1 N E W S L E T T E R July, NCWT s 24th Year as an AAW Chapter Inside this issue: Tips and Tricks Demo President s Turn Breckville Display 1 2 Meeting Minutes 3-6 Turn & Learn, Show & Tell Beginner s Corner Meeting Schedule Tips and Tricks Demo By Mike Hawkins This month s demo was a Tips and Tricks demo. The club did this for a number of years and stopped it for a period of time. It seemed we were running out of tipsters. Well, due to necessity and Ernie Conover being unable to make it, the Tips and Tricks Demo was back. There were plenty of tips and tricks passed on. This was the most I have ever seen. I think Rick Weinbrenner was very busy rousting up everyone to make sure we had a full schedule. Member after member went up and revealed some easy ways to do things, simple jigs for helping the turning process, and some other tips I would have never thought of. I won t try and recap everyone that spoke, as I would probably forget someone, but suffice to say, the demo went on to almost 11:45. At that time, Mayor Ruby arrived and was presented the gavel and placque that Denny Watson turned. He was very grateful and was very appreciative of us being there and helping out with the various groups that are all part of the city of Brecksville. The Top Spinoff followed the Mayor s presentation, and had some nice entries. Tom Wisniewski ended up edging out Larry Wilson for winner. Congrats Tom! Mayor Ruby accepting his gavel. Tom Olechiw providing us with some of his top secrets. The Top Spinoff kept a fair number of members around to see who ended up with bragging rights until next year.
2 Page 2 President s Turn (is on vacation) President s Turn will be back next month. In it s place are some pictures of our club s display in Brecksville City Hall. The display is located in the building that also houses the Police Department. You enter the building and go down the stairs where the mayor s court is located. It is right at the bottom of the steps. We will be refreshing the display soon with different turnings by the members. So don t forget to bring a piece or two to the next meeting. When we switch out the items, the ones presently on display will be returned. Here s your chance to be locally famous, at least with all the traffic violators. In September, we will be collecting donated turnings for the Heartfelt Holiday Sale. We urge everyone to participate, as this is one of the club s most important charity events. Thanks to all in advance.
3 Page 3 July Meeting Minutes By Dan Maloney Guests The club extended a warm welcome to our guests George Hestherly of Lorain and Joe Wantz of Mentor Members Seven new members joined our club at the July meeting. Welcome to Nick Verroco, Rod Myerscough, Karen Masters, Chris Yezbick, Scott Vermillion, Robert Pitcole and Joe Becker! Denny Watson The Heartfelt Holidays Art show will be held later this year. An with the details will be sent. All members are encouraged to donate at least one item for this good cause. Collection of these items will likely take place starting at the September meeting. All members were reminded that to be included in the name tag drawing you must have your name tag and put your name in the drawing box on the Show and Tell table. Several club members attended Jim Boemer s memorial service. Memorial donations received by the club so far exceed $500. Name tags Name tags are in for those who ordered them. Ron Sieloff - There is a new activity to encourage members to display their items at the Show and Tell table. Each member who displays an item may take a raffle ticket and put one of the two stubs in the Show and Tell drawing box. A drawing will be held during the meeting and a gift certificate for $10 will be awarded. Ron stressed that this is a fair way to encourage additional display items and that no judging will take place with this method. Rick Weinbrenner -Rick provided details on Alan Hollar, a professional woodturner from North Carolina scheduled for our September meeting. The Saturday session will deal with carving on bowls and lidded vessels. An advanced class is planned for Sunday on carving. If enough members enroll, the class will be set. If there are too few members interested in the advanced class, consideration will be given to a different class on natural edged bowls for lesser experienced turners. Alan has done some excellent work that can be accessed through the NCWT home page. Bob Garon volunteered to host Alan and his wife during their stay. Turn and Learn The winner of the Turn and Learn challenge to use skew chisel techniques on a turning was won by Scott Brihn who turned a very nice lidded vessel. Scott received a $10 gift certificate to Craft Supplies. Name tag drawing The drawing was won by Tom Wisnieski. Thanks to King Heiple for the wood blanks. Show and Tell winner King Heiple had the winning ticket for the Show and Tell drawing and was awarded a $10 gift certificate to Craft Supplies. Show and Tell Tom Olechiw described his work of a half vessel of spalted curly maple mounted on wood. Tom admitted he came up with this design after a side blew out on the vessel. Creative opportunity at its best! Len Widmer commented on his red dyed maple bowl with flowers and finished with lacquer. He mentioned that if he had not glued back the tenon, it would have been displayed in the Oops table! Ken Nuzum had a very sharp maple bowl with nice texturing. He attributed his skill to what he has learned from the members of the club. Wood Raffle After a shortage of raffle wood at the last meeting, club
