The Monthly Newsletter of Yellowstone Woodturners
Billings, Montana

April 2016                            Vol. 17, No.4


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.


Woodturning Workshop


Think About Turning Today!


Meeting Location

Roaring 20’s Auto Club clubhouse, 7400 Grand Avenue.




Minutes (Wednesday March 9, 2016 Meeting)

Officers: Ron, Leona, Stan, Nick

Call for Guests: We had a new guests at our meeting, Jim C. that Dale M. talked with about our

club and is thinking about joining.

Cookies by: Dan V.

Health Reports: No new reports.

Correspondence: We have some hats and sew on patches with our club's logo for sale. Call Ron V.

Show and Tell: This month was what ever you turn.

Ralph T . Brought a lidded bowl with a Zebra Wood top finish unknown. He also brought intarsia face made from several kinds of wood.

Roger H. Brought two Oak bowls with eggs made from Oak, Apricot and Pine, finish unknown.

Jane K. Brought a Walnut bowl, Mountain Ash goblet and two Austrian Pine boxes all finished with EEE Ultra Shine. She also brought two pens, one made from Mesquite and the other made from Plum. Finish unknown.

Nick E. Brought a spinning dancer, pedestal and base made from Maple and Amazon Rosewood some coloring finished with oil.

Jerry G. Brought a vase made from Pine with a stained and lacquer finish.

Dale M. Brought a natural edge bowl made from Choke Cherry, finish unknown. He also brought a Conductor's baton made from Maple and fiberglass with a CA glue finish.

Chris S. Brought a bowl made from Curly Maple and eggs made from a variety of woods with CA glue finish.

Dr Van Brought a large and small segmented spiral bowl made from a variety of woods, kind of finish unknown.

Andrew B. Brought a table made from Russian Olive with a tong oil finish.

Jarrod McD. Brought a bowl made from Ash, finish unknown. He also brought a platter made from Apple, finish unknown.

Phil S. Brought a large and small segmented spiral bowl made from Maple, Ebony and several other woods with a rub on gel finish.

Paul S. Brought a bar clamp wood vice and several home made wood planes.

Next month's challenge: Lidded boxes.

Treasurer’s report: No report this meeting.

New Business:

Gathering Wood: Stan L. picked up quite a large amount of Ash and several of our members met at Stan's shop to cut up and wax a lot of it. The members there were: Stan L., Phil S., Ron V., Jerry G., Dr Van and Nick E.

Soliciting New Members: On going

Open Workshop: No workshop scheduled.

Hands On Workshops: Nothing scheduled.

2016 Dues are due, remain at $25.

We now have our name tags to ware at our monthly meetings, thanks to Jane K. She

did a fabulous job!

Ron V. handed out sheets with a list of projects that Keith Gotschall could do for our

Symposium and as of now the top 4 in order are off center platters, lidded bowls,

hollow forms and winged bowls.

We received a thank you letter from the Souper Bowl fundraisers naming 3 of our members who brought bowls. They were Roger Hust, Dan Schlinder and Dan Vander- hoof. We are planning to have a workshop to make bowls for next years Souper Bowl.

Dr Van told us the new books he ordered for our Library are here and ready to be checked out.

Jarrod McDaniel told us he was moving to Boseman to start his own practice and thanked all the members for all there help and friendship. We all wish him well and sorry to see him go.

The pictures of the projects for show and tell that Jane takes, Paul now has on our  Web Site. Take a look at them, there great as Tony would say. There is a link to the pictures under that months news letter.

High School classes: Stan L. told us that they had a meeting.

Monthly turning challenge:

The challenge for April is lidded boxes.

If you need a new members list call Ron Velin.


PROGRAM: Dr Van gave a demonstration on how to use a parting tool. He got a lot of the information from one of the new books he ordered. The demonstration was very informative.

Next Months PROGRAM: Jane K. is going to do a demonstration on the tool of her choice from the book at our next meeting.


