Chapter Newsletter #4

Hello everyone, thanks to contributions from Tom Murphy, Jim Hynes and Seamus O’Reilly.

The chapter got a good bit of coverage in the last journal which I thought was rather good and with that in mind I would like to put an article together on the making of clocks, so if anyone has a clock that they have made or even photos of one perhaps they would send them to me and I will try to put a piece together that might be of interest to others woodturners.

The idea of these newsletters is to help keep our chapter alive and our members in touch but it needs some input from you all. Everyone has something to contribute, a few tips on turning, ideas for projects maybe even where to get material in this difficult time, all ideas would be welcome.

Thats it for now, keep well and stay safe.

I’ll let the lads in this newsletter speak for themselves, carry on lads!

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Jim Hynes writes:

A few years ago I turned a platter with a mosaic type inlay in the rim based on an article in THE WOODWORKER by Bob Chapman. This time I will turn a fruit bowl using the same method.

As I did not have a bowl blank I glued 3 pieces of maple together to form a blank 11inches by 2 inches thick.I mounted it on the lathe with a small face plate and turned the back in usual way.Then mounted it in the chuck and rough turned the front.I mounted a diy adjustable gauge in a Jacob’s chuck in the tailstock and set it to mark out a channel in the rim to accept the mosaic band later on.I then cut the channel about 1/8th of an inch deep.

I gathered up all the scrap pieces of wood just over an 1/8 th of an inch thick and as many colours as possible,cut them into small pieces,sanded the edges with a disc sander in the lathe and glued together several batches of 5 or 6 pieces in a random fashion.

I got a piece of 1/4 inch mdf and screwed it to a wooden face plate mounted on the lathe and using the gauge with same setting scribed two circles on the mdf.I recut the glued pieces an glued them on over the two scribed circles to form a mosaic.

I used my gauge to scribe the same to circles on the mosaic pattern and using a parting tool with great care trimmed the mosaic band to the scribed lines to fit the channel in the bowl rim.Offering up the bowl rim to check the fit.

Part off the band with the mdf and glue in to the channel in the bowl rim mosaic side down and clamp securely.When ready turn away the mdf to reveal the mosaic band and turn flush with the rim

Finish the bowl in the usual way.
Hope a few photos explains things a bit better.



Tom Murphy:

Charlie Ryan once told me he couldnt pass a skip without having a look into it and this has led to me doing the same thing whenever I see one! My style of woodturning definitely lends itself to the quirky side of life and much of my work is with “found” wood.
So when I was walking past my neighbours garden and saw a discarded root I had to stop and stare longingly at it.
I didnt realise my neighbour was looking out his bedroom window and he shouted for me to take it if I wanted it!

One quick phonecall to Francis Corr and the root was chainsawed into something approaching the right size. I knew this root would have some spectacular figure in it but roots are tricky buggers to turn at the best of times. Voids are rife in them by their very nature so its hard to plan any design until you see what the wood gives you!

I had a rough plan for a two tone vase with the root at the centre and some burl for the top and bottom.

Turning the wood to round was… “fun”. Two decent sized stones came out, at some speed. Thankfully Charlie not only taught me about misdemeanour theft but also how to turn non-standard pieces of wood safely. With a bit of effort and a lot of time with the roughing gouge, I got down to solid wood.


My reasoning was that the light from the bulb would naturally light the figure of the wood. Form and function, form and function!! 🙂


The next issue was that lovely figure… as I carved into the wood, it was a battle between creating a pleasing form, and not turning away the wonderful figure. I also decided to hollow out the form to make the (rather large lamp) slightly less top-heavy. This was a decision I had not thought entirely through and would come back to haunt me!

Constructing and finishing such a large and long piece wasnt without its pains but it all went well and the burl really turned out to be spectacular. I’m very happy with the result!

The issue I had with the hollowing was when I came to wiring it. I had bored a hole all the way through the three pieces but the hollowing of the central piece made threading the cable tricky! The burl base and top had straightforward holes drilled in them but the centre had a cavern! I had planned to use a coat hanger to thread the three pieces and then pull the cable back up, jobs oxo. But not so easy. Affixing the cable to the coat hanger proved tricky. Eventually it was a case of pulling a thread through to pull a wire, to pull cable. Never hollowing a lamp like this again!

The whole piece was given to my fiancee for his birthday! (lampshade not included 🙂 )



I also turned a large “bud” vase for the neighbour as a thanks! 🙂


Seamus O’Reilly:

A relative asked me if I could make a coaster for him. I realised that I never made coasters before. I decided that I would make a set of six with a stand. I looked around my work shed for what I would use. Stored above my head were some lengths of laminated wood (with 3, 4 or 5 wood types).  One was approximately 1 meter in length the rest were shorter. They had a cross section of approx. 20x30mm or 20x20mm, and one was  20x10mm. I got this wood, it  must be some years ago now, from Tom Corr at a chapter meeting.  He was giving some wood away at the time. I had no idea what I would use the wood for, and I would rediscover it from time to time.  The coaster stand was made from some Cedar which happened to be within reach. The size of a coaster would be  96mm diameter and thickness 8mm.

To prepare the blanks I cut the wood into 100mm lengths. I needed five of these to make one coaster and by cuttings these  in two or three and I would have two or three blanks. I glued the pieces together. I then had a rectangular piece approximately 100mmx 120mm. I was unable to makes six the same as I did not have enough of the same type of laminate. That can be seen in the picture.

The woodturning of these is straightforward. I mainly shear scraped with a large bowl gauge.  The problem is with the chucking. I used a faceplate on which I glued or jammed them securing  with hot melt glue. I also used some double-sided sticky tape at one stage.

I am happy with way they turned out. I have not used all the wood and I have the making of eight more coasters. My wife liked them and asked if I could make another set for her!