The Monthly Newsletter of
June 2017 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 Gipe (406)248-1664.
Think About Turning Today!
Roaring 20’s Auto Club clubhouse,
7400 Grand Avenue.
(Wednesday May 10, 2017 Meeting)
Officers: Stan, Leona, Tim, Nick
Historian Photographer: Jane Kelly
Call for Guests: We had 4 guests at this
meeting, Ben, Dave, Scott and the forth name I did not
hear. I believe that one or two have already
joined. Welcome to all, and hope
to see more to join.
Cookies By: Dr. Van
Health Reports: No new reports.
Correspondence: We have some hats and sew on
patches with our club's logo for sale. Call Stan L.
Stan L. had a couple jokes for us.
Show and Tell: Any project you like.
Roger H. Brought a cutting board and several eggs made
from a variety of woods. He colored
the eggs with color markers and finished with lacquer.
Gary W. Brought a bud vase made from Cedar fence post,
finished with polyurethane.
Dr Van Brought a segmented urn made from Yellowheart,Maple
and Walnut, finished with
Jerry G. Brought 2 bowls, one made from Box Elder the
other made from Cedar. Both were
finished with lacquer.
Ivy C. Brought a screw driver with handle she made, kind
of wood and finish unknown.
Stan L. Brought a bud vase and a round disc that both had
some basketry effect on them. Both
were made from hard Maple with a lacquer finish.
Ralph P. Brought 2 natural edge bowls, one made from
Willow and the other was made from
Juniper. Both were finished with tongue oil.
Ralph T. Brought his finished Intarsia piece that he
started for the program he did on Intarsia.
Dan V. Brought a bowl with iridescent paint on part of it.
It was made from Maple with a
Jesse C. Brought a threaded lidded box made from Poplar,
kind of finish unknown.
Paul S. Brought some segmented coasters, tie clips and
jewelry. Kind of wood and finish
Next month's challenge: No special challenge, just
turn any thing.
Treasurer’s report: We
have our insurance bill for the trailer and it's content dew. If you
planning to our Symposium, we
would like to see some start to sign up.
Gathering Wood: We steal have quit a bit
of Box Elder wood to be cut up and plenty to buy
at a very cheap price.
Soliciting New Members: On going
Open Workshop: Nothing scheduled at this
Hands On Workshops: Nothing scheduled.
Stan L. said he would talk to George O. about
them when he gets back.
2017 Dues are due, they remain at $25.
Stan mentioned that we should look into tree
cutting again this year and that we all
should keep our eyes and ears open for
Stan told us that Dennis Liggett is our
demonstrator at our next Symposium. The dates
are September 30th and October 1st.
There were lists of proposed topics to have at our
Symposium, that might change but it is a start.
Our brochures are finished and some have been
handed out to some of the Hardware
Stores and a lumber yard.
We will be having a booth at the Fair this year
and we will need members to man it. A
sign-up list was handed out at the meeting, but
we still will need more members for
some of the shifts. Please sign up.
High School classes: Classes are finished
for the year.
There was a discussion on having a Demo at Ace
Hardware on Zimmerman Trail and it
decided that we would have one in June. The
possible date for the Demo was decided
to be on Saturday June 17. You can bring things
to show or sell and we will need demonstrators.
We have a total of 3 bowls for next years “Souper
Bowl” so far, you can bring in bowls
any time. The more the better.
Chris S. brought a order of CA glue to the
meeting and he has 2 left, so if you would like
one talk to Chris.
Stan mentioned that we are looking for flat
screen TV's to replace ours that died. They
need to be 42” or bigger and cost around $100.00
or so. If you see any or know of any
give Stan a call.
If you need a new members list call Leona. The
updated ones are now finished.
PROGRAM: Dan V. gave a great talk and
demonstration on coloring wood with iridescent paints
on parts of our projects. He told us that you
turn a piece then tape off the area you
would want the iridescent paint and under coat
that area with black paint. Then
put a spot of iridescent paint on blow paint
around with compressed air, alternating
colors as you go. He used 3 different colors on
his and finish coated his with spray
lacquer. Finished product looked great. He told
us that he got the idea off the
internet on a Youtube video by Tim Yoder called
“Cosmic Clouds Platter” He also
gave us a place to purchase the iridescent paint
on line, visit Josonja.com.
Next months PROGRAM: No program scheduled for next month as of end of
Cookies sign up:
April - Nick Emslander
May - Dr. Van
June - Dale Molyneaux
July - Jane Kelly
August - Gary Walter
Wanted, For sale,
This is your area,
Email, or phone Paul if you have an item to post here.
A Message From Members
Shop tip from AAW
"Re-Shaping a Parting Tool"
Many of you have dove-tail jaws for your lathe chuck and an easy way
to turn a tenon that will fit those jaws is by re-shaping one of
your parting tools. I chose an old tool with a turning surface of
about 1/8". I'll admit that I only "eye-balled" the angle, but it
can certainly be calculated to exactly match the angle of the
dove-tail jaws on your chuck.
