As is a big part of our meetings, the time before was spent catching up on what we've been doing and discussing woodwork in general plus anything else of importance.
|Just Waiting for the Show I|
|Just Waiting for the Show II|
The traditional yet not everyones favorite part of the meeting is the self-introductions go around the room and tell us who you are. This time Jamie started it off by telling us we could say as much or as little as we wanted to and oddly enough, most folks gave more info! There were a few new faces plus some who have been absent for a while. During the introductions Ed brought up and showed us the turned pieces he's made on his recently acquired lathe. They were really well done and seems he's well on the way to making wood turning part of his repertoire.
|Ed's Turned Objects|
For any of you interested, the local woodturning group meets the second Tuesday of every month at Woodworkers Emporium located on Arville, just north of Russell Road. They start their meetings at 6:30 and they're similar to ours except of course, the focus is on lathe work. Then this Saturday they will have an open house from 9-12 but I can't guarantee getting this blog out in time for that so if you were interested I hope you took notes!
Well, off we go to the jig sharing part of the meeting. Rich started out with a couple of interesting jigs. This one:
|Threaded Insert Jig|
Next up was Leroy who showed the miter joint sled he uses on the tablesaw for his box making:
|Tablesaw Miter Sled|
Next up was Lupe who first showed us a really nice looking circle cutting jig made by Delta and used on a bandsaw:
|Delta Circle Cutting Jig|
|The Mother of All Hinge Mortising Jigs|
When we think of woodworking there are many directions you can go. You can turn on lathes, you can carve, you can use power tools and hi-tech joinery methods, you can put your focus on hand tools, or; as most will end up doing, use a combination of those ways that appeals to you to do your work. If you're wired for enjoying the quiet atmosphere of hand tools there are a couple of tools you can make to enhance that enjoyment. Eric brought in a pair of winding sticks:
These are extremely useful if you're using planes to remove the twist or wind from a board. I believe that you can also buy them pre-made out of metal but it's such a simple tool why not increase your own skills to make your own. On his, he uses a piece of duct tape on the far sticks but you can also use a contrasting color wood. When you put them on the board, you sight over the tops of the two sticks. If the board is perfectly flat you would see the same amount of tape all the way across. It not you'll notice which edge is high, use a plane to remove some of that, move the sticks closer together, sight again, plane, etc. until the tops of the sticks are both parallel as you sight over them. To go along with the winding sticks he also brought in his shop made, wooden straight edge. I never knew why every example I'd seen has bottom edge perfectly flat while the top edge is tapered towards each end from the center. He explained that this is to expose the end grain gradually and thus limit the effects humidity has on a piece of lumber. Another good project to make to hone your hand skills.
Something we're more concerned about here in the desert is the effect the sun has on us and our houses. Jim brought in the fourth of fifteen shutters and showed us the system he got through Rockler, here's a LINK to that from the website. If you click on that link you'll see there are a number of different jigs and bits needed to complete the project. Here's some of the items:
|Shutter System from Rockler|
Here is one of the shutters Jim has completed:
|One of Fifteen|
In keeping with the circle making jigs, Rick brought in this one which really looks substantial and well engineered.