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June 2014
Spindle Turning
Reed Diffuser
Demonsration by Steve Brankley


An informative and entertaining demonstartion by the club member Steve Brankley

Steve Brankley, a club member provided the Jorvik Woodturning group with a very interesting evening, his demonstration included new ideas for projects, tips on tools and their use, design detail along with a few jokes.


Project 1
Reed Diffuser, original Design by Ann Brankley


This is a container for a reed diffuser; which are available from stores such as Aldi, Poundland, TK Max and others, at the time of writing cost around £1-2 each, including the reeds and fragrance.

A piece of native Cherry was mounted between centres and trued up to a cylinder. Steve then turned a chucking point to each end, which was 55mm to suit his Axminster Evolution chuck. The size of the chucking points was formed with a parting tool and sized using callipers to accurately achieve the 55mm. A small dovetail was formed using the skew on its side.
The next job is to mark out the depth of the jar insert on the rough cylinder, then part off using a thin parting tool to reduce the wood loss which helps to keep the grain matching when complete. Part off to almost all the way through then carefully saw though with the lathe stopped.
The larger portion of the blank remained in the chuck to be hollowed out, this can be done using gouges etc, but is best achieved using a sharp saw tooth forstner drill mounted in a drill chuck. Reduce the lathe speed and drill a hole a little larger than the diameter of the glass jar, and to a depth of the shoulder. Beware when removing the drill from the deep hole as sometimes the shavings/swarf can become trapped and pull the drill from the Morse taper causing a danger to the turner.
Steve then squared the face of the base with a spindle gouge and proceeded to cut a small rebate (2-3mm) to the top edge of the base, ready to accept the lid. The outside of the cylinder was left a little thick to allow for shaping later in the project when the lid can be attached.
Now start to form the lid, re-mount the small section in the chuck then drill a 12-15mm hole right through the lid to allow the reeds to pass through.
Form a rebate to the outside of the lid to fit the base already turned and check for a snug fit. Now hollow the underside of the lid to allow for the bottle’s shoulder and top to fit, keep checking, “many times” as Steve aptly demonstrated. Now fit the lid to the main container move the tailstock up and form the outer shape of the lid, remove the lid a few times to check on the wall thickness. Sand the reed diffuser, using 120,180 and 600?? Grits and finish with sanding sealer.
Decoration may be added, such as scorch rings, beads etc, Steve showed us a bead forming tool and produced 3 small beads which add to the overall design and also help to disguise the joint.
Measure the depth of the hole for the bottle and mark the base of the diffuser allowing 5-10mm for the thickness of the base. For aesthetics it is a good idea to form a small chamfer or quirk to the bottom edge, this detail “lifts” the piece of the surface.
Part off , but not right though and slightly undercut the base.
Now form a jam chuck to mount the base. Steve showed how to use vernier callipers to accurately mark the wood used for the jam chuck, try the base on the chuck and ensure you have a very snug fit. Move the tailstock up for support and turn away the waste wood, and add some detail to the base. Steve used his 9 in 1 tool to form some rings to the base. Remove the base from the jam chuck and saw of the waste, trim the pip with a chisel or skew.
Nearly finished! Form a new jam chuck on the same piece of scrap to hold the lid. Carefully dish the top of the lid with a spindle gouge, carefully sand with the help of some dowel, apply some sealer. Re-assemble the top and base with the glass jar inside to complete this unusual item.

Steve also had time to turn a exquisite weed pot, we wont describe the process, but have a look at the photos.



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