Total # of Attendees: 25
Jim opened the meeting at 7:22 PM.
Dave talked about his recent wood purchases, trials and tribulations with getting wood from Erik Van Dexter
See last month’s minutes for details on his sales and auction
The auction of his wood and tools is this Saturday, Nov 3rd
Address is 116 Densten Road, Sewell NJ 08080
New Folks were introduced
Ray Sutton: Carpenter, architectural millwork shop, near Barrington.
Brad Sanders, St. Louis, woodworker for years, checking us out
Dave has 2x8 sawhorses, built on Popular Woodworking model
Take it apart, held together with wedges
Put 1 coat of waterlox on it to preserve
Discussed how he cut wedges with band saw, mortises, etc.
Jim opened discussion on Christmas party for December meeting
Will have party in addition to our regular Dec meeting (Dec 6)
Party will be 2nd Thursday, Dec 13th
Location at Tarantella restaurant
128 Route 70, Medford, NJ
Jim will set reservation and provide information
Mark gave presentation on saw sharpening
Started the discussion with the SAPFM . Great organization, lots of information on making period furniture.
Mark showed the “spider” that he got from Roy Underhill
A spider is a gauge to measure you set of the large saws
Depending on type and dimension of wood, etc. you would use this to gauge how to set your saw
Discussed Diston saw vise – how it works, how you could make a holder (out of 1x4 hardwood) in order clamp it easier. This helps when working on your “fleem” (see below)
First operation is to “joint” the saw – to take the top of every tooth and level it across the saw
Run flat file across raker about 10 thousands of an inch in the middle
Use triangular saw to deepen angle across each tooth, alternating – until you get rid of each flat spot on each tooth
General rule is 30 degrees, but historically, folks would file saw to do a specific task. You would need a large enough file for the teeth edge
Discussion on what is available for new handsaws (example: http://www.badaxetoolworks.com/ – who will make saw to the fleem and method you want)
Mark showed his Diston saws (three of them). The older ones were of real quality (and are worth a lot of money now)
Discussion on “hang” of saw, and how it handled for specific purpose
Showed Ron Herman’s DVD showing how to sharpen and maintain saws. He runs a carpenter shop/house building company which uses handsaws
Mark got introduced to this due to heating house with wood. He mostly uses a chainsaw, but has the handsaw in the car to use.
Salman asked how long it takes to sharpen. Mark said 30 min max to do the job
Jim talked about his scary sharp story
Back in 1968 when he left parents’ home to go to Drexel
Discussed story that related to sharpening – how much is too much?
Mike said the wainscoting project is put on hold, due to church construction
Next Meeting on Thursday, December 6th. Note that depending on restaurant availability for Christmas party (see above) it may be moved to December 13th.
The meeting concluded at 8:42 PM.