Tuesday, June 17, 2014

June 2014 Meeting

Whether you do it "Old School"


Or can handle it "New School"

  You have to work your design into your project.  The number of ways the style and design is worked into projects is probably as numerous as the number of woodworkers!  However; there are certain things that will apply no matter what your own process entails.  For many of us, some pieces come from a "seat of the pants" technique that started out with nothing more than an idea in your head or a quick sketch on a piece of scrap wood.  Others projects may take all of the factors into account and result in a full drawing, cut lists, and joinery details.  The featured presentation this month will be by Joe Hessling who will guide us through the basic design process.  He also plans to have us do a simple sketching exercise and discuss joinery selection and the Golden Rectangle.  

Please Note:  Joe has provided a PDF document which I'll mail out to you in a separate email.  It might be to your advantage to print it out and bring it to the meeting so you can follow along easily and take notes if you want.

Show & Tell

     As always, we will have a short show and tell session at the beginning of the meeting.  I understand that we may be surprised at a piece that Beth plans to share with us.  Please keep your show and tell to less than 5 minutes so we don't take away time from our featured presenter.

The Purpose of our Raffles

     Something new for our meetings is to have a raffle at the end.  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.

Time and Place

As always, the meeting will be held at Studio: Wood It Is! aka as "Jamie's place".  Her phone number is 702-631-1870 if you have any questions.  The address is 2267 West Gowan #106.  Visitors are always welcome and remember to bring a chair as seating is limited.   

See you then --- John

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