March 19, 2019 Meeting Notes

The meeting was called to order by club president Mark Entzminger.

Entzminger indicated that club treasurer Steve Mawson was in Arizona, but had reported a treasury balance of slightly more than $7,000.

Three visitors were recognized and asked to stand and introduce themselves.

Entzminger recognized Jim Young for his work on the Pens for Vets Project and suggested that our club donate $500 to that project to support the purchase of supplies. Young reported that approximately 30 vets work in the Maker Space on a weekly basis and that are currently being given the option of working with a ceramics artist instead of or in addition to their pen turning, which Young instructs. He spoke of the increase in confidence felt by the vets as they discover their talents of turning, following instructions, and working with others. Some have become employed within the community while others are enrolled in college. Young related that the Angel Network got the program started and that an anonymous donor had helped keep the program going. A motion was made for our club to provide $500 in support of this program. The motion passed via voice vote.

Entzminger indicated that the cost for our club to continue using the Maker Space will be $500 for the upcoming year. That is $50/month for the 10 months we use the facility. The January and June meetings are held elsewhere because of their social nature.

Elmer Miller spoke to the matter of programs for the upcoming year. He and Bill Jurgensen composed a list of possible topics and handed out a copy of this list to each member, asking members to mark the 3 topics that had greatest appeal to them personally. Miller encouraged members to volunteer as presenters or to assist those who do so. After tabulation, the 10 most prominent topics were listed on a large sheet of people and volunteers were asked to select a topic and month for which they would be responsible for that program. That list and the member and month are:

     Natural edge turning                   Bill Dykma                     May

     Hollow form turning                   Brian Newell                  February

     Boxes and lids                               Galen Tuma                      April

     Embellishments                             Mike Marshall                 January

     Finishing                                           Rob Otte                       September

     Tool making                      Kevin Eng and Curt Norman      August

     Selecting and preparing wood   Mark Entzminger             July

     Tree biology                                      Harry Heafer                  October

     Threading                                          Mike Gullickson              March

     Plates and platters                            Sam Boon                        November

Rob Otte gave a report from the committee (Entzminger, Miller and Otte) formed to select a slate of officers for the upcoming year. That slate was presented and a motion was made to elect that slate by acclimation. The motion was seconded and passed by voice vote. The officers so elected are:

      President                   Tom Meyer

     Vice president          Mike Sawyer

      Treasurer                  Steve Mawson

     Secretary                  Doug Wilson

Otte said he will continue to send out a monthly newsletter via email. He complimented Curt Norman for his excellent camera work during presentations.

After a time of Show-and-Tell and refreshments, Otte presented tips on sanding, beginning with his typical sequence of grits: 80, 150, 220, 320. He encouraged people to inspect a turned item carefully with a bright light after each sanding to ensure that lines from a previous grit are not still visible and reminded members that old sandpaper does not change grit value. It only becomes less effective in removing wood.

Otte demonstrated his techniques for wet sanding—a technique he employs to prevent the generation of fine dust, the kinds of small dust particles that are not often trapped by shop filtration systems and can be a hazard to lung tissue. One of these techniques is to use common drugstore-type mineral oil as a wetting agent by dipping the sandpaper in a small amount of the oil confined to a dish. That “oiled” sandpaper is then used in the conventional manner. A second technique employed a mixture of the mineral oil and beeswax. His beeswax source for this strategy was Burt’s Bees lip balm purchased at a local store.

Otte cautioned that using such wet sanding techniques will likely alter the finishing regimen many turners use because the oil and oil/wax used during the sanding process would be not be compatible with many finishes and that some experimentation may be necessary. He demonstrated his use of a Foredom flexible shaft tool fitted with 2” and 3” discs for sanding.

Doug Wilson, Secretary

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