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This month we welcomed John Blake from the Pembroke Woodturners Club who announced that he was going to turn a square lidded oriental box. Whilst John covered in full detail the methods used to create the piece he also pointed us to a 40min demo by Jimmy Clewes on YouTube which inspired his interest in this particular design.
The following 2 pictures illustrate the finished piece …
… and as Jimmy Clewes’s demo is so comprehensive I shall not report here each step of the process but rather concentrate on those hints and tips that John highlighted during his demo.
John used large (base) and a smaller (top) square pre-
The first task was to accurately mark the diameter of the spigot to be formed.
Top Tip 1 -
The bottom of the box was then turned to an ogee shape using the rule of thirds for each part of the shape. With the ogee shape complete reverse onto the spigot and use step cuts to minimise the risk of catches …
Top Tip 2 -
Create a spigot in the centre which will be he seat for the lid and then open out the inside of the bowl.
To create the lid, the smaller block was held by a revolving point and ring centre and gripped against the opened out chuck jaws without using a faceplate etc which all looked a bit hairy but as the small piece was tightly held there was no problem and was sufficient to enable a spigot to be turned to fit into the bowl recess.
Top Tip 3 -
Top Tip 4 -
The above only scratches the surface of the complex steps involved in creating this piece (the Jimmy Clewes demo will fill in the gaps!), but our thanks go to John for a very detailed explanation of the whys and wherefores of the process. We also enjoyed a lively interchange between John and his audience which made for a very enjoyable evening.