Total # of Attendees: 28
Jim opened the meeting at 7:25 PM.
No new faces
Thoughts on Wood Show
Bob was not impressed. Seemed it was very small, a lot of clubs
Baltimore was bigger & better
Club booths told Mike they were asking if there was a guild in South Jersey
A turners’ club was there. Making tops and letting folks try it out. Another one was giving turned items for charity
Discussion about what we would do (demonstrations, participation, etc.)
Talked about visual info (who you are, where you are located, etc.), greeters on staff, and demonstrations
Talked about volunteer groups – tried to “pull people in” to do stuff, try things out, etc.
Talked about using hand tools to get the kids involved
Lectures by members of club
Baltimore vs. Secaucus?
Quite a commitment – have to man the booth. 4 guys, 3 days, two groups = 24 guys
Question: What are we going to do with them once they come?
Mike & Salman got a request from a company wanting to “sponsor us” Erie Tool Works
Mom & Pop company in Erie PA, been around for 5+ years
Bench tools & accessories, Moxon vise
Also makes a “clamp gauge” – a caul which is used with bar clamps to better distribute clamp pressure across the face
Wants to “sponsor” our club with a 10% discount
Also has training information (documents, video, etc.) that he could offer it
Decision to not accept sponsorship – lack of interest by chapter
William Duffield presented on some of the woodworking that he as done over the last 40+ years
Bench-on-bench/Auxiliary bench – used to get work up close, for more detailed work
Also useful for demo’s when you are away from your shop (used on truck tailgate, on Workmate, etc.)
Vise on end, with handle that comes apart (so you don’t snag it getting in/out)
Comfortable height for you is right at the bend of the elbow
Plans for it is in the back issue of Fine Woodworking “tools & shop” edition for 2014
Gramercy Toolworks Holdfasts, good bargain, works well, especially as you wear off their rust-retarding finish
Don’t make out of Oak – tends to chip on backside of holdfast
Showed off various attachments to the bench – dovetailing vise, End vise, wooden bench dogs, portable lights,
Height good for using router, etc.
The guild broke up for discussions and to ask face-to-face meetings with folks.
Next Meeting on Thursday, April 4th
The meeting concluded at 9:10 PM.