08-11-2021: Using Multiple Materials in Projects

The meeting began with a photo show of projects that had been made from a mixture of materials. One member mentioned that two things sell in this area: including turquoise in cracks and things that have a shine or are glossy. He’d used different dyes to change colors....

07-14-2021: Chucks – Holding Wood on a Lathe

Jam Chuck The discussion started with jam chucks.  One member talked about a bowl flying off the lathe twice when using a jam chuck.  A wooden jam chuck had been turned to fit tightly to the bowl and stretch wrap was wrapped around the jaws and the top of the bowl. ...

06-09-2021: Wood Moisture

Before starting discussion of the declared topic, one member talked about a YouTube video on how to make your own wipe-on poly. There were a variety of opinions on using a 1:1 ratio or 3:1 ratio of oil-based polyurethane and mineral spirits or another solvent. The...

05-12-2021: How to Approach a Piece of Wood

Ambrosia Maple: The graining would look best on the sides of a bowl rather than on top. Some members mount it on a screw chuck or a faceplate for larger pieces. Cut the radius with a band saw to see the outside rim and then decide what’s best for the top and bottom....

04-27-2021: Avoiding Wood Toxicity and Allergies

Discussion before the meeting concerned offset or eccentric turning: One member uses an Australian Vermec multi-center chuck (https://www.vermec.com/store/p78/Multi_Centre_Chuck_Deluxe.html) to help with different angles.  One member mentioned a demo by Barbara Dill...