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Minutes of the March 11, 2015 Meeting held at Woodcraft in Boise.
President Brian Bass called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM


New members




Kurtis Leatham


Treasurer's Report - Jack Keifer

Treasurer Jack Keifer reported the current balance in the treasury is $1147.47.



Ron Lee has a pair of hearing protectors left at his shop at the last toy day.

Brian Bass has some questionnaires for those who bought table saws since 2009.

Steve Young reported preparation for the annual Turn for Troops event is underway.  They’re looking for hardwood pen blanks (3/4x3/4x5 inches).

Brian announced the club needs a minute taker for the May meeting since Alan will not be at the meeting.  John Pickrell volunteered.

Kurtis Leatham has a company called EZ Inlays (EZInlays.com) that he is starting with help from the Idaho Small Business Development Center, Nampa TECenter and is interested in talking to club members as part of that process.


New at Woodcraft

Monte showed some new Wood River table leg brackets for workbenches or tables available in two sizes.  Bar Keep silicone clamp protectors that fit over bar clamps to keep glue off them are available as is a new digital tape measure.  Woodcraft now has music box movements available in four different melodies.  The new Mirka random orbit sander is in stock.


Old Business:

Brian reminded members to keep the Museum Comes to Life event put on by the Idaho State Historical Museum which will be coming up in September.  Some members are looking into possible club participation.


New Business

There was some discussion about what businesses give the club discounts. Tacoma Screw Products and Intermountain Wood Products are two.  It was suggested that Floyd Bird and Michael Kingsley might contact Dave’s Palouse Resharp.

Micheal Kingsley wanted to know if there are other items or different types of cars we should consider for the Shriners Toy project.  Michael volunteered to head a committee to look into it; Kelly Christensen, Don Blasdel, and Bob Hughes will help.  Ron Lee showed a prototype of a 1932 roadster model that Don Blasdel made.  Anyone interested in helping with new items to make should call Michael, who will give an update next month.



Regular raffle: three $15 Woodcraft gift cards, glue, two small quick clamps, a Wixey digital height gauge, two saw blades donated by Dave’s Palouse Resharp, and a face shield from Floyd Bird.

Class raffle: the secretary forgot to note the name of the winner.  The next class raffle drawing will be at the June meeting.


Show & Tell

Brad Winters showed a wood train he built, with a locomotive, two cars, and a caboose.

Kelly Christensen showed his TV tray (one of several he has made) with sand shaded inlay on the top.

Warren Shepherd had a clock constructed from various bits and pieces of wood he had in the shop.

Bruce Johnstone displayed his tool box made from oak from the Historical Museum and bubinga.  The finish is amber shellac followed by clear shellac.  The mortise and tenon and dovetail joints on the case are hand cut.  Drawer dovetails are machine cut.  He modified a Fine Woodworking plan to add a third drawer.



John Pickrell talked about scrapers.  He had a wood propeller from an orchard in Yakima Washington to refinish where scrapers would be useful.  John showed using a file to flatten the edge.  Some woodworkers use a stone to refine the edge and remove any file marks.  After filing and stoning, a burnisher is used to create a burr.  There are burnishing tools such as a Veritas model for use on curved scrapers.

A properly prepared scraper will produce a shaving, not dust.  They can be either pushed or pulled.


John had several types of scrapers, including a Stanley 80.



The meeting was adjourned at 8:40 PM.

Alan Hochhalter, Secretary.


Upcoming Events:

Next meeting: 7:00 PM, May 13, 2015 at Boise Woodcraft – topic: hand plane rehab.


2015 Officers:

President – Brian Bass
Vice President – Scott Taylor

Treasurer – Jack Keifer
Secretary – Alan Hochhalter
Meeting Refreshments – Kelly Christensen