16 Jan 2024 – Workshop Night
Welcome to our Workshop Night
The first workshop evening of 2024 saw twenty members fire up their computers for an evening of all things woodturning. Zak and John were the designated turners but things conspired against John, especially the cold temperature in his workshop and so Zak was centre stage for the entire evening.
Zak’s intention was to make a three cornered box complete with lid and finial. He had pre-prepared the wood by taking a cube of sycamore and marking it out to determine how it would initially be held on the lathe, what surfaces would remain and what would be turned away. He also made some Sapele plugs, drilled holes in the three surfaces that would form the box and inserted the plugs; these in turn becoming a decorative feature that would be visible on both the outside and inside of the finished box. The wood was mounted between centres and a tenon created at the tailstock end. The wood was then reversed and held in the chuck on the newly created tenon. Another tenon was then turned and the base of the box created.
The wood was again reversed into the chuck so that the hollowing out of the box could commence. The initial hollowing was achieved using a forstner bit allowing Zak to drill into the wood until the approximate depth of the box was determined. It was then a case of “simply” removing wood with the bowl gouge and ultimately a scraper until the final depth, shape and wall thickness was achieved. This was a job that required care and accuracy as at the tips of the box the cuts were alternating between wood and fresh air as the wood rotated. As always however Zak achieved his objective skilfully and the finished shape emerged. Zak then created a ridge on the inside of the box for the lid to rest on.
A piece of tulip wood was mounted on the lathe and a tenon created. Once held on that tenon the inside of the lid was shaped and hollowed including a recess which would allow the lid to be held so that the outside of it could be turned. That done and a perfect fit achieved it was time for the finial.
An appropriately sized piece of wood was held in the chuck and Zak set about creating the finial. Once satisfied with the shape and dimensions he coloured it black with Indian Ink. With the lid back on the lathe Zak drilled a small hole in the top of it and the finial was pushed into place. The lid was removed from the lathe and placed on the box – the job was done.
An extremely interesting evening enhanced as ever by the interaction and banter between Zak and his audience.
Thank you Alan for another great write up.
To see more of the screen shots taken during the evening please check out the Gallery HERE.
Next meeting is on the last Tuesday, 30 Jan 2024 from 7pm and this will be our first online demo by another new turner to our screens, Roberto Ferrer from Chicago, USA. Please check out his website https://www.ferrerstudioart.com/ PAYG members will need to purchase a ticket for £8 to watch this demo from the event page HERE.
See you soon