2010 Programs

2009 Programs

January 28th Meeting
"Bring a Jig"

Mel bringing the meeting to order.

Mel Turcanik Moderates

A good turnout with excellent member participation made this meeting especially interesting. After one of the members commented that she thought she was supposed to dance a jig at the meeting, the room quieted down and a variety of jigs (turning aids)were presented. In several cases, turned examples of articles made using the aids helped us better understand their use. Among the many turning aids were face plate, bowl holding, inside-out holding, depth and thickness measuring, pen assembling, drilling, and dovetailing devices.

February 25th Meeting
"Finishing Oils, Varnishes, Lacquers"

Tim taking the mystery out of finishes.

Tim Sullivan Presents

The perfect finish? Yes, there are dozens of them, each perfect for their main intended effect: appearance (color, sheen, depth), level of protection, ease of application, repairability, etc. These are conflicting properties. Tim described the basic and very different properties of oils, varnishes, shellac, and lacquers, and how they are packaged alone or in combination, usually under mysterious labels. He also touched on safety of the applicator, the environment, and the end user of the finished product.

March 20th - 21st
"ZVW Participates in Rochester Woodcarvers 34th Annual Show"

Wayne Van Every Demonstrates

ZVW manned 3 display tables and demonstrated on one lathe. Duties were divided into half-day shifts, but some of us were so enthused that we worked all shifts, and are already thinking about what we might do at next year's show. Wayne, Irv, Dave, Mel, and Duff demonstrated making tops and gave them away to kids of all ages.

One of the types of the tops turned at the Woodcarvers Show

ZVW provided 9 sets of items for the raffle, which is the way the Rochester Woodcarvers pay for the expenses of their free show.
Some of the items ZVW displayed are shown in the photos below.

Box elder and spalted maple excited vierwer's curiosity.
Bowls by Chuck Grimm and Earl Timmons caught the attention of many.
Lyle Solem displayed a large variety of items.
Wayne Van Every's lamps shed light up his other items.

March 25th Meeting
"Turn and Egg"

Dave turning an egg.

Dave Dunn Presents

Turning an egg to look like an egg requires control and sense of proportion, and, in Dave's case, a calculator to determine the length of the egg from the roughed-out blank's diameter. At the end of the meeting, we were challenged to bring a turned egg to our next meeting's show an tell.

A well Dunn egg.

April 29th Meeting
"The McNaughton Coring System"

Duff concludes the demo with 3 bowl blanks from one half-log.

Duff Bement Presents

The Mark 8 McNaughton Center Saver System used by Duff consists of a handle, a set of arced blades, and a special tool support. A basic system costs about $400. Duff also used a coring guide template to mark the half-log blank, and a laser guide to externally follow the path of the cutter.
Duff first explained the system, showing us the tools and how they were to be used. During the demo, Harmon Pierce helped with the setup and prepared each removed core for remounting as Duff explained the next sep. This made for a smooth one-hour presentation.
The pictures below capture some of the steps in using the system.

Setting up the system so that the tool cutting edge is in line with the lathe axis.
Duff uses a template to marke guidelines on the half-log blank.
Chips fly as Duff inserts the coring tool.
Harmon breaks off the first core.
Duff inspects the first blank.
Harmon prepares a core for remounting.
The resuts:  3 useful bowl blanks and a small waste core.

May 27th Meeting
"Turning Corian"

Todd at his pen lathe using a small gouge.

Todd VanDeWalker Presents

Dave turning a spin dish for a top.

Dave Dunn Presents

Our May meeting was a Corian double header with Todd VanDeWalker turning a pen and Dave Dunn turning a small dish.
Corian is a solid surface product of DuPont manufactured in 6mm and 12mm sheets. It is commonly fabricated into kitchen and bathroom counter tops using woodworking tools and a color-matched acrylic epoxy. Scraps and pieces from sink cutouts can be turned on a lathe. Some success has been had in gluing up blanks using cyanoacrilate glue, although it is difficult to completely hide seams.

June 24th Meeting
"Salt and Pepper Mills"

Jim holding up a partially completed pepper mill.

Jim VanDeWalker Presents

Salt and pepper mills can be pretty arty: made with exotic woods or blanks built up from many different woods. Sizes and shapes are up to the imagination of the turner as long as he confines his design to the constraints of the mechanisms available, or can rework the mechanisms to his liking. However, newcomers to the craft can start with a simple kit and a block of wood, and, with included directions in the kit, come up with a pretty nice mill.

