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July 2011 Meeting

July 13, 2011

The meeting opened at 7:00 PM at Woodcraft.
The next meeting will be Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2011 at 7:00 PM


Michael Kingsley put forward a motion to pay for prizes at the Artistry in Wood Show.  Felt this would stimulate more interest  for all involved.  The money prizes would go for each group or club.  The sub-groups would be for wood carvers, gourds, scrollsaw, wood turners, and wood workers.  Suggested the “best of show” should be chosen by the public at large who attend the show.  A vote was taken, and approved, for prize money.  Also suggested was a need to better advertise the show. Bring your idea/suggestions to the next meeting.

Last month’s newsletter shows Aug. 10th for the picnic.  That’s has been changed to Sat. the 10th of Sep., at 6:00 PM at Michael Kingsley’s home, 4301 Bott Lane, Meridian.  This picnic will also include the wood turners club.  Those who last name begins with an A thru L are requested to bring food. Those whose last name begins with M thru Z, bring a dessert.

The month of Sep. is the picnic only. No monthly meeting.


Jim Reese  - Mark Hamilton  - Max Stencil  - and a late arrival, Steve, a friend of Ron Lee.


Jack Kiefer announced there was $1083.76 in the treasury.  Jack also mentioned the club will be raffling $25.00, $15.00 and $10.00 gift cards.


Dave Bivens - $25.00,  Bob Middleton - $15.00, and guest Max Stencil - $10.00


Diann Williams from Western Idaho Fairgrounds.
Diann works in Dep’t. 15 which is Hobby Craft.

Diann started her presentation by saying they expect this show to be bigger than last year and are allocating more floor space.  They’re also working to improve displays.  There are primarily 3 divisions, some overlap with each other.  You also have a Professional Division, Amateur Division, and a Senior Division for those over 60.  You can enter items in more than one division.  Entry deadline is Aug. 9th, Items to display are brought on  15 & 16 Aug. from 11:00 to 7:00 at the South Expo. were you also get your exhibitor number.  Judging is done Wednesday, 17 Aug., the fair opens Friday the 19th thru the 28th.  All items will be released on Monday, the 29th.  Nothing may be released until the show ends.  She also suggested for those who sell there items to bring their business cards.  Professionals  Division entries are charged $3.00 per entry.  There a two different ways to enter: Mail or deliver only your entry form (s) to the Premium Office, 5610 Glenwood , Boise, ID 83714 by August 9th., then bring your entries to the Fairgrounds on Aug. 15-16 from 11:AM to 7:00 PM, OR

Enter online by August 9th at www.idahofair.com, and follow links.  There is a $2.00 fee if you enter online.  Then bring your entries on Aug. 15 or 16 from 11:00AM to 7:00PM.


Mark Spiegel talked about the “Rock of Honor Memorial”.  This memorial is for soldiers killed in action since statehood, who lived in Meridian, ID.  The memorial will be at the Julius M. Kleiner Park.  Individual donations may be made at several Meridian businesses, or by calling 208-515-9200.  All donations are tax deductible.


Don Blasdell showed a huge all wood clamp made from Ash.

Joe Ziegler showed his octagonal table with a checkerboard top, made with Maple and Walnut, legs of Maple.  He also used Cherry, and some old wood laying around the shop for the shelf and outer edge.

Jerry Wagner brought in a custom box made from Koa with pin hinges and a felt bottom.  The second box was proportioned at 10” x 5” x 2 1/2”  and 1/2” thick wood.  He makes the box with splined corners, then cuts the top off on the table saw.  He prefers a floating top and low relief legs.  He uses a wipe on poly finish and the beall buffing system at 1000 rpm.  The third box was a humidor, also made of Koa.

Dan Huffman showed a clock he made from scraps in the shop. The maple criss cross parts of the clock are less than 1/8” thick. Definitely labor and patience intensive.

Dan Kolsky brought in a cribbage board made from Ambrosia Maple, Curly Maple and Walnut.  The board also holds the pegs and 2 decks of cards. He also showed the jig he uses to cut the 134 holes with equal spacing.  He buys his pegs online from Pete's Pegs.  He mentioned that no matter how hard he tries there is always one hole that doesn't stay in line and he's decided to make that a part of his trademark.


Scott had a lot of new items to show.  Tru-Oil spray for a gun stock finish.  5 x 5 magnetic tool tray.  New style of shelf pins. Hearing protection. 150 piece Wood River Jig hardware kit. Stanley socket chisel. Wireless LED fixed or flexible lights for drawers or cabinets.  Open the drawer or cabinet and the light goes on, close it and ?  ---  How do you know if it goes out, everythings is closed.  DVD's  for a flag box, finishes, and a bread box with a tambor door.

Joe Ziegler Table



Dan Huffman Clock

Jerry Wagner's Koa Box

Don Blasdell's  All Wood Clamp

Dan Kolsky Cribbage Board

Cribbage Board Drilling Jig

Thought for the month:  Problems are only opportunities in work clothes.
Henry J. Kaiser

Next meeting: August 10, 2011