My wood turning technique will horrify the professional and amateur wood turners alike. However, having never had a lesson and starting with an Emco Unimat 3 when I was 11 years old I’ve developed a style where I mix metal turning and wood turning techniques.
The first stage for me is to screw the roughly circular piece of wood to the faceplate. I use self-tapping screws and washers.
I rough out the shape using a tool fitted to the topslide. I can face the part and top the outside down to something resembling cylindrical.
The part is spinning at approximately 1500rpm.
Take small cuts and please do wear a dust mask as the dust is very fine and some woods are really bad for you.
I turned this step that will be in the base of the bowl and will allow me to hold the bowl when I turn it around.
As you can see in this image I’m using a 1/4″ square piece of steel fixed in the top slide as a tool rest.
I rounded off the corner using a hand chisel on the rest.
I then moved the rest so that it overhung the centre feature that I had turned and I again used a hand tool to create a bowl so that it would sit properly once finished.
It’s now been turned around and held in the 3-jaw metal chuck.
Again using a piece of 1/4″ tool steel as a rest so that I can free-turn with a chisel.
You can see just how thin this bowl/plate has ended up.
I’m turning some bog oak that I have lying around, it turns quite well, but it does show a lot of grain and can leave plucked edges.
The bowl after I had finished turning, sanding (fine paper just to give it a nice finish) and then waxing / burnishing with a rag whilst it is spinning.
So there you have wood turning on Unimat 3.