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A Little Somethimg for Christmas

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A Little Somethimg for Christmas

Postby DaveL » 20 Dec 2017, 20:22

I have a subscription to Woodturning magazine and this is based on a two part project that Colwin Way did.
All of the timber came from things I have been given as fire wood, but it was much too good for that.
I used my old Wadkin, Multico and Perform, saw, planer and thicknesser to get down to the sizes you see me working on.
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First there are going to be Tee light holders so holes drilled to take the nice brassed inserts.
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I used a cheap Chinese round over cutter in my Proxxon it the router attachment to ease the edges of the holes.
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Each hole is then cut from the length of stock ready for turning.
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I use a spacer in the form of a disc of hard board to get the work out from the jaws.
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Ready for turning.
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Turned and a hole drilled for it to sit on a dowel peg.
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and now the feet.

Postby DaveL » 20 Dec 2017, 20:33

The feet are little bits of flat stock with a couple of holes for dowel and a rounded end.
They were cut using a stop on the mitre guide on the Wadkin.
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A simple jig allows the holes to be drilled.
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At different distances from each end, by using two stops, with one drill position.
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Then over to the bobbin sander to round one end.
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The jig just has a dowel to pivot the leg on and a stop that sits against the edge of the table.
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Re: A Little Somethimg for Christmas

Postby DaveL » 20 Dec 2017, 20:49

I machined some thin boards for the bases, there are two. One the the feet fit to and a thinner one that mounts on the centre column, I marked the centres for these and cut them roughly to size on the bandsaw, then mounted them on a screw chuck to turn them to the finished sizes.
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The stationary base has a counter bore in its centre.
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To take a small brass bearing cup, that is not quite deep enough.
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It then has four holes in the underside to take the dowels in the feet.
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Which are just a press fit, I made the dowels using the Veritas dowel maker just like I did for the table.
The top of this base has two holes for the support columns to fit into.
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As you can see here. The tee light holders just press on to the dowels in the feet.
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Re: A Little Somethimg for Christmas

Postby DaveL » 20 Dec 2017, 20:56

There is a hub that needs 12 holes in its edge.
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This is turned between centres.
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Then with a home made drill guide setup in the tool rest support, I unpluded the lathe and for the first time used the indexing pin.
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Then the first of the 12 holes was drilled.
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The index pin was wound out and the spindle advanced to the next indent.
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I repeated this until I was back at the start.
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Re: A Little Somethimg for Christmas

Postby Andyp » 20 Dec 2017, 21:59

DaveL wrote:Then with a home made drill guide setup in the tool rest support, I unpluded the lathe and for the first time used the indexing pin.


Brilliant, thanks for showing that. When I wanted to drill evenly spaced holes in the side of a bowl I carried the bench drill over to the lathe and clamped it to the lathe bed and drilled vertically. Your way is much easier.
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Re: A Little Somethimg for Christmas

Postby DaveL » 20 Dec 2017, 22:08

I turned a centre column with a tenon on its base to fit a hole on the revolving base. This had a 3mm hole though it, I had to buy some long series drills to do that job.
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Then two support pillar need turning.
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The centre column has a length of 3mm silver steel pushed though the hole with a point on the end to run it the brass bearing in the base.
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A support arch sits on top of the to support columns, marked out.
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Holes drilled before the arch is cut out.
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Cut out on the bandsaw, I then used the bobbin sander and a rasp to clean up the profile.
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And to my relief it fitted on the top of the pillars.
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Here are the main parts fitted together.
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Of course the sliver steel rod was too long and I hacksawed the end off.
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Re: A Little Somethimg for Christmas

Postby Malc2098 » 20 Dec 2017, 22:26

Nice work, Dave.

I have to say, the first time I saw the arch, I thought it was a Dutch milkmaid's hair! :D
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Re: A Little Somethimg for Christmas

Postby DaveL » 20 Dec 2017, 22:27

The last thing needed to complete this is a fan, I showed the hub I made. The blades are two part, the blades are made from cedar, Mike best stop reading now, I cut up an old drafting table to make these. Resawing into thin strips and planing them down to 3mm.
Sorry no pictures, but I did use a trick to get down to that thinness, my Perform thicknesser will not go that thin, but by fitting a bit of laminate flooring with a stop that hooked on the end of the cast iron bed I could get down to the 3mm. I use a cardboard template to mark them all out on the now thin board, cut them on the bandsaw and used a very fine disc on a disc sander to clean up the edges.
The blades are held by little turned adaptors with a tapered end that pushes into the holes in the hub.
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I had to use a steel rule with a strip of sand paper wrapped over it to adjust the fit of the slot.
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The hub is a push fit on the end of the silver steel and I fitted a little knob on the top to give something to hold onto while fitting the blades.
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I turned some little snowmen and Christmas trees to go on the centre base.
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Re: A Little Somethimg for Christmas

Postby DaveL » 20 Dec 2017, 22:34

Andy I am glad that will help you out, it is a common technique that is often used.

