bit Tony?) Donít miss it and come and see what he has in store for us this time.

One other thing to mention is the fish and chip lunch with skittles. Dawn made three little soldiers uniforms to fit three of the skittles and if you knocked one of these down you got two points. Matthew won the menís competition and Keith Pitt won the menís booby prize. Patricia Norton won the ladies winning trophy and Carol Leonard won the ladies booby prize. Ah, maybe I should rephrase that and say prize for the lowest score!!!

A lot of fun and the magnificent sum of £260 was raised for Swale MS society. The cheque was presented to a member of their committee who Smith Adams had invited along for the day.

We will be at Woodlands Garden Centre again on the 18th and 19th of November raising money for MacMillan and the Wisdom Hospice. If you have anything to donate for us to sell please bring it along to the next meeting.

Thatís yer lot for this month. See you all on the 11th.


PS. The top three tables at SAW are pictured in the October gallery.
The winners of the skittles as mentioned in this newsletter are in the gallery