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Ada County Woodworkers

April Newsletter

April 13, 2016
Minutes of the April 13, 2016 Meeting held at Woodcraft in Boise.
President Brian Bass called the meeting to order at 7:01 PM.

New members

Alan Thaw

Treasurer's Report

Treasurer Floyd Bird was absent.  President Brian Bass said we owe Idaho Artistry In Wood $129.00, but our share of the show proceeds should be about $500.00.

Old Business

Idaho Artistry in Wood

Brian Bass asked if there were any nominations for featured artist.  None were made from the floor.  Bob Hughes was nominated for featured artist by voice vote.

Brian said a discrepancy had been discovered in awarding one ribbon.  He presented second place in the people’s choice category to Bob Hughes.


President Bass announced the visit to High Desert Hardwoods on Saturday, April 16 at 9:30 AM.

Bob Rudkin announced that Bert Otto, of the tool club, had passed away this spring.  Bert made walking sticks and had a stack of stock that will be given away at the tool club meeting at 7:00 PM, June 13 at Woodcraft.  Some of Bert’s tools will be for sale at the same time.

Bob Rudkin also said he had some tools from a garage sale in Kuna, including a 5C Stanley and a couple of block planes that will also be for sale at the June 13th tool club meeting. 

Ron Lee recounted a story of a fire in his nephew’s shop as a cautionary tale.  His nephew was taking his son to school and smelled smoke; they saw it coming out of the eaves.  The fire started in his dust collector that had last been used two days before.  It had apparently smoldered in the dust and chips for that time.  The building was saved, but there was lots of damage to some cars, the shop, and the attic.   We should all think about the fire potential if any situation arises that may have generated sparks or hot particles during use of our power tools and dust collection systems.

Tech Tips


New at Woodcraft

Steve Young talked about a few new items at the store:

·         A clamp-on LED light for task lighting
·         Two new LED utility bulbs with hoods (2500 and 4400 Lumen).
·         A Grex cordless 18 gauge brad nailer.
·         Thread checkers for imperial and metric threads (inside & outside).
·         Two new diamond stones.
·         A Wixey 8” protractor with digital angle display.
·         EASY-GUIDE drawer guide jig.
·         A drawer knob and handle drilling jig.

New Business

John Pickrell is working on picnic arrangements with the turners club.


Regular Raffle: two dust masks (the winners were asked to provide feedback), a sanding block, small parts organizer, two $15 gift cards, foam brushes, four donated books, and two Bert Otto walking sticks.

No class raffle this month.


Show & Tell

          Ken Viste had several bandsaw boxes.


Warren Shepherd showed an American Girl doll wardrobe, one of four made for his granddaughters and great granddaughters.



         I’m not sure who made the miniature piano, but here is a photo anyway.




Aaron Cornell talked about the Leigh D-4 jig that can be used with a hand-held router to make dovetail and finger joints.  The standard dovetail template can make half blind and through dovetails with variable spacing.

For finger joints, the F3 template is used.  The e-Bush router guide bushing is oblong, not round, so after making a test cut, the busing can be rotated slightly to give a tighter or looser fit as long as the router is always oriented the same direction to the jig.



The meeting was adjourned at 8:49 PM.

Alan Hochhalter, Secretary

Upcoming Events:

Next meeting: 7:00 PM, May 11, 2016 at Boise Woodcraft.

May topic will be router jigs.
June will be shop layout, fittings, and tools.


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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