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JANUARY 2015 NEWSLETTER

Minutes of the January 14, 2015 Meeting held at Woodcraft in Boise.
President Brian Bass called the meeting to order at 7:04 PM

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New members

None

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Visitors

Sean Torena
Ryan Schumacher
Paul King

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New at Woodcraft

Steve Merrill announced the annual clearance sale is going on now. Items with colored dots are discounted. Each Friday, the dots change to increase the discount.

New items:

Rubber mats for finishing and gluing are now available; they're made of a silicon material that resists most glues and finishes.
Green Rustoleum chalkboard paint,
A new sanding block that uses belts for 3”x21” belt sanders,
JessEm tablesaw stock guides,
Sjobergs adjustable vise for workbenches,
A container that matches Systainers and drawer tracks that can be used told Systainers in a cabinet,
The new SawStop job site saw will be available in March
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Treasurer's Report - Jack Keifer

Treasurer Jack Keifer was absent.

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Old Business:

Idaho State Historical Museum Lumber
Micheal still has lumber.

Non-profit Status
Alan Hochhalter reported that he had received a reminder from the IRS about filing the e-postcard tax return.

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New Business

2015 Meeting Demos

President Brian passed around a pad for members to list ideas for meeting demonstrations and to volunteer for same. 

Idaho Artistry in Wood 

Signup sheets for helpers at the show will be available at the next meeting. Help will be needed for the raffle table, admissions, and people to walk around and keep an eye on judging entries.

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Raffles

Regular raffle: three $15 Woodcraft gift cards. 
Class raffle: current 2-month raffle cycle ends next month.

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Show & Tell

Bruce Johnstone had a toy road grader he built for his grandson, and a cheese slicer made from Bubinga and Chechen.

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Break

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Wheels for Wood Toys

There was a discussion of the various wood wheel sizes the club makes available for builders of toys for the Shrine Hospital and the costs. The cost goes up considerably if not purchased in larger quantities which encourages standardization on a single size. After some discussion, it was decided to stick with 1-1/4” wheels for the future.

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Demonstration

Floyd Bird gave a talk on table saw safety with help from members who recounted their own saw incidents.
 

Ron Lee reported he has had three accidents in his 40 years of woodworking. The first was cutting the tips of fingers during a repetitive cutting operation to kerf a piece of plywood to bend it. The second was ripping a piece of oak that kicked back and caught his thumb between the wood and the blade. The third was cutting plywood without adequate outfeed support causing a kickback that struck his hand.

Russ Centanni from the Treasure Valley Scrollers club described an accident he had when cutting pieces for a segmented bowl.

Floyd talked first about splitters and riving knives; splitters are usually located further from the blade and don't raise and lower with the blade while riving knives are closer and do go up and down with the blade. Being closer reduces the chances of something getting caught between the blade and the knife and being kicked back.

He gave some statistics on saw accidents. I didn't record the year, but he presented a number of 39750 accidents involving table saws per year. Of those about 33000 involved contact between the blade and some part of the user's body. Nearly one-half involved kickback. 95% of the incidents claimed the blade was sharp although it is doubtful that many were really sharp and free of buildup on the teeth causing friction and heat that contribute to accidents.

Floyd noted that blade tooth speed may be in excess of 80 mph, so if an eye blink is 1/3 of a second that is 28 feet. This means any incident involving kickback is going to happen too fast to react once it actually occurs.

Floyd had a list of thirteen items to make using your saw safer:

Keep your shop clean
Wear Safety gear for eyes, ears, and lungs
Make sure your saw is aligned and setup properly
Use a blade guard
Keep the blade sharp
Use the correct blade for the operation (particularly ripping and crosscutting)
Watch your stance and stay in balance
Do not reach over the blade
Wear no jewelry, loose clothing, gloves that could get caught on something
Use an outfeed table
Have a switch on your saw that is easy to find to turn it off
Unplug the saw to change blades
If it feels unsafe it is unsafe

Brian Bass suggested a web site with table saw accident statistics and safety information; sawaccidents.com

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Announcements

Ron Lee announced that the possible shop equipment for sale he reported on earlier is not ready at this time.

Bob Rudkin had some information on a chop saw and a small shaper for sale.

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Adjournment

The meeting was adjourned about 8:50 PM.
Alan Hochhalter, Secretary
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A Message from Incoming President Brian Bass:

On behalf of the club members I thank Micheal for his years in office as the President of the Ada County Woodworkers. With his leadership the club successfully achieves the targets and goals set at club meetings. 

Your leadership and stewardship have made a difference to our club and the successful accomplishment of your duties has set a standard which will not be easy to follow. 

I see commitment to the club presidency as being accomplished with the encouragement and support of other club officers and the club members alike. I convey my appreciation for all the assistance needed to execute the duties. 

Thank you Micheal and know how successful you have been in not only leading this club, but also encouraging members to take a more active part.

I reiterate my thanks for the privilege that you have given me by electing me as President of this great club. I will endeavor to do my best.

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Upcoming Events:

Next meeting: February 11, 2015 at Boise Woodcraft – Bob Rudkin will do a demonstration on a router lift and joinery with the router.

Idaho Artistry in Wood: February 21st and 22nd at the Boise Hotel and Conference Center.

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2014 Officers:

President – Micheal Kingsley
Vice President – Dan Kolsky
Treasurer – Jack Keifer
Secretary – Alan Hochhalter
Meeting Refreshments – Kelly Christensen

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2015 Officers:

President – Brian Bass
Vice President – Scott Taylor

Treasurer – Jack Keifer
Secretary – Alan Hochhalter
Meeting Refreshments – TBD