This meeting of Great Plains Woodturners was held in one of the Maker Space rooms of UNL’s Innovation Campus and was called to order by club president, Rob Otte. He again reminded people to wear a name tag.

Kristin Enge (Kevin’s daughter) was introduced as a visitor this evening.

Minutes of the October 20, 2015, meeting, as printed via club website, were approved by voice vote.

Theo Alles, Club treasurer, reported that our club’s current balance is $5690.30 after deposits of $215.00 and dispersals of $233.95. His report was approved by voice vote.

The president’s Tip-of-the-Night focused on turner safety. The first suggestion concerned the hazardous metallic dust emanating from CBN (cubic boron nitride) grinding wheels commonly used to sharpen lathe tools. Rob suggested the use of ceramic magnets placed close to the wheel and below the grinding site as a way of collecting that dust before it drifts into a turner’s shop. He suggested Harbor Freight as a source of inexpensive magnets.

The second tip involved a dust mask that Rob had purchased through Amazon (SAS Safety 7650-61 Opti-Fit Full-face APR Respirator, listed for $104). Such mask has replaceable particulate filters and a replaceable polycarbonate face shield. Dust is a concern for turners that needs to be addressed.

March is our annual meeting, at which time officers for the upcoming year will be elected. Rob urged those interested in seeking an office to begin letting other members know of such intentions.

Rob suggested a need for a speaker system for club meetings to better accommodate the voice needs of speakers as they both demonstrate and narrate turning, finishing or wood preparation processes. He has explored prices for some PA systems, but suggested that a motion giving the Executive Committee permission to pursue this issue would be appropriate. Such a motion was made and passed with instructions for that committee to research our needs and report their findings at the December meeting.

Fred Graber reported on his conversations with Debbie Wagers in the Pediatric Department of the Nebraska Medical Center concerning that organization’s use of reward beads for children undergoing severe and long-term treatments. Their My Journey Beads program provides child patients with unique beads for each specific test and procedure given to that individual. Such beads are threaded onto long strings that will benefit from some type of storage container. Fred is recommending that our club provide the Center’s Pediatric Department with turned lidded bowls for this storage that will be unique for each patient.

These bowls should have an inside diameter of approximately 5.5” and a similar inside depth. The lid should be easily removed with one hand and the base sufficiently wide to provide good stability for the bowl. Fred suggests that the turner write his/her name on the bottom of the bowl so that the patient and his/her parents can familiarize themselves with that name. The phrase My Journey Beads should be printed into the lid. Rob suggested that these bowls be ready to view at our December meeting. Fred has volunteered to take these to Ms. Wagers soon after that meeting so they can be quickly put to use by those children undergoing special medical treatment(s).

After the Show-and-Tell portion of our meeting, the program was presented by Club president Rob Otte with the aid of Mark Entzminger and Theo Alles as demonstrators. The focus of the program was proper tool use when shaping a bowl. Mark used a bowl gouge with a finger-nail grind to shape the opening of the bowl and demonstrated appropriate technique for holding and moving the gouge in order to prevent catches as well as provide the most effective smoothing of the surface. He made particular mention of positioning the flute of the gouge as it transitioned across the inside of the bowl surface. Theo used a large round-nose scraper to smooth the inside bottom third of that same bowl, illustrating how both position and motion of the scraper are critical to maximizing surface smoothness. He also talked about how the direction of the wood’s grain impacts final smoothness. Both Mark and Theo stressed the importance of sharpness to successful results. Theo demonstrated the proper materials and techniques for the final internal sanding of the bowl. This was an excellent program for those needing assistance in the proper selection and use of specific kinds of turning tools.

The next meeting of Great Plains Woodturners will be December 15, 2015, at our Club president’s home.

Recorded by Doug Wilson, secretary

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