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Ada County Woodworkers

January Newsletter

January 13, 2016
Minutes of the January 13, 2016 Meeting held at Woodcraft in Boise.
President Brian Bass called the meeting to order at 6:59 PM.

New members

Robert Wood,
Jeff Adams,
John Zahurak,
Roger Jennings

Greg ?
New at Woodcraft

Steve Young talked about a few new items at the store:
  • A set of silicone rubber chisel edge guards.
  • A tool case with about 30 slots for chisels, screwdrivers, etc.
  • The FIXR multi-tool with twenty different functions.
  • A carbide sharpening tool by Micro 100 headquartered in Meridian.
  • A two-function flashlight for woodworkers with a magnet in the end for mounting on a steel surface.

Treasurer's Report

Treasurer Floyd Bird reported the current balance in the treasury is $531.28.


Brian Bass thanked ex-treasurer Jack Keifer for his service.

John Pickrell reported the Christmas party cost the club about $104.00.

$15.00 yearly membership dues are due.  Remember you get three fre item entries for Idaho Artistry in Wood.

Old Business

Idaho Artistry in Wood

Michael Kingsley, Brian Bass, and Rich Froehlich gave an update; Planning is going smoothly.  The web site will be live soon for banquet registration.  There is some further breakdown of the judging categories for woodworkers.  Michael Kingsley volunteered to judge.  There will be no selling of items submitted for judging.  Things CAN be sold through the gallery the Ron Lee runs.  A volunteer signup sheet was passed around.

From the club, IAW needs three items for the live auction, one silent auction item, and raffle items.

Door security will be added this year.  Instead of tickets, wristbands will be issued.


Axles are needed for 1-½” wheels.  The treasurer will order some axles.

Michael K. had plans, wheels, and axles available.  He said builders should avoid allergic woods; pine, maple, etc. are OK.  Toys will be given to the Shriners at IAW at 2PM, Saturday afternoon.  Michael will set up a toy build session.

Ron Lee discussed making boxes.  He will host a box building session.

New Business

Meeting Topics

Brian Bass talked about proposed meeting topics for the year and passed around a list for desired topics or topics members can make presentations on.

Brian suggested the club might have something like a suggestion box where members would put questions on woodworking topics that could be put to the membership for possible answers.

He also talked about having a “tech note” topic at meetings where members could give short talks about some subject they’re familiar with. As an example, he talked about a fix for stripped threads in the raising/lowering mechanism on his Jet thickness planer.

A few minutes will be set aside at meetings for questions and tips.


Regular Raffle: three $15 gift cards, two saw blades from Dave’s Palouse Resharp, Titebond Ultimate Wood Glue, and a Wood River three piece brush set.
The Woodcraft class raffle will be held next month.

Show & Tell
  • Pat Reed had a stool made from maple and walnut. 
  • Max Black showed a model car that he had to reconstruct after it crashed into the floor.
  • Michael Kingsley had some bowls; a natural edge box elder bowl colored with acrylic inks to enhance the natural color, and a two-part bowl with a carved “finger” base of maple and the bowl of Alaskan birch.  He also had a guitar test piece colored with blue and white inks to show some of the effects possible.

  • Floyd Bird showed a push block he made with adjustable center and fence pieces.
  • Brian Bass had a box and a cutting board.




Brian Bass talked about how he makes the magnetic latch boxes that he often brings for show and tell.
The major power tools used are: a router table, table saw, and a band saw or scroll saw.
The major steps are:
1.Cut the box blank to open up the inside by removing the core.
2.Make a sliding dovetail for the top.
3.Cut the top into the smaller fixed part and the larger moving part.
4.Tape the parts together and route the dovetail guide for the latch.
5.Glue on the bottom.
6.Make the latch bolt and cut it to match the curved cut between the fixed and moving top pieces.
The bolt closes with magnets, one in the moving part of the bolt and the other in the top.  The magnets must be located so when the bolt is in the closed position, the magnets are a small distance apart so the bolt moving part is being pulled toward the fixed part.
The latch bolt has an elongated hole the fits over a pin fixed in the top to keep it from coming out.
The core cut from the box blank can be used to make a matching tray or even reused to make another box if it is large enough.
The preceding description is only a summary of the process Brian described.
Brian can sell a hard copy plan on request; see him for details.


The meeting was adjourned at 8:54 PM.

Alan Hochhalter, Secretary

Upcoming Events:

Next meeting: 7:00 PM, February 10, 2016 at Boise Woodcraft.
Idaho Artistry in Wood, February 26, 27, 28, 2016.


2016 Officers:
President – Brian Bass
Vice President – Scott Taylor
Treasurer – Floyd Bird
Secretary – Alan Hochhalter
Meeting Refreshments – Kelly Christensen

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