FLORIDA WESTCOAST WOODWORKERS CLUB
serving Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte counties

Month: September 2015

Turners meeting – September 2015 – Ball Turning

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We gave Denny a break this month and held the turners meet at Marvin Stoltzfus shop. Marvin invented a tool for turning perfect spheres on a lathe. It took him  2 years and several proto types before he perfected it, and sold the patent.

He started with a maple blank. It was his goal to make a baseball and stand in one hour. But with all the explaining it took him a little longer. After turning the ball he adds the stitching with a wood burning tool to make it look real, and then puts a team logo on the stand.

General Meeting Sept. 2015 Advantage Lumber

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There were 26 members present and 11 guests. Many of the guests were from the Sarasota Turners group.

Presentation

          David James, General Manager of Advantage Lumber, opened the meeting. This company has been in business 23 years, is located in 4 states and Brazil, mostly imports exotics, and specializes in decking, siding and molding.

Jason Peters told us about the types of wood they market. He presented slides showing the appearance of each wood and its Janke hardness number, from African mahoghany to zebra wood. He explained how they are careful to import only sustainable woods. Then he took us on a tour of the facility, showing us the storage yard and the milling facility.

Club Business

Turners’ Meet September 15, Marvin Stoltzfus’ house

Shop Meet, September 21, also at Marvin’s house

Next general meeting is October 14, and will be held at Bee Ridge Park

Denny mentioned that people could register for the AAW Florida Symposium, to be held   Feb. 5 to 7 in Lake Yale, Florida

Show & Tell

Terry Bair—sandpaper tray

Fred Damianos—framed art

Marvin Stoltzfus—spheres

Dennis Daudelin—travel coffee mug

Denny Wetter—profile turnings

 

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Can you beleve the prices?

John Philips—vase

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Where are the nuts?

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Elijah Bolle’–bowl

Art Stadlin—box

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Turners Meeting – August 2015 – Inside out turning

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General Meeting August – Fab Center

Meeting Location

Suncoast Science Center/Faulhaber FAB Lab

4452 S Beneva Road

Sarasota, FL 34233

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There were 26 members present and 3 guests. The guests were

Rolf Ebert,Kerry Glenn, Lissa Ledbetter

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Presentation

Andrew Wiles and Greg Shroder were the presenters. Greg told us about the center. “Equipped with state-of-the-art machines and materials, the Faulhaber Fab Lab can be used to fabricate your own inventions with the support of knowledgeable staff. Activities in fab labs range from technological empowerment to peer-to-peer project-based technical training, to local problem-solving, to small-scale high-tech business incubation and to grass-roots research.” The Faulhaber’s donated these machines. There is a 3D printer,

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CNC milling and routing machines, metal lathes and mills, embroidery and sewing machines, an electronics lab, and a large format printer. Andrew is there making a boat, using the CNC routing machine to cut the pieces.

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His first boat had been made with hand tools. He is part of a Sarasota Meetup group called Suncoast Makers.

 

Club Business

Turners’ Meet August 18, Denny Wetter’s house

Shop Meet, August 24, John Philips’ house

Next general meeting is September 9, and will be held at Advantage Lumber

Show & Tell

Fred Damianos—bowl

Fred's bowl

John Philips—vase, bowls

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Joe Mathis—fretwork, plaque

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Marvin Stoltzfus—baseball

Andrew Wiles—parts of a boat

Sid Mann—mobile base

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Thelma Proctor—frog box, handle

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Bill Thompson—wine bottle toppers

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Larry Simmons—laptop table

 

Raffle won by

Sid Mann and Steve Kandel