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July 2010 Meeting

July 14, 2010

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

Treasurer Bob Middleton reported a balance of $652 after paying for some wheels and axels for the Toys project.

Toys Project

The club is making toys to donate to the Shriners Childrens Hospital. The toys should be rugged and safe for children to play with. Micheal Kingsley has printed plans for many toys and the club has wheels and axels, some bought others donated by members.

Finishes used on the toys have to be certified as non toxic by a third party. That certification will be on the label. Most water based finishes are safe as well as most polyurethane and shellac.


The annual club picnic will be on Aug 11, the next meeting date. It will be at Kingsley’s place at 4301 Bott Lane. (South on Cloverdale past Victory on the right). Bring chairs. Ron Lee is supplying tents. A-M bring a side dish, N-Z bring a dessert. Max Black is bringing the main dish. There is plenty of lawn space for games such as soccer. Eating will start 6:30 to 7:00 pm. (more info on the Special Events page)

Kuna Quilt Show

The annual Kuna Quilt show will be on Aug 7 and 8 at the Kuna High School. Woodworking demonstrations on lathe, table saw, scroll saw and others will take place for those who want to spend less time at looking at quilts than do their quilter spouses do.

Tool Swap

Woodcraft will sponsor a tool swap in the parking lot on July 24. Individuals can bring tools to sell or trade. Sales and trades are strictly between individuals with no involvement by Woodcraft. It coincides with Woodcraft’s anniversary 10 percent off sale so there should be many interested people. It should be a good time to dispose of tools you no longer use or to get something you can use. Do not bring broken or worn out items unless you disclose what is wrong that could be fixed. For example a cordless drill that needs a new battery can be sold but one that doesn’t work is a no-no unless a prospective buyer knows about it and thinks he can fix it.

Since I didn’t get this out before the date of the swap I will just add that it went pretty well in the morning but was quiet in the afternoon prompting the suggestion that next year it be a half day event.

New Products from Woodcraft

Kreg has a deck jig. It is for fastening deck planking with pocket screws and so the surface is free of screws.

A finish for acrylic. This finish was designed for acrylic windows on aircraft. It has uses on projects with acrylic parts.

Also, Enduro finishes are water based for exterior use. They have UV inhibitors to resist sunlight and additives that make a more pleasant appearance.

Woodcraft has some cutoff pieces of wood too short for their regular lumber section and sold at discount prices. They are on display near the cash register.


Warren Shepherd won the gift card.

John Pickrell brought in four bundles of miscellaneous wood pieces that were entered in the drawing. Winners were Alfred Howell, Dan Huffman, Dave Bivens, and Darrel Manning.

Show and Tell


Joe Ziegler’s templates for cutting quilt pieces (in the plastic bags) with sample quilt blocks made with the templates.

He also had a cube in a cube.

Norm Stanfield showed a picture of a stand he made for an unabridged dictionary.

John Pickrell showed a soapbox derby car he made from a kit supplied by his grandsons’s Boy Scout troop in Seattle. The scouts will paint and decorate it. He discussed the specifications for the car and how strict the rules are for the national derby in Akron, Ohio.


Chance giving John’s derby car a test fit.

Bob Middleton showed a jig for making round table tops with the router.

Mike Kingsley showed a jig made specifically for the saw he uses in cutting frets for guitars. Unfortunately, I didn’t get pictures of the jigs.

The next meeting is the picnic on August 11 at Kingsley’s. See you there. And don’t forget the Kuna Quilt and woodworking show. Aug 7 and 8.