West Bay Woodturners

April 2015  Newsletter

Barry's work

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Meeting on May 12, Tuesday, 7pm

Chucking options by Rich Johnson
President's challenge: Calabash bowl
At the Bridges Church,  Directions: Location


May demonstration:
Jason Breach Demonstration Sunday, May 24
See below for details

June meeting program: Bob Bley will cover stone inlay.
President's Challenge: Something functional for the kitchen

July meeting program: Corwin jones will demonstrate his method for sphere.
President's Challenge: Collaborative turning with two or more members


April Meeting Recap:


April 2015 meeting
Sharpening - A tutorial and discussion

Claude Godcharles and Dennis Lillis described the sharpening of gouges and skews
There was discussion of technique, theory of sharpening and equipment.
Technique discussion was helpful but requires practice.
The theory involves what constitutes a sharp edge, should we rely on microscopic burs, grinding angle, should we use a diamond hone or should we settle on the grinding wheel.
Equipment includes grinders, fixtures and jigs, grinder tool rests.
Names such as Wolverine, Robo Hippy and CBN wheel were heard.
See meeting photos here


Our Special May Demonstration:

Box Turning by Jason Breach

Sunday, May 24, 9 AM to 4 PM
1hr break for lunch, or bring your own.
Santa Clara High School Wood Shop,
3000 Benton St, Santa Clara CA
Co-sponsored by:
Silicon Valley Woodturners, and West Bay Woodturners
$20 members, $30 non-members, and all students free.
Click for Directions
Click for Flyer


The Sound of Trouble (It's about those sounds) commentary by Bob Bley

I love music. One of the very best improvements to my shop was putting in a sound system and connecting to Pandora or my iPod. Having the right music keeps things upbeat for me. But, when I'm turning or running other power tools like the band saw or table saw or any other very loud piece of equipment, I find myself ditching the music for the safety of hearing what is going on.

Even if you are willing to take the risk of having wires hanging from your ears or have a headset inhibit your comfort with eye protection etc., it may be tempting to put on a headset so that the noise is drowned out in the tunes are turned up.

However, have you ever been turning something and all of a sudden something just sounds a little different? Time to shut the lathe and check things! The first thing I check is to see if my tail stock is tight enough on the piece. Perhaps the live center needs to be pushed in a little tighter. Or, maybe the tail stock itself was never really tightened in position. Or, the screws on my face plate have loosened up, or a glue joint is cracking, or a bark inclusion is no longer as sound as I had hoped. Any one of these things could be disastrous. Chances are, if I had my headphones or ear buds in, I most likely would not have heard that subtle difference in sound.

So, as tempting as it might be to crank the tunes at your ears, make sure you can still hear everything going on. Stay safe and be thankful for the sound of trouble.

Bob Bley

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2015 WBW board members and committee chairs.

President: David Vanier
Vice President: George Lutz
Treasurer:  Bud Trapp
Secretary:  Ken McCloud
Member at Large: Bob Bley
Meeting Program Coordinator: Larry Dubia
Visiting artist Coordinator:  Bob Bley
Anchor seal:  Jim Laflin
CA Glue:  Ken McCloud
Craft Supply:  Richard Winslow
Coffee & Cookies:  Phil Feiner
Librarian: Bill Daniels
Audio Visual: Curtis Vose
Website:  Tom Haines



Any comments or suggestions are greatly appreciated.   Tom Haines

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