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IY8

LEARNING TO WOODTURN MENTOR-JOHN WOOD STUDENT-JORDYN GIBSON
by Jordyn Gibson on 11 October 2012

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BY JORDYN GIBSON Learning To Woodturn Boring
The Holes Finishing Shaping The Bodies Drilling and Shaping the Tops! Planning I found out about woodturning in Semester 1, and started playing around with it in A.T. I found it incredibly fun (my friends might say I'm a bit obsessed!) and so I decided to learn how to woodturn (properly!) My mentor is a neighbour and a good friend that I sell eggs to, who luckily has his own woodlathe, small workshop and expertise. His name is John Wood. My main project that I made was a 2 mills, a Salt Mill and a Pepper Mill. Some other things that I have also made on the lathe are- Various pens\pencils, a honey dripper, a set of cheese knives with a cheese board and a plant dibber. Why I Chose It With most projects, planning is easily the most important phase. Here we planned out the design of the mills, what timber we were going to use and exactly what holes were going to have to be bored. We needed to bore several holes into the mills for the mechanism to fit into. We did this on my mentor's metal lathe by holding the wood at one end of the lathe and the drillbit at the other and slowly bringing the two together until we had bored to the required depth. We shaped the bodies using the woodlathe. We pushed a scraper along an MDF template to ensure consistency, then sanded! We drilled the tops using the same method as the bottoms, then shaped the tops by hand while they were held in by a chuck. The method we used is called "faceplate turning" as it traditionally would use a faceplate instead of a chuck. Before this, though, we made a slight design change and glued some thin strips of myrtle to the bottoms of the tops. We created a scorch ring around the pepper mill's top by making a groove, then holding wire against the groove while the lathe was on to create friction, which scorched the wood. Both the top and the bottom were sanded to at least 400 grit on the lathe. We applied floor varnish, sanded down, reapplied the varnish, sanded to a fine grit with steel wool soaked in oil, then applied Shellawax, a friction polish also used to make pens\pencils. A Small Accident While shaping the bodies, we put a split down the side of one. We filled it with glue and it is virtually invisible Reflection.............. Fixing the Crack Drilling Planning Gluing Select a suitable blank, then cut, drill and glue it. Sand,apply Shellawax and
assemble! Mount prepared blanks on a pen mandrel Turn blanks to desired shape. Pens and Pencils Find the centres of the piece, then mount it on the lathe. Sand, then apply your chosen finish and part off! Leave any sections that you want to keep square alone, then bring the rest of the piece to the round. The basic process behind all of my "long length projects", such as honey drippers, plant dibbers, the bodies of the salt and pepper grinders and the handles of cheese knives. Shape the piece depending on what you want it to become. Spindle Turning Screw piece to the faceplate, keeping it as centred as possible. Mount on the lathe, shape first the outside, then the inside. Used for "wide work" bowl and platters. Sand, finish and carefully part off! Faceplate Turning I think that my IY8 was a success. I feel confident that I could replicate any of the projects I have brought here tonight on my own lathe without any help. I had a great time and really discovered a hobby that I plan to continue throughout my life. Part of the reason it was so successful was due to my amazing mentor and also because of how fun it was! My project went over 20 hours and lasted approximately 30 hours instead, but it was extra time that I probably would have spent woodturning anyway! My biggest weakness in my approach was probably not knowing when to stop, it was so enjoyable that I went over time by making extra items because I didn't want to stop! I am really excited to learn more and experiment with different techniques and materials. I want to someday get my work to a good enough standard that it could be exhibited in the design centre, but that is a long time off! This was easily the best school project that I have ever done, and I recommend learning to woodturn to anyone who wants to learn to create beautiful wooden projects that are also great gifts! Mentor- John Wood Reflection/
Self Assessment Spindle Turning Pens and Pencils Bowls and Platters Making Salt and Pepper Mills Why I Chose It
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