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Ada County Woodworkers

November Newsletter

November 9, 2016
Minutes of the November 09, 2016 Meeting held at Woodcraft in Boise.
President Brian Bass called the meeting to order at 7:04 PM.

New members


Tom Brodock (not sure I got the last name correct – AEH)

Steve Young reminded everyone that the thirteenth annual Turn for Troops event starts November 12th at 8 AM.  The doors will be open at 7 AM.  They are shooting for 1300 pens.

Brian Bass announced that Donald Ducker had passed away and his daughter was in contact regarding some tools including: shop tools, Porter Cable dovetail jig, 10” Sears scroll saw, Sorby lathe hollowing tools, a 6-piece turning set, a Craftsman 5pc set, shop vac, Delta miter saw, Sears 10” direct drive bandsaw, JDS Air Tech 2000 air filter (on ceiling), homemade screw press for segmented bowls.  Contact Brian if interested.

Brian and John Pickrell had some information on the annual holiday party.  It will be December 14th instead of the monthly meeting.  The club will provide a turkey and potatoes, but we need someone to cook the turkey and someone to make mashed potatoes.  Contact Brian if you can do that.  If your last name begins with A-H, bring a dessert; I-Z, side dishes.  There will be a gift exchange – bring something if you want to participate in that.  Five additional items from the club are also needed for prizes.  The party will be at the Presbyterian Church at 6500 Overland Blvd, Boise (same location as last year).  If helping with setup, plan to arrive at 5 PM, otherwise at 6 PM.  Dinner begins at 6:30 PM.  Plates, cups, and utensils will be provided, but bring whatever is needed to serve your dessert or side dish.

Tech Tips

Brian Bass reported on an incident with a dead blow hammer.  It was cold and the hammer was several years old and when struck the handle shattered and pieces went flying.  The consensus seemed to be that age was the primary cause, so be careful.  Those cautions about wearing safety glasses are not completely frivolous.

Someone had a problem fitting flexible dust collector hose over his rigid PVC pipe ducting.  Bob Rudkin suggested that green pipe works better and that axial kerfs can be cut in the end of the pipe so it can be compressed a bit.  Start with two on opposite sides, add more cuts if necessary.  John Pickrell said he had turned a fitting out of wood that worked.

John Pickrell described how well an Old English product he used covered scratches during a repair job he did recently.  Bob Rudkin also recommended Restore-A-Finish.

New at Woodcraft

Steve Merrill showed a few new items at the store including:

A new folding T-square with an adjustable sliding head.
Cutting board DVDs.
The Winbag inflatable leveling tool.
New kits for a fillet knife and a skinning knife.
A Festool measuring tape with a window in the top for making precise inside measurements.
A magnetic corner level.

The store will be open at 8 AM for Black Friday with some good specials.  They are preselling Jet machines at 15% off, Powermatic 10%, and Laguna 10%.  Prices are good through the Sunday after Black Friday.

Treasurer's Report

No treasurer’s report; Treasurer Floyd Bird was absent.

Old Business


Bill Johnson passed around a list for those interested in making toys.  Wheels, axles, and plans are available.  He will have a few people over at his shop for a toy making session, probably the 14th or 21st of this month.

Boise Watershed Project

Brian Bass reported a few members had visited the site and the balance streams will be the first part of the project.  It is supposed to be finished by April.  (As a side note, some interested members met during the break and decided to have s site visit on Sunday the 20th at 11:30 AM.  The address is 11818 W. Joplin Rd, Boise.)

New Business


With no nominations for officers from the floor, and agreement by the existing officers to run again, a motion was made, seconded, and passed by a voice vote to re-elect the existing officers for 2017.


Regular Raffle: The first raffle item (actually about 3rd) was a spaghetti tong made by Bob Johnson and won by Bob Rudkin.  A $15.00 and a $10.00 gift card were also raffled off.  There was some Poplar, and plastic boxes Brian donated as well.

Class Raffle: no class raffle this month.

Annual Project Show and Judging

The awards were:  Best of Show to Rich Froehlich for his spiral pen, People’s Choice to John Pickrell for his rocking chair, First place to Brian Bass for his turned bowl, second place to Brad Winters for his trivet, and 3rd place to John Pickrell for his chair.

Each exhibitor received a free raffle ticket, best of show - $20, and people’s choice $10.  The ribbons for the winners will be handed out later.

Brian Bass had a checkerboard box with a slide top made from scraps of wood; a segmented turned vase; a flask made from African Rosewood; an Allosaurus dinosaur puzzle with box mad of birch plywood adapted from a pattern found on-line.


Brad Winters had an inlaid cowboy cutting board made from walnut, maple, and poplar with a plain back so you can use it without damaging the finished side; a trivet of oak, poplar, and walnut; a hummingbird coaster and ornament – the ornament was made from coaster offcuts with epoxy brass fill; a Meridian Speedway model hot rod; and a hide-a-shelf (shelf with a hidden compartment).




John Pickrell had his rocking chair made of walnut.  The seat was made from three pieces; the back parts were soaked in water and then bent.  His daughter made pads (not shown in photo).  He used a chair made by Scott Taylor as a pattern.

Rich Froehlich had a turned pen with a spiral pattern made from SpectraPly.

Bill Johnson showed his burl bowl made from box elder from the Castle house project.


There was no presentation this month due to elections and the annual project display and judging.

John Pickrell brought a set of Jenga blocks and members took turns pulling blocks out of the stack.  The photo below is just before the tower fell with some help from John.


Meeting Topics for Next Year

At the end of the meeting, suggestions for meeting topics for next year were discussed.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:53 PM.

Alan Hochhalter, Secretary

Upcoming Events:

The holiday party will be on December 14th at the Presbyterian Church at 6500 Overland Blvd., Boise.  Setup at 5 PM for those helping, others arrive at 6 PM, food served at 6:30.  See the announcements section for more information.

Next meeting January11th, 7PM, Woodcraft in Boise.


2016-2017 Officers:

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


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