In addition to using this tool to turn tenons on blanks, I use it to
undercut finial tenons, to create shoulders on box lids, to scrape
tight curved surfa
I'm sure you'll think of many more uses for this tool.
To sharpen the parting tool, I slightly twist the handle which
presents an angled surface to the grinding wheel.
Valley Woodturners, Waco
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.
An Article From More
by John Lucas
Inside-out turning is a process where you
take four pieces of square timber, glue them together and turn a design (usually
a silhouette ) into the part that will be the inside of the piece. Then take
this apart, rotate the pieces, glue them back together and turn the outside.
This is why it’s called inside-out turning. I will try to describe the process
of inside-out turning and hopefully stop you from making some of the errors that
I have made. I learned most of what I know by trial and error, error, error. I
listed my sources of information at the end of this article.
Start by cutting four pieces of wood equal
to the length of your turning. Each piece must be perfectly square. This is
important because you will have gaps in the turning if they are not square. I
generally cut four separate pieces from a flat board, but if you want the grain
to match it is possible to re-saw a piece of thick timber and square up each
piece. The grain won’t match perfectly but will be close. Since there is a
learning curve to this style of turning I recommend turning some 2x2 scrap as
experiments. I use pine 2x4’s for practice (see photo 1.)
Because you are turning the inside first,
the outside shape will be limited. It is important to make a few trial runs so
you can learn to see the problems. For practice pieces, I use strapping or
filament tape to hold the wood together. This makes it easy to pull the tape
back and reassemble the piece to check your progress. Start with simple shapes
such as diamonds, circles, crosses etc. Shapes such as hearts and flowers
require you to undercut the turning when doing the silhouette. This is difficult
to turn and to judge the shape.
Gluing the piece
To turn the inside, glue the four pieces
together with a glue that can be separated. I have used CA glue, paper joints,
strapping or filament tape, plastic tie wraps and hose clamps to hold the pieces
together for the first turning. I prefer a paper joint. It is more secure and
keeps the wood aligned properly. The space created by the glue will show up as a
space in your silhouette so it is important to have a very thin line. I use
newspaper for my paper joint. This creates a good bond and a thin line. Tape,
tie-wraps, hose clamps and rubber bands all work well as “clamps” to glue the
work but have drawbacks if they are used instead of glue.
Centering is very important, so I take a
very small sliver of wood (about 1/8 inch) off each corner of the square stock
before I glue or clamp them together. After you get them together, the four
“knocked off” corners make an accurate hole to align the center pin of your
drive and tailstock centers. Label the end of each block so you will know how to
reverse them later. I stack the wood together to find out which side should be
out for the best grain pattern and then label the end with numbers and an arrow
pointing toward the center. Turn them 180 degrees so the good side is in and
glue them together with a paper joint. Spread glue on the piece and place
newspaper over the glue. Clamp the pieces together and let it sit. It will take
longer to dry than the glue normally requires so be patient. Use a cup center of
some kind on the tailstock so you won’t split the piece. I also use a fairly
large drive center so the teeth help hold the four sides together. Long cones in
the center of drive and tail centers will act like a wedge and split the paper
Draw the design full size
I find it very difficult to accurately copy
the silhouette without a drawing. After you complete the drawing, fold it in
half and cut out half of the silhouette. When the drawing is folded in half, the
cut out silhouette will stick out and make a perfect template to check your
turning. You will also have a guide for the outside turning. Just because you
can draw it on paper doesn’t mean it will work in the final turning. The outside
shape is dependent upon the inside. Make a test piece to check your design.
Rough out the silhouette
I mark the edges of the design on the square
out only the area where you will place your silhouette. Don’t round the
piece down to a cylinder. Leave small flats on all 4 sides: 1/8” to 3/8”
is fine. If you round it down to a cylinder, there will be a thin line running
through the piece that destroys the effect of the silhouette. I mark lines all
the way around the square at the edges of the silhouette and then use the toe of
the skew to cut a large “V” cut on the inside of this line. This keeps me from
tearing off a corner. I start the “V” on the inside of the mark and work my way
back to the line with small cuts by sighting down the bevel of the tool. Then I
use a bowl gouge or skew to rough out the cylinder, leaving the four flat areas.
The outside corners will be the center of
the piece when it is reversed and re-glued. If you round these off you can’t
have a thin stem like the one in my candlestick drawing. However, if you are
making a lamp, you could knock off the corners about 3/16” and there will be a
3/8” hole down the center for the cord.
Now you are ready to cut the silhouette. Cut
very carefully and check your progress often.
