North East Chapter – Irish Woodturners Guild




October 2012



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.  





Drilling jig



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. 


tn_Gerard Corrigan - Tea Light Project


 Tea Light Project



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 grain.  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. 


tn_Mahogany Bowl - Cecil Barron


Cecil Barron – textured mahogany bowl decorated with gold gilt paste. 



tn_Elm_Iroko Millstone - Bob Dier

Bob Dier – elm / iroko rotary millstone replica. 




tn_Oak_Mahogany pedestal clock - Richard Coyle


Richard Coyle – oak / mahogany pedestal clock, with olivewood back.