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Having agreed at the start to not talk about the ‘elephant in the room’ (EU Referendum)!, Chris started his demonstration of the turning of a twisted stem candle holder. This followed on nicely from the Stuart Mortimer demo earlier in the month, but for those who did not attend that, it was an excellent chance to understand the basic techniques.
The stem was turned from a spindle of joinery quality deal, first by turning to round, then tapering so that the top end will be narrower than the base end, before marking up the twist area into 1/8ths vertically, 4 lines horizontally and then marking the 4 diagonal lines which will be used to cut the 4 spirals.
Each of the lines is marked 1 to 4 to assist in ensuring that each cut is made consistently to each spiral. Firstly, saw along the 4 lines in turn, not too deep, and ensuring not to go over the end lines which would cause problems getting rid of the cut lines in the latter stages.
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Using a flat rasp, the grooves were then filed in turn and then again on the other side to make a V groove. The process was then repeated using a round profile Micoplane (available from Axminster Tools) until the required depth is achieved, all the while being careful to obtain a consistent width between each spiral.
The grooves were then sanded using 80grit paper abrasive wrapped around a flat stick with rounded sides so that on repeated applications the sides of the grooves are rounded over slightly and consistent inter-
The detail at each end was the finished and the 1” diam spindle parted off.
The base was then turned. A 1”diam hole having been pre-
The candle holder blank was mounted in the chuck, a 1” hole drilled through with a Forstner bit, the cup shaped from inside out and then about 1” parted off, remounted in the friction drive and the top shaped and finished.
Finally, the base was screwed to the spindle to complete a very attractive candlestick.
Thanks to Chris for a very a professional demonstration creating a very attractive and useful candlestick.