Written by Don Smith


As most of you know I was on aa I thought a Blacksmith course which turned out to be how to weld using different welding types like Arc and Acetylene.  The course turned out to be how to bend wires and solder them together to make a garden feature.  I will add a photo at the end of what I made.
However, I understand that the club was very successful and nice to see John back plus a few of the other members who had been missing of late.

Please note that there will be no Saturday club on June 8th due to the club having a stand at the Garden show at Stanstead House.

CLUB NIGHT 21st MAY 2024


The evening started in the usual way with welcoming guest new members and notices before the Richard introduced Gregory.
Gregory thanked the club for inviting him back for a fourth time the last time being in November 20th 2019.
This evening he was going to explain how he turns an oblong winged bowl.
Firstly, Gregory explained how he cuts a log.

Taking his log he places two pieces of wood either side of the log and screws them on and using the band saw cuts it in half Photo 1.

Then runs the flat surface over the planer to make sure that it is flat Photo 2.

Photo 1
Photo 2

The next part of the operation was to drill a hole in the centre of the flat surface for fixing onto the screw chuck on the lathe. Picking up a computer hard drive disc, he explained that by using this it would help him drill free hand a hole upright phot 3. By looking at the mirrored image reflected on the disc, you can drill a parallel hole.

Photo 3

Checking the depth of the hole against the screw length if it was to long to reduce the length a spacers was applied over the screw to reduce the length so that it was held on tightly.

Photo 4

Next was to start turning the underside of the bowl to a shape seen in photo 4 Gregory then took it down to the shape shown in photo 5.
The final part was to make certain that the base of the project was a half a sphere.
Photo 6 shows the sanding of the underside of the bowl. The wings would then get sanded with the lathe stopped.

Photo 5
Photo 6

The next operation was to remove the piece from the lathe and reverse it on to the lathe using a Jam chuck. Photo 7 shows the Jam chuck fixed to the lathe. Checking that the bowl fitted the Jam chuck before removing it from the lathe.
Placing the bowl into the Jam chuck and bringing up the tailstock applying pressure to hold it in place to allow two holes to be drilled at each end allowing nuts and bolts to be added for holding it firmly in place. Photo 8 whilst Photo 9 shows the bolts in place. This photo also shows the bowl already started to be turned.

Photo 7
Photo 8
Photo 9

To finish the bowl using a power sanded as shown in Photo10, then using a Velcro pad and sanding discs fixed in the chuck. The wings were then sanded by hand Photo 11

Photo 10
Photo 11

Photo 12 shows the two spacer used to mark off the ends of the wings so that you can cut them off square.
Photo 13 shows both a finished article and the one turned tonight.

Photo 12
Photo 13

The last project that he made was a repeat of one, which Gregory did on the 20th November 2019 of which I have copied and pasted here.
The last object was a Natural Edged Single Rose Bud Vase. Again, taking a log of Ash and placing it on the lathe between centres with the tailstock end placed off centre it roughing down from the headstock end, then a spigot got turned on the end.
Removed and replaced into the chuck bring the tailstock into play as a safety measure the entrance to the hole was turned until the natural edge was equal all the way round once satisfied he then bored a hole using a 3/8 Spindle Gouge to the required depth.
Turning the stem down to 6.4mm larger than the hole finishing off by turning a base on the end before parting off. Photo 14 shows the finished item from 2019 whilst Photo 15 shows the one turned on the night.

The last two photos are of the competition table and the gallery

Written by Don Smith with photos supplied via the club computer system and by myself.