The February meeting of the 2016/2017 year was held on Thurs. 9th February in the Craobh Eo Centre
(Old Schoolhouse) in Aghamore.
Pat O'Malley was our demonstrator for February where
he took on the task of turning a pendant from acrylic.
Pat used his mandrel for making pens and started
by boring a hole 7mm diameter boring in from both sides and inserting a brass tube of length 60 mm to
suit the length of the acrylic.
The acrylic was secured on the mandrel and
tightened in positioned with a screw however a piece that can be inserted into the tailstock and tightened
onto the acrylic similar to the long hole boring kit could also be used to secure the
The piece was then turned to a
cylinder. When the cylinder was completed Pat worked on
the end closest to the head stock cutting away layers of acrylic creating hemi sphere in the process.
Patience and perseverance were at their utmost and turning at a high speed was recommended. Pat stopped
the lathe on a regular basis to check his work as it progressed.
Next Pat worked on the lower part of the pendant
again cutting away the layers of acrylic with the spindle gouge. When the required shape was achieved Pat
started sanding the acrylic with240 grit working through to 400 grit. Each piece
of sandpaper had been dampened and the piece was dried before moving on to the next grit. Next Pat used
micromesh which had a very fine grit working as far as 12000 grit. This was a very slow process however
Pat meticulously worked through the grits checking for blemishes as his work
To finish a burnishing cream was applied and
given time to soak in and then it was buffed to give a high gloss like finish. Pat then added the
attachments for the pendant to complete a pleasing piece of jewellery no doubt a nice present for Valentines day.
To complete his demonstration
Pat showed those present a Longworth chuck he
had made from MDF and how it was used to finish
bowls. Further to this he showed how he mounted plywood on to the wood jaws of his Axminster chuck with a
groove cut out for a bowl to be secured into when finishing the base. These were very useful tips for any
This was an exercise in turning an acrylic from
start to finish and was well received by those in attendance as many had not seen this done
The January meeting was cancelled due to bad weather so both competitions were held in February.
January's competition was a baby's rattle and February's was a cheese board. There was good turnout for both
competitions so well done to all who took part.
Second (5 Way)
O'Malley, IanMcDougall, Tom Burke, Martin Wilson, Noel Grogan
competition will be a plant stand
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