September Meeting Announcement

It’s time again for our monthly meeting.

This month is the club 2×4 contest.   Bring your 2×4 project in, demonstrate it for a chance to voted best in the club.   We’re looking forward to your entry.

Rules:

  • One construction grade 2″x4″x8″
  • No specialty woods allowed.
  • Only one can be used in project, but don’t need to use all of it.
  • Can use hardware.
  • No other wood except for 2×4.

This months meeting will be at the Jackson Park Ministries Chapel.

5415 Airport Drive
Charlotte, NC 28028

We’re looking forward to seeing you!

Meeting Agenda for Tuesday September 18th.

5:30 – 6:15        Meet and greet.  This is the time to meet other woodworkers, talk about projects and look over the Show and Tell stuff.

6:15 – 6:20        New Member Introduction

6:20 – 6:25        Safety Information

6:25 – 6:45        Announcements

6:45 – 6:55        Show and Tell

6:55 – 7:00        Raffle – lots of good prizes (see below)

7:00 – 8:30       Presentation

8:30                  Meeting Adjourned

Raffle Items for this months meeting:

September Raffle

Show & Tell (August 2018)

 

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John Arnaud displayed a box he made using hand cut dovetails for the joinery. He’ll also be demonstrating his techniques         at Festival in the Park.

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Tom Wills showed off a stool (above) he made of chestnut wood and used pocket screws for the joinery. He next displayed a pencil box he made on a lathe.

 

 

 

 

 

 

             Kelly Rose showed off her design she uses for woodcarving.

 

Stan Howell discussed his pedestal he made for his wife.

 

Phil DuBerry talked about his turned salt and peppershakers

 

Do people say you look “fuzzy?” It’s not because of your 5 o’clock shadow, it because the auto focus on my camera isn’t fast enough as the speakers talk and move. I request the show and tell people to give Jim Dunn, Pete Stoffle or Mark Boyer beforehand so we can get a good clean photo of your item for the newsletter and Club websites.

The Club has a Face Book page set up by Peter Stoffle and located here: https://www.facebook.com/Charlotte-Woodworkers-244821488888300/

The Club also has a You Tube Channel set up my Mark Boyer and located here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8Hx36FCk2A3zbfj1j7OMAw

Check them out and don’t forget to “Like” them and share them with your friends.

 

How to Flatten Wood by Mike Smith

Presentation

Mike Smith gave a presentation on how to flatten a board.

First when selecting wood look at the end grain

The left shows how a “flat sawn” log is cut. The end grain on the board would be in a circular pattern. As the wood dries the grain would flatten out which can lead to cracking and warping.
The right photo shows a “quarter sawn log.”  The log is cut so the end grain is straighter which makes the board more stable and less prawn to warping and cracking.

Mike discussed several ways to flatten a warped or cupped board.
First, acclimate the wood to the local environment/temperature. Leave it in your shop for a few days so to help eliminate movement and cracking.

One way to flatten a “cupped board” is to run it through a joiner (with the grain) with the cupped face down until that face is flat. Next run it through the planner

To create a straight side you could again use a joiner. You could also attach your board to a known straight edge as shown here then run it over your table saw.

If you have, a board that is warped/twisted places it on a sled and shim it so it doesn’t move. Starting with the high end, feed it through your planner taking SMALL bites (do both sides).

Another way is to make a box and set the wood inside. Next, mount your router on a stiff board so it rests on the side of the box. Use a flat bottom router bit protruding through the board and move the router along the sides and taking small bites off the warped wood.
Note: The bigger the router bit the slower the speed needs to be (see manufacturer manual).

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Safety Announcement

Club members should be aware that we have a club AED (Automatic Defibrilator) in case someone has a heart issue while working in the shop.

It will be serviced soon with a new battery, but all members should be aware that it’s out there.

John Bregan will send email with details on how to use the device.

