North East Chapter – Irish Woodturners
This was our ‘Hands On’ day in Seamus Cassidy’s well equipped
Woodturning Studio There were six lathes in action – 4 Jet lathes, a Wivamac DB 1200 and a new Killinger KM
1450 SE. We brought our own tools and timber, and Cecil Barron supplied a variety of timbers which
could be used to turn items for his annual November fund raising sale in aid of Alzheimer’s
Society. It was an educational and fulfilling experience to have the opportunity to work on
different lathes, while having the privilege of Seamus with us as mentor, providing guidance and advice
throughout the afternoon.
Photos of the day
Michael Clarke turning base for fire alarm
Cecil Barron preparing a handle for a
Richard Coyle making Shavings
Gerard Corrigan truing a platter
Paul O'Leary turned an undercut mini bowl
Imelda Connolly finishing Mahogany bowl
Bob Dier (RD) spoke to
Seamus (SC) about the newest addition to his studio – the Killinger KM 1450 SE:
RD:You have worked on many different lathes throughout the length and breath
of Ireland and
beyond – What is your first impression of this lathe?
SC: It is a sheer delight to work with this lathe; it has been manufactured to the highest
standards, with precision, accuracy, stability, and runs so smoothly at a noise level that is just about
audible. All movable parts slide and lock with minimum
effort, and has all the features that the hobbyist or professional woodturner
RD: Can you give an insight into the features that impressed?
SC: First, if we look at its capacity – the swing over the bed is 400 mm, with a centre height
of 200 mm. This swing over can be increased up to 660 mm
with an optional bowl turning attachment if required. There is a standard 710 mm between centres, and an optional extension out to 1160 mm
The control box features the
start and stop buttons, forward and reverse switch, and the speed regulator. The control box has a magnetic backing which allows its position to be moved if
RD: How powerful is this lathe and what range of speeds can be
SC: It has a 2 HP motor with a 3 step pulley system which can provide a variable speed range
from 40 to 3035 RPM. The 2 HP motor provides the necessary power to
operate a bowl saving coring system.
RD: What features are incorporated in the headstock?
SC: The headstock rotates to any position and can be positioned anywhere on the lathe
bed. It has a spindle lock with 36 indexing
positions. The drive belt cover has a safety cut-out
switch. The spindle bore through the headstock is 10 mm,
and the spindle thread is M33 x 3.5 mm with a MT 2
throat. There is also a precision alignment system for
setting the spindle alignment with 100% accuracy. An emergency stop button is also situated on the headstock. The digital speed indicator is built into the headstock.
RD: Are there any special features incorporated in the
SC: The tailstock has a 10 mm sleeve bore with a 2 MT throat. It has a self-ejecting feature for morse taper equipment. The quill is calibrated along its barrel up to 100 mm, and the tailstock is fitted with a
camlock clamping system to the lathe bed.
RD: What are the dimensions of the lathe, and does it come with
SC: It is supplied with a 350 mm tool-rest which slots into a banjo with a 30 mm tool-rest
socket. There is a 4-prong drive centre, a live centre,
a knockout bar and its instructions manual. The overall length of the lathe is 1450 mm, of which the bed length is 1150 mm, and weighs
in at 180 kg with its cast iron floor stand.
RD: Thanks Seamus for that comprehensive review of specifications of this impressive Killinger
Thanks to Seamus for his critique
on the following exhibits:
Pitch Pine / Red Deal
set of stacking eggcups – Gerard Corrigan:
Pair of spalted Beech
candlesticks – Paul O’Leary.
Beech box & pair -
Burr Horse Chestnut natural edge
bowl & Burr Horse Chestnut with Oak rim bowl – Cecil Barron:
Macrocarpa bowl & set of
three Macrocarpa bowls – Kevin Milton: