Richard gave a very well prepared demonstration with clear explanations of tool choice and tool use. There were plenty of tips along the way to help with our turning.
Richard presented two projects: a table lamp and a lidded box with finial.
- The base is face turned like a bowl and the column/stem is turned as a spindle. The shape of the lamp follows one of the models in the book Classic Forms by Stuart E Dyas which is available in the Club Library.
- Richard showed us how to turn the stem following a storyboard/template which is useful, if not essential, for turning matched pairs.
- Also, Richard described a number of techniques for boring the hole for the electrical cable.
- The rounded spindle is marked out in pencil using the template to indicate where the key features (bead, coves etc.) of the shape begin and end.
- Then the regions between the pencil marks are cut to (near) depth using a beading and parting tool and the help of a Vernier gauge.
- Then the bead and coves are cut to the desired shape. Richard showed us a variety of ways to turn these using a spindle gouge, beading and parting tool or skew.
Face Turned Box with Lid and Finial
- Richard used a novel jam chuck technique for reverse turning away the tenon on the box base.
- We were showed how to create an inner drop finial as well as the usual outer finial.