FLORIDA WESTCOAST WOODWORKERS CLUB
serving Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte counties

Month: February 2015

February general meeting – Router lift

There were 38 people present at the February meeting.

February’s presentation was by Don Huffer, who had designed a vertical or horizontal  router lift and table.

Don Huffer

Don Huffer

His will allow you to install the router either vertically or horizontally, with a screw action to raise and lower the router and bit within the table. His lift is made from wood and regular bolts and screws. With his lift, he can do router adjustments as fine as 1/1000th of an inch. Unlike  other lifts his does not hang on the table top, but attaches to the inside of the table instead. This allows the top of the table to be raised on hinges. The fence on his table came from  Fine Woodworking, but the table and the lift are all his design.IMG_0919 IMG_0921 He assembled his table without glue, just using screws.  Don handed out DVD’s with the plans for how to build the router lift and table. They include descriptions and pictures. He normally sells these plans all over the world on ebay for $20.  Thanks Don. A copy of these plans will be in our library.

Announcements:

Dues are due.

Denny Wetter will have a Turners’ Meet Wednesday, Feb. 18, at 7 p.m.

Fred Damianos will host the Shop Meet, Monday, Feb. 23, at 7 p.m.

State Fair fine woodworking supervision is all set; tickets are handed out.

Woodworkers Show in Tampa, March 20-22. Terry Bair still needs help with our table.

The man cut down the pecan tree; two of our members got some wood.

Mike Swart brought in some camphor to give away.

Thelma Proctor brought in some orange and other wood to give away.

Mike Swart will be bringing some ash and red oak to sell, the end of June

Floyd has some Bischofia wood from a tree he cut down to give away

John Philips brought in the obituary for Harold Lowery

Next meeting: March 11

Tredway Childress encouraged us to go see the pentathlon; 3 members helped build for it

Ed Fraser said the SunCoast Science Center will have machinery for wood and metal cutting

Ask the Experts:IMG_0925

John Slezak fielded questions about band saws—maximum width blade size, why a wheel comes off, what to use to support re-sawing, a source for custom blades, why we should  keep wood away from sand, how to band saw green wood.

Show & Tell:

Terry Bair brought a tray and scrollsaw workIMG_0901 IMG_0903IMG_0899

Susan Darovec brought a cherry bowlIMG_0906

Mike Swart showed us his library ladder installed, via video

Denny Wetter brought in 3 bowls made from boardsIMG_0912 IMG_0911

John Darovec brought in a wooden stethoscopeIMG_0908

Fred Damianos brought in rosewood napkin ringsIMG_0907

David While brought in a fabulous walnut tableIMG_0926

John Philips brought in a Bischofia bowlIMG_0909

Ed Fraser brought in a bowl pan and locksIMG_0916

Jeremy Williams brought in some wine bottle-mounted wine glass holdersIMG_0910

Jeff Gunthart brought in some spoons he carved from logsIMG_0900

Lowell Newland brought in a bowl and a black soldier fly larvae contraption

Joe Mathis brought in a fretwork pictureIMG_0898

Reuel Detweiler brought in an eagle intarsiaIMG_0897

John Slezak brought in a door from the outdoor kitchen at the doctor’s houseIMG_0913

Prizes:

Raffle -Joe Manke won the router table; Mike Pass won the clamps; Jeffrey Gunthart won a spokeshave

Show & Tell 4th Quarter Prize: Ed Columbo $50 gift certificate from Woodcraft

January Turners meeting – bowel from a board

We had the biggest turnout ever at the January turners meet.  Denny demonstrated how to make a bowel from a single piece of wood. The trick is to cut out concentric circles with the blade at an angle and then glue them together in reverse order.  You can do this on a band saw if you make half circles and then glue them back together. Or, if you have a scroll saw you can cut them out without having to cutting them in half. The bowels end up in a basic funnel shape if you use one board, but you can get other shapes if you use two boards and take every other layer from each board. You can add variety to the piece by gluing together different kinds of wood into a single board.

Remount it to turn the base

turning the inside

turning the inside

Examples of bowles from one boare.

Examples of bowles from one boare.

Great turn out

Great turn out

Opps

Opps

Cutting half circles on band saw

Cutting half circles on band saw

 

January meeting – tinny turnings

January’s presentation was by Steve Sherman, a micro-woodturning master. Steve used to be a flat boarder, but once he tried a lathe, he never went back. As he experimented with using the standard turning tools, he saw the value of some modifications. He worked with a tool and die maker to make some new tools, which they sold for a while. In his demonstration, he showed what he could do with a modified tool that is popular with woodturners today. He passed around examples of his jewelry, ornaments, and hollow forms that were exceptionally fine.IMG_0833 IMG_0839 IMG_0837 IMG_0836 IMG_0835 IMG_0834 IMG_0842 IMG_0841 IMG_0840

Announcements:

Dues are due.

Denny Wetter will have a Turners’ Meet on January 19. After Jan. turners’ meets will happen on Wednesdays, not Mondays

Terry Bair will host the Shop Meet on January 26, 7:00 p.m. Bring chairs.

State Fair table is February 15-16. John Darovec still needs some volunteers..

John and Susan Darovec, Denny Wetter, and Fred Damianos went to the American Association of Woodturners symposium in Lake Yale, FL last weekend. Many demonstrations there to attend and not too expensive.

Woodworkers Show in Tampa is March 20-22. Terry Bair still needs volunteers, who should wear their club shirts and name tags. He also needs us to bring examples of work that he can take to show there at our booth.

There is a man in Bradenton who is about to cut down 2 pecan trees and give us the wood.

Kimal Lumber will give us a discount on lumber and a very good price on cut offs.

Next meeting: February 11. This will not be a tool auction, but we can bring items to try to sell during the meeting.

Ask the Experts: Joe Mathis and Terry Bair fielded questions about scroll sawing—how to prevent fuzz from stacked cuts and what to use to make straight cuts.

Show and Tell:

Joe Mannke, Stanley #45 combination plane in great condition

Joe Mannke, Stanley #45 combination plane in great condition

Fred Damiano brought a rosewood bowl

Fred Damiano brought a rosewood bowl

Reuel Detweiler brought two intarsia pieces

Reuel Detweiler brought two intarsia pieces

Terry Bair brought in a cut out cheese and crackers tray

Terry Bair brought in a cut out cheese and crackers tray

Joe Mathis brought in seascape intarsia

Joe Mathis brought in seascape intarsia

John Philips brought a carrot wood bowl

John Philips brought a carrot wood bowl

John Slezak brought outdoor kitchen cabinet doors

John Slezak brought outdoor kitchen cabinet doors

Lowell Newland brought in some wood and knives

Lowell Newland brought in some wood and knives