Its funny the Dutch connection keeps popping up on a number of things recently. 8-)

I do have a bit of video, but I have not had time to upload it, the thing does work but its very slow to start, which is a bit of a disappointment.
I now have to write some instructions on how to put it together, I am giving this to my sister for Christmas.
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Re: A Little Somethimg for Christmas

Postby Malc2098 » 20 Dec 2017, 22:35

She's a lucky lady. It looks lovely.
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Re: A Little Somethimg for Christmas

Postby Andyp » 21 Dec 2017, 07:21

Brilliant Dave. We have a small metal one of those which turns by the heat if the wood stove, as well as the candles. Yours is much more classy.

The best thing about your WIPs is the uncluttered workshop in the background :) . This makes me feel so much better about the state of mine.
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Re: A Little Somethimg for Christmas

Postby Phil » 21 Dec 2017, 08:15

Dave, that is VERY nice indeed. The idea and the work you put into it.

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The brass cups - where do you source them from? I have looked locally and struggle to find even glass ones for the T-lights.


Andyp wrote:We have a small metal one of those which turns by the heat if the wood stove, as well as the candles.


We have a brass one, a Glockenspiel, which was an Xmas pressie from a German lady when I was about 10. Still have the original box, gets unpacked each year. (58 years ago! Quite frightning how time has passed.
The lady is still alive living in North West Germany.)
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Re: A Little Somethimg for Christmas

Postby Doug » 21 Dec 2017, 10:20

Great set of photos Dave thanks for taking the time to share :eusa-clap:

I’m sure your sister will be delighted with it, nice one :eusa-clap:
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Re: A Little Somethimg for Christmas

Postby TrimTheKing » 21 Dec 2017, 11:15

Very nice Dave, though my mind does see something of the phallic in that top of that centre column... :shock: :oops: :lol:

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Re: A Little Somethimg for Christmas

Postby Phil » 21 Dec 2017, 12:56

TrimTheKing wrote:Very nice Dave, though my mind does see something of the phallic in that top of that centre column... :shock: :oops: :lol:

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With a mind like that you need to steer clear of turning mushrooms on a lathe :lol:
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Re: A Little Somethimg for Christmas

Postby 9fingers » 23 Dec 2017, 17:56

Dave and others.

Can you recommend a good source of those cups to hold the tea lights please.

Someone has asked me to make something like this.

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So I need metal ones not glass for safety in the bathroom and possibly anodised aluminium for best resistance to corrosion when used/stored in a steamy atmosphere.

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PS I've not used tea lights before. Are they all a standard size? Need cups to hold the largest common size really.
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Re: A Little Somethimg for Christmas

Postby Doug » 23 Dec 2017, 22:13

Bob if you google metal tea light inserts there are hundreds
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Re: A Little Somethimg for Christmas

Postby 9fingers » 23 Dec 2017, 22:20

Doug wrote:Bob if you google metal tea light inserts there are hundreds


OK but earlier today my google foo was not working and I was just getting ready made holders. I'll have another go.
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Re: A Little Somethimg for Christmas

Postby Doug » 23 Dec 2017, 22:39

https://www.oliverswoodturning.co.uk/pr ... t-holders/

Olivers do a choice of metal finishes Bob
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Re: A Little Somethimg for Christmas

Postby Rod » 23 Dec 2017, 23:48

I got something unpleasant for Christmas - a nasty cold!!
It’s been doing the rounds with the family but hit me a couple of days ago.
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Re: A Little Somethimg for Christmas

Postby 9fingers » 24 Dec 2017, 08:54

Doug wrote:https://www.oliverswoodturning.co.uk/product/tea-light-holders/

Olivers do a choice of metal finishes Bob



Thanks Doug
I've got some on order now

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Re: A Little Somethimg for Christmas

Postby Phil » 24 Dec 2017, 08:55

9fingers wrote:PS I've not used tea lights before. Are they all a standard size? Need cups to hold the largest common size really.



The ones I buy are a b-hair under 38mm. I use a 38mm Forstner for the holes.

Depth 15mm although I have seen smaller.
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Re: A Little Somethimg for Christmas

Postby 9fingers » 24 Dec 2017, 09:00

Phil wrote:
9fingers wrote:PS I've not used tea lights before. Are they all a standard size? Need cups to hold the largest common size really.



The ones I buy are a b-hair under 38mm. I use a 38mm Forstner for the holes.

Depth 15mm although I have seen smaller.


Thanks Phil
The cups seem to be offered as 12mm or 18mm so I went for the deeper ones to be on the safe side.
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Re: A Little Somethimg for Christmas

Postby DaveL » 25 Dec 2017, 10:56

The metal tee light holders were bought on eBay, from a seller in Germany, even with the postage they were cheaper than any I could find in th UK. I think I bought 24, I do plan to make more of these, that's the other reason for coming up with the jigs used in the production of this one.
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Re: A Little Somethimg for Christmas

Postby kirkpoore1 » 25 Dec 2017, 15:51

Dave, that drilling jig using the banjo is the cleverest thing I've seen this month. Maybe all year. :)

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