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4th September 2017 – Adrian Smith

27 September, 2017

“Some Turning, Some Colouring and a few other bits”.

54 members and 2 guests attended the September meeting which has become a club favourite on the calendar with a demonstration from our very own Adrian Smith, an experienced woodturner who brings to his demonstrations a light hearted approach that is filled with great humour and lots of very useful hints and tips.

Some Turning:

His first tip of the evening as he started to round of the piece of branchwood in the chuck, was a reminder that the roughing gouge he was using not only cuts wood but also metal, a reference to the dangers of working too close to the chuck.
Adrian roughly measured the width of the wood in the chuck as one and a half inches, he then marked of the same along the length from the end with a parting tool and proceeded to round this off into a sphere. At this point he asked the audience “What do you think it is” this was met with a unanimous correct reply of a scoop. He then rounded down then tidied up the sphere with a scraper and then sanded it to a finish. Returning to the shaft, this was then reduced down to create a handle and cut off at a suitable length of a couple of inches.
The next step was to reset the sphere in the chuck at 90 degrees with the handle between two of the jaws, and then hollow out the bowl of the scoop with “ring” scraper, this was then passed around the room for closer inspection.

Moving swiftly on to another piece of Branchwood, in which he had pre-drilled the centre to a depth of around four inches. Adrian then rounded off the outer edge to a similar length and then into a goblet shape, he then hollowed out again using the ring tool. At this point Adrian was also discussing hearing aids and the fact that he turns his off whilst working at home because “Nobody talks to you, and you don’t need to hear all that screaming”. Returning to the job in hand Adrian then finished off the outside with a bowl gouge and a scraper.
In true Blue Peter fashion, he then produced “One he’d made earlier” and using a coping saw removed the top of the piece to leave another variation of a scoop. He then reduced the other end with his favourite gouge to produce the handle.
We were then introduced to a bit of Adrian’s ingenuity turning his lathe into a very effective “make do” belt sander, by running a loop of abrasive around the chuck and the tool rest, At home he is able to set his tool rest a lot further away from the chuck and also place a length of tube over the round tool rest to help it spin. This system also gives the user two rounded ends to sand over and shape their items, in this case he was able to work the scoop over the chuck and achieve a nice curved finish.

Some Sharpening

Having used a ring tool in his demonstration, something that is quite rare despite the fact that most turners will have at least one in their workshop, we were then shown how  Adrian sharpens his. He very simply places a small conical stone (that you would usually use in a multi-tool, and can buy in sets for a few pounds) into the lathe chuck, and gently placed the ring tool over it.
He then showed us how to sharpen a bandsaw blade this time using an angle grinder wheel again in the chuck. Another useful tip that solved a mystery for many of us was how to twist a bandsaw blade into a more manageable and safer size, by simply placing your foot inside the blade and securing it to the floor and then twisting the blade around twice whilst gently pushing the top downwards forming a triple ring, which you can then secure with a cable tie or similar.

Some Colouring

Adrian then touched on colouring, but due to time restraints was unable to go into any depth, he passed around two examples of his colouring technique using Zinsser BIN Paint. I think it is a safe bet that the 2018 programme will see this subject covered in more detail by Mr Smith.
(Zinsser Bin Primer Sealer is a Shellac based paint and formulated to seal, prime and block out stains on previously painted or new work. Any oil or latex paint can be applied over it.)

With time running out fast Dave Gibbard then provided us with a critique of a selection from the gallery table where 10 turners exhibited 17 items on the gallery table towards the L.O. trophy.

Editors Note:-

Zinsser Bin is a Shellac-based primer, sealer and stain killer. Suitable for use on interior surfaces and spot priming of exterior surfaces. Offers excellent adhesion to glossy surfaces, including glass. Blocks stubborn and persistent stains including water stains, marker pens and more. Seals porous surfaces with excellent enamel holdout, even sealing bleeding knots and sap streaks. Permanently blocks every kind of odour. Touch-dry in 20 minutes. Recoatable in 45 minutes. Hard-dry in 1-3 days. Covers approx. 12.5m²/Ltr.
· Excellent Adhesion to Glossy Surfaces
· Blocks Stubborn & Persistent Stains
· Seals Porous Surfaces
· Permanently Blocks Odour


Andi Saunders

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