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MAY NEWSLETTER
May 26, 2014


Minutes of the May 14, 2014 Meeting held at Woodcraft in Boise.
President Micheal Kingsley called the meeting to order at 7:02 PM.

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New members

Steven Merrill.

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Visitors

Chris Douglas
Randy Glissmann

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Treasurer's Report - Jack Keifer

Balance last meeting: $2191.12
Expenses: $460.05
Income: $72.00
Current Balance: $1803.07

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Old Business

Dues

Micheal noted that dues of $15.00 per year are overdue.

Chairs for Meetings

New chairs are on order and should be here in a couple of weeks.  The club has paid our share ($159.00).

Toys for Shriners

Micheal explained the annual club toy project for new members and guests.

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Woodcraft Demo

Steve Merrill from Woodcraft talked about some useful table saw jigs and aids.  He talked about the Incra miter gauge and the Microjig MICRODIAL Tapering Jig used with the GRR-Ripper push blocks to make tapering easier and safer.  A homemade tall fence attachment for the rip fence was also shown.

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New Business

Club Bylaws

A motion was made and seconded to approve the bylaws presented at the April 9, 2014 meeting.  The motion passed on a show of hands vote.

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Show & Tell

Fred Baker talked about some boxes he had made.

 

Ron Lee had a globe made by an acquaintance.

 

Peter Leech showed some rubber mats used by a trucker neighbor that he had to give away.

Ron Lee talked about boxes that he, Brian Bass, Fred Baker, and Don Blasdel made.  Ron, Brian, and Fred collaborated to make 10 and Don made one.  Ron had some photos on his new tablet computer.  Ron also showed some photos of some leaded glass butterflies he installed in a door for a customer.

Micheal Kingsley showed a couple of small boxes he made.

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Break.

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Raffles

Regular raffle: two microfiber towels, a flashlight, three $15 Woodcraft gift cards, a magnetic parts bowl, and veneer.
Class raffle: Bill Johnson won the class raffle.

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Demonstration

Scott Taylor and John Pickrell talked about a Windsor chair project they have been working on.

Scott discussed using cottonwood for the seats and shaping them with an angle grinder with chainsaw-type cutter for roughing and then a carbide disk followed by a soft back sanding disk in a drill with progressively finer grits.

John talked about legs, spreaders, and stretchers.  They made several prototypes before selecting the profile they liked best.  The legs are of maple.

Scott then talked about drilling the holes in the seats for the legs.  These were done freehand with a jig to help get the right angles.  Tenons on the legs were done freehand with a tenon cutter.  It is important to know what goes where to get the assembly right.  The holes for the legs go through the seat and the legs have wedges in the ends of the tenons.  Two people make it much easier.  After assembly, the leg length can be adjusted to get the right seat height and front-back tilt of the chair.

The bow back and spindles are steam bent of oak.  It took some experimentation to get the bows to bend without breaking.  A key component is a metal strap to help bend the bow around the form.  It would be easier if the wood was split so the grain would be straight.  Again, two people make the bending operation easier.  The spindles were shaped with a spokeshave and not sanded.  Most of the spindles were successfully bent without soaking before steaming or a strap.  One must account for springback when making the forms. Holes in the bow and the seat are drilled freehand with long spade bits to make getting the angle right easier.

    

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Upcoming Events:

Next meeting: June 11, 7 PM, Woodcraft Boise.

2014 Officers:

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

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Alan Hochhalter, Secretary