Stop the lathe and place the folded drawing
on the flat side to see how the cut out portion fits in your turning. Check
often and cut very carefully--it’s very difficult to sand the inside of the
silhouette. I end up using custom-made scraping tools a lot. They are easy to
make. I use drill rod, old screwdrivers, and old allen wrenches. They can be
ground to any shape fairly quickly. I don’t even bother to harden them unless I
know it’s a tool I’ll use a lot.
When you have finished the silhouette,
remove the work from the lathe and split the pieces apart. I use a 1” chisel. It
should pop right apart. If it fights you or looks like the thin areas near the
silhouette will break I drive a paring knife down the joint until it pops apart.
Rotate each piece 180 degrees and then glue them back together. Don’t get any
more glue than necessary on the edges near the silhouette.
It will be difficult to clean off the
squeeze-out on the inside of the turning. Trust me on this. If your pieces were
not perfectly square you may have to glue up two pieces and then flatten one
side before you glue up the others. This will affect the shape of your
silhouette so take off as little as possible. If they were perfectly square,
simply clamp them together with the silhouette aligned and wait for the glue to
Turning the outside
Turning the outside is fairly
straight-forward. Stop the lathe frequently and check the wall thickness around
It can be difficult to see and will “blow
up” if you get it too thin. I am still learning about the shapes that will work
together on the inside and outside. In the beginning, you should be prepared to
change the shape of the outside to accommodate the wall thickness. Once you have
made a few, you will have a better understanding of the process. I suggest
starting with something simple like a circle or a cross. Cut several circle or
cross silhouettes in a long piece of scrap material and then play with the
outside shapes to see what happens to the wall thickness and the shape of the
silhouette. I’ve had a lot of fun doing this style of turning and hope you will
also. There are a lot of options. You can rotate each piece 90 degrees and turn
the combination four times. This method turns four pieces that are off center
but exactly alike. You can paint, carve, or burn the inside before the
reassembly. Use your imagination and have fun!
2. A finished piece.
Inside-Out Turning Resources
Better Homes and Gardens,
Wood-Turning techniques, Pg.62, split turned vase
Woodturning Magazine, Vo. No. 45
Pg. 52, Inside-out vase
Woodturning Methods, Mike Darlow,
Pg. 118, Inside-out Turning
The best from Woodturning Magazine,
Faceplate Turning, Pg. 66 turning inside-out Platters
The best from Woodturning Magazine,
Spindle Turning, Pg. 85, Inside-Out
The best from Woodturning Magazine,
Useful techniques for woodturning, Pg.
94 Involute Turning-90 degree
American Woodturner, AAW project
Book, Pg. 52, Inside-Out Christmas Ornament
More Woodturning Magazine
Events Calendar Listing - June - August 2017
May 11, 2017 to May 13, 2017 Utah Woodturning Symposium SYMPOSIUM Location:
Orem, UT Dates: Thursday, May 11, 2017 to Saturday, May 13, 2017 Description:
Over a three day period you will have the opportunity to learn from many of
the industry’s top professionals, to ask questions, to engage and to expand your
knowledge. You will also have a chance to meet new woodturners, catch up with
old friends and have a great time participating in the evening activities we
have to offer. Website: https://utahwoodturning.com/
June 22, 2017 to June 25, 2017 AAW's 31st Annual International Symposium
SYMPOSIUM Location: Kansas City, Missouri Dates: Thursday, June 22, 2017 to
Sunday, June 25, 2017 Description:
The conference will bring together more than more than 1,500 turners from
around the globe to learn, share, and celebrate the art and craft of woodturning
making it the largest woodturning event in the world. Read more of the
description on the web page. Website: http://www.woodturner.org/?page=2017KC
July 15, 2017 to July 16, 2017
UK and Ireland Woodturning Symposium
Location: Coventry, UK
Dates: Saturday, July 15, 2017 to Sunday, July 16, 2017
This two day symposium is sponsored by a not-for-profit organization promoting
woodturning throughout the UK and Ireland.
Website: http://ukiws.co.ukAugust 25, 2017 to
August 27, 2017
SWAT Woodturning Symposium
Location: Waco, TX
Dates: Friday, August 25, 2017 to Sunday, August 27, 2017
The South West Association of Turners symposium features nationally and
internationally recognized turners, as well as outstanding regional turners
selected from participating clubs and across the country. Lead demonstrators for
the 2017 symposium include James Duxbury, Trent Bosch, Andy Cole, Molly Winton,
Al Hockenbery, and Eric Lofstrom. As usual, there will also be an art gallery, a
Saturday-night banquet, a drawing, and a large vendor area.
"Creativity Is Allowing Yourself To Make Mistakes.
Art Is Knowing Which Mistakes To Keep."
PRESIDENT: Stan Lambert (406)348-3499
VICE PRESIDENT: Tim
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
and October 1th,
Roaring 20'S Auto Clubhouse
Cost of Symposium (Discounted if
Paid by September 13th) $90
Cost of Symposium (If Paid after September 13th)
per person $100
Cost for single day - Saturday or
Sunday (per person) $75