That is precisely what Jim demonstrated to the club. Using a simple design, and generally available tools, with the exception of a special size Forsnter bit to fit the kit's mechanism, Jim showed the club members, many of whom were not acquainted with making mills, just how it is done.

Jim turning with Mel Turcanik assisting.

July 29th Meeting

Todd holding up completed and a partially completed streptohedron.

Todd VanDeWalker Presents

What is a sphericon? The sphericon is a 3-dimensional geometric solid with a single continuous face and two edges. Similarly to a Mobius strip, a line traced along the center of its side will eventually join its starting point. The sphericon rolls along a wobbly path that results in motion in a straight line.

One of Todd's sphericons.

However, Todd did not demonstrate turning a sphericon. Instead, he turned another weird geometric shape called a "branched-shaped streptohedron." Sphericons and streptohedrons have some kind of a rotational symmetry and are split-turned. That is, two blocks of wood are glued together with a newspaper separator. The resulting blank is turned and then split at the newspaper separator plane into 2 identical halves. One half is rotated 90 degrees with respect to the other, and the pieces are then glued back together permanently in their new orientation.

Two halfs of the streptohedron, split and reoriented.

what do you do with them? Ask Todd.

August 26th Meeting
"Box Fundamentals"

Various box designs

Irv Miller Presents

To a woodturner, a box is a round container with a lid. For a lid to fit well, a box is best turned with wood dried to a moisture content consistent with the average relative humidity of the place where it will reside, and with the grain oriented parallel to the axis of the lathe.
After making a few chips fly to get the attention of the audience, Irv handed out a sheet with Video, Text, and Web references on one side, and, on the other side, a 22-step order in which most boxes are turned. He suggested that the group use the references to learn how the Gurus turn boxes, and not listen to him. He then preached ad nauseum on box design, tools, fixing box blanks in the lathe, truing a blank, and hollowing, stating that the most crucial operation is lid fitting.
Irv then went back to chip-making mode and demonstrated many different ways to do each of the operations of truing up a blank, squaring off an end, and hollowing, assigning each of the many demonstrated methods and associated tools to the appropriate Guru listed in the reference sheet. However, time ran out before the most crucial step, lid fitting, could be demonstrated, leaving that operation to the interested student to research using the references.
Butternut blanks were then handed out to the attending members with the challenge to make boxes and bring them to the picnic next Thursday. Attendees at the picnic will vote, and the winner will receive the traveling Bill Beckman Golden Corn Ear trophy and badge.

September 2nd Picnic Meeting
"Annual Challenge Championship"

Todd VanDeWalker wins the 2010 Challenge Championship

Todd VanDeWalker was the winner of the box challenge thrown out at the August meeting and took home the Bill Beckman Golden Corn Ear traveling trophy and badge.

October 28th Meeting
"Christmas Ornaments"

Christmas light bulb in the making.  The skew leaves a minimum- or no-sanding-required surface.

Todd VanDeWalker Presents

The above photo shows Todd creating a Christmas tree light bulb. The bulb is turned from basswood. It will be dyed with an aniline dye and fitted with a brass base made from brass tubing purchased from a hardware store.

The meeting was well attended. Many members brought ornaments to describe and discuss. Some were simple tops and bells that could be quickly turned in dozen quantities and then decorated brightly and efficiently with metallic spray paint. Others, very elaborate, included multi-part hollow balls with finely turned finials; some made with a variety of very decorative woods, others brightly hand-painted.

November 18th Meeting

Example disc with 5 inlays

Mel Turcanik Presents

The above photo shows a background disc of birch inlayed with padauk(reddish brown), tagua nut (off-white) and solder (silver). The padauk is centered, the tagua is off center, and the silver is more or less randomly positioned. Mel first turned the paduak and tauga disks. Then he turned the birch disk with a centered recess. Careful sizing is the secret here. He used cyanoacrylate glue to secure the paduak to the birch, bored holes with a drill press for the solder, glued the solder in place, remounted the assembly, and turned it to its almost-final shape. Next he off-centered the turning and turned a recess for the tagua, glued it, and returned the assembly to its original center to finalize its shape.

Inlays are especially nice on box tops, but can enhance any turning. and can be done in many different ways. Below is an example of two ring inlays on a top that were done by Mel with green polymer clay pressed into ring recesses, baked in an oven, re-mounted, and turned to completion.

Ring inlays of polymer clay