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Minutes of the July 09, 2014 Meeting held at Woodcraft in Boise.
President Micheal Kingsley called the meeting to order at 7:02 PM.


New Members




David Hardy
Patrick Eakin


Treasurer's Report

Treasurer Jack Keifer reported the current treasury balance is $1732.03


Old Business

The Picnic is to be held at Ron Lee’s home (660 N. Five Mile Road, Boise) on Saturday, September 6 at 2PM.  Micheal has arranged for singer/guitar player Gayle Chapman to provide entertainment.  Ron is looking for volunteers to help set up at 9AM.

Shriners Toy Project
Micheal reviewed the toy project for anyone not familiar with it.  Wheels, axles, and plans are available for builders.  Ron Lee reported that the toys are appreciated after talking to a friend in the Shriners.

Elections Nominating Committee
Bob Rudkin is the elections nominating committee.


New Business

Ron Lee announced he has some items for sale:  a #28203 Delta bandsaw and a riser block, a Delta #23710 sharpening system, two sets of brad point drill bits.


New at Woodcraft

Steve Merrill reported that the store had 3 carts of new turning stock and some flitches on a rack available at a discounted price if purchased at the meeting before it was stocked.  He gave a quick demonstration of the Quickbench portable workbench now available.


Woodcraft Demo

Steve Merrill gave a demo of the Kreg K5 pocket hole jig.  This version has wings to support stock on either side of the jig, a clamp mechanism with a front mounted handle that is adjustable without tools, and some other features such as jigs to set the bit stop collar.  He reminded members to use real pocket hole screws; regular screws available at the hardware store have been known to break.

Steve also noted that a new consumer grade pocket-hole machine will be available soon.  Various new Kreg clamps are available.


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.


Show & Tell

Alan Hochhalter showed his stackable saw horses made from a Woodsmith plan, and a jig used to grind the curved bevel on a scrub plane blade. 

Patrick Eakin showed the router plane he made.  The plane body is walnut and the iron is made from a hex key.  Patrick also talked about using polishing compounds and leather strops for honing.

Jared Marsh talked about guitars he and his son are making to match some vintage cars they are rebuilding.  They’re making two guitars and have invested 70-80 hours so far with $300-$400 in parts.

Micheal Kingston showed some turned goblets, scoops, and a bowl.  He used a Hunter turning tool on the interior of the bowl.



Regular raffle: two $15 Woodcraft gift cards, a Wixey Angle gauge, telescoping magnet, magnetic parts bowl, donated burls.

Class raffle: Rennie Heuer won the class raffle.





Rennie Heuer showed some jigs he uses for Arts & Crafts style projects and showed a table and an urn produced with the jigs.

The Greene & Greene Blacker House leg indent is a ramped indent cut into the legs of chairs or tables.  This jig is described in the book Green & Green Design Elements for the Workshop by Darrell Peart printed by Linden Publishing, ISBN 0-941936-96-1.  Also see Darrell’s website http://www.furnituremaker.com .  A router with a bearing guided bit is used to cut the ramp and a chisel is used to square the end of the ramp.

The fluting jig can be used to make multiple flutes on a workpiece.  The jig has two fences so you don’t have to work so hard to keep a single fence against the edge of the workpiece.  The second fence has some flexibility built in to allow for slight variations in the width of the workpiece.  The jig was described in an American Woodworker article on page 54 of the winter 2004 edition.  A pdf version is available at the following web site:
(Note:  If you can’t get the link to work, you may have to cut and paste to get the entire link in one continuous string.)



The finger joint jig he made has Corian fingers that can be arranged to cut various finger joint configurations.  Greene and Greene fingers protrude from the surface; Rennie uses a 1/32 round-over bit on the ends.

This jig is described in a YouTube video by David O. Wade entitled Greene and Greene Style Finger Joints.

Don Menger gave a slide show about a “treasure box” (similar to a hope chest) he built for his grandson.  He used ash for the sides and bottom and cedar for the top.


Alan Hochhalter, Secretary


Upcoming Events:

Next meeting: August 13, 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