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Turn With Independence

July 2019
President's Message

From the President,
        Summer finally got here. Last month a few members and I went out to Camp Tomah Shinga. This was my first trip out there. I was amazed at the camp which was nestled in the woods. Not what you think of in Kansas. As we pulled up to the pavilion where the teenage campers were gathered, each of them were eager and very interested in turning. Each got a turn creating a pen. Each created their own unique design.
     This trip reminded me of one the purposes for our club. That is to promote the art of craftsmanship. Something that is getting lost in today’s automated world. Then at the last Learn to Turn get together on Saturday, we had a young man who came to see what turning was all about. In both cases it was amazing how fast they learned the fundamentals of turning. Promoting woodturning is one of our missions as a club. This is just not an officer’s duty, but all members should pass their knowledge and talent to the next generation. So, on July 8th , we will have our Learn to Turn get together. Bring yourself and someone new to the club so this craft can continue and grow.

          Ron Bruno, President IWT
Offcuts from the Board
July 2019
            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. 
  • The demo challenge this month will be any project finished with a CA glue finish. 
  • Be sure to check out our new website. The address is;   (Ref. the following article about the website.)
  • Our continuing sessions to the church camp, Tomah Shinga, at Junction City, Kansas to help teen aged kids  turn a pen resume July 10th and again on July 17th. If you would like to help out by either going with us or helping prepare the pen kits or donate, please contact one of the officers or Mike McReynolds. Please refer to the article later here in the newsletter.
  • Begin thinking about what you would like to make during the Creativity Contest this year. Once again we will be giving out a piece of wood to be used for the creation of a prize winning turning. We began giving out the wood at the June meeting, but can still join. Please refer to the article later in this newsletter.  
  • 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

      Mike McReynolds presented to us how he applies CA finish to various turned pieces. Mike explained the safety factors and considerations of using CA as a finish as well as the benefits. He showed some of the various objects he has finished with CA and explained the process. He said to be sure and use plenty of ventilation and a fan to blow the fumes away from you and to always have either debonder or acetone close at hand in case of contact to skin or other mishaps. Also, being careful to not to apply too much CA to you applicator because it can burn suddenly when it "flashes".
     For the demonstration portion of his presentation, Mike applied a CA finish to a pen he had turned. After sanding to about 600, he applied 2 or 3 coats of thin CA followed by 3 or 4 coats of medium CA. Then starting with 220 sandpaper he lightly sanded to remove the high spots to make the finish level. