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Turn With Independence

March  2020
President's Message

       From the President,
        Remember, this month’s meeting falls on St. Patrick’s Day, so wear your green. The Demo this month will reflect the day’s theme in that Chip Siskey will create a Celtic Goblet. I would also like to remind people to be pro-active during the influenza outbreak. I myself have been sick with a viral respiratory issue. So, see your doctor if you get symptoms of the flu or serious cold. Especially wash your hands and cover your mouth when coughing. I know this year the awareness and wariness of what is spreading is on everyone’s mind.  If you are experiencing these symptoms, I would recommend you not attend the meetings or open shop. I would also recommend not to listen to rumor, misleading or unsubstantiated information concerning the COVID-19 influenza. Ending on a more positive note. Remember we are doing a picnic for the June meeting. Would like someone to assist in organizing this picnic. We need to decide what we are going to grill and want members to bring. Everyone stay safe and hope to see you on the 17th.
See you Saturday.

          Ron Bruno, President IWT
Offcuts from the Board
March 2020
            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.
  • Be sure to check out our website. The address is;   (Ref. the following article about the website.).
  • As a reminder, the membership dues became $20 a year beginning January 2020, and only emailed newsletters will be sent. The 2020 dues are now payable and may be paid at any meeting to the treasurer, Mel Bryan.
  • Prepare to take up the challenge of the "President's Challenge" for the June meeting. Details are available on the website and will be available at the meeting.
  • Plan on joining us in participating in the Pleasant Hill Railroad days on April 24th through the 26th. Refer to the box below and more information, including signup sheets, will be given at the meeting. 
  • As the weather turns warmer attentions also turn to outdoor festivities and we are planning on a picnic meeting in June with a fun turning contest, good food, and social interactions. Anyone that would like to be involved in planning or helping out please contact one of the officers and get connected with the fun. 
  • The officers are very willing to hear from you, the members, any thoughts and ideas you might have as to what you would like to see from the club within the abilities, guidelines and purposes of the club. Therefore, feel free to contact any officer with your input.
  • 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 members of the club were the presenters last month. The presentation was our annual "Jigs & Fixtures". That is where we share the cool homemade devices and ideas that we've made ourselves to help us in some manner is our shops. Or, even those items that were purchased and are either adapted to perform a needed function or a hard-to-find item that in some way makes our experience better. There were many good ideas and ingenious devices shared. Pictures of some of them follow in the boxes below. Thank you, to all that shared your expertise and knowledge. 

Pleasant Hill Railroad Days
     Begin planning to join with us in participating in the 5th Annual Pleasant Hill Railroad Days on April 24th, 25th, & 26th in downtown Pleasant Hill. More information will be shared at the meeting, but we need you to help man the booth by either talking to people about woodturning and our club or demonstrating woodturning. If you can't be there during the show, please help us out by setting up or finishing up. We are allowed to sell items for which the proceeds will go toward the club, so another way you can help is by donating turnings to be sold. 
     It should be a fun time and a great way to share our craft and club.

   We set up on Friday as early as 1pm. Exact time will be out later. Sat. & Sun it’s at 7am. Breakdown after 8pm on Friday and Saturday, and 4pm on Sunday.

 Ron Bruno's "Break Press" gluing press made from re-purposed auto disc brake disc 

Bruce Stevenson's indexing system for his Shopsmith lathe

Larry Settle shared his pen turning trimming sander to clean off the CA glue ragged ends

Phil Royer showed his articulated carving stand

Chan Combs explained his bandsaw sled to cut diamond segments

Bowlby Gale Markley
Bowl by Don Burns

Officers contact info


Ron Bruno

Vice President

Mike McReynolds

(816) 356-7262 


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



Mar 14    Open Shop  (Learn to Turn)
           Metro Hardwoods
           10 AM to Noon


 Mar  17  
 Monthly meeting
             Metro Hardwoods
         7 PM to 9 PM

Mar 28
 Open Shop  (Skills Enhancement) 
           Metro Hardwoods
           10 AM to Noon 

Apr 11   
 Open Shop  (Learn to Turn)
           Metro Hardwoods
           10 AM to Noon

Apr 21   
 Monthly meeting -
         Metro Hardwoods
         7 PM to 9 PM

Apr 24, 25, 26   
 Pleasant Hill Railroad Days

          (Please refer to the article about it later in this newsletter for more info.) 
          We will not be having Open shop Saturday the 25th due to the Railroad Days activity.


Monthly Open Shop
    In an effort to improve Open Shop we are attempting to add more specific focus to our times in the shop.  We are still planning to hold Open Shop each Second  and Fourth Saturday of the month. However, the Open Shop on the second Saturday will focus on more basic turning techniques intended for newer woodturners and the one on the fourth Saturday will be more "Skills Enhancement".  These changes do not alter the fact that you can still bring your own project, wood, tools, questions or assistance. 
     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. The first Open Shop ("Learn to Turn") for this month will  take place  Mar 14th. The second Open Shop (Skills Enhancement) will be Mar 28th. 

Images from the last Open Shop

New members, Brian Caley and Tommie Huttter, learning to turn.

 And Matthew Allen under the watchful eye of Mike McReynolds 

Upcoming March Meeting 

         Chip Siskey will be our demonstrator for the March meeting and even though the it will be on St. Patrick's Day, I don't think he will be turning green wood. However he will, turn a Celtic goblet in keeping with the occasion. I'm sure we can expect a very informative and interesting time of instruction worthy of "a wee bit of cheer".    

Treasurers Report

  Treasurer's Report  
  As of February 29, 2020  
        February 2020 YTD  2020  
  GENERAL Account


Cookie expenses 
AAW Insurance
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

   A reminder to make use of  our 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:  

     CA Glue Bottle Tips   

     The tips of  CA glue bottles can easily get clogged and unusable with hardened CA glue. To restore them to use and to keep them clear, soak them in a glass jar with enough acetone to cover them. It will dissolve the hardened CA glue and render them usable again. 

      Mel Bryan

AAW and Woodturning Community News

Click on the images for more information


Mikeal Jones shared his dust collection hood and steady rest

               Mel Bryan showed his doughnut chuck

Gale Markley shared his faceplate for turning  bowl bottom inserts

Dovetailed bowl and pedestal bowl by Leonard Pearce

Hollow vessels of walnut by Ben Simmons


Upside down salt and pepper shakers by Mel Bryan
           (salt from the bottom, pepper from the top)
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