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Turn With Independence

June 2017
Offcuts from the Board
June 2017
            There are a lot of things going on right now or coming up in the near future that we need to point out for your attention. There are many opportunities for taking part in activities that make for fun competition and sharing with fellow members that we want to make sure everyone is aware of.
  • Of course, there is the much publicized and talked about upcoming AAW symposium. Thank you to all that have volunteered and are helping out in making it a success. All the information will not be repeated here but you can read about it more in the article about the symposium later here in the newsletter.
  • This month’s Open Shop has been canceled because of other activity conflicts including pre-symposium preparations. We hope to see you next month.
  • The program for this month’s meeting will depend on you, the members. This is our annual “Jigs & Fixtures” feature where we all can bring in those jigs and/or fixtures that we’ve made or used to help in our woodturning. They can include any tool that you’ve made or purchased specifically for the purpose of solving or accomplishing a task in your woodturning. It’s usually a great time to get some great ideas from fellow woodturners. It is separate from show & tell but expanded from finished projects to “getting the job done”. So, bring in your ideas and tricks to share with the rest of us.
  • Also, this month, in addition to and separate from Show & Tell, is our “Beads of Courage” box contest. Be sure to bring your box that you’ve made for the “Beads of Courage” project and join the contest. The winner will receive a gift certificate to Metro Hardwoods. The boxes will then be collected and delivered to the proper people at the symposium for shipment.
  • Our annual Creativity Contest will once again be held in October. That means we will be giving out the wood for your challenge at this up-coming meeting. Please refer to the Creativity Contest article for more information.
Keep turning safely and we’ll see you at the meeting.
Monthly Open Shop
     The Open Shop for June has been canceled. If you have questions or need assistance please contact one of the officers and we will try to help in whatever way we can. At this time, we still plan to resume the Open Shop time in July.
    Keep turning and be safe.


Our Last Meeting

     At the May meeting, Anthony Harris demonstrated the demo that he will be presenting at the AAW symposium in KC this month which was turning an offset threaded rocker box. He turned the bottom out of Macassar Ebony and the lid out of boxwood. After turning to a cylinder he put a tenon on one end centered on the center of the piece then he turned a tenon offset on the same tenon. He mounted the cylinder in the chuck on the center tenon and formed the rough shape of the bottom and drilled a depth hole and began hollowing the interior. After hollowing, he mounted it on the offset tenon and  opened the hole and threaded the female threads. He then turned the lid in the standard fashion and threaded the male threads.
     Thank you, Anthony for the interesting concept and turning demonstration.


      Demo challenge note: Remember, the a lucky member (by drawing) of the demo challenge takes home a gift certificate to Craft Supplies, USA.



The video of each meetings' demo are available in the library on DVD to be checked out  by members. 


AAW Symposium in Kansas City June 22 - 25, 2017
          The 2017 AAW International Symposium is. “OH YEAH”. I thought it would never get here. The people to talk to, the things to see, the memories and experiences to gain will be well worth the wait.
    The 2700 room block at the Marriott is almost full. Registration is over 1000 and it looks to be a great Symposium. The stage is set and things are coming in for display and sale and the excitement is mounting. Turners of all ages and skill level are about to get a taste of what KC is all about and I’m excited to be a part of it. You could be too.
    If you haven’t volunteered to help out yet, please do so. We are trying to get enough help to be able to come out with a new larger lathe. I believe it is doable. The money from the raffle will come back to the 3 clubs hosting the Symposium based on number of rotation spots filled by each club. So your club needs YOU. And your wife, kids over 18, friends and neighbors. Just be sure to make yours and their club affiliate IWT (Independence Woodturners). The more IWT, the closer we get to that new lathe. So come on down and see all the sights and volunteer a couple of hours for your club. I will be in the back at the meeting to help get you signed up if you need help or you can go to the AAW website and click on events at the top. Then click on 2017 Symposium and you will be at the Symposium webpage. Down the left you will find the volunteer box. Clicking on this will get you into the area where you can see the areas that need help. Choose the area you would like to volunteer for and then choose the time slots that you would like to help then register so that you can be contacted and set your club affiliate and t-shirt size. Oh did I forget to mention that you get a free t-shirt? So get signed up and I’ll see you at the 2017 AAW International Symposium June 22 – 25th.
   Don’t forget the raffle tickets are now available for a chance at one of two lathes being given away. They are $5.00 ea. You do not need to be present at the drawing to win. You can buy tickets at the regular meeting or you can buy them using a credit card at this PayPal link and you will be emailed your Raffle ticket numbers:
   Thanks for your support and see you there.

