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Turn With Independence

October 2018
Offcuts from the Board
October 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.
  • Please take note of the change to the day that Open Shop will be held. Please refer to the Open Shop section of this newsletter.
  • The Demo challenge will a tool handle of any type following Alex Garcia's demo. 
  • The annual creativity contest will be held at this month's meeting. Please refer to the meeting notice. 
  • As mentioned in the meeting, here is the link to the More Woodturning Magazine.  Click on that link and you can take a look at a sample edition of the magazine. 
  • As a matter of notice; officer elections will be held this November for President and Secretary. Anyone wishing to serve, please contact one of the officers. (It was incorrectly stated as Vice-president last month.) 
  • Please refer to the "Addendum to the Offcuts From The Board"  article for a continuation of this section.
  • 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

      In our last meeting, Alex Garcia demonstrated turning a tool handle for a lathe tool. He explained how it was a very good project for a beginning woodturner and at the same time saving money for more tools. It is the perfect way to get the shape on the tool handle that is most comfortable and pleasing for your own use. He began by fitting the ferrule on a tenon where the tool will be inserted. Then shaping the tool preceded the drilling of the hole for the tool. Thank you Alex for sharing with us.


     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 videos for this demo can be viewed at: 
Turning a Tool Handle 


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:  
        Centering your faceplate on the work piece . 

     To position the faceplate on the wood it is to be mounted on it does not have to be a "shot-in-the-dark". You can make your own centering jig from wood and a straight rod. Simply turn a piece of wood to the size of the inside threads of the faceplate and just an inch or more longer than the depth of the faceplate. Drill a hole through the center for a straight rod, like a welding rod, an old ice pick, maybe even a good straight nail, or something like that with a point on it. Then to use it just put the rod on the center point of the wood being mounted, slip the jig over the rod, then slip the faceplate over the jig and fasten it to the wood. Centered and ready to turn. 

2019 Dues
     The dues for 2019 will now be accepted if you would like to take care of that matter. They are $15 for emailed newsletter (or no newsletter) and $25 for US mailed hardcopy newsletter. See Mel Bryan, Treasurer, at the meeting. 

       Tall walnut vase by Don Bird.
    Winged bowl by Mike McReynolds

   Three cornered walnut bowl with three cornered feet by Mike McReynolds

    Natural edge pencil cup with winged base by Leonard Pearce

  Bangles by Danny Smith

  Winged walnut platter by Michael Straughn

 Open segmented bowl 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

Oct 16   
 Monthly meeting
         Metro Hardwoods
         7 PM to 9 PM

Oct  20   
 Open Shop
         At Metro Hardwoods
         From 10 AM to 12 Noon

Nov  20   
 Monthly meeting -
         Metro Hardwoods
         7 PM to 9 PM

Nov  24   
 Open Shop
         (Due to the Thanksgiving holiday we will not meet for Open Shop this month.)

Monthly Open Shop
    The day of the month for Open Shop has been changed to the Saturday AFTER the regular meeting instead of the Saturday before. Last month it was held on Sept 22nd.
     This month it will be on Oct 20 at Metro Hardwoods from 10 AM to 12 noon as usual.  Since we will not have an actual demonstration at this month’s meeting, the open shop will be completely open to anything.  You are free to bring in your own project or question and we'll see if  someone can't help you with it. So, bring your tools, wood and safety gear and make use of one of our several lathes and the help of fellow members.
     Open Shop is the 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. 
    Keep turning and be safe. See you at Open Shop.

Upcoming October Meeting 

         This month will be the annual creativity contest. This is one of the more fun meetings of the year. This is where we get to enjoy the creativity of our fellow members and see what they have created from just one and a half board feet of wood. There have been some GREAT projects in the past and this year shouldn't be any less inspiring.
     Contestants were to have signed up on the sign up sheet over the last few months. We've asked that since this year we allowed the use of your own wood, we would like to have a picture of the wood before it was turned if at all possible.
      The winners will be determined by all members voting on their choice by placing the ticket you will be given in the cup by the entry. First place will receive a $50 bill and second will win a $20 gift certificate to Metro Hardwoods.
      So, come and be inspired by your fellow members creativity and skills. 


Treasurers Report

  Treasurer's Report  
  As of Sep 30, 2018  
        September 18 YTD  2018  
  GENERAL Account


Coffee & cookies
Tools & Equipment
Web services  
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

Addendum to the "Offcuts From The Board"

 This is your club.  What do you want to do with it?

