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Time to Turn

This is something I briefly touched on towards the end of my last post, where I entertained the idea of selling my woodturning lathe (along with several other machines in my workshop). Recently, I was contacted by a local man who’s repairing a chair and requires a replica of one part (I think it’s a stretcher). We met once before through Freecycle, when he came to collect a box-full of my wood offcuts for firewood. So, he’s briefly seen my workshop (in one of its former, chaotic states!) and had obviously kept me in mind in case I could ever be of assistance.

He dropped the specimen off through my letterbox a few days ago. All I need to do is to create another one just like it. He’ll be refinishing the whole chair so, I don’t have to worry about much else beyond sanding, which is nice! πŸ˜‰ It looks to me like beech, below the surface so, with plenty of offcuts lying around I don’t need to splash out on any new wood.

It’s been a long time since I did anything with my lathe (aside from plonking my disc sander on top!). So, as I don’t have much experience in the world of spinning wood, I thought it might be good to think-through the way in which I’m going to approach this…

So, I’m comfortable in preparing a blank, fixing it between centres and truing it up to becoming ’round’. Before that, I need to look at drilling those two holes, I think, as it could be quite difficult to drill those later once it’s in the round (at least, without making a holding jig of some kind). To prevent breakout while turning, I could temporarily plug these holes with some scrap pellets.

I may need to pay him a visit to see the chair ‘in the flesh’, so to speak. It’s hard to see exactly where the tenon ‘broke off’, on the end closest to the camera. Plus, if you measure the distance between the shoulder of the tenon and the start of the V-groove detail on the far end, the distance is actually less than Β what you can measure at this near end. Plus, there are no clear signs of any tenon shoulder; just a poorly attempted repair with an obtruding screw left in place and a sliver of broken wood that’s been re-glued in the wrong place.

It looks as though the winter weather may be in retreat for the time being so, with any luck, I’ll be able to find some time over this long weekend to dust off my lathe, sharpen the turning tools and have a crack at it. Not sure I’ll get it spot-on first time but, I have plenty of beech knocking around! πŸ™‚

Thanks for reading.

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2 responses to “Time to Turn

  1. Sarah 10/04/2012 at 09:34

    Good luck Olly. I’m always so impressed with wood turning.
    I bet you decide not to let go of the lathe once you’ve finished this little spindle.. especially when you’ve got so much spare wood lying around… just turn it all!

    • Olly Parry-Jones 11/04/2012 at 18:24

      You have no idea, Sarah! I actually made the replacement on Monday but need to check it with the customer before I can sign it off as complete. I definitely have an urge to turn some more things and may attempt to make a round mallet or similar, as long as I don’t find myself spending any more time working on the workshop! πŸ™‚

      Thanks for your comment.

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