Wanted, For sale, Free 

This is your area,  Email, or phone Paul if you have an item to post here.


A Message From Members




An Article From More Woodturning

Make Refrigerator Magnets

by John Wolf

You probably have a collection of small pieces of beautiful wood. Pieces that are big enough to be used as a color accent or to make that one knob. I used to be overrun with wood that was too good to throw away but not large enough to make useful projects. Not any more! Why? Refrigerator magnets!

This quick project makes a useful item that everyone seems to need. I begin by purchasing rare earth magnets. The most useful size is just under 1/2 inch diameter (12 mm) and 1/8 inch thick. These can be ordered from most supply catalogs, but I get mine from my local craft supply store. They are about 1/2 the price as the mail order sources, and the magnet is the major cost in making this project.







Samples of stock to be used.

Select the blank of wood. I usually start with stock that is at least ¾ inch square but larger or slightly smaller will work. Cut the wood to lengths anywhere from ¾ to 3 inches. If your saw doesn’t leave a beautiful finish, you should true the end on a sander. Drill the approximate center of the finished end with a brad point or Forstner drill that leaves a hole just large enough for your magnet. I use a 15/32 brad point drill for the 12 mm magnet. I use a drill press vise and drill press to do this most of the time, but it can be done with a hand drill. What you must do is secure the wood blank using something other than your fingers! Drill this hole to a depth that equals about 3/4 the thickness of your magnet.

The drill will leave a center mark. At this center point drill a 5/32 hole with a standard twist drill to a depth of 3/4 inch.

Make a screw center for your lathe that is appropriately sized for this project. I take a scrap of wood that fits into my chuck and true its face. I then drill clear through the piece at its center with a 5/32 drill. Remove this blank from the chuck and countersink the backside of the hole so that a #12 flat head screw will seat firmly. I typically use a 1" by #12. You may need to deepen the countersink so that ½ to 5/8 of an inch of the screw protrudes through the front of the blank. I then put epoxy on the head to hold the screw in place.

Homemade screw chuck to hold the blank for turning.

Once the epoxy has cured, the small size screw chuck is ready to use. Remount it into your chuck. Screw on your wood blank and turn to a shape of your choosing using gouge, skew and or scrapers.

Turning the wood to shape, in this case a neat knob.

Sand the turning and apply the finish of your choice. I often use either a friction polish or lacquer depending upon the wood, my mood and the ambient temperature.

Remove the piece from the screw chuck. Clean the magnet with solvent to remove any oils from manufacturing or handling.

Apply a small amount of epoxy or super glue to the magnet recess and then press in the clean magnet. The project is complete when the glue has cured.

The finished refrigerator magnet

Note: Larger more powerful magnets are desirable when the turning is more than 3 inches long

and is going to be used as a “hook” for aprons or potholders. Otherwise, these powerful magnets may break the glue bond with the wood before they pull off the frig.


"Creativity Is Allowing Yourself To Make Mistakes.

Art Is Knowing Which Mistakes To Keep."

Happy Turning


Club Sponsors



PRESIDENT:  Ron Velin (406)679-0902
Stan Lambert  (406)348-3499
SECRETARY:  Nick Enslander (406)259-6762
Leona Gipe (406)248-1664
Librarian: (
Dr. Van) Richard Vande Veegaete (406)245-9945
Jane Kelly (406)259-3840
Technical Advisor: Newsletter & Website Editor: Paul Spencer (406) 861-6718
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“One Good Turn” is the monthly newsletter of Yellowstone Woodturner

Billings, Montana

Yellowstone Woodturners Club

PO Box 21836

Billings, MT 59104

A local chapter of the American Association of Woodturners.


Map to Meeting Location


Yellowstone Woodturners

Symposium 11

Featuring: Keith Gotschall


October 8th and 9th, 2016

Roaring 20'S Auto Clubhouse

7400 Grand Avenue

Billings, Montana


 Agenda (April 13th, 2016)