Alan chose to demo a flask ,first showing the marked out beech blank (2″X 4.25″ X 6.5″) with a hole pre-drilled for a screw chuck.
Between centres he cut a dovetail using a 1/2″ round skew then reversed the piece into the chuck jaws and roughed out the shape with a 3/8″ bowl gouge before drilling a 20mm hole with a carbide forstner bit and completing the stopper taper of 1mm over 20mm.
The outside was cut at 1600 rpm as 60% of the time tool was cutting fresh air so more air than wood was meeting the tool – the safest way is always to present tool first to tool rest, pick up the bevel then the cut. Alan attached, using double sided tape, a paper outline that made it easier for members to see the profile being cut on the screen.
Re inserting the tail stock centre he finished, turned, sanded and put cellulose lacquer on the outside form. He then started a stopper forming the taper to match the flask and used it as a jam chuck to finish the base of the flask.
First time for a while we had a normal break with tea and coffee making facilities available plus biscuits thanks to Roy Hadland.
Mounting the blank on a screw chuck using the pre-drilled hole Alan then faced this side of the flask chamfering the edge to remove the rounded edge formed by sanding, hollowing out the inside of the flask with a Robert Sorby hollowing tool, bowl gouge & 1/2″ skew whilst maintaining the 52mm aperture ( the ideal diameter for standard chuck jaws) which was used to remount and finish hollowing from the other side.
Final actions were to finish the stopper using a jam chuck, decorating the surface using the “DECORATING ELF” by Sorby and making the two side panels 62mm diameter stepped to 52mm to fit the holes in the completed flask – again textured with the decorating elf.
A good evening enjoyed by all those present with plenty of the usual banter followed by questions and answers and Alan being thanked in the usual way.