MCW July 07 Meeting
Mar 10, 2016Public
Photo: Jake France, as Michael Blake looks on
Photo: Bill Autry, as Tom Ankrum and Clif Poodry look on
Photo: S&T table with a wide variety of works
Photo: Phil Brown
Photo: Clif Poodry shows a new LED light
Photo: President Phil Brown leads the meeting
Photo: New Member, Elliot Schantz, with Ilya Zavorin
Photo: Alan Leland is both a woodworker and a woodturner, located in Durham, NC. His is active as a teacher in his shop and at the Campbell Folk School.  Alan specializes in creating beautifully turned stools made of contrasting woods.
Photo: He prefers using maple for the seat with padauk, walnut, wenge or other dark wood for the legs. He likes to keep the design of the legs simple, as this approach is less distracting than one consisting of lots of beads and coves.
Photo: For the demonstration, Alan turned a seat and a leg for a miniature stool. He showed his technique for creating the seat.
Photo: He used a ¼" spacer board, made of Masonite or plywood, on his screw chuck to reduce the depth of the hole needed on the bottom of the seat to about 1/2".
Photo: He proceeded to turn and described the steps he uses to complete the seat including closing his eyes and using his hands to check for bumps and dips.
Photo: To turn the legs of a stool, Alan rounds the spindle, and then uses a "story stick" to layout where the different features of the leg will appear.
Photo: He prefers to describe this process as point-to-point turning vs. spindle turning.
Photo: He described the method he uses to layout and drill the holes in the back of the seat to accept the leg tenons, showing the homemade jig that he uses on the drill press which gives the correct angle for the holes.  With emphasis on beauty of the wood, he prefers not drilling through the seat and showing the leg.
Photo: Leg layout involves drawing a circle on the underside of the seat where the hole for legs will be drilled. Then using the radius of that circle, he draws marks on that circle with the compass resulting in six segments. Every other mark is a leg location.
Photo: Alan's demonstration was very well done and showed a lot of the finer points of creating a stool.
Photo: Along with the demonstration, he had two handouts, one detailing how to create a full-sized three-legged stool and the other on making a miniature stool. You can view Alan's handouts in PDF format by going to the MCW website and clicking on Links.