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Turn With Independence

September 2017
Offcuts from the Board
September 2017
            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 is truly "open" to anything anyone desires to bring and work on. Bring your tools and project material and make something happen.
  • The program for this month’s meeting will be about making a hollow Christmas ornament presented by Alex Garcia.
  • There are many ways you can contribute to the life of our club. A couple simple ways are to submit your answers to the "5 Woodturning Question" article. (See the article below for more details). Another similar 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. 
  • Our annual Creativity Contest will once again be held in October. There is still time to collect your piece of wood for the contest. 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 the summer months do not have a specific focus so it's wide open to whatever you desire. So, bring your tools, project piece and safety equipment and join in the activity. There will be others there and we will try to help in whatever way we can. We will meet on Saturday, Sep 16 at 10 AM at our meeting place at Metro Hardwoods.
    Keep turning and be safe.


Our Last Meeting

     Last month Mel Bryan showed us how to turn a Roman canteen. It was a project of multi-axis and multiple mounts on the lathe from screw drive, spindle turning, chuck mounting and included hollowing. He started out by mounting the blank by one face on the screw drive and created a recess for the chuck to be used later and drew circles on the face. Then the piece was mounted between centers and the shape of the canteen was turned following the circles as a guide. Mounting the blank in the chuck still in spindle mode, he drilled the spout hole and shaped the spout and foot ends. Then he mounted the blank by the recess on the face, he hollowed the interior of the canteen and shaped the faces. Mel ran out of time to make the medallions that plug the holes and the bottle stopper for the spout, but the bulk of  the process was explained.  

      Demo challenge note: Remember, the 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. Also, the video will be available online at; YouTube Indep Woodturners Part I  & Part II  

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 began giving out the wood at the meeting in June 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.
    There is still time to get your wood and begin the creating process, but this will be the last time this year you can get your wood to enter the contest. So, be sure to pick up your challenge piece so that you can study it and see what lies within. 

Dyed bowls by Jim Faherty

Acorn box and display dish by Vaughn Bradley

Bowl by Dave Burton


Vase and coffee mug by Mikeal Jones

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

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

 Sep  19   
 Monthly meeting
         Metro Hardwoods
         7 PM to 9 PM

Oct  14   
 Open Shop
          At Metro Hardwoods
         From 10 AM to 12 Noon
Oct  17   
 Monthly meeting
         Metro Hardwoods
         7 PM to 9 PM


Upcoming September Meeting 

       This month, Alex Garcia will show us how to make a hollow Christmas ornament. It's not to early to get ideas and begin making those annual items. 

5 Woodturning Questions
     The following are the answers to the five questions  as answered by member Vaughn Bradley.  
      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.
      1.   When did you start turning and why?
               I started turning about five years ago. I had a fairly well equipped shop and had been woodworking for several years when I heard about a woodworking store fairly close to where I live. One day I visited the store and became acquainted with the manager. He told me about a woodturners club that met there once a month. I didn't have a lathe, I knew nothing about turning, and really wasn't interested until one of the club members started telling me about segmented turning. The techniques and skills necessary to develop the pieces necessary to turn a segmented piece interested me. After thinking about it and realizing that turning might be a way to obtain quicker gratification, satisfying my short attention span, and would be a lot less physically demanding, I decide to give it a "whirl". I purchased an inexpensive lathe from Jeff (which still works) and I use occasionally. And it all began. 

    2.    What tools do you use the most?
               I suppose the answer to this question would be "it depends". Of course the current project would in some cases dictate which tool is safest and most efficient to use. The question for me should be which tool do you like the most. Strangely enough the tool I enjoy using most is the spindle roughing gouge. I like the versatility of this tool and the ease of sharpening. The tool I find most interesting and challenging is the skew. This is the tool I'm trying to learn to use. I see nothing in my future that indicates I am even close to mastering this evil instrument. LOL

    3.  What finish do you prefer?
            At this point I suppose my answer would be"something easy and something that is applied while the piece is still on the lathe". Friction polish qualifies, and the two that I like are OB Shine juice, which is a mixture of 1/3 boiled linseed oil 1/3 shellac and 1/3 denatured alcohol. The other is a shop made concoction consisting of a bottle of salad bowl finish, an equal amount of shellac and about one ounce of denatured alcohol.

    4.    What part of turning do you enjoy the most? What draws you to it?
              Since my attention span is rather short at times it's hard for me to focus on any one aspect of turning, but I think what I enjoy most is the versatility of protects. When I see a new project or technique I am usually driven to try it and usually move to something else before any real skill is developed. I suppose what draws me to turning and any project is the challenge of trying something new.

    5.    What do you hope to achieve this year in your shop?
           My goals in the shop this year are simple. I'm not going to say I will keep a neater shop (that never works) lol. 
What I do want to do is concentrate on developing my skill level in thread chasing, the use of the skew and pursue developing some embellishment skills.

       Now it's YOUR turn, Vaughn Bradley.

       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 August 31, 2017  
        September 31 YTD  2017  
  GENERAL Account


Tools & Equipment
Lathe Fund

Available Funds

Mel Bryan, Treasurer

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:
Use a piece of a brown paper bag to slightly dull an overly glossy finish while the piece is still on the lathe. It will also remove any dust particles that settle while the finish is drying and curing. Woodworkers are known for being "frugal", so why not save the expensive fine sandpaper and try something that we throw away anyway?
     Submitted by Bill Baker.


Turning to the Library.
     Something new that not everyone may have taken advantage of is 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 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

     We emptied out our display at the North Independence Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library  for the time being in order to regroup display items and will refill it in the future. If you were not able to be there to pick up your items, Michael Straughn will have you items at the meeting for you to collect, so be sure to see Michael for you stuff.
     Thank you to all that have participated in the display promoting our club and your fine work. 

Special Notice

The Franciscan Mission Warehouse is having a benefit Spaghetti Dinner on October 14.  During the dinner, handmade items will be auctioned to raise money for the Warehouse mission.  Michael Straughn will be taking donations of turnings at the next meeting for this purpose.  FMW is a 501(c)(3) and Michael will have donation receipts for those who contribute.  The dinner will be from 5:00pm till 8:00 at the Mike Onka Memorial Hall in Sugar Creek and you are all invited.
Show & Tell

Coffee scoops by Gale Markley

Coffee scoop by Mikeal Jones

Tea light, banksia pod lighthouse and tea light and collapsible cup by Mel Bryan 

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