   This is my club.  I try to help whenever I can.
   This is our club.  We get together for fellowship and learning.
   This is your club.  What do you want to do with it?  What direction do you want to see it go?  What do you like and not like?  What would you like to see happen? 
   The Board needs to hear from you.  We know what we would like to see happen, but we need to know what you would like to see happen.  We need ideas from you.  We need interaction with you.  We need involvement from you.  If you like our programs, let us know.  If you don’t like them, let us know.  Same thing with demonstrations and open shop and the raffle and everything else to do with our club.  If you don’t speak up, we don’t know.  We only try to steer this ship – it belongs to you. 
We don’t only need feedback on what you do like and don’t like; we need suggestions.  If you don’t like the way something is done, give us some ideas on how to change it.  We won’t criticize or belittle or bite.  We will discuss it and see what we can do about it.  If it is something that we decide may help, we will bring it up in our Tuesday night meeting and vote on it.  We are not above trying new things – they may be just what we need.  As I said, this club belongs to you and you have a say in what happens.
     We need suggestions from you for demonstrations and demonstrators, fund raisers, activities, open shop, etc.  We need everyone to become involved in this living organization.  Please don’t think of it as “cheap entertainment” for one evening a month.  We want to grow and expand, but we need your input and involvement to do that.
    This is your club.  What do you want to do with it?

Editorial by Bill Baker and supported by the board.



Hurry Up, Git ‘Er Done

       Am I the only one, or are there others of us, that is guilty of when finishing a project or piece we’ve been painstakingly working on, then proceed to mess it up by rushing through the finishing process? On a recent piece I’d been carefully working on and paying attention to some trickier processes than usual, I was quite proud of what was taking form before my eyes. I was careful to not rush into territory that I don’t normally navigate and took care when making those tenuous cuts. Then in my excitement to see the finished product, I hastily applied a finish that ensured me of immediate results and a quick and easy finish. BOY, was I mistaken! I ended up with, shall we say, “an ugly” finish. It was not only obvious with its runs, sags and blotches, it detracted from the piece of work I had meticulously labored over, making it look like something that belonged underneath the firewood pile where is couldn’t be seen. Needless to say, I was disappointed and ashamed of myself for allowing that to happen.
      After calming down and getting my wits gathered back together, I undertook to “redo” the finishing process. I couldn’t put it back on the lathe and re-turn away the finish mistakes and I didn’t want to risk using a harsh chemical stripper or such, so I dove in hand sanding off the finish. To make a long painful story short, I got the finish under control and it eventually turned out acceptable.
     After that experience, and even during the process of recovery, I had a little ‘one-on-one’ talk with myself admonishing the impatient side of me by the “you-know-better-than-that” side to remember my own advice that someone reminded me of that I had said to him. This person said to me when I was visiting his shop and admiring his work that I had made a comment that stuck with him; “the job is not done until it’s finished”. He stopped me dead in my tracks. He had no idea the impact he had on me at that moment. (On a side note: see how we help each other and how our own words and actions come back to us?)
     So, now hopefully as I approach the finishing line, I can hold onto that excitement of seeing a nicely finished project and spend my time wisely by “taking my time” to “git-‘er-done” RIGHT the first time. Now I try to tell myself to do that sanding just a little bit slower and maybe longer than I feel like and use all the grits without skipping any. And, use my critical eye to inspect my work before moving on to the next step. Then when choosing the finish to be applied, chose the one that is right for the piece and not just the quickest. Granted, sometimes “fast” is right and ok. Then if it needs a couple extra coats, go ahead and put on a couple extra coats. It’ll probably be worth it.
      Lesson learned? Let’s hope so. Consequently, the time it took me to ‘refinish’ my finish, I could have spent on “doing it right in the first place”. So, “Mel, are you listening?”

Written by Mel Bryan

  Spalted maple bowl by Gale Markley

Shallow winged bowls by Gale Markley  

 Baby rattle by Bill Corteville 

 Christmas ornaments by Ronald Bruno

Thermometer by Ronald Bruno

Bowl from winged elm by Ronald Bruno
Eight sided spalted birch hollow vessel by Mel Bryan  

Winged bowl of Ailanthis altisama "Tree-of-Heaven" by Mel Bryan


Curved winged bowl of dyed alder by Mel Bryan
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