North East Chapter – Irish Woodturners
Michael Fay, Dublin Chapter, was
guest demonstrator for our October meeting. Michael’s project was a
miniature birdhouse turned from a 38mm cube of yew, with additional features incorporating a V shaped roof, a
perch, and finials top and bottom. The cube was mounted between
centers and reduced to 35mm diameter, and a spigot formed at one end. It was mounted in the chuck,
the end cleaned and the centre point marked.
Michael Fay with Birdhouse
Using a drill chuck in the
tailstock, drill a 20mm hole x 20mm deep. Continue drilling with a
15mm bit for a further 5mm. Using a drill chuck holding jig which was fitted into the tool-rest – drill a bird
entrance, and a hole for the perch.
Before hollowing out the inside of the house, mark a reference point 3mm into
the house which should not be touched while hollowing inside of house. Part off
a premade jig with a protruding 15mm spigot into the scroll chuck – fit house onto spigot and secure with
ring centre in the tailstock.
Refine shape of house and base – mark centre of base and using 5mm drill bit
drill in 10mm. Turn a slight concave around this centre hole to accommodate bottom
Mounting a 50mm piece of spalted
beech in the chuck – undercut the underside of the roof leaving a 15mm spigot to fit in top of house.
The perch plus
the top and bottom finials were turned from walnut to add contrast. All parts were glued into position and
the eye of a fishing hook fitted to the top finial. Thanks Michael for a
delightful project which was peppered with jigs, tips and advice.
Thanks to Seamus Cassidy for his
critique on the following pieces:-
Yew deep hollow vase –
Burr Elm bowl – John
Set of 3 Laburnum twig
vases – Cecil Barron.
16 piece peace pipe –
Pine/Maple lidded box
– Gerard Corrigan.
Elm tapered goblet –
Iroko night light
holder – Eamonn McKelvey