• Small ornamental box

    A small box 65mm tall with a 65mm finial and 50mm in diameter. A piece of Olive for the body which was mainly sapwood with a very small central core of heartwood with an Ebony finial. The Olive was nice and hard and took the basket weave well using a 16 bump rosette on my ornamental lathe. Finished in satin lacquer for the box and friction polish for the finial.
  • Ornamental box

    This box was turned from a piece of unknown very hard wood in the centre with a base and top of Padauk. It stands 14cm tall and is 7.5cm in diameter and is finished in lacquer. The basket weave pattern on the outside was cut using a 4mm cutter on my ornamental lathe. The Inside of the lid, the inside and outside bottom of the box are enhanced with ornamental patterns. This box has been claimed by my wife for her collection of my turnings.

  • Capsule box

    This capsule box stands 6cm tall and is 7.5cm in diameter. It is made from an unknown wood that was very hard with the remnants of a knot in the top edge. The lip to retain the lid is made from Bubinga. It has some ornamental engraving on the lid, the outer pattern of which was cut with a ‘spirograph’ type of rubber and the inner with a 16 bump rubber. It has a flower engraved on the bottom made with an 18 bump rubber. It is finished in lacquer and then buffed and waxed.

  • Square spalted sycamore bowl

    This is a piece of spalted Sycamore that I was given by a friend. The spalting was so different on each of the sides that I decided to do this shape of bowl which I haven’t made in the past. It measures 19cm square an 9cm deep and is finished with lacquer that was then buffed.

  • Modifications to the Rose Engine

    I have finally got around to doing some of the updates to the Rose Engine lathe that I mentioned in the original article here. I have added the new much beefier cross slide and mounted a CNC motor on it to do the engraving.

    I have had to extend the base due to the increase in size of the cross slide. I had an issue with the CNC motor when I connected it.  As long as the speed of the motor was below about 50% everything was fine. However, if I increased the cutter speed then the stepper motor would stall. After some help and advice from the forum on the DroneBot website the problem was eventually tracked down to the code on the Arduino, the original code from that site needed an additional line of code due to the fact that it had the ability to reverse the stepper motor direction. With this code modification everything worked properly. As I do not need the ability to reverse the direction of the stepper motor I then revised the code and removed that functionality and have disconnected the reverse switch and its wiring.

    In use with the new CNC motor and cross slide.

    The next modifications I intend to make are to completely rebuild the MDF case to reflect the new configuration and to finally replace the power supply with a dedicated 12v one rather than the modified computer PSU.

  • Burr elm bowl

    This is a small Elm burr bowl with a natural edge that is 10cm in diameter and 8cm tall. It was a part turned item from a deceased turners estate donated to my local club. We were allowed to take these rough turned items and complete them. Once completed they will be returned to the club and offered for sale at the annual club show on 16th October in Leasingham.

  • Ornamental Cherry and Sycamore box

    Cherry & Sycamore ornamental box

    This Cherry box is 70mm tall and 85mm in diameter. It has a basket weave type of pattern on the outside created with my Rose Engine lathe. The lid is enhanced with a 65mm diameter Sycamore cabochon that has also been decorated using a different rosette on the Rose Engine lathe. It is finished with two coats of satin lacquer.

    Close up of the lid decoration
    Inside of the lid with a different rosette pattern
  • Almond natural edge bowl

    This natural edged Almond bowl is 18cm in diameter. There were some cracks and worm holes in this piece of wood which I filled with green glitter epoxy resin. Even though I glued the bark on with some CA glue part of it became detached during turning, as a result, I removed the remainder of the bark. I then scorched the edge where I had removed the bark. The bowl is finished in satin lacquer and then buffed with wax.

    Almond NE bowl

  • Laser engraved Beech bowl

    This is a small, 15cm in diameter, Beech bowl finished in satin lacquer and then buffed and waxed. It was put onto the Rose Engine when complete and with a 16 bump rosette I used the laser engraver to burn three lines 2mm apart around the rim. The laser made two passes to engrave the lines a little deeper.

  • Bubinga box

    This Bubinga box is 70mm tall and 70mm in diameter. The rim of the lid and the base of the box are scalloped on my Rose Engine lathe after turning on a conventional lathe. The lid was engraved with a “puffy” pentagon rosette and double bumper to a depth of 1.2mm on my Rose Engine lathe. Finished with buffed satin lacquer.