Welcome to South Downs Woodturners

 

East Sussex & West Sussex wood turners typically meet on the first Thursday of the month from 7:00 to 10:00pm in Lancing Parish Hall.

See our Contact page for a Map and our About / Prog page for activities

 

If you would like to join us please come to any meeting without obligation and meet our Membership Secretary. For further info

please e-mail us at Enquiries@SouthDownsWoodturners.com

 

 

Next Meetings

10:00 Sat 20 October 2018

All Day Demo - Steve Giles

19:00 Thur 1 November 2018

 

Next Competition

November - 3 cornered bowl

 

Chairmans Challenge

December -

 

October Meeting

 

Members had a great time this month with 3 of our own demonstrating different elements of woodturning aimed at all levels of our membership

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dave offers instruction to newer turners

 

Andy explains the intricacies of the process to members

 

Jim shows the steps required to make goblets

 

An impressive skittles set made by one of our beginner members

 

This month's Chairmans Challenge was composite, and 5 members surprised us with entirely different interpretations as usual - thanks for sharing your ideas!

 

September Meeting

 

John Plater demonstrated a number of design possibilities for making a 3D cornered or 3 sided bowl

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

John Plater produced a 2 page document illustrating elements relating to his demonstration
The Challenge of the Three Sided Bowl.pd[...]
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An economical way to make a 3 cornerd bowl is to start with a triangular blank

 

Sometimes it is beneficial to draw your project out to help you visualise the end result and how to hold it

 

John illustrates some design opportunities using 3 cornered bowls

 

Carefully turn the cube into a curved conical shape and prepare the chucking spigot for turning the inside

 

A cube mounted between centres holding opposing corners of the block

 

Watch out for the other corners when turning your project

 

John showed us some of his '3D sketches', part finished and completed 3 cornered bowls using a variety of woods

 

This months Chairmans Challenge - Desktop produced an array of items

 

A variety of Tools 'n' Turnings brought in by members

 

 

August Meeting

 

David Hare demonstrated how he made large carvers mallets.

 

Norman Billingham shares his pen making tips

 

 

 

 

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David Hare showed us how he makes large carvers mallets with a nicely shaped head and handle which is secured with a wedge

 

 

 

 

 

 

Right

 

Norman Billingham gave us an insight in the world of pen turning with a variety of tips. He showed us a number of pieces of inexpensive kit that can help add variety to your design options

 

 

The winners of our Bud Vase competition are above and the other entries are below. Details will appear on the Competition page in due course

 

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July Meeting

 

Mark Baker, editor of Woodturning magazine came to give us an informative and practical demonstration on split hollow form turning 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Having roughed down the blank between centres and created chucking spigots Mark initially shaped the vase and parted off the top before hollowing the bottom with a spindle gouge

 

With the hollowing mostly complete he turned his attention to the fit between the top and bottom which needs to be as accurate as possible so as to make it unobtrusive

 

Here Mark is machining the mating surface on the underside of the top ensuring a good close tight fit

 

Members jumped at the opportunity to encourage Mark to create three feet on the base using power tools and a file

 

Having added the top, and disguised the join with a series of seven grooves, Mark explains the benefit of raising the hollow form from it's surface with feet

 

Next month we have our Bud Vase competition. Here are some examples of Steve James' turnings - unfortunately he is unable to make the meeting. If anyone would like to enter, but can't attend, why not ask another member to bring your entry along. We look forward to seeing the result of your efforts - we will judge anthing that could contain a bud, flower or weed.

 

June Meeting

 

Chris Grace presented a slide show illustrating a range of different bud vase designs before demonstrating two variations and showing three methods of drilling suitable holes

 

 

 

Drilling the first project blank with a long jobber bit in a tailstock mounted chuck, Chris illustrates the efficiency of a high feed rate - you can barely see his hand turning the handle

 

The final method of drilling illustrated is using the humble spindle gouge. Chris' 12mm spindle gouge has a short fingernail grind of about 50 degrees and is asymetric with a little more ground away on the right for clearance when drilling

 

See the newsletter for a photo of a finished 3 bud vase and dimensions

 

For the second project Chris uses his height adjustable sled (see the March issue 316 of Woodturning Magazine). The drill is in the headstock and the blank is pushed onto it - make sure the blank is longer than the drill or use a push block

 

This month's Chairman's Challenge was Box, and numerous hopeful members entered hoping to win one of the 3 pens available as prizes

 

Having created a bottom and a face chucking point, and created the scallop at the top using the former, the first face can then be turned to a suitable curve. The second face is turned using a cup chuck and tailstock support

 

We encourage all members to show us what they have been making, or the tools they have been using. Here Jim Young made some boxes out of small scraps

 

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