Introduction to Woodturning - Northern Beaches Community College

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Introduction to Woodturning

Course Outline:

This course is aimed at people with little to no experience with woodwork looking for an introduction to the craft.

 Sorry, no concessions.

This is a 2-day workshop for students who wish to develop their skills in woodturning. The student will be introduced to the foundations of turning. The tutor discusses the basics of spindle turning and bowl turning. Students will have their own lathe and plenty of hands-on time to work on a range of projects.

The skills taught will include turning between centres, using faceplates, and how to turn a bowl and platter. Tools used will include both traditional turning chisels and carbide turning chisels.

Session 1:

Introduction to the 1st project, Using the lathe and tools
● Preparing timber, finding centers and mounting on the lathe between centers.
● Rounding stock, V grooves, coves and beads with an explanation of the roughing gouge, skew chisel and spindle gouge. 
● Sanding and finishing (Wax stick)

Introduction to the 2nd Project, Candle stick.
●  Prepare timber, find centers and mount between centers.
● Turn tenon for chuck mounting
● Mount in chuck and bring up live center
● Round stock and turn to desired shape
● Sand and finish  

Session 2:

Introduction to the 3rd Project, Spinning Top
● Prepare timber, find centers and mount between centers.
● Turn tenon for chuck mounting
● Mount in chuck and bring up live center
● Round stock
● Turn to point with spindle gouge moving tailstock with live center away as you progress
● Sand point 
● Turn spindle (handle) with spindle gouge. Note don't turn to thin until the end
● Sand and decorate spinning top
● Part from stock using parting tool
● Finish

Introduction to the 4th Project, Bowl
● Decide on design of bowl, dovetailed foot, internal foot or no foot.
● Prepare blank for mounting either via an 8mm hole and worm screw to chuck or via a faceplate.
● Mount to lathe and start off slow with either a roughing gouge or a bowl gouge to create outside shape of bowl, shape will also have to take foot into account.
● Sand external part of bowl
● Turn bowl and attach to lathe via chosen foot style
● Drill small hole to give depth guide to students
● Turn inside of bowl with bowl gouge and clean up with scraper if needed.
● Sand inside of the bowl and take the bowl off the lathe and finish with oil, unless you are having no foot.
● For no foot, turn the bowl back around and attach to the lathe via Vicmarc Bowl Jaws.
● Turn off the spigot and sand ready for finishing.  

What to Bring:

  • You are encouraged to bring your own facemask, protective eyewear and ear protection however sanitised Personal Protective Equipment will be available.
  • You are required to wear closed-toe shoes.
  • Aprons will be provided but please wear clothing that can get dirty (e.g. sawdust or glue).
  • Long hair needs to be tied back and no loose hanging jewellery should be worn.
  • For your own safety, facilitator instructions regarding the correct use of tools and equipment must be followed at all times.
  • Any people thought to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol will not be able to take part in the workshop.
  • Meal breaks – Lunch will be from 12:30pm to 1:30pm. You will need to bring your own lunch. We have a fridge and freezer to store your food as well as a microwave and kettle if required.

About the Tutor:

"We have set up a woodworking space Timberbits Wood School which is able to facilitate regular and short-term woodworking classes. Our mission with the Wood School is to share the joy of woodworking with as many as possible and to be a place to learn a new skill, build a project or simply make some saw dust with our growing community. 

Our workshop is state of the art with premium brands such as Festool, Vicmarc, Tormek and Felder machinery. All of our courses are taught by instructors who are specialists in that particular field in woodworking. Instructors include David Lim, Simon Begg, Matthew Dwight, and many others. 

We have designed classes for all levels from the beginner through to the advanced woodworker with safety and an atmosphere of enjoyment at the forefront of every class. "

This course has no current classes. Please the waiting list.