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Meeting Reviews

September 2017 - Bryan Milham

September 2017 - AWGB

August 2017 - Mark Hancock

June 2017 - John Aitken

April 2017 - Chris Foweraker

March 2017 - Mark Sanger

February 2017 - George Foweraker

January 2017 - Paul Sweet

November 2016 - Jason Breach

October 2016 - Bryan Milham

September 2016 - Mark Sanger

August 2016 - Keith Fenton

July 2016 - George Foweraker

June 2016 - Chris Foweraker

June 2016 - Stuart Mortimer

April 2016 - Pete Moncrieff-Jury

March 2016 - Mark Sanger

February 2016 - Ray Blake

January 2016 - George Foweraker

December 2015 - Nick Agar

November 2015 - Paul Hannaby

October 2015 - George Foweraker

September 2015 - Mark Sanger

August 2015 - Jason Breach

July 2015 - Chris Foweraker

June 2015 - Nick Agar


September 2017 - Bryan Milham

The title of Bryan’s demo was “Pendants or how to turn 40p into £40”


This complicated process involved the making of several jigs but the actual amount of wood involved in the pendant is minimal and is a good use of various scraps, in this case a chunk of wood from the Yandles Show bin for 40p, from which many pendants could be produced. (The procedure, Bryan admitted, was not of his invention)


First, Jig#1, used to house the part turned pendant formed in Jig#2, was made as follows …


From a spindle of wood turn a spigot appropriate for the chuck jaws and then mark 2 holes, one in the centre and the other offset from the centre by 8 to 10mm.









With this mounted in the chuck, screw a similar piece of wood, but a larger diameter and about 15mm thick (Jig#1) to the above so that it is located centrally on the two screws and then turn to round.



The picture shows Jig#1 with the offcentre hole now separating it from the piece which was attaching it to the original chuck mounted blank.










To complete Jig#1 the jig is sawn in half on the bandsaw and then reconnected together using elastic bands in the 2 grooves on the outer edge.

(Note that this picture was taken after the jig had been used to create a pendant, hence the non-flat surface. Also note that Jig#1 is therefore a sacrificial piece capable of making about 10 to 12 pendants)




Jig#2, used to part turn the pendant before inserting in Jig#1 for final finishing, consists of the following as illustrated in the picture below …






















A bolt, penny washer, the pendant, washer made from mouse mat type material, and a nut glued into the spindle appropriately sized to fit the chuck jaws. Note that it is a good idea to glue the nut into the rear end of the jig to prevent it pulling out.


The procedure is then as follows …


Now remove the disk and insert it into the internal groove in Jig#1 mounted in an appropriate chuck jaws. Hollow out until the original holding hole is removed. Then reverse and repeat and, if desired, use a skew to insert random markings into the pendant. Finally, sand and polish.



The finished pendant which can then be strung on to a leather thong.

Note that the indent at the bottom of the offset hole is part of the holding hole which was not completely removed.





Thanks to Bryan for a very interesting challenge, and for persevering with problems of fracturing wood and the nut in Jig#2 coming unstuck!


David Langan