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Ada County Woodworkers

July Newsletter

July 13, 2016

Minutes of the July 13, 2016 meeting held at Woodcraft in Boise.

Secretary Alan Hochhalter called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM.  President Brian Bass and Vice President Scott Taylor were unable to attend.


New members




Steve Young reminded members the Western Idaho Fair is coming up in August and said the judging will be better this year.

Steve Young said preparatory work on pens for the Turn for Troops event will start Saturday, July 16.

Ron Lee said he had some Walnut and Juniper (cut by Pat Reed) for sale.

Some magazines that Bob Rudkin had were taken to the Veteran’s Home at Ft. Boise.  They will take others if you have them.

New at Woodcraft

Steve Merrill talked about new items and sale items at the store:

·         There are some new 1000, 1500, 2000 grit sanding pads by Norton.
·         A controller with remote for vacuums or dust collection systems.
·         Milescraft framing squares with a lip to hold the beam on the work.
·         Machines and workbenches used in the shops at the store are on sale.
·         Clearance items are on sale.

Treasurer's Report

Treasurer Floyd Bird reported the treasury balance is $947.52.

Old Business

John Pickrell gave a picnic update.  It will be August 13th at Veterans Memorial Park in Boise.  The area is available at 5PM.  Dinner is planned to begin at 5:30.  The club will provide meat, drinks, and buns.  Members should bring side dishes (with a serving spoon if needed please) if your last name begins with A-O.  Last names P-Z should bring desserts.

Tech Tips


New Business



Regular Raffle: two $15.00 Woodcraft gift cards, two clamps, a push stick, and an 80 tooth blade donated by Floyd Bird and sharpened by Dave’s Palouse Resharp.

Class Raffle: Bob Johnson won the class raffle.

Show & Tell

Micheal Kingsley had his “Mr. Blue Jeans” guitar made with walnut, maple, ebony, and abalone.  It is finished with about ten coats of wipe on polyurethane.

Don Blasdel had a night stand made from cherry with a wipe on poly finish.

John Pickrell had two cremains boxes finished with Tung oil.



Steve Young demonstrated turning a bowl.

He started with a chunk of horse chestnut that had been roughly cut round mounted on a screw chuck.  The center was then marked with a lathe tool and a center in the tailstock moved up to add support.

Steve said the Easy Wood Tools are good for beginners, but they’re basically scrapers so they tear the wood a bit so he prefers gouges sharpened with various grinds to suit the job at hand.  He used a bowl gouge with a back grind to face off the blank, and then turned a tenon with a dovetail on the tailstock end to fit the jaws of his adjustable chuck.

With the blank still on the screw chuck, he shaped the outside round and smooth, working from both ends toward the middle to avoid tearout.  Then he continued shaping the outside to the desired shape.  At this point, the outside can be sanded and finished since it is basically done.

The bowl is remounted in the chuck using the tenon turned earlier and the inside hollowed out being careful not to get it too thin or to cut too deep into the bottom. 

The blank is remounted on a cole chuck holding at the rim so the tenon can be removed if desired.  The bottom is made slightly concave so it doesn’t rock.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:46 PM.

Alan Hochhalter, Secretary

Upcoming Events:

No August meeting.
The annual picnic with the turners is 5PM August 13th, at Veterans Memorial Park in Boise.
Next meeting September 14th, 7PM, Woodcraft in Boise.


2016 Officers:

President – Brian Bass
Vice President – Scott Taylor
Treasurer – Floyd Bird
Secretary – Alan Hochhalter
Meeting Refreshments – Kelly Christensen
Member-At-Large – John Pickrell


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