The Monthly Newsletter of
December 2016 Vol.
From the Editor
Those Members who did not attend the business meeting and wish
to know the status of the Clubs funds can contact the club Treasurer, Leona
Think About Turning Today!
Roaring 20’s Auto Club clubhouse,
7400 Grand Avenue.
Wednesday November 9, 2016 Meeting
Officers: Ron, Leona, Stan, Nick Historian Photographer: Jane Kelly
Call for Guests: No guests at this meeting.
Cookies By: Martin R.
Health Reports: No new reports.
We have some hats and sew on patches with our club's logo for sale. Call Ron
Show and Tell: No special challenge this month.
Ralph P. Brought a lidded bowl made from Walnut, finish unknown.
Dr. Van 2 urns, one made from Yellow Heart and the other made from Mahogany,
finishes unknown. He also brought a basketry bowl made from Maple and a basketry
plate made from Poplar, both with wood burn and colored marker finish.
Roger H. Brought 3 bowls and a goblet all made from Poplar or Cotton Wood and
all with a lacquer finish.
Jerry G. Brought a bowl made from a burl with a lacquer finish.
Chris S. Brought 2 bowls, one made from Bubinga and the other made from Maple
both with CA glue finish. He also brought a Curly Maple hollow form with a CA
glue finish and a Buckeye Burl hollow form and bowl, finish unknown.
Jane K. Brought a vase made from Box Elder with EEE Ultra Shine finish. She
also brought plat made from a mix of woods with a EEE Ultra Shine finish.
Garry W. Brought 2 bowls, one made from Fur and the other made from Mahogany,
both with club mix finish. He also brought a bud vase made from a Cedar post
with a club mix finish. Jesse C. Brought 2 pipes, one made from Black Walnut and
the other made from Maple, finishes unknown. He also brought a Walnut lidded box
and several pens, finishes unknown.
Next month's challenge: Turn something from you the things you learned
at our last Symposium.
Treasurer’s report: We had 20 paid attendance at our Symposium plus
what we maid on our from our silent auction and after all expenses we had a net
prophet of $734.00. Leona also mentioned that Stan has been calling her about
the rest of the money we owe on the trailer. After some discussion about our up
coming expenses and our current balance there was a motion and second to pay
Stan $500.00 now and $500.00 in June.
Gathering Wood: On going. We have a lot of wood for our members and if
you would like some call Stan and he can bring it to our next meeting.
Soliciting New Members: On going
Open Workshop: Nothing scheduled
Hands On Workshops: Nothing scheduled.
Wanted, For sale,
This is your area,
Email, or phone Paul if you have an item to post here.
A Message From Members
Shop Tips from AAW
Safe Way to Change Chuck Jaws
I have a Supernova 2 chuck that I use for my mini lathe. The jaws for this
chuck are mounted on by screws. When it comes time to change jaws, the screws
are very snug, and untightening them can lead to fingers flying into the jaws. I
have injured many fingers like this, but I discovered that wearing a work glove
while unscrewing the jaws protects your fingers from smashing into the jaws. I
have saved my fingers from injury many times with this technique.
Workman, Vacaville California
Handy Woodturning Hints from AAW
The best thing I ever did was to look at my gouges as consumables, like
sandpaper. Then I quit worrying about grinding away the steel and using up my
gouge. This had several benefits. I sharpened as often as needed. This had two
benefits. First, of course, I always had a sharp tool which made cutting easier
and reduced the stress of using the tool. Second, it rapidly sped up the
learning curve of sharpening. This actually increased my tool life because the
better I got at sharpening, the less metal I removed each time I went to the
you wait until you think your tool is dull you waited too long. Stop and sharpen
any time it seems like you have trouble controlling the tool. Learn to glide the
bevel not ride the bevel. I think most of us push on the bevel of the tool. The
term "ride the bevel" kind of reinforces this. In reality you should have very
light pressure on the bevel so the tool glides easily. This helps you learn to
control the cut and more importantly "feel" the cut so that you are letting the
tool cut instead forcing the cut.
most important tip. Practice, practice, practice. Don't be afraid to put a scrap
piece of wood on the lathe and just turn, practicing different cuts. This
teaches control and helps you relax before the real project.
~John Lucas Sparta, TN
Ask the expert tip from
An Article From More Woodturning
Aligning your Lathe by Dick Veitch
If you are just turning a chair leg between centers, it does not matter too
much if the head and tail of your lathe are not perfectly in line. Likewise, you
can turn a bowl without using the tailstock.
But, if you want to do anything where the wood is held in a chuck and the
tailstock is brought up to the wood, then the head and tail need to be correctly
aligned. I am sure you can think of many times when both a chuck and tailstock
are in use.