4 Page 4 By Dan Maloney members responded with a good amount of quality wood. Thanks to all donors and please keep the donations coming. Raffle revenue is used to pay for coffee and donuts. Other business Mayor Hruby The Brecksville mayor was introduced by Tom Nero and expressed thanks for the work the club does in the community. In appreciation for what Brecksville does for our club, Denny Watson presented the mayor with a plaque with a gavel and hammer stand. The mayor admired the gift and said it would be put in his office. We acknowledged the mayor and his goodwill toward our club with a standing ovation. Paul Kosmos offered kudos for the work George Raeder and Bob Scharl did on the Wooster show. The group fully agreed. Don Karr has a list of tools that are for sale. Tips and Tricks There were many members who shared their tips, tricks and techniques and we appreciate the participation. A summary of some of the items are shared below. If you participated in the event and your name is not mentioned, or if your sharing is not fully detailed, it is no reflection on you or your recommendations, but is reflective of a club secretary that types slowly with two fingers or who did not understand some of the more complex ideas. Bob Garon turned with one of the better Woodturners in Hawaii and works with bad wood. He explained how to finish this type of wood and the role of sanding sealer. He passed around a huge bowl he made. Rick Weinbrenner showed a jig for a Powermatic lathe spindle lock using a friction fit. He uses clear Folger s coffee jars for storage and has some extra if anyone is interested. Finally, he showed us a sandpaper jig that uses a hacksaw blade mounted on a piece of wood to divide the paper. Jim Pugh displayed a drill press jig allowing you to clamp on to a machine easily. He uses the jig to hold wood for big forstner bit drilling on bowls. It is also used for natural edge bowls with a forstner bit to accommodate the drive center. Jim also uses plywood cutouts of different sizes to band saw out his bowl blanks. King Heiple showed a vacuum attachment named Loc-Line. You can clamp it anywhere on the lather and the 2.5 inch diameter flex hose will capture that dust. Google Loc-Line for the vendor on the web. King also showed how to turn a wood jig to be used as a substitute for narrow jaws. Denny Watson organizes his sandpaper in one inch by two inch pieces using spring clips. He also glues sandpaper to foam blocks. For sanding goblets he puts foam around a stick and fastens sandpaper to the foam using a rubber band. Then, he showed how he turned two cylinders of wood to varying sizes on each cylinder to correspond to differ-
5 Page 5 By Dan Maloney ent caliper measures. A quick way to set a caliper. Finally, Denny uses a golf ball in tailstock at times so as not to damage or pierce the wood. Mike Hawkins showed how he rounds off peppermill blanks on the band saw using a V-shaped jig. Paul Kosmos showed how he signs his name on an item in small fashion by using an Optivisor to magnify the work and a permanent marker number one archival ink marker. He explained the composition of a good sanding disc for the lathe. He stressed that rubber backed was the key. Paul also showed us his nine ply plywood steady rest. Adam Alloway related many good sources for coupons and special offers on woodturning items. He also shared a list of web sites that may be of interest to members. The list appears elsewhere in the newsletter He showed how he uses a pressure pot for pen blank molds and Luma-lite - a 2 part clear for penmaking. Darrell Dube Showed us a sandpaper discs holder briefcase available on the Craft Supplies website. He then showed us his homemade vacuum chuck and a jig for cutting thin strips on a table saw. His depth gauge was made with a dowel and a stick of wood for use primarily on the inside and outside of bowls. He then showed us his tool rest post and a noncontact voltage checker. Tom Olechiw showed how he made the cribbage pegs for his excellent cribbage board on the Show and Tell table. He uses. 1/8 inch brazing rods for small game pieces/pegs. He showed the club how to maximize the use of sandpaper by folding it a certain way and he talked about the Beall buffing system. Tom Knapp shared his success in using Maguires automotive products for a final finish on the finish. He recommended not using the product on open grain woods. Top spinoff Competition was keen for the top spinoff until there were only two men standing. Larry Wilson and Tom Wisnieski. After factoring in the slope of the mirror, the broken edge of the mirror and the wind direction, the tops were spun with Tom and his top taking the prize. Useful websites ( for pen blanks, pen kits and molds) ( great prices for psi and hobbyline pen kits and supplies) m (for face plates) (for pen molds) ( prefer his for single barrel pens) (also has bottle stopper molds) om (carbide cutters and other things) (also has a youtube account with lots of how to videos)
6 Page 6 By Dan Maloney -- nings.com (for wood blanks) ( best to call and him. Might take a few days via .) ucts.com (for dead center bushings and other stuff) (pen making forums) com ( more pen supplies. has closed end mandrels and other specialty products) (for superglue and bottles. has minimum order amount of $25.00, them for a price list many items are not listed on website) (resins and mold making supplies) ( for ruth niles bottle stoppers and joyner pendant lig)
7 Page 7 Turn & Learn The winner of this month s Turn & Learn contest was Scott Brihn. Scott turned a very nice lidded vessel based on the Alan Lacer demo featuring the infamous skew. Nice job Scott. Scott won a gift certificate to Craft Supply for his effort. The Turn & Learn project for the August meeting is a square-edged bowl from domestic wood, based on the Joe Hermann demo. Featured Show and Tell pieces This month s featured pieces from the Show and Tell table were: Tom Olechiw. Tom had a half of a turned vase mounted on a backing plate. It had an interesting story behind it and could have been on the OOPS! Table as well. Nice recovery Tom. Len Widmer. Len had a dyed maple bowl with some flowers painted on. It was a nice way to dress up a suttle piece of wood. Nice job Len. Ken Nuzum. Ken had a very nice bowl with varying degrees of texture and embellishments. Very nicely done Ken, wonderful piece.
