62 members attended the November meeting, with 1 visitor giving a total of 63.
Chairman Dave Gibbard got the evening off to a great start with a poetic rendition of the fire drill, which probably got more attention than the usual version, perhaps he will sing it next month?
Following the latest notices Dave introduced our inhouse demonstrator for the evening Mike Haselden, Mike always keeps his subject matter close to his chest until the evening hence the “Mike’s Mystery II”, and even then, he only released the detail as he progressed. 1st reveal was it’s going to be a bowl. Mike is a very interesting demonstrator who interlaces his demonstrations with lots of useful tips and some very clever homemade solutions to the challenges of his project.
Mike started with a piece of holly about 12” long and 6” wide, this was set-up using Mike’s homemade centre finder, basically a circular sheet of Perspex with several circles marked on it and a small centre hole. Centres, marked the Holly was set between centres, with a Mike manufactured steb centre in the chuck, he makes his own from a cap bolt (round headed hexagonal socketed bolt, which is driven/turned with an Allen key). He also used a ring centre in the tail stock.
Starting with a roughing gouge he rounded off the blank at the tail end and cut a chucking point on the end, using callipers to match the size of chuck jaw opening. Mike then used a spindle gouge to form the basic outside of the bowl, before reversing it in the chuck, and reverting to a revolving centre in the tail stock. Then using a parting tools cut four deep equally spaced rings into the blank above the rim of the bowl, he then moved to the end of the blank and used the parting tool to “Hollow” through the end on the Holly to produce four “Doughnut” rings. At this point revealing that the bowl was to have a long central handle. The remaining core/handle was then cleaned up with the roughing gouge.
Mike then hollowed out the rest of the bowl using a Rolly Munro hollowing tool, this really is a very effective tool for hollowing. He then used a variety of tools mainly gouges to create a very attractive central handle, somewhat reminiscent of a chess piece.
Bob Hope kicked off the second half with a critique of the gallery, finding time to discuss every exhibit in some small detail, we are certainly seeing a great variety of very good turning on the table every month, averaging twenty items per month since the launch of the Len Osborne trophy
We then returned to Mike’s demonstration, where he briefly showed us how to finish off the bowl without any damage to the central handle, using a large jam chuck with a centrally bored hole to accommodate the handle these were held together with masking tape at the joint to enable Mike to finish off the base of the bowl.
Mike then moved onto turning a goblet from sycamore, Mike had pre-prepared the blank by removing the corners on his bandsaw. He secured this between centres to cut a chucking point, and then used this to secure it into the chuck jaws, He then prepared the base of the goblet, cutting a small circular recess into which he secured one of his own “Brand” disks. These he makes from 3mm thick white holly and then uses his branding iron to produce the disks, Mike then used a decorating Elf to put two embellishing rings around the brand, the outer one done with the lathe in reverse.
The next step was to place an oak dolly into the chuck, in which he cut a recess to accept the base of the goblet, these were then secured together using a hot melt glue gun. Turning with the tail stock in place Mike used a roughing gouge to round off the outside, and then a spindle gouge to hollow out.
With time running out Mike decided that he would not be able to finish the goblet, but took the time to remove the glue from the base and tidy that up.