       Mike McReynolds
Check the following link for details; 


Show & Tell

Bottle Stoppers by Don Bird
Beads of Courage Box by Don Bird

Bottle Stoppers by Phil Royer

Bottle Stoppers by Mel Bryan

Officers contact info


Don Bird

(816) 377-2752

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

Jun  17   
 Open Shop
         There will not be a regular Open Shop this month.

Jun  20   
 Monthly meeting
         Metro Hardwoods
         7 PM to 9 PM

Jun  22 thru 25
        AAW's 31st Annual International Symposium in                             Kansas City, Missouri
    Click here for information 

Jul  15   
 Open Shop
         At Metro Hardwoods
         From 10 AM to 12 Noon
Jul  18   
 Monthly meeting
         Metro Hardwoods
         7 PM to 9 PM


Upcoming June Meeting 

       This month our program depends on you. We will have our annual "jigs & fixtures" presentations. This is a time when the members bring in the fixtures, jigs, homemade tools, and ideas to share with the rest of the club. It's a great time to see the ingenuity of our members and the way a problem has been solved or a way to accomplish a task safely, possibly simpler, or less expensively than otherwise might have been done. So, gather up those tricks and tools you've allowed to collect dust and show us your solution.   
       Also, we will be having our "Beads of Courage" box contest. So, bring in the box you've made to donate to the "Beads of Courage" program in connection with the AAW Symposium.  

5 Woodturning Questions
     The following are the answers to the five questions  as answered by member Don Bird.  
      The intention of this is for us to get to know each other and our passion for woodturning by answering five simple questions related to our woodturning desires. I’m sure that as you read through these questions, you will be able to relate to them
and will think of them as they refer to yourself. Therefore, you will be ready to take up the challenge at the end of this article.

Don Bird
         1. When did you start turning and why?
I have always had an affinity for art and working with wood and making boxes and furniture, etc. I would go to art shows and see these beautiful woodturnings and thought how I would like to try my hand at that. I had a Delta 10 inch lathe for years but never really did much turning, other than some simple spindle turnings between centers and didn’t even have a good working knowledge of lathe tools. I didn’t even know how to use a face plate. So for years it pretty much collected dust. Then 6 years ago I retired and started watching Youtube videos and learned how to turn a simple segmented bowl. Purchased a Jet 1642 lathe in November of 2012 and I’ve been learning and turning almost every day since.
        2. What tools do you use the most?
For me it depends on the project, I don’t have a specific tool preference. I’m now trying some wet turnings and natural edge bowls, so I’m using (learning how to use) a ½ inch fingernail and bowl gouge along with a large carbide tool for removing some of the material from the inside. On segmented turnings I’ll use a roughing gouge, rounded skew (used more like a negative rake scraper) and carbide tools. For me the carbide tools have taken the place of my scrapers. So, I’m a Jack of all tools and a master of none. I’ve been told I have a scraper mentality .
      3. What finish do you prefer?
I use Minwax wipe on polyurethane gloss finish. Besides the finish it seems to strengthen and protect the wood. I put on 2 coats and then burnish with #0000 steel wool between coats while turning the piece on the lathe, when possible. I will put at least 4 coats on and have probably put as many as 10 or more on some pieces. It takes a bit longer but I like the results and have had many compliments on the look. On a nice sunny day I can get as many as 3 or 4 coats done.
      4. What part of turning do you enjoy the most? What draws you to it?
I like all parts of turning, except cleaning up the mess I make. Enjoying my accomplishments as well as learning from my mistakes. Woodturning has become my artist’s expression and there seems to be no end to what can be learned. Wood is my medium and I like having other people enjoy the beauty of wood after it has gone through the process of being turned on the lathe. I enjoy the idea of selling and having one of my pieces in someone’s home to enjoy. I am drawn to woodturning by the creativity of it.
      5. What do you hope to achieve this year in your shop?
There are many things I’d like to achieve, it appears to be endless. I like experimenting and I’m working on using colored wood dyes on some of my pieces and would like to experiment using colored resins. I would like to do more natural edge and unusual looking pieces and of course becoming more proficient using turning tools.

