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Burnham-on-sea          Woodturning Club

Meeting Reviews

September 2019 - John Blake

August 2019 - Sandra Adams

July 2019 - Chris Foweraker

June 2019 - Paul Sweet

May 2019 - George Foweraker

April 2019 - Bryan Milham

March 2019 - Mark Sanger

February 2019 - George Foweraker

January 2019 - Paul Sweet

November 2018 - Jason Breach

October 2018 - Colwin Way

September 2018 - John Blake

August 2018 - Paul Sweet

July 2018 - Mark Sanger

June 2018 - John Lancaster

April 2018 - Liz Kent

March 2018 - Paul Hannaby

January 2018 - George Foweraker

November 2017 - Jason Breach

October 2017 - Tony George

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 2019 - John Blake

We were pleased to welcome John back to our club and we were looking forward to an informative and entertaining evening demo. John did not disappoint, demonstrating the turning of a solitaire board and a lidded box, both of which incorporating techniques to produce the end result with minimum wastage.


Solitaire Board


Unlike some high end solitaire boards which incorporate wooden balls in a variety of woods, and are therefore very expensive, John uses marbles of appropriate size purchased from House of Marbles at Bovey Tracey. and therefore is able to make a solitaire board which he can sell at a very reasonable price.



Top Tip 1 - use a ring centre rather than a point centre to ensure a secure support.


Top Tip 2 - on a square section of wood, mark with saw cuts the compression and expansion widths for the chuck to enable easy setting of the the dividers. In this way one piece of wood can hold the widths for up to 4 chucks.



Top Tip 3 - if when sanding there is an roughness issue where the edge meets the spigot then put a couple of fine lines in that area to take the eye away for the issue.

















The next step was to measure out, drill, and finish the 33 holes for the marbles.



Top Tip 4 - make sure that the centre of the blank is marked with a pencil BEFORE proceeding to mark out the hole positions



















































Lidded Box


Whilst on the face of it the making of a simple lidded box is straight forward, John’s method highlighted some interesting techniques which significantly minimises wood wastage relative to other traditional methods.



Top Tip 5 - Attach by gluing around the outside edge of the contact point rather than across the contact surfaces of both pieces to ensure a more secure hold.


























Top Tip 6 - if a spigot is turned as part of the design of the bottom then the base can always be remounted.



John brought several examples of boxes made using this method including traditional fit as described above, tapered overlapping lid which could be used as a loose fit or tight fit if pushed on more firmly, and swivel lid.













Thanks to John for another informative and enjoyable evening.


David Langan