February 1, 2018

Total # of Attendees: 22

  1. Mike opened the meeting at 7:26pm. He was not recognized by the guild body
  2. Treasurer (Dave) was taking membership dues - $50
  3. Brian Menold’s wife (Pete’s Sister) passed away last week, and Jim passed around a card, as well as a a bowl to contribute towards a tree in honor of Brian’s wife
  4. Feb 8 & 9 (Fri & Sat) at Independence Seaport Museum, Lie Nielsen event in Philadelphia. Museum is worth the trip by itself. You can also pay $8 to visit the Olympia & the sub. Parking around $16 - $20
  5. Visitors:
    1. Scott visited in fall. Woodworker his whole life
    2. Matthew from Philadelphia, mostly hand tool work (boats, instruments, etc.) Originally from Canada
    3. Andy Dick, woodworker want-to-be, semi-retired, time on hand. Built stuff in back (cradles, bookcases, etc.)
    4. Bob Mathis, Pitman, retired teacher, working on wood for some time
    5. John, here with Scott. Retired now, trying to get reacquainted with his tools
  6. Matthew did a 17th century style chest, Quarter-riven oak, did some carvings around it. No glue on joints, its nailed, used planes he made to make the molding on side. Has done a lot of carving. With green wood, it comes off real fast. Each panel in about 45 minutes. Forged nails
  7. Mar 2 & 3rd for Woodworking Show in Secaucus NJ. Jim is driving up with folks
  8. Jim showed his band saw box. Glued it up, cut bottom off, clean out inside, then glue bottom back on (and wait for glue to dry). Great Valentine’s Day gift.
  9. The group discussed, talked about sources for inspiration like the website http://lumberjocks.com
  10. Introduced our guest instructor, Dave Potts
    1. Dave showed off banding, stringing and sand shading
    2. Banding can be cutting off little tiny squares from length (used band saw & regular fence)
    3. Discussion of other ways to do banding (45 degree cuts on band saw, etc.)
    4. To layout out, use a square and sharp knife to cut line, then laid banding on the line & put knife on other side. Remove banding, put square to knife, then use knife to finalize cut
    5. Use small router plane to rout out shallow depth in a controlled way, and then lay in banding.
    6. Banding can be slightly “proud” and then sanded down – but not too much (you don’t want to dig in)
    7. Stringing – he uses maple or for a white line.
    8. He often uses a band saw or table saw to cut it, even though it’s thin.
    9. Uses templates to help cut the string. Uses rotary tool (suchc as Dremel) to ride along template to cut for it, then inserts the stringing (1/32”) into place
    10. Uses a lot of mini-drill bits to make the cuts
    11. Make sure you go slow as you cut. If you go too fast, it may snap bit or burn out the wood.
    12. Uses Blue Spruce bits
    13. Uses simple jig (block of wood, band saw blade, screws) to scrap bottom and put small “V” in it, to assist it in getting into the groove
    14. Sand shading – used to help bring additional color to inlay
    15. Used curved gouge to make oval shape, partially dug out a ready to be put in
    16. Heat up sand in griddle, stick piece in, and use that to change the color of the wood
    17. Cleaned out, then used same gouge to cut overlay leaf, glued it up, and then placed it in
  11. Next Meeting on Thursday, March 1st at 7:30pm. Salman will be showing off scroll saw skills and work
  12. Meeting concluded at 9:02pm.