Our next meeting, 18-01-2024 organized by Nick Simpson.

Start time 6.45pm.

Our meeting on Thursday 18th January 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 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 we have what I call a Bell Box, this one was made from 2 different woods that were laminated together. The woods used were Oak and Goncalo Alves.

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.

The next meeting will be our AGM where you will have the opportunity to vote on a new club Committee. If you have anything you wish to raise at the AGM go to the web site for instructions on how to put forward any proposal.