The meeting began as most of them do, with groups of us standing around:
……. talking about things we had done since our last meeting. Jamie, who is sitting on the table in the center of this picture, called us to order and the meeting officially began.
Next up we had a discussion about using club funds to bring in outside speakers. This turned out to be quite a lively discussion. The conundrum is this: should we pay a local person to do a demonstration for the entire group or should it be a separate event where only the people actually attending pay for the speaker. Since we have many members willing to give their time freely for the good of the group (and an extra raffle ticket!) when do we deem someone should be paid. The consensus was that we should bring in Nelson Cassinger for a regular meeting. Here is the only LINK that I could find where it gives a short bio about him at the Utah Woodturning Symposium. He has come up with a unique way to turn segmented bracelets and bowls and sells his special jigs and fixtures to make them.
Show & Tell Session
Show and tell was pretty sparse this time and there's only one photo to show you. That's Ed with his first attempt at turning a live edge bowl. It's a good thing that his son lives in North Carolina and Ed is able to go there and get wood (and antique tools) from him. I got a little confused but one of them is Olive and the other he brought in was some Cherry from a log he was able to get on board an airplane for the trip home.
Ted, our feature presenter at this meeting, brought in a few of his plumb bobs. He has a fantastic collection of them that needs to be seen to believed.
Feature Presentation; Ted Warren and Cabinet/Card Scrapers
The primary difference between a card scraper and a cabinet scraper is that the cabinet scraper is held in some type of device. In this picture you have a (probably) hand made device at the left that's often referred to as a Rams Horn. The black one in the foreground is the Stanley #80 which is pretty easy to find on ebay. Here's a LINK to the current listing of them and they range from just a few dollars to $30.00 or so. The nickel plated one in the back is a Stanley #81 which has a Rosewood sole and the nickel plating, it's considerably rarer but occasionally you'll find them. Cabinet scrapers have much heavier blades that are initially ground to 45 degrees prior to forming a burr on the blade. Heavier body means a more aggressive cut plus you save your thumbs from the amazing amount of heat you'll create when using one of these tools. There are a couple of holders available for card scrapers, most notably this one from Lee Valley.
LINK to that tool and as you can see, it's pretty expensive. At the meeting I mentioned that there was one on ebay --- the winning bid was $212.37 plus shipping so that person could have purchased a brand new one! This tool is patterned after the Stanley model and the main advantage is that you can adjust the angle of the blade to achieve the finest cut in various types of wood. The angle will change depending on the grain. If you work primarily exotics, highly figured, or crotch wood this may be your best choice for scraping.
Begin with first filing a square edge on the long edges of the scraper. This can be done free-hand like Ted is showing here with a single cut, mill bastard file. Single cut means there are a single row of teeth cut into the file. You can also cut a groove in a block of wood and use that as a guide to maintain the file 90 degrees to the face.
If you don't have a vise to hold the scraper, this device is easy to make.
After the work is done with the file and you have a uniform, fine scratch pattern it's time to use your stones to refine that edge. It's important to utilize the entire surface of the stone when doing the edge of the scraper. This minimizes the risk of creating a groove in your stone. Again, you could use a 2" square block of wood to support the scraper when doing the edge to ensure that 90 degree angle.
|Stoning the Face|
|Stoning the Edge|
If all went well, you should be able to get shavings like in this short video that Lupe took, here's a LINK to it. I tell you what, Lupe is pretty good with hi-tech stuff and woodworking!