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Member postings for Dave Atkinson

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Thread: Ralph's Sweet Chestnut Platter
01/07/2009 23:09:56
Super platter Ralph

Hope you;re keeping well
Cheers Dave 
Thread: Vacancy for a little one
01/07/2009 23:05:37
Hiya Marc

Well done - it looks great.  Let us know when the new arrival arrives.

Been busy just lately so hoping to catch up in teh next week or so.

Cheers Dave 
Thread: the nest in the ladder
11/06/2009 22:47:10
Great pics George - worth losing the ladder for a while

Cheers dave 
Thread: slim line pen
11/06/2009 22:45:34
Great guide and great pen Dennis.

Cheers Dave 
Thread: AWGB International Semionar 2009 - 7th - 9th August
10/06/2009 15:45:58
Forgot to mention that Axminster Power Tools will be there.  If you order prior to the event they will bring it with them for you to collect.

Cheers Dave 
09/06/2009 18:31:42


On 7th, 8th and 9th of August the Association of Woodturners of Great Britain (AWGB) will be holdeing their International Seminar at Loughborough University. 
With ten renowned turners Nick Agar, Beniot Averly, Eli Avisera, Bob Chapman, Mick Hanbury, Ray Key, Glenn Lucas, Mike Mahoney, Joey Richardson and Al Stirt it promises to be an exciting and informative weekend.  Additionally there will be an internet auction, trade stands and an Instant gallery.

If youd like to come along get an application form from

 or send me a PM for more details

If you cant attend for the whole evernt then you can still visit the Instant gallery and Trade stands on Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm and on the Sunday from 10 am to 3 pm.  Admission to this aspect of the seminar is free.

Hope some of you can get along you wont be disappointed.

Cheers Dave

Edited By Dave Atkinson on 09/06/2009 18:33:18

Thread: Wall Thickness
06/06/2009 16:10:14
Hi Cristoff

Another thing to watch for is to cut the spigot (or recess) to be a near as possible to the size of yoru chuck jaws when the are open by about 3mm.  Jaws are made in one piece and then sawn into 4.  The kerf of the saw that does this is about 3mm.  

At this size the jaws have maximum grip and the timber less likely to come loose even if you have a catch.

Also have a look at the shape of your jaws - for example the stanard jaws on teh upernova when used to grip are straight with just a small dovetail at the end.  try to recreat the shape of the jaws on your spigot or recess and you;ll again have a much better grip.

Also mark the timber as others have described.

Cheers Dave 
Thread: Why why why
06/06/2009 16:05:38
Hi derek

This thirds thing applies to all sorts - picturse for example - they tend to look better if the horizon is about a third of the way up (or down)  It goes back to Eucliid in 300bC and leonardo Fibonacci of Pisa (1170 - c 1230)

Euclid discovered  the Golden rectangle from which he derived the Golden mean or golden ratio 1.618:1 = 0.618:1

Fibonacci further developed this .  His question: How many pairs of rabbits can be produced from a single pair if it is assumed that every month each pair begets a new pair which from teh second month becomes productive?  Each number in the series is teh number of pairs of rabbits at the beginning of the corresponsing month:


each number is the sum of the preceding tso and the ratio of one number to that wich precedes tends toward the golden ratioo as the lateness of the nu,ber increases.

I got this from Mike darlow's book Woodturning design.

So now you know just continuing making what you like.  if it looks good then it probably will be in the order of this rule of thirds - but then there are always exceptions!

Cheers Dave.  
Thread: Horse chestnut
06/06/2009 15:53:28
Smashing bowl Baz.

Been on holiday and just catching up.

I must look out for a sawyer 

Cheers Dave 
Thread: Trend Airshield
21/05/2009 16:45:37
Hi Cristoff

I've had one for years as well with no problem, other than dropping it a few times, but it's still going strong.

I'd contact Trend - I'm sure they'd help out.

Cheers Dave 
Thread: Demo by Mark Hancock - 12 July
21/05/2009 15:50:45
I'll look forward to seeing you again Alan

I think Baz may be coming over as well.  It promises to be a great day.

Cheers Dave 
Thread: Spiral Twists - learning curve!
15/05/2009 09:53:53
Hi Richard

Looking good - I like Ron's idea as well.  looking forward to teh end result.

Cheers dave 
Thread: Sort out
15/05/2009 09:51:20
It's far too clean!!!

Good to see you on Wednesday at the club - Have you made a chair yet?

Cheers dave 
Thread: Brass turning
12/05/2009 12:36:03
Hi derek

I have heard of people doing it - I would use a scraper and a low speed, just like Ralph says.  Have you thought of Pewter as this is easy to turn on a lathe as it is very soft?

Cheers Dave 
Thread: Rotten Apple - The Beauty Within
12/05/2009 12:34:18
Great little piece Richard.

Nice to get something so good from what looks like firewood

Cheers Dave 
Thread: Wheelbarrow
12/05/2009 12:32:05
Thanks Toothy, I'ce made a copy of the plans

Cheers Dave 
Thread: A barrowfull of fun
12/05/2009 12:29:26

I think this is fab.  I shall have to make one for my own grandson

Cheers Dave 
Thread: Baz's Corian pen
02/05/2009 01:09:02
Great job Baz
I can't get hold of corian - I've tried several kitchen firms but it seems it all disappears, still I've plenty of other stuff to have a go at!
Cheers Dave
Thread: Finished, at last!
28/04/2009 21:46:54
Super piece of work Ollie.
Thread: Hollow Turning
28/04/2009 19:52:46
Ralph you can never have too much wood!  Wives are wonderful but sometimes they get their priorities wrong!

I'm very brave when she's not watching!

Cheers Dave 
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