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APRIL, 2013

Dear Member,

I apologize for the delay in getting out this newsletter.  Even though we are now in May, this is actually the April newsletter.  The good news is that the newsletter is timeless, so you haven't missed anything!

Our meeting was on April 10th and it was called to order at 7:02pm by our illustrious leader Micheal Kingsley.

We had a few new folks that spoke but they spoke so quickly I was only able to capture fragments of what was said:

Dean Shepard - Moved to Boise May of last year.
John Greer - Moved 2 years ago - came with Dean tonight.
Bill Johnson - From Albuquerque.

Trying to get our roster straightened out.  The Rogue's gallery (our roster with photos and contact info) is available on request and is emailed out roughly quarterly.

We got $750 from the Idaho Artistry in Wood (IAW).  Woot!  We bought a box of LED lights with stand, magnet and hook.  We are giving away 3 this month and 3 next month.  We also decided to bump up the gift cards to $20 (previously they were $15).

Micheal plans to give a guitar to IAW for the silent auction next year if we don't have another proposal.  Next year we will encourage non-members to bid.  Unfortunately we end up auctioning most of our items to each other at the banquet.  It's time to cast the net a little wider.

Each year we make toys for the Shriner's hospital.  Wooden toys that are non toxic.  We supply the wheels, axles and plans.  If you have any plans to share, please let Micheal know.  He has a drafting business and can print them out for club members.

Ron has a video of himself making toys.  Check it out on our website.

Micheal would like to get sketches of ideas for the new A/V cabinet to be shared between all the woodworking clubs.

A CNC club is starting.  Meeting first on April 16 at 6pm here at Woodcraft.  Joe thought it was in May and Micheal thinks the first meeting might be in April.  Your guess because I don't know.

CWI is starting new classes in computer design with AutoCAD, Sketchup and Revit.  They are night classes from 6-9pm.  The first class has already started.  Micheal had some hand outs with more details.

Dean Shepard spoke about a CNC machine that he has for sale.  He passed out sheets with some of details.  He is asking $3,500 for it - he has over $5,000 invested.

Show and Tell.  Russ showed frames for certificates.  Brian Bass showed some inlay work he has done.  Dean showed an engraved cutting board and a gun stock.  The stock also had honeycomb calcide inlaid into it.  Micheal showed a fluted screwdriver and dyed and turned piece of box elder.  It's a challis.

Jeff from Woodcraft showed some of their new products.  Air compresser fittings.  New custom knife kit.  New turning blocks for duck calls including camo acrylic.  A butane torch for burning wood.  A miter clamp.  A triangle scale.  The new tapering jig from Micro Jig.

Rob Cosman is coming to town.  April 26th (Friday) and April 27th (Saturday) he will be doing a class each day.


Started again with the Raffle.  Micheal gave away a bunch of veneer along with the Woodcraft gift certificates and the lights.

Bob came up to talk about planes.  He talked about block planes and bench planes and he had a few historical planes.  He pulled apart the chip breaker from the blade.  The blade is typically beveled at 25 degrees.  Because the bench plan the blade sits at 20 degrees then the combined cutting angle is 45 degrees.

A low angle blade is easier to cut with but more likely the chip out the wood.  The steeper angle is more work but has less cut out.  The low angle planes are good for cutting end grain.

He also showed a shoulder plane which is a bevel up plane.  It is designed for end grain for cutting the shoulders around a tenon.  If you are cutting end grain and have trouble then wet it.  Each grain is like a tube and wetting it will fill those tubes and help prevent the collapsing of the tubes ("crushing").

You can correct the base of a plane by attaching sandpaper to an absolutely flat surface (like glass).  Start with 180 grit and sand it to flat.  You can get some planes with corrugated bottoms (lengthwise grooves).

Planes 1-4 are smoothing planes.  5 is a Jack plane or fore plane.  #6 is a tri-plane or fore plane.  #7 and #8 are jointers.  There are also chisel planes, spoke shaves, side rabbet planes that Bob showed.

Woodcraft is now carrying the Wood River planes from China and the Stanley Sweetheart planes made in Mexico/England.  There are also higher-end planes like Lie Nielsen and Veritas.

Scrapers are used for the most difficult gnarly woods.  Bob showed one in the form of a spoke shave (opposing handles).

The rear handle is the tote and the front is called the knob.

Cooper's Plane for making a barrel "Top Plane"

Thanks all and we'll see you next month,