MCW Dec. '11 Demo
Dec 24, 2011Public
Photo: Gary Nickerson had the first section of  tonight's topic: "From Tree to Lathe -- Part 2".  His topics were Anchorsealing, drying, storage, and preservation.
Photo: Gary had a lot of information to cover and many note cards to prove it.
Photo: The format allowed everyone to add their experience, and even a joke or two.
Photo: The expertise of  the group was readily shared.  Here chemist Steve Drake explains the large percentage of methanol in denatured alcohol and recommends using it only in a well-ventilated area.
Photo: Phil Brown discusses several ways to force spalting in your stored wood.
Photo: Richard Webster talked about band sawing techniques.  Here he shows the Wood Slicer blade that he uses all the time.
Photo: Here Richard uses his compass to make a circle the size of the bowl blank he wants to cut.   He follows the pencil around with chalk so that he can see his lines.
Photo: He has made lines where he will cut the with band saw.
Photo: Phil Brown making a point at the band saw.
Photo: Phil Brown demonstrates his jig for cutting a circular bowl blank on the band saw.
Photo: Here Phil shows an angled band-saw jig to quickly remove waste wood from the bottom of a bowl blank, to save turning time, and...
Photo: ... here is the result of the angled circular cut on the remaining bowl blank.
Photo: For people without band saws, Gary Guenther switches the topic to cutting logs and trimming blanks with an electric chain saw.  The first step is putting together his simple, portable sawbuck made from some 2x10's mounted on a metal stand to bring the sawing to an ergonomic working height.
Photo: Gary shows a possible cross-grain cut.  Longitudinal cuts to remove pith and create half logs are made simply with the log running down the length of the 'V'.
Photo: Gary discusses using an electric chain saw and the sawbuck to trim a square half log into a balanced octogon shape that is ready for the lathe.
Photo: Phil demonstrated that sometimes a bowl blank does not exactly match the angle at which you wish to turn it to balance grain features.  You can put it between centers off axis to acheive the desired result.
Photo: But what if you want to use a faceplate?  You can mount the faceplate with washers under one side so that...
Photo: ... you can get the angle you want.