Ryedale Woodturners

Philip Greenwood


Thursday 1 September 2016

Snainton Woodturning Supplies

Philip Greenwood stood in for this demonstration, as Paul Jones who was to have appeared was recovering from an eye operation.

Ear ring holder

Philip Greenwood

Philip chose to demonstrate the techniques involved in turning an ear ring holder. He used three pieces of yew: two discs already rough cut to size, and a stem. He mentioned throughout the demonstration that yew has a delightful colouring, but was prone to heat cracking - so it was important not to press too hard when sanding as it would generate heat and encourage cracks.

Ear ring holder

Philip started with a disc and turned it round using a bowl gouge. This would become the top of the holder. It was dished out, to provide extra space for ear studs, and a thin lip was cut around the rim to take holes for the ear rings. A small spigot was cut to allow reversing.

Indexer24 holes 3mm diameter were to be cut around the rim. This could be achieved on the Nova lathe using the indexer, Philip showed an alternative for those without this, making a collar from ply or mdf to fit the chuck, and then drilling 24 holes around it, which would then notch onto a piece of wire.

Engineeredl drill postThe holes were cut using a precision hole cutter which slotted into the toolrest stem holder. The model he had had the option of two different diameters, and then collets to accept different drillbit sizes.

Turned wooden drill postAgain an alternative was suggested - just turn a wooden stem to fit the toolrest hole, and drill this at the top. Quite serviceable for many repeat operations. Philip didn't bore us with drilling 24 holes, (he didn't bore the wood either), just a couple to demonstrate.

Sanding stripsOnce the holes were drilled a final cut was taken - to remove any splintering caused by drilling. Then the top was lightly sanded - Philip has a tray (ice cream tub lid) with Velcro on to keep his Rhyno strips in order and ready.

Sanding sealerChestnut sanding sealer was then applied. In answer to whether it was thinned, Philip says not at first but he adds thinner as the sealer evaporates, to a consistency that just drips from the brush when held. Rubbed in with a tissue before it starts to skin over and dry.

Ear ring holder The base was made in a similar fashion, and then the stem was turned, with Philip using this as an opportunity to demonstrate his trusty skew for smoothing cuts, and for adding a little definition with a groove wherever a curve changes direction. All three pieces were fixed together. A warning about ensuring the pieces were square.

Buffing mopThe final act of the evening was to polish everything using the three mop buffing system sold by Chestnut (available from Snainton Woodworking Supplies). Three wheels, three waxes, ending with hard carnauba. Philip had shown earlier that it could be applied directly, but on softer woods it can scratch, whereas the mop is much more forgiving.

All done for 9:30 pm.