February Meeting Highlights

The guild welcomed our two visitors, Jay and Jim.

Wendell shared that Zack Higgins has several videos on youtube demonstrating acrylic techniques and a website, http://nvwoodwerks.com. He also shared that if you are using wood in the acrylic, be sure to stabilize it first. He also talked about using a pressure pot,set to 45psi, to get rid of the bubbles in the acrylic.

Example of mounting a carbide tip

Another example of mounting a carbide tip

Example of mounting a carbide tip

Example of mounting a carbide tip

Rod shared two turning tools he fabricated with carbide tips. The source of the carbide is: http://azcarbide.com/ product-category/round/

For show and tell, Wendell brought in a mechanical pencil and a pen that he made out of the acrylic from the January meeting. He also brought a box with an osage orange bottom and a two part wooden and acrylic lid with a light in it( the light is fully functional.)

Jim, one of our visitors, brought in 3 bowls made out of mahogany and number of stacking earring boxes that are made of various types of wood. He gets most of his wood from the scrap bin of Wood and Windows in Oakland. He finishes the bowls with salad bowl finish.

Jay brought in a beautiful platter that was made by well known turner Bob Stocksdale. Russ brought in three segmented bowls that he did not completely turn, but finished. The segments were made by a wood turner friend of his that recently passed away. He took the segments, glued walnut on both rims, and hollowed out the center. The segments are Padauk and almond.

The demo was jointly given by Russ and Lee. Russ demonstrated on turning the foot off of bowls. A kneeler pad, glued to a block with a tendon mounted in the four jaw chuck is used to support the inside of the bowl. The turned piece of wood is mounted and centered between the tail stock and the kneeler pad. The foot is turned off leaving a small supporting nub which is sanded off using a sanding pad mounted in a hand drill or drill press. Russ also gave a source for blue 2 3/8″ sanding discs: http://vinceswoodnwonders.com/jimmy-clewes-favorite-abrasives-page1/ The advantage of these discs is that they are slightly larger than the 2” sanding pad thus saving the edge of the velcro faced pad from damage.

Special tap and threaded fixture

Special tap and threaded fixture

Special jig to maintain constant angle between insert and hollow form

Special jig to maintain constant angle
between insert and hollow form

Lee discussed making supporting fixture using a pad mounted on a wooden fixture that had been threaded using a tap matching the headstock threads. He also discussed adding an insert to the opening of a hollow form. The two advantages are that the opening can be made larger while working and closed down after the vesssel is complered. The second advantage is that a different wood adds appeal to the final vessel. The insert is turned separately and glued on to the hollow form. The constant angle between the two parts is maintained using a special jig.

The Guild would like to thank Jay for sharing he following pictures taken at the meeting. He is clearly an accomplished photographer.

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