Who would like to be next?
Don Bird

      Don’t wait to have your arm twisted to answer these five question. Simply write down your responses and submit them to or give them to Mel Bryan at a meeting. As they are received, they will be put in the newsletter and we will be able to enjoy “your” story and get to know you a little better.


Treasurers Report

  Treasurer's Report  
  As of May 31, 2017  
        May 31 YTD  2017  
  GENERAL Account


Coffee & cookie fund
Lathe Fund

Available Funds
Mel Bryan, Treasurer
Creativity Contest 

    Once again, we will have our annual Creativity Contest. That is where the participants get a piece of wood and have the chance to exercise their creativity in producing something from it. The rules are simply; use only the wood you receive, do not use any hardware or kits. The wood may be dyed, painted, carved, wood burned, cut and re-glued or any other crafty treatment, but not added to.
     We will begin giving out the wood at this meeting and the contest will be held at the October meeting. The winner will chosen by the vote of the membership and will receive a prize that is still yet to be determined.
    So, be sure to pick up your wood so that you can study it and see what lies within. 

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:
   When you are doing an inside-out turning, you need to secure the pieces being turned in a temporary manor. A very effective way to keep them from flying off without having to glue them and risk damage removing them is to use Velcro wrap (the two sided Velcro strips). Wrap at least a complete wrap around the ends of your pieces. If needed, you could use a small dot of hot glue or double stick tape to hold them in place while you wrap them up. Make sure you wrap it the right direction so that the trailing edge is pointing away and toward the back of the lathe so that the rotation will not cause it to come loose. 


Turning to the Library.
     Not everyone is able to make it out to every Woodturner’s meetingOne of the reasons we have a library is to document the presentations made by our members and guests of their unique woodturning skills.  I have just logged into the library several of the DVDs  made at our meetings of these presentations.  If you missed a meeting and would like to see what was presented, I have listed several of the latest presentations below.  These are now available for check out. 
          #233 Polygons by Jerry Cole
          #234  ABS Threads for Turnings by Alex Garcia (Sept 20, 2016)
          #235 Turning Mason Jar Lids by McReynolds, Ellsworth &                                  Straughan (Feb. 21, 2017)
`        #236  Indexing Basket Weave Design by Rick Bywater  (Mar 21,                          2017
          #237 Bottle Stoppers by Don Bird (Apr 18, 2017
          --- John Thornton

     Our on-going display at the North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library continues to be a popular attraction of the fine work of our members.
     Thank you to all that have participated in the display promoting our club and your fine work. 
    Anyone that would like to add their work to the display can by bringing what you would like to enter into the display to the meeting or contact Mike Straughn (816-812-7621) to get it into the display. Please put your name on your item or in some manner identify it so that it may be returned to the proper person and proper credit may be given by name placards. 


Bottle Stoppers by John Thornton

Show & Tell

Beads of Courage Box by Mike McReynolds

Maple bowl by Mike McReynolds

Indexing jig by John Thornton

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