North East Chapter – Irish Woodturners
Some of the many
gratifying aspects of woodturning are usually incubated in the problem solving department; and what can be more
rewarding than inventing your own jig or gizmo to enable you to complete the project in
hand. Well, Gerard Corrigan demonstrated a variety of simple homemade aids from side
drilling jigs on the lathe, to a variety of compression chucks, and a measuring technique to subdivide a
circumference without the aid of a chuck indexer, while showing us how he set about crafting a chunky candle
which was used to support 3 tea light units.
A 7”x 4” Ash log
was turned to a cylinder with a spigot at the drive end, and shaped into a candle. Using his paper measuring
technique, the circumference of the candle was divided into three equal sections at 2” from the base.
Using the drill
holding jig in the toolrest, the 3 holes were drilled to support the tea light holders. The top of the candle was
drilled to accommodate gluing in the wick. After finishing with a rub
of Rustin’s natural bees wax the candle was parted off.
The tea light
holder was turned from a square of Oak off cut. The centre of one side was
first drilled for the support spigot before drilling a 20mm centre to fit onto his split chuck which was
tightened by inserting a wedge in the split, ensuring the wedge was inserted at right angles to the
double ended support spigot was turned and the unit was ready for assembly. Well done Gerard, and
thanks for an entertaining demonstration.
Thanks to Peter
Donagh for covering the critique slot.
Cecil Barron – textured mahogany bowl decorated with gold gilt
Bob Dier – elm / iroko rotary millstone replica.
Richard Coyle – oak / mahogany pedestal clock, with olivewood