Tuesday, March 18, 2014

March Meeting: Wednesday the 19th.

Can Your Card Scraper Do This?

  ……. or do you just get a bunch of dust?

     If you're like most of us woodworkers you may have answered that your scraper produces dust rather than a fine, thin shaving like in the picture.  Card scrapers are one of the simplest tools in our finishing arsenal and yet they give us problems.  Personally speaking, I've had a card scraper make shavings like in the picture but then, as it needed tuning up; my new burr only produced dust.  Frustrating to say the least!!
     At tomorrow nights meeting, Ted Warren will share his 40+ years of furniture making with us and show his methods for creating a burr on that finely tuned card scraper.  Many of you are probably familiar with the card scraper, essentially a rectangular or curved piece of metal.  Ted will also be bringing in a Stanley #80 cabinet scraper, a Lie-Nielsen #112, as well as what's called a "rams horn" scraper.  This promises to be a very informative meeting and I'm sure we'll all walk away with knowledge we can put to work in our own shops.
     As always, there will be a show and tell session and I'd like to ask everyones cooperation in limiting your show and tell to five minutes or less.  I know we all get excited about sharing our work with other members of the group but we need to leave ample time for the feature demonstration.  We will also be collecting the voluntary $20.00 yearly dues so that you'll not only be eligible for the year end drawing but also be able to say you're an official, dues paying member of the fabulous Sin City Woodworkers group!
     We will also have a raffle at the end of this meeting.  Let me explain the purpose and reasoning behind this new addition.  We have always had a voluntary dues of $20.00 per year which covers the cost of the MeetUp site, our Christmas party, and gift cards for random drawings and contest winners.  There have been requests to bring in outside speakers to demonstrate or hold workshops but these folks charge money!  Here is where the raffle comes in -- most of us have experienced buying a tool, book, or instructional DVD that we were sure we needed but then once we had it in our hands it really wasn't what we thought it was after all.  Maybe you have some extra parts, knobs, hinges, etc. that are just gathering dust and taking up space you could put to better use.
     Ted belonged to a large woodworking group in San Diego that used this concept to generate funds for things members thought would enhance the group.  If you have anything that you would like to donate, bring it in and give it to Ted.  He will also be the one selling the raffle tickets at the beginning of the meeting.  I'm sure there will be an opportunity to buy tickets just prior to the drawing if you notice a "must have" item you want to take a chance on.  In case there aren't enough items brought in for a particular meeting he'll hold on to them and we'll have the raffle at the next meeting.

   Last of all, the meeting is held at Studio: Wood It Is!, 2267 West Gowan, unit 106 in North Las Vegas. As always, the public is welcome to attend the meeting, so members - please feel free to bring a guest along. But remember that there are a limited number of chairs in the woodshop. Attendees might want to bring a folding chair if they wish to sit during the meeting. If you have questions or need directions, call the studio at 631-1870.

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