May Newsletter Highlights

The meeting was held in Les Cizek’s shop. Willie was the host.  There were about 20 members present for the meeting. Russ presented information about the insurance the club will be purchasing that will cover members and in their private shop during meetings / demos.

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The educational report was given by three different members.

Les Cizek's inlay technique

Les Cizek’s inlay technique

Les Cizek presented an inlay technique that is used by luthiers and furniture makers. He shared how he cut a small groove in the outside of the bowl while still on the lathe. Then fit and glued a piece of (string veneer) into the groove, waited for the glue to dry and sanded it smooth.  This is another technique to embellish your turnings.

Wendell Knott presented information about polishing and buffing wheels that he purchased as a set of several different shapes that he purchased from Harbor Freight for about $20.00.

Rod Cameron presented information about the use of steel wool and the safety factor that it is flammable;
so do not have the steel wool near a grinder or anything that may ignite it.


Brian, turning a bowl from a board

Brian, turning a bowl from a board

The demonstration was presented by Brian Schumacher. This was certainly an interesting presentation, as no one had ever seen anything like this. Actually, Brian gave two demonstrations. The first was turning a bowl from a board. To do this you first would cut the board in half, then draw ½ circles on the board and cut on the circle line using a bandsaw with the table tilted at 45 degrees. Once all of the pieces were cut they could then be stacked and glued in the shape of a rough-­‐cut bowl.  When the glue had set the piece could be turned into a bowl.  The more pieces you cut and use the larger and or taller the bowl will be. Those who attended will understand this.

The second part of Brian’s presentation was segmented turning. Actually, there was no turning, but designing, cutting segments and gluing the pieces together for a segmented turned item. The challenge is to determine the length and angle each segment is cut to make up each ring of the segmented piece. You can purchase a computer program that will give you all the information based on what you want, or do your own math calculations –

Photos from Show and Tell

There was some really great pieces presented to the group and it seemed like each piece generated much conversation. Each person explained how the piece was made and finished. Wendell brought an antique thread box that he had sprayed and finished with black lacquer to show the group.

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