North East Chapter – Irish Woodturners Guild

March 2012

Demo by Paddy O'Connor - Midlands Chapter

Unique jigs, gismos, makey-up gadgets and an innovative demonstration combine to form Paddy’s hallmark, and we had no shortage of all these techniques as he set about turning a reversible two sided clock decorated with beads and coves. 

Paddy O'Connor

 Paddy O'Connor

 

Starting with a 10”x 2” White Oak blank mounted on a screw chuck and supported with the tailstock, the speed was cranked up and the first cuts were taken with a bowl gouge pressed tight against the tool rest – applying slow controlled pull shear cuts to create a flat surface for the clock face.  He created a 6.25” recess to accommodate the three hands.  Using a Sorby Ring Tool the face was decorated with a ring bead between the hands recess and the rim.  A useful aid at this stage is to fit a plug into the central screw hole that is just long enough to accommodate the clock attaching fittings.  So that when it is reverse chucked to level the back of the clock, and to create a recess for the clock mechanism, the correct depth is left when the tip of the plug is reached.  Flat surfaces were sanded using a sanding block, leaving it ready for assembly.  

 

Double sided clock - Yew - Paddy O'Connor

Double sided clock - Yew - Paddy O'Connor

 

The reversible clock was turned from a yew block 8” long x 4” wide.  Mount the 4” width between centers, again using the pull cut the tailstock end was flattened, and a recess turned to accommodate the clock mechanism.  Full control of the gouge can be achieved with the heel of the handle pressed into your side.  Reverse chuck to shape and decorate the face.  Mark the diameter of the clock using the left hand point of dividers, ensuring the point makes contact below centre.  The depth of the recess for the clock can be marked on the shaft of a parting tool which is used to cut the recess.  A bead around the clock insert enhances the presentation.  Using the recess, reverse chuck and repeat the process for housing the second novelty clock. 

 

Paddy’s sanding table jig for use on the lathe was amazingly simple and effective – a short flat board fitted with a wooden shaft that fits into the tool rest.  Thank you Paddy for an entertaining demonstration. 

 

Thanks to Seamus Cassidy for providing the critique session – entries this month:-

  • Ash Bowl – James Halligan,  
  • Yew Desk Tidy – Bob Dier.  

Ash Bowl - James Halligan

 Ash Bowl - James Halligan

 

Desk Tidy - Yew - Bob Dier

Desk Tidy - Yew - Bob Dier