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Turn With Independence

June 2019
President's Message

From the President,
    Hello and it’s summertime.
    This is a time we have a lot of things going on in our lives. The club also has things going on. Besides the monthly meeting, we have open shop, and our trip to Tomah Shinga. We need a few people for the July 10 trip (see one of the officers or Mike McReynolds). We also are planning a tool swap and shop in September. So, look around and see what you might want to get rid of. We are inviting the other clubs in the area to participate.
     As a member of the club what are your expectations for the club. I mean are there things you would like to see us do or could improve on. The club only remains viable if the members feel it is worth their time and contributing to their craft. We need more participation in open shops. We have the pen prepping this month and other projects we can do. Mainly though it is for you to use the time to learn something new or just turn a project.
     So I hope to see everyone on June 18th for the monthly meeting. Remember there is an open shop on the 8th and 22nd. See you there!

          Ron Bruno, President IWT
Offcuts from the Board
June 2019
            As woodturners, we do not have much scrap, just smaller pieces that can be used together to make something larger in combination with other bits and pieces. That's what this little section attempts to produce. By adding the small parts of our activities and plans we have a combined bigger picture of opportunities to take part in within the club.
  • Please take note of the changes to the Open Shop schedule. Please refer to the Open Shop section of this newsletter. 
  • There will not be a demo challenge this month due to the fact the program did not feature a demo.
  • Be sure to check out our new website. The address is;   (Ref. the following article about the website.)
  • Once again this summer we will be going out to the church camp, Tomah Shinga, at Junction City, Kansas and helping teen aged kids to turn a pen. If you would like to help out by either going with us or helping prepare the pen kits or donate, please contact one of the officers or Mike McReynolds.
  • Begin thinking about what you would like to make during the Creativity Contest this year. Once again we will be giving out a piece of wood to be used for the creation of a prize winning turning. We plan to begin giving out the wood at the June meeting. 
  • There are many ways you can contribute to the life of our club. A really good way is to partake in the Open Shop by bringing a project or turning and get a lathe going. Another  way is to submit your woodturning tips also for the newsletter. (Refer to the article later.) Of course there are many other ways to put your enthusiasm into action. You can ask any officer for direction. There are many practical ways to be involved. A simple way to help is to come early to the meeting and help set up the room for the meeting and/or stay afterwards and help clean up. Either or both are appreciated. 
Keep turning safely and we’ll see you at the meeting.

Our Last Meeting

      The presentation for last month's meeting consisted of our own members sharing their own ideas, tips, jigs & fixtures. There were several items of ingenuity and good ideas shared. Thank you to all that participated. That is how the club works by sharing and helping each other. 
     Below are a few pictures of what was shared.

  Ron Bruno shared his mobile lathe stand that he can use when giving demonstrations at craft fairs and such.

  Phil Seaton showed his center finder and bandsaw circle cutting jig for preping bowl blanks.

  Mike McReynolds explained his indexing system for doing the faux basket weave bowl and platters.

    Lester Gillett showed us his open segment gluing "stomper" setup.

    Leonard Pearce shared his vacuum chuck that he built.

    Mikeal Jones showed and explained his indexing system and open segment gluing system.

    John Thornton shared the bandsaw sled he uses to cut the star points for making the segmented bowl bottom star patterns.
    Gale Markley showed his faceplate setup to turn his segmented patterned bowl bottoms.
Mel Bryan showed several options of mounting buffing wheels along with a few other things.


     The video of each meetings' demo are available in the library on DVD to be checked out  by members. Also, the video will be available online at; YouTube Independence Woodturners 
     However, there was no video produced for this program, but you can view others on our YouTube channel by clicking on the link above. 


Officers contact info


Ron Bruno

Vice President

Vaughn Bradley

(816) 589-1325 


Gary Gahm

(816) 313-5065 


Mel Bryan

(816) 524-7767

Director at Large

Bill Baker

(816) 836-5656


Where We Meet

Metro Hardwoods

4243 S. Noland Rd
Independence, Mo.

Click: for a map


Upcoming Events


June 8   
 Open Shop
           Metro Hardwoods
           10 AM to Noon

June  18   
 Monthly meeting -
         Metro Hardwoods
         7 PM to 9 PM

June  19   
 Camp Tomah Shinga Pen Turning -
         Junction City, Kansas
         All day

June 22   
Open Shop
           Metro Hardwoods
           10 AM to Noon  

July  10   
 Camp Tomah Shinga Pen Turning -
         Junction City, Kansas
         All day

July 13   
 Open Shop
           Metro Hardwoods
           10 AM to Noon

July 16  
 Monthly meeting
             Metro Hardwoods
         7 PM to 9 PM

July  17   
 Camp Tomah Shinga Pen Turning -
         Junction City, Kansas
         All day

