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Turn With Independence

June 2018
Offcuts from the Board
June 2018
            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.
  • This month’s Open Shop will be held at the normally scheduled time and date on June 16th at Metro Hardwoods from 10 AM to 12 noon. 
  • The Mid-Continent Library display of our handiwork has run it's current course and needs to be removed for a while.  (See the 'Mid Continent Library' article later for more info.) 
  • If you have some extra Slimline pen kits you can donate them to the club for the Youth Camp pen turning project.
  • We will need as many helpers as can go with us on this next trip, June 20th (the day after our meeting). So, please consider going with us to help introduce some eager teenagers to the world of woodturning. (See more info in the article below.)
  • 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.
Monthly Open Shop
     Last month Open Shop was focused on preparing pen kits and pen blanks for the Camp Tomah Shinga Youth pen turning exercises taking place June 6th, 20th and July 11th & 18th. 
    This month Open Shop will be on June 16th at Metro Hardwoods from 10 AM to 12 noon as usual.  We will focus mainly on preparing the pen kits for the next and future camp pen turning excursions. But, if you have something that someone can help you on, we'll work that in also. 

    Keep turning and be safe.


Our Last Meeting

      Mike McReynolds unlocked the puzzling internals of making a cryptex box in his demonstration at the last meeting. He focused on the locking mechanism parts due to the time restraint. He used PVC pipe fittings for the internal tubing for the same reason. He demonstrated how to make the locking rings explaining how they work and how they are orientated in the project. After making a sample ring he showed how to slot the outer tube for the locking pins to slide into then showed how to locate and drill for the pins. He then showed how to mark off the code wheels/rings and explained the assembly process. Thank you Mike for your time and info on making this puzzle box. 
      Note: A picture of Mike's cryptex box is in the Show & Tell section.






     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 Indep Woodturners      
The video for this demo can be viewed at:   Full demo  


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:
   Following is a link to a brief article by John Lucas on how to sharpen  your spindle gouges. We all know that sharp tools are easier to use, much safer and more fun to use.  Just click on this link to read his tip. 



A spalted vase by Mikeal Jones
Lidded bowl by David Rink

Cryptex box by Mike McReynolds

John Thornton's first lidded box

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  6   
 Camp Tomah Shinga
          Youth Pen Turning 

Jun  16   
 Open Shop
         At Metro Hardwoods
         From 10 AM to 12 Noon

Jun 19   
 Monthly meeting -
         Metro Hardwoods
         7 PM to 9 PM

 Jun 20   
    Camp Tomah Shinga
            Youth Pen Turning 

Jul  11   
    Camp Tomah Shinga
            Youth Pen Turning 

Jul  14   
 Open Shop
         At Metro Hardwoods
         From 10 AM to 12 Noon

Jul 17   
 Monthly meeting
         Metro Hardwoods
         7 PM to 9 PM

Jul  18   
    Camp Tomah Shinga
            Youth Pen Turning 

Upcoming June Meeting 

         Due to the ice cancellation of our meeting in February, Mel Bryan has been rescheduled to demonstrate this month. He will demonstrate the "best tool in the box", the skew chisel. Even though the skew is primarily a spindle turning tool, with it's use and the skills developed from it, your tool techniques will improve with ALL woodturning tools. 

Treasurers Report

  Treasurer's Report  
  As of May 31, 2018  
        May 18 YTD  2018  
  GENERAL Account


Coffee & cookies
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.
          Don’t forget to check the inventory of our library as we are regularly adding new items.            

---  John Thornton, Librarian

TURNING: A new perspective for me   

     When I first started turning, I was like a good many new turners I suspect. All I wanted to do was get some equipment and scurry toward that  “First bowl”, or some other work of art.
I kept hearing the experienced turners tell us  neophytes to practice, practice, practice ( a concept most of us find nonproductive and boring.)
Recently it occurred to me, why not become proficient producing some smaller, less complicated projects. Projects picked to produce specific practice on a technique or skill with a tool you want to learn to use. 
Pick a project that is easy to start over if you happen to ruin it.
Some things to consider:
  1. Chose a spindle project
  2. Pick one thing in each project you want to practice ie. a bead ,a cove.
  3. Pick a tool you want to become proficient using, ie. detail gouge, spindle roughing gouge, skew.
     By using this approach you can practice your skills and produce some very nice pieces. 

     If you’re a new turner give this method of practice a try, I promise practice will be more enjoyable and a lot more productive.

Contributed by Vaughn Bradley
      We've had a good display at the Public Library that has been enjoyed by the public for three months. Now, it is time to give it a bit of a rest, so they would like us to remove our things. We will discuss the options at the meeting to set a date and time for collecting our turnings.
     We want to thank the Mid-Continent Public Library for giving us this opportunity to share our work and allow us to promote the art of woodturning.   
Youth Camp Penturning

     We have made our first "camping" trip out to  the Tomah Shinga Youth Camp and  gave the first batch of youth campers a run at turning pens. You can tell by the happy faces of the turners the fun they had making their own pen.
     Tomah Shinga is just outside Junction City, Kansas. It's about a three hour drive and we go out and return the same day and spend 3 or 4 hours, setting up, turning pens with the kids and packing up to return. It's a good days work, but quite worthwhile and fun. We are in need of volunteers that can make the venture with us. We will be going back out on; June  20th, and July 11th, 18th. This next time we are supposed to have 40 campers to turn pens, therefore, all help will be appreciated. It will be discussed at the meeting and you can contact any one of the officers for more information or to volunteer.
     We will be preparing the pen blanks at the upcoming Open Shop in preparation for going to the camp. All help will be appreciated and if you'd like to learn about the pen turning process, this is an excellent opportunity. Please bring any tools, jigs, or equipment you think might be helpful. 
     The urgent need to start with is acquiring the pen kits. We use slimline pen kits and need several. Please consider donating some kits if you can (even if you can't go) or cash donations will be accepted so we and order kits and supplies. We seem to have enough pen blanks at this point. 

The shop setup and activity.

Sectioned cane/walking stick by Michael Straughn

Staved and segmented dice cup by Mel Bryan


Circle cutting jig and center finder by Phil Seaton
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