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April 2010 Meeting

April 14, 2010

Ada County Wood Workers met at 7:00 at Woodcraft.

President Micheal Kingsley called the meeting to order and Treasurer Bob Middleton reported a balance of $675.44



First up was a discussion of new and old listings on the classified page and paid up for a new year of the website domain name.

Talked about entering pieces in the 2010 Idaho State Fair and how nice it would be to have some pieces shown in the exhibits.

Discussed the opportunity of creating and donating pieces for the local Chapter Shriner's. The pieces would be donated to Shriner's Hospitals for children ages 3 - 18 and we would receive pictures back of the children who received the donations. Pieces must be finished with a non toxic finish (not painted) and should include a label listing the finish. Care must be taken to mention if finish is any type of nut oil due to allergies. Food color works great for coloring the wood safely. And do not use sumac or soft pine.
Some ideas were brought up such as cars, trucks & trailers, tops and Chinese checkers games. The Shriners will send an officer to pick up the toys. Also discussed was the possibility of donating toys in the future to the Ronald McDonald House.

Handouts were passed around for Band Saw Boxes and an 'apple' shaped birdhouse.

The Annual Veteran's Day Pen Turning was brought up by Steve Young who says that the hope this year is for over 1,000 pens to be turned.

Also mentioned were magazines that are available to any members. If you want to keep them you can, or you can bring them back for someone else. These magazines can be found in boxes at the back room at Woodcraft.

The Door Prize of a $15 Gift Certificate to Woodcraft went to Gary Tock.


Bob Middleton brought a gorgeous cherry table.


He explained how he formed the legs and got the beautiful finish on the top.

Chance Gatfield brought cars and a truck made from patterns given to him by Alfred Howell.


Chance also brought a wall clock he made from poplar and a mystery wood piece given to him by his great grandpa. The center part of the clock was carved with his grandpa's Carvewright from a pattern Chance created that featured the Boy Scout symbol as the numbers.
Chance made the clock to give John Pickrell in exchange for a top that John gave him during the 2010 Artistry In Wood Show.



Scott showed several interesting new products available at Woodcraft. He showed an angle gauge, a Craig Square Cut, new shapes of Micro Mesh sticks & pads, a DVD/plane revival kit, shellac flakes in blond and super blond, and a few other items.


Dan Huffman did a wonderful demonstration showing different techniques and designs for custom wooden boxes. He discussed how he numbers each piece and makes certain the parts fit together well before gluing to assure a perfect fit. Accuracy and tight fit are important. He uses a Shopsmith for the turnings and a Dremel tool to cut out the recesses. He also mentioned how it is sometimes good to have a spare part handy just in case.


This picture above shows one of the trim pieces used for his boxes.
He also makes the inside trays for the boxes using a butt-joint cut. He then lines the tray with velvet adding a nice quality touch.


The next meeting is May 12. Bob Rudkin will be demonstrating his techniques of a Band Saw Tune-up and creating a band-saw box.
We'll see you then. Bring some Show & Tell items!


 I went to the Idaho Artistry in Wood Association meeting, Russ sent me a summons. It looks like we are going to incorporate as a non-profit organization, mainly to do the wood shows. We are going to do the shows annually the last weekend of every February at the Holiday Inn on Vista. Good news! We have already got enough money to do next year's show. Russ is doing the paperwork, then all the club presidents have to sign off on it. We will be asked what our club wants to contribute to the Association in the way of helping hands.


Thanks to Marleen Kingsley for preparing this Newsletter since I missed the meeting.

I am updating the membership list with Bob Middleton’s list. If anyone knows someone who didn’t get this that should have, please let me know. I have a few names in my address book that haven’t paid their dues. If someone no longer wants to get the mailing, please let me know. Also, if someone wants to continue and hasn’t paid the dues, he should contact Bob Middleton.

Check out the website at http://acwoodworkers.com. It has membership list, back newsletters, a classified section and a gallery that has pictures of projects. To post your pictures send them to our webmaster, Marleen at bluerocco@mkmk.com. The pictures of the Artistry in Wood show and banquet are there.