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JUNE 2014 NEWSLETTER

Minutes of the June 11, 2014 Meeting held at Woodcraft in Boise.
President Micheal Kingsley called the meeting to order at 7:03 PM.

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New Members

None

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Visitors

Greg Lovan

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Treasurer's Report

None

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Old Business

No old business this meeting.

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New Business

Picnic
Ron Lee offered to host the annual picnic at his house.  A motion was made and seconded to hold the picnic Saturday, September 6, 2014 at 2 PM.   The motion passed on a voice vote.  Ron said volunteers to come early to help set up are welcome.  Significant others and kids are welcome to attend with members.

Elections Nominating Committee
Dan Kolsky brought up the subject of a nominating committee for fall elections for officers at the November meeting.  No volunteers came forward.

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New at Woodcraft

Monte showed some new items at the store; Laguna Resaw King bandsaw blades are available.  Monte said he thought these are even better than the M. K. Morse blades.  Woodcraft also has Nexabond CA glue with plasticizers that give it a bit of flexibility.

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Woodcraft Demo

Monte talked and demonstrated using a scrub plane for heavy stock removal.  He used the Woodcraft Pinnacle brand scrub plane based on the Stanley 40 ½ model with improvements.  The Pinnacle 40 ½ has an A2 steel 3/16” thick blade, a ductile iron body (less brittle than cast iron) and a slightly larger handle that fits larger hands better.

Scrub planes are used to do initial flattening of lumber, usually across the grain or diagonally.  They can also be used with the grain to give a rustic look.  They have a heavily cambered (or crowned) iron to do this.  Unless you want the rustic look, the scrub plane would be followed by other bench planes to do the final flattening and smoothing.

The iron can be ground by hand with a bench grinder and then honed.  Monte suggested clamping the iron in a vise and moving the stone to create a micro bevel.  He suggested that a diamond water stone works well and recommended adding Bora Hone Right Gold as a corrosion inhibitor to the water used with water stones.

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Show & Tell

Brian Bass showed a bowl made by scroll sawing and turning Baltic birch plywood and a router jig for cutting finger joints with a micrometer adjuster.

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Raffles

Regular raffle: three $15 Woodcraft gift cards, a ship model kit, and a 9-inch carbide cutoff blade (last 2 items member donations).

Class raffle: will be held next month

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Break

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Demonstration

Micheal Kingsley talked about bending parts for guitar making.

Micheal had three types of heaters; a propane torch and a steel pipe that he started with, an electric bending iron, and an electric heating blanket.  These methods are used with wood 1/8” or less in thickness.

The heating blanket is used with a form to bend the wood around.  Micheal showed his form for bending guitar sides.  He sprays the veneers with distilled water first (avoid tap water that may have minerals that can discolor your wood) and sometimes wraps the wood with aluminum foil to retain moisture and prevent staining.  He uses a metal backing strap to help prevent breakout as the wood is bent around the form.  Bending is done in stages since the heating blanket isn’t in complete contact with the wood to start with.  Use gloves since the heating blanket can be over 300° F.  A set of sides can be done in 15 minutes using the heating pad and bending form.

 

To use the propane torch, the flame is directed into the pipe which is screwed into a pipe flange on a piece of wood held in the bench vise.  Micheal put a piece of metal into the other end of the pipe to reduce the hot exhaust blast a bit.  He used a galvanized water pipe.  A black iron pipe could react with the wood to stain it.

The torch/steel pipe and the electric iron are used by holding the thin piece of wood to be bent against the hot iron or pipe (wear gloves) and then forming the wood to make a bend.  Micheal squirts a bit of water on the wood in the area to be bent before applying it to the heater and sometimes uses aluminum foil on the wood with this method as well.  Multiple heating/bending operations may be needed to complete the bend.  Some care is needed to avoid scorching the wood as the wetted area dries out.

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The meeting was adjourned at 8:52 PM.

Alan Hochhalter, Secretary

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Upcoming Events:

Next meeting: July 9, 7 PM, Woodcraft Boise.

Picnic: September 6, 2 PM, Ron Lee`s house.

2014 Officers:

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