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9 Page 9 I ve got Tribe fever I was at Woodcraft recently and noticed they had ash baseball bat blanks on sale, so I figured, why not? I took it home and went to mount it in my lathe, which is a 1642 jet. At first it wouldn t fit between centers, and I thought, what the heck? When I took a second look, I noticed my headstock was not all the way over to the left end of the bed, so I slid it down and locked it in. Problem solved. I started out by rounding the blank, which was 36 long. After I had it nice and round, and pretty much the same diameter all the way down, I made some pencil marks to separate the areas where the diameters would change. I wanted to end up with a 34 bat, which is what I used to hit with when I played baseball. As I started to thin down the handle area, I noticed some vibration in the blank which was causing the tool to bounce and leave a chattered cut. I dug out my homemade spindle steady rest I made a few years back and decided to use it. Only trouble is when I made it, I had a jet midi with a 10 swing. I had to add 3 of wood to the base and get a longer carriage bolt to hold it to the bed. Now I was ready. It did the trick and allowed me to finish the blank without the vibration. I sanded it up, and started the finish with a couple coats of some shellac I had lying around. Being that it was clear, I added about 6 or 8 drops of honey amber aniline dye from Transtint. I wanted the grain to show up a little more than just a clear finish would provide. After the shellac dried, I followed up with 4 coats of lacquer. After that dried, I took it over to my buffer with the three Beale wheels and buffed it and waxed it. I noticed when I took it off the lathe that is was awfully heavy. I took a swing with it and went around about two turns. When I came to a stop, I decided it would be great for a warm up bat. You wouldn t need any of those donut weights on it. After I brought it in the house, I was curious. I took and weighed it on my digital postal scale, It weighed 55 1/2 ounces. Just to put in in perspective, Babe Ruth in his first couple of years swung a 54 ounce bat. He later switched to a 46 ounce bat. Modern ballplayers swing a ounce bat of this length. I am going to turn another one and see if I can thin it down some and get the weight down. I think I ll take my scale with me and see what the ash blanks weigh versus the hard maple blanks they also sell. This was a very fun project. If you want some practice on making long cuts and keeping them smooth and consistent, this is it. You really have to have a nice steady approach in order to avoid a rippled surface.
10 Page 10 Meetings First Saturday of the month unless otherwise noted. Doors open 9:00 AM, Meeting begins 9:30 AM Blossom Hill 4450 Oakes Road Brecksville, OH President Denny Watson (419) Vice President Rick Weinbrenner (440) Secretary Dan Maloney (440) Treasurer Ron Sieloff Member-At-Large Jim Pugh (440) Date January 7 February 4 March April 7 May 5-6 June 2 July 7 Topic Tin Niewiadomski segmented turning demo, Show & Tell, Turn & Learn multi-axis turning or Bob Rosand item, Wood Raffle, Nametag drawing. Denny Watson sharpening demo, Show & Tell, Turn & Learn Gavel and striker plate, Wood Raffle, Nametag drawing. Pro turner Alan Carter. Demo Saturday, classes on Sunday, Turn & Learn is a segmented piece, No wood raffle, Nametag drawing. Paul Kosmos wood burning demo, Show & Tell, Turn & Learn is a lidded box no bigger than 4 tall x 3 diameter with another turned item that fits inside. LET class in the afternoon will be a spindle turning 101 class. Wood Raffle, Nametag drawing. Pro turner Alan Lacer. Demo Saturday, classes on Sunday, Turn & Learn will be a thin-stemmed goblet, No wood raffle, Nametag drawing Joe Hermann demo on a square bowl., Show & Tell, Wood Raffle, Turn & Learn is any domestic piece with woodburning embellishment based on the Paul Kosmos demo, Nametag drawing. Tips and Tricks demo, Top Spin off, Show & Tell, Wood Raffle, Turn & Learn is a skew project based on the Alan Lacer demo, Nametag drawing. Member-At-Large Tom Wisnieski Publicity and Community Relations Director Tom Nero (440) Newsletter Editor Mike Hawkins August 4 September 8-9 October 6 November 3-4 December 1 King Heiple will demo on small miniatures and homemade tooling for such, Show & Tell, Turn & Learn is a square edged bowl based on the Joe Hermann demo, Wood Raffle, Nametag drawing. Pro turner Alan Hollor bowls with carved bases and stems, Demo on Saturday, classes on Sunday, Turn & Learn TBA, No wood raffle, Nametag drawing Steve Sherman demo on small vessels with finials, Turn & Learn is a miniature goblet bases on King Heiple demo, Show & Tell, Wood Raffle, Nametag drawing. Denny Watson demo on goblets, Turn & Learn will be a bowl or vase with legs based on the Alan Hollor demo, No wood raffle, Nametag drawing Annual Auction