Sphere turning is another where the two cup chucks need to be nicely aligned
to turn a perfect sphere. It would be nice if all lathes were perfectly aligned
at all times, but some have swivel heads and their alignment needs to be checked
every time the head is returned to the line of the bed.
Some lathes are on uneven floors and the bed is twisted. Some lathes are a
little worn and need adjusting. Some will be out of line for another reason. If
you are absolutely certain that the tailstock of your lathe is perfectly
aligned, then you can put a drive spur in the head, live center in the tail, and
bring the two into line. (See Figure 1.)
Figure 1. Using two centers to check alignment.
If the tailstock is not perfectly in line, then this method may look like it
is working but you finish up with both head and tail out of line. The hard metal
method is to use a double-ended Morse taper. Teknatool calls this the
Acruline System. (See Figure 2.)
Figure 2. Using the Acruline System to check alignment. (If you don't want to
buy one, Paul has one that I can help you align your lathe.)
Simply insert this firmly in both the head and tailstock while both are loose
on the bed. Tighten both down and they should be nicely aligned.
If you need to check the headstock alignment with a little more care, then
grip a long length of wood in a chuck (See Figure 3.)
Figure 3. A length of wood mounted in a chuck.
Now rotate it slowly (100-300 rpm) and mark the central point on the tail end
as shown in Figure 4.
Figure 4. Marking the end of the rotating wood with a pencil.
Then bring the tailstock close and this central point should be at the center
of the live tail as shown in Figure 5.
Figure 5. The tail center should align with the pencil mark on the end of the
More Woodturning Magazine
Events Calendar Listing - January - February 2017
January 27, 2017 to January 29, 2017 Florida Woodturning Symposium 2017
SYMPOSIUM Location: Eustis, Florida Dates: Friday, January 27, 2017 to Sunday,
January 29, 2017 Description:
The Florida Woodturning Symposium is the largest woodturning event in Florida
and is held each year at the Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center. A self
contained, wooded campus where you are immersed in nothing but woodturning for 2
1/2 days. This is one of the best ways to take the next step in your woodturning
and enjoy fourteen well-known demonstrators, a trade show, an auction, and a
raffle. Website: http://floridawoodturningsymposium.com
January 27, 2017 to January 28, 2017 Tennessee Association of Woodturners'
2017 Woodturning Symposium SYMPOSIUM Location: Franklin, TN Dates: Friday,
January 27, 2017 to Saturday, January 28, 2017 Description:
Featured demonstrators will include Nick Agar, Cynthia Garden-Gibson, Stephen
Hatcher, Frank Penta, and others. Participants will have access to the instant
gallery, banquet, auction, and tradeshow. Website: http://tnwoodturners.org/symposium
February 25, 2017 to February 26, 2017 Idaho Artistry in Wood EXHIBITION
Location: Boise, Idaho Dates: Saturday, February 25, 2017 to Sunday, February
26, 2017 Description:
This yearly show provides an opportunity for artists working in wood and/or
gourds to participate in a judged competition and display their outstanding
creations to the public. Five woodworking clubs collaborate to make this
one-of-a-kind show the largest in the Pacific Northwest. The show will include
woodcarving, woodturning, fine furniture making, pyrography, intarsia, gourds,
marquetry, scrolling and other wood art. Tools and materials used in creating
wood and gourd art will be available for sale. In addition, there will be a
vendor area, raffles, a silent auction, and demonstrations. Website: http://idahoartistryinwood.org
"Creativity Is Allowing Yourself To Make Mistakes.
Art Is Knowing Which Mistakes To Keep."
PRESIDENT: Ron Velin
VICE PRESIDENT: Stan Lambert (406)348-3499
TREASURER: Leona Gipe (406)248-1664
Librarian: (Dr. Van)
Richard Vande Veegaete (406)245-9945
Technical Advisor: Newsletter & Website Editor: Paul Spencer (406) 861-6718
“One Good Turn” is the monthly newsletter of Yellowstone
Yellowstone Woodturners Club
PO Box 21836
Billings, MT 59104
A local chapter of the American Association of Woodturners.
Map to Meeting Location
Let the club officers know your suggestions
Roaring 20'S Auto Clubhouse
December 2016 Agenda
Meeting Wednesday, November 14th, 2016
at 6:00 PM at the
South Senior Center,
901 S 30th St, Billings, MT 59101
Officers: Ron, Stan, Leona, Nick
Cookies by: Cookies by Martin
Treasurer’s report: Leona Gipe
Historian, Photographer: Jane Kelly
Show and Tell: Bring your items for show and tell.
Business: Election of
2017 Dues are due, remain at $25.
High school class: Stan
and Jerry can update.
Cookies sign up: