Seamus Cassidy kindly stepped into the
breach at short notice for our December meeting, making three items in quick succession. First on the agenda was
a Yew Candlestick made from 3”x3”x6”. The base was drilled
for mounting on a screw chuck. A spacer disk the same
size as the base was mounted on the screw chuck before screwing on the candlestick blank, (this spacer disk
can be very handy when making a batch of candlesticks).
With a drill bit mounted in the tail stock
drill the top to accommodate the candle holder. Using a roughing
gouge bring the unit to a cylinder the same size as the base spacer. Continue to add shape
with the roughing gouge before cleaning up top with the skew. Decorate the neck with
6 beads using the skew and finish the beads with the parting tool. Chamfer the sharp edge
at the top, and create a larger bead at the base of the stem. Commence sanding at 180
grit and sand base on belt sander, before applying self adhesive felt to base. Target for a production rate
of 8 per hour.
Next production piece was a Planting Dibler
– starting with a 2”x2”x10” blank, form into a cone shape with a rounded top. It can be time saving
with batch work to place masking tape on the tool rest with 13 divisions marked at 10mm
intervals. Using the skew cut the 13 v groves. Sand and mark off
section for decorating. Decorate using a round nose dremel and scorch decorated area with
blow-torch. Clean with deck scrubbing brush, and recut groves where necessary. Finish by soaking in
Liquid Paraffin over night or apply Woodoc 10 oil.
Seamus’s third production item was a Bottle
Stopper turned from a blank measuring 1”x1”x6”. Mounted between centers
turn to cylinder, and create spigot for mounting the cork. Glue the cork onto the
spigot. Remount between centers and shape handle – rounding the end. Using a very sharp skew
taper the cork to measure 12.5mm at the top. Lightly sand, and turn
handle at tail stock end first in preparation for parting off. Soak in Liquid
Paraffin over night. Drain and dry off with kitchen roll paper for the perfect
Thanks to Seamus for sharing his methods and
techniques for the above items, and providing the critique on the following turnings:-
Laminated Cherry / Walnut Lamp – James
Elm Platter (Winning entry in Under 19’s
Sect., Killarney Seminar) – James Halligan Jr.
2 matching Square Bowls – Iroko – Pat
2 matching Square Bowls – Red Deal – Bob
Walnut Goblet with 2 Captive Rings – Luke
Tip of the day: Use PVA glue for hidden
joints only, as these joints will show through time. Tight Bond is best for
The AGM was next on the agenda, with the
following members being elected to officiate for 2012:-
James Halligan Snr.
Treasurer John Conneff
Deputy Treasurer Luke Sharkey
Librarian Richard Coyle
Catering Gerard Corrigan & Luke Sharkey
Congratulations to the
Christmas draw winners: Tony Thwaites, Patrick Nolan and Pat Halligan.