North East Chapter – Irish Woodturners
We were privileged to welcome
Donal Ryan, Limerick & District Chapter for our May demonstration. His first project was a wall mounted Key Holder - starting with an 8” Pear blank mounted on
a face plate he cut a 50mm recess x 7mm deep for reverse chucking, while cutting a slight taper towards the
centre to ensure the unit sits flush against the wall. The inside of the recess was decorated before reverse chucking to turn the front of the
holder. The four screw holes from the face plate
are used for the key holding screw hooks. Encase the screw hooks with a raised
bead, and add decoration to centre and outer rim. Finish with Danish Oil.
Spalted Ash bowl Donal
Useful tips exchanged during the
To prevent Danish Oil
from going off – put pebbles into the tin to raise the level of the oil, thus expelling air from
Use a piece of cow-mat
under the sandpaper to avoid over sanding soft spots in timber.
When using Liming Wax
apply a matt finish – avoid any shine.
Clean liming wax brush
When sharpening a
negative rake gouge – only sharpen on bottom bevel.
Next project was a spalted Ash
bowl which had been rough turned and kiln dried. This was mounted between a dish chuck and the tailstock. Using a diamond scraper the spigot was re-cut and the outside trued up. Using a beading tool cut a series of beads on the outside. Slow down the lathe speed and clean grain of beads with wire disk in drill running in the
opposite direction to the lathe to give a ‘rope’ effect. Spray with acrylic sanding sealer. Paint on liming wax and allow to dry for half an hour. Wipe off surplus wax while working wax into grain. Reverse chuck, turn inside, and finish
inside only with Danish Oil. Cole Jaws were used to remove the spigot
and to decorate the base. Thank you Donal for travelling so far to
be with us and for your very practical demonstrations.
Thanks to Seamus Cassidy for his critique on the following exhibits:-
Tulipwood beaded undercut bowl
Sycamore/ exotic wood rolling pin
Parana Pine coasters
Cherry decorated bowl, -
Ash decorated bowl – John Conneff:
16” Maple bowl
Spalted Beech and stained Sycamore urn
Natural edge Chestnut bowl
Burr Elm/ African Blackwood bud
Small Ash dish