07-13-2022 Burls

Several members had not previously used burls when making woodturning projects. Today’s discussion gave more information about using them. Scientists have speculated that burls may be caused by stress on trees due to mechanical injuries or insects or by a bacterium...

06-07-2022 Maintaining Tools

Today’s discussion gave tips on maintaining tools to limit repairs and have more time for woodturning. The notes include suggestions for a variety of tools in the shop. A list of resources for more information is included at the end of the notes.The Lathe One member...

05-11-2022 Dust Collection Part 2

The discussion today was a continuation of the dust collection information from April 2022. Jerry Shugars Jerry has a small shop where floor space is at a premium, so his usual system is the best way to collect dust: with a broom and dustpan, which he’s quite...

04-13-2022 Dust Collection Part 1

Today’s discussion was about the ‘elephant in the room:’ Dust! It’s the biggest health concern when turning wood. Dust is not only bad for our lungs. It also causes problems by coating everything in the shop and makes finishes gritty. Many photos were contributed for...

03-09-2022 Carving after Turning

Today’s meeting was about carving and it was introduced with the question:  What experience do members have with carving?  A few have done some surface embellishments or done some texturing with Dremel tools or wire brushes.  Most had carved Thanksgiving turkeys.  One...

02-09-2022 Finishing Woodturning Projects

Today’s topic concerned the different ways members finish their projects. Finish recipes vary from simple to complicated recipes and may be applied using different techniques. Bill Lieske Paul Vietti’s Friction Turning Finish: 1 part white varnish, 1 part linseed oil,...