North East Chapter – Irish Woodturners Guild


September 2012


Thanks to Cecil Barron for bringing along a boot full of various timbers, off-cuts and bric-a-brac; most of which were snapped up in return for a donation to The Alzheimer’s Society.   


Cecil proceeded to demonstrate his method of turning a Cheese Board, complete with resident mouse peeping out from his cheese house.  Starting with an off-cut square from a countertop which he used as a base, he drilled through the square at an off-centre point with a forstner drill large enough to facilitate his chucking system.  A recess was turned to house the Maple cheese board, allowing the cheese board to sit 5mm proud of the base.  The Maple cheese board was chucked and the face was shaped with a small bead on the edge.  The flat surface of the cheese board was finished using a 2” flat scraper presented at 45 degrees.  A lip was cut on the rim similar to the lid of a box. 


Prepare the cheese wedge by drawing a triangle on an off-cut and drilling mouse holes to intersect the uprights of the triangle.  Cut out the triangle on the bandsaw.  Mount the triangle in the chuck and drill a 25mm wide hole 20mm deep to house the body of the mouse.  Continue the hole with a 5mm drill for the mouse’s tail.  Next, the hole needs to be widened internally to allow slight movement for the mouse.  The cheese wedge can be anchored to the corner of the base with a dowel at a later stage. 


tn_Cheese Board, mouse, cheese - Cecil Barron

 Cheese Board, mouse, and cheese


Shape the mouse to finish 40mm long with provision for attaching the tail. The widest point of the mouse’s body should be a fraction wider than the front of the mouse hole, and 15mm from its tail.  Prepare two teardrop ears and glue into position 12mm back from the nose and 12mm apart.  Turn a tapered chuck to fit over the nose of the mouse.  Apply liquid paraffin to the body of the mouse to assist with hammering the body of the mouse into the central hole, remembering to thread its tail through the central hole at the back of the cheese wedge before delivering the final sharp positioning blow.  Thanks Cecil for a very entertaining demo and producing a usable practical project. 


Thanks to Seamus Cassidy for provided the critique on the day for the following pieces:-



tn_Laburnum Vase


Laburnum Vase - Cecil Barron



tn_Laburnum Vase


 Yew Lamp - Pat Halligan





tn_Plum Goblet - Bob Dier

Plum Goblet with captive rings - Bob Dier