 

Hart Square Day (27 October 2018)

Since 1986, as the first touches of autumn fleck Hog Hill on the fourth Saturday in October, Hart Square bustles with over three hundred knowledgeable artisans and docents demonstrating and sharing the craftsmanship and subsistence of Carolina’s pioneers. To enter the village on festival day is to enter the early 1800s. Here, visitors will witness everything from flax making, cotton baling, and tinsmithing to apple butter making and the sweet sounds of old time music. The Village is located outside Hickory. Tickets are available for $45 through either the Catawba County Museum of History (828-465-0383) or contact Bob Fields.

Drop off display items

The Club is looking for items to display in the upcoming Matthews Alive (Aug 31 to Sept 3) and Festival in the Park (Sept 21 to 23) Fairs. It a chance to show off your woodworking skills so let’s fill up the room. You can bring more than one item. Bruce will be at the Shop on Monday (Aug 27) if you want to drop off items or drop them off the day of the event. Don’t forget to put your name on the item so it can be returned.

As always, we are looking for volunteers to help.

Safety Glasses updated

Fred Miller mentioned at the August meeting you could order OSHA approved eyeglasses and get a good discount through AARP. It’s also recommended to purchase the side shields.

If you wear prescription glasses, you can get the glasses made at Walmart’s optical store.  They offer OSHA-approved safety lenses in several different frames (you choose), and the AARP discount can be applied if you provide your AARP account number.

August Meeting Announcement

It’s time again for our monthly meeting.

This months program will be presented by Mike Smith. He’ll be discussing how to square lumber.

This months meeting will be at the Jackson Park Ministries Chapel.

5415 Airport Drive

Charlotte, NC 28028

Also, don’t forget about the 2×4 Contest in September.

We’re looking forward to seeing you!

Meeting Agenda for Tuesday August 21st.

5:30 – 6:15        Meet and greet.  This is the time to meet other woodworkers, talk about projects and look over the Show and Tell stuff.

6:15 – 6:20        New Member Introduction

6:20 – 6:25        Safety Information

6:25 – 6:45        Announcements

6:45 – 6:55        Show and Tell

6:55 – 7:00        Raffle – lots of good prizes (see below)

7:00 – 8:30       Presentation

8:30                  Meeting Adjourned

Raffle Items for this months meeting:

August Raffle

Sawdust Newsletter – Online Edition

This month marks a milestone for the Charlotte Woodworkers as we begin to release the monthly newsletter based on online content written during the prior month. See our Frequently Ask Questions below for details:

What does this mean for our members?

Going forward we will be delivering the newsletter to those who subscribe. We will continue to print a copy of the newsletter and archive in PDF form on the website, but going forward all of the content of the newsletter will be produced in WordPress, our new online platform.

Will I have to subscribe to receive the newsletter?

Eventually you will have to subscribe to receive the newsletter. We are planning to continue to publish a copy of it on the Google Groups for the time being, but now that the content will all be on the web, and we’re moving to a web based solution to speed things up. We need our members to register there.

Is this part of the online sign-up process?

Yes. Part of this is already being handled when you go through the online process to sign-up as a member and pay dues. Doing so you’ll be prompted to subscribe to the newsletter. If you refuse to opt-in, you will eventually stop getting them.

What if I haven’t signed up online?

If you’re a member in good standing, you should have already received an email requesting that you create a wordpress login and link it to the Charlotte Woodworkers Association site. If you haven’t received this, please reach out to Mark Boyer at MarkTBoyer@hotmail.com and he will send you a link with instructions.

Can I still access old copies of the newsletter?

Yes. You will still be able to get archived copies of the newsletter. However, as content is moved over to WordPress and available on our website, you’ll be able to search for and find it there. In effect this makes all of our articles easily viewable and consumable for our members and the public.

What if I have other questions or concerns, who do I contact?

Reach out to the club secretary, Mark Boyer at MarkTBoyer@hotmail.com. He’ll be happy to answer any questions and field any concerns you may have. You may also leave comments below if you’re a registered user on the site.