July 22   
 Open Shop
           Metro Hardwoods
           10 AM to Noon

Monthly Open Shop
    Open Shop has undergone a bit of revamping. We are now planning to hold Open Shop each second  and Fourth Saturday of the month. The intent is to  accommodate as many people as possible and to involve as many turners as we can. If attendance and participation warrants it, we will increase the number of Saturdays for Open Shop during the month.        
     The intent and purpose of Open Shop is for any member to be able to come use a lathe and hone your skills or work on a project that you may not be able to perform on your own equipment. Or to simply receive help on any aspect of turning, whether it's tool usage, work-piece mounting or anything turning related, 
     Be sure to bring you own tools and wood (or wood can be purchased at the store). And of course bring your safety equipment. Any level of turning experience is welcomed and encouraged, regardless if you're an expert or beginner. That is what the club is for. 
     Open Shop is a great opportunity for any member to come together with other members where we can help each other learn, practice, work on a special project, get to know each other, make connections and share your experience with others that can benefit from it. The best way to learn is by helping others and asking questions, so, take advantage of the experience of others and if we don't know, we can all learn together. 
    If you have any questions or would like to volunteer to help, Mike McReynolds is the project chairman to contact. His contact info is: 816-356-7262 or 
    Keep turning and be safe. See you at the next available Open Shop, which will be June 8th then again on June 22nd and July 13th.  

Upcoming June Meeting 

         Mike McReynolds will share with us how he applies the CA finish he uses on several of his bowls (and other turnings). The CA provides a durable finish and can be quite glossy. Let's learn from his experience and see how he handles this sticky situation. 

Treasurers Report

  Treasurer's Report  
  As of May 31, 2019  
        May 2019 YTD  2019  
  GENERAL Account


Coffee & cookies
Raffle items
Lathe Fund
Available Funds
Mel Bryan, Treasurer
Turning to the Library.
     As a reminder, be sure to take advantage of the fact that our monthly demonstrations are not only in our library on DVD discs, but are posted on You Tube.  One advantage is that the most recent demo will be on You Tube faster than it shows up in our library.  This is true for most of the demos done this year. Simply go to the You Tube site on your computer, tablet, iPad or smart phone and in the search box, search for  “Indep Woodturners” and the topic in which you are interested. And usually, the first item in the search results will be our YouTube channel which when you click on it you will get our channel with all the videos. Not only will the video of our demo show up, but related videos will show on the screen for later viewing.
          Now, with the advent of our website, as a paid member you can use your logon userid to logon and have access to the library inventory listing anytime you desire. Therefore, you can check on what is available and be prepared to make a quick "check out" of that helpful item from the library.             

---  John Thornton, Librarian

   Check out our new website if you haven't already. Just click on the image above and you will be directed to it. 
    You will notice there is a lot of information about our club, when we meet, where we meet, current events, upcoming news, the latest show & tell galleries, and a lot of other resources. Some include; links to woodworking/woodturning stores and catalogs, classified ads of tools for sale or wanted, links to past newsletters, links to videos of past demonstrations, woodturning tips, and several others. 
     As a member, you will be given a userid  with which when you logon you will have access to the membership directory, treasurer's report and a listing of all items in our library for you to pick from. The userid and instructions will be emailed to you after you have paid your annual dues. 
      So, be sure to take advantage of this resource provided by your club.

Trusted Turning Tips

     Submit your tips for this column and win a $10 gift certificate from Craft Supplies, USA if it is published here in the newsletter. You may submit your tip to Mel Bryan at or

Now for this month's tip:  

       Leather Working Accent for Woodturning   

     Put a little pizazz of an accent on your woodturning, such as a box lid, by incorporating a leather working concho in it. There are many designs, sizes and styles to choose from. You can get them at Tandy Leather or hobby craft stores and simply turn a recess for them to inset into. 

      Mel Bryan

Annual Creativity Contest
   The annual Creativity Contest is a fun contest where you take the piece of wood that will be provided by the club when you sign up for the contest and put your own creativity into action. Your turned project can be anything you desire by following the rules listed below. You will receive about 1 to 1 ½ board feet of wood from the club when entering the contest.

     1. Use only wood. No kits, or additional hardware or accessories
     2. The project/item must by primarily turned. It may be segmented, or otherwise cut and re-glued, or from a solid piece. And use only the wood acquired from the club.
     3. May be stained, painted, or otherwise decorated and finished. (Including, pyrography, texturing, piercing, carving, or such.)

   The contest will be held in November as the program at our regular meeting.

   First prize will be a $50 bill and second prize will be a $20 gift certificate to Metro Hardwoods.

   So, be sure to join in on the fun and let your creativity flow and sign up for the contest and get your wood so you can study it and see what it wants to become.

 Demo challenge femispheres by Mike McReynolds

 Demo challenge femispheres by Don Burns

 Demo challenge femispheres by Mikeal Jones

Claro walnut potpourri box by Ron Bruno 


Sycamore plate by Mel Bryan

Framed photo of some of John Thornton's favorite wood turnings.

Spalted walnut hollow form by Mel Bryan 

 Clock backing by Ron Bruno
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