Our next meeting, 15-02-2024 organized by Nick Simpson.

Start Time 6.45pm.

Before we get into the details of this meeting I would like to invite those of you who would be interested in taking up woodturning as a hobby to contact us and arrange for a free visit to see exactly what the club is all about. We are on the lookout for a few new members to join the club, you can be male or female, aged over 12 years with an interest in making things on a lathe, having a lathe at this point is not a requirement. You can fill in a request on our contact page in this web site, or if you want to contact us direct you can do so by emailing me at, a.j.mutch4321@btinternet.com or our secretary Geoff Potter at, gljcjessycat@btinternet.com

This meeting replaces the published meeting after being cancelled on the 18th January 2024 due to heavy snow.

Our meeting on Thursday 15th February 2024 has been organized by Nick Simpson, Nick’s theme for the meeting is for all 5 lathes to be manned and making various styles of wooden Trinket Boxes.

I’m sure we will see a few different approaches on how to make these boxes, Nick has also suggested the boxes could be decorated or made from various different woods, laminated or embellished in some way. I believe Nick is going to show his method of FLOCKING the inside of a box, FLOCKING is a system of lining the box with another material to soften the inside, all will be revealed at the meeting.

I have been through our archives to get a few pictures on the type of things we might see being made, but whatever is being made I’m sure the turners will keep your attention and interest in what they are doing, remember you can always ask questions from any of the turners.

Here are some of those pictures.

Here are 3 very simple design boxes, nothing too complicated to make, all made from end grain turnings and from single pieces of wood, the only challenge with these boxes is to try to match the lid and the base grain as near as possible.

Here are a selection of boxes with various designs, some with more than one type of wood being used, the use of finials being prevalent.

Here on the left we have a small box that has been turned using an off centre mounting for the lid, the base was also decorated using a texturing tool and the use of some Acrylic paints, The Mustard pot on the right gives you a full set of dimensions for making this type of box.

Here are 3 very different boxes, on the left we have a box that uses a hinge as part of it’s design, accuracy when fitting the hinge absolutely paramount. The box in the middle presents a different problem, working out the junctions in the base to the box, both need to be marked out and drilled whilst still in the square. The box on the right also needs some very accurate measurements to get the wings at the sides cut shaped and fitted to the base of the box.

These 3 boxes are the most challenging to make, the box to the left has a carved overlapping lid, matching the 2 was done on the lathe before the final shaping. The box in the centre needs no explanation, it’s made up from dozens of individual pieces all laminated together and turned in sections. The box to the right is another very interesting design, the lid has been offset in a vertical position.

We may or may not see anything like this but I’m sure whatever the turners are making will hold your interest.

We look forward to seeing you all there, tea and coffee will be available for a 50p donation and the usual meeting raffle will be on sale.

Here is a reminder of the next competition to be held on the 29th February 2024, you still have time to make an entry, the details you should have already received by email. It’s all about Honey Dippers and Honey pots.