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June Meeting

Tuesday, June12, 7 pm

First Aid for Woodturners by Tom Gaston

President's Challenge
Coloring Project using Harvey's ideas

Bridges Community Church
625 Magdalena Ave, Los Altos

First aid


Upcoming Events

June 14-17 2018 Portland OR
AAW's 32nd Annual International Symposium
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Wednesday, June 20 7 pm
Sawdust session
Bob Bley's shop
158 Hillside Ave
Menlo Park, CA 94025

Tuesday July 10
WBW Meeting
Shapes and forms by Jim Rogers

Tuesday August 14
Annual WBW BBQ
Location: Cuesta Park Mt View

AAW symposium


May 2018 meeting: Coloring Projects by Harvey Klein


Harvey's demonstration was an exercise/instruction in using alcohol based dyes. His idea is to use dyes to decorate turnings, but do it in a spirit of enjoyment. Experiment, try different ideas, use them in an environment of imaginative thinking. There is little harm in mistakes because the dying is reversible with alcohol. He showed us the dying process using several samples. Use gloves to avoid dyed fingers. Use small jars for mixing small amounts and for adding alcohol. Mix colors (remember the color wheel). Different woods take the dyes differently. Try it, you'll like it.

President's challenge and show and tell here
Demo photos, in sequence, are here



Demonstration Saturday May 19 2018: Trent Bosch - Wood Sculptor/Turner


Trent is a master of wood turning combined with the artistry of carving and decoration. He turned a hollow form which he carved to look like a flower bud into which he inserted an internal piece using boiling water and balloon trickery. Hollowing was done using a camera and video monitor to locate the cutting edge inside the piece. He turned a platter, the edge of which he carved using a variety of air driven cutting, grinding and sanding tools. He turned a bowl, the side of which he decorated using another variety of tools.

Demonstration photos are here. There are a large number but they are in sequence of the demo.



Bob Hedges writes about fingers and safety

"10 In 10 Out"

Starting at the age of 4 and for the next 69 years having a hammer or other implements of destruction in hand, I sometimes muse as to just how I have all ten fingers attached to the same hands they were originally assigned to.

I have become quite fond of them, both the hands and the fingers, for they have served me well. It is not for lack of painful lessons and great good fortune to have had access to those wonderful ER Doctors and nurses so talented with needle and thread.


So over these years I have found it helpful to list these lessons learned as reminders to myself. "Thou Shalt and Shalt Nots", "On Opening Ye Old Shop", "On Shutting Down Ye Old Shop" and various "Preflight Check Lists" for the machines and hand tools I play with.

# One: "Know where all your fingers are at all times." From a chalk board in the shop of, Randy Martin / Durham Ontario. From this I decided on "10 In 10 Out". It has been my moto for many years. This focus has me think every time I pick up a chisel or knife or flip on a switch, where do my fingers belong?

After buying my Nova lathe and abandoning my trusty rattling 1970 AMT twin hollow tube bed lathe, that served me well for 46 years, I actually read the Nova owner's manual, I know, no self-respecting man... From this experience and the 46 years of 'Bam', and 'Yikes' I wrote a "Pre-Flight Check Lists". As I "mature" I find that I tend to wander about the "Library of my Mind" and need to focus my thinking each time I am about to dance with sweet Nova. So I have it pinned where I see it as a reminder...

Nova Lathe Pre-Flight Check List
That we may not bleed!
Before supplying Main Power to machine on/off control!

1. Check: Your Person: Remove Rings, Watches, Bracelets, Secure or Remove Loose Clothing & Hair
2. Check: Swivel or Sliding Drive Heads: Headstock Lock Pin Lever and Headstock Release Handle, are in position and properly tightened
3. Check: Face Plate, Chuck & or Chuck Adapter are snug against the Spindle Bearing with Shoulder Washer in place and that the Side Locking Grub Screw is just firmly in place
4. Check: Spindle Drive Chuck or Spur & Tail Stock are securely in place and if work is left mounted overnight check all adjustments again as Leprechauns will loosen stuff in the dark of night
5. Check: Secure all Loose Tools
6. Check: Spindle Index Pin is in the safe unlocked position before turning power on
7. Check: Rotate work piece by hand to check clearances
8. Check: Safety Glasses or Face Shield, Dust Mask and or Hearing Protection
9. Check: Forward or Reverse
10. Check: Speed

Now: For Nova lathes power up AC to lathe controller with Grounded Surge Protected AC, allowing two minute warm up of computer control. If machine AC is off for one week allow 30min., if two weeks or longer allow 60mins.

Stand out of Drive Head "Line of Fire"

"Remain Calm and Turn It On"

This is way beyond the norm I know but, a bit of routine review may help tame the beast of familiarity...

Editor's note: This is great advice and is especially appropriate to partner with this month's program. If you don't take Bob Hedge's advice, you may have to take Tom Gaston's advice!


AAW American Association of Woodturners

This is a nice article about the "Jam Chuck" from the AAW.

Click here for a readable PDF.

Jam Chuck


2018 WBW board members and committee chairs.

President:  Bud Trapp
Vice President: Bob Bley
Treasurer:  Duncan MacMillan
Secretary:  Roman Chernikov
Member at Large: David Vannier
Meeting Program Coordinator team:
- Harvey Klein, Dave Plemons, Richard Winslow, Claude Godcharles
Visiting artist Coordinator:  Bob Bley
Anchor seal:  Dennis Lillis
CA Glue:  Tom Kenyon
Craft Supply:  Richard Winslow
Coffee & Cookies:  Phil Feiner
Librarian: Bob Hedges
Audio Visual: Curtis Vose
Website:  Tom Haines

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Any comments or suggestions are greatly appreciated.   Tom Haines

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