MCW March '11 Demonstration
Mar 27, 2011Public
Photo: Program chair Gary Guenther started the demo with his inaugural quick safety tip of the month.
Photo: This month was think SAFER before you turn on your lathe. SAFER stands for check Speed setting, stand Aside,....
Photo: ...Fasten (tighten) everything, Eye protection, and Rotate the the piece to make sure it doesn't hit anything.
Photo: To start his demo, Chuck Engstrom showed a photo of a seven-foot long spindle in a chandelier he made as part of his job as a professional woodturner.
Photo: Chuck recommended the Darlow book, Woodturning Design.
Photo: He then showed the goblet article by the late Russ Fairfield in the April 2011 issue of Woodturning Design.  (The next issue will have a second such article.)
Photo: Chuck shows the handmade beading/parting tool he's going to use.
Photo: He also made a multi-purpose handle with removable steel and lead shot for balance. He will talk about making tools at the end of the goblet demo.
Photo: Chuck brought with him many examples of goblets he has made and...
Photo: ... talked about options for shapes and finishing goblets. Here he talks about the gold paint and how it differs from gold leaf.
Photo: "Here's what I'm going to make!"
Photo: When he wants to make a set of goblets he makes a story stick. He is holding tonight's story stick.
Photo: He starts the goblet by drilling out to the depth of the goblet with a Forstner bit.
Photo: Chuck marks the wall thickness, and then...
Photo: ...he starts cleaning out material from this line towards the center.  Since this is all waste material, it's OK to cut like this into unsupported fibers, but cutting from the center outward cuts into supported fibers and results in a cleaner cut.
Photo: He cleans out near the bottom with the spindle gouge level and it's handle supported under his arm.  He uses his index finger to remind him of the angle of the flute inside, where he cannot necessarily see it.
Photo: Chuck then pulls out his scraper to smooth out the inside of the goblet cup. He put his own shape on the scraper.
Photo: He starts to support the side with his hand as he shear-scrapes, and the goblet wall gets thin.
Photo: Those at the meeting do not need to get up to get the best view of the hollowing, they get to watch it on TV, thanks to our videographer, Mark Verna.
Photo: Chuck has put on his glove to support the outside of the now thin goblet cup as he shear scrapes.
Photo: Note how he has pulled the handle down as he cuts with the burr edge of the scraper.  It is important to cut at or above the center line to avoid a possibly nasty catch.
Photo: He checks for ridges and grooves, but it is ready to sand.
Photo: Chuck pulls on the Sanding Glove from Bruce Hoover. It is basically a golf glove with Velcro hooks.   Note the 2-inch disc attached to the Velcro on his index finger.
Photo: He started with 150 and moved up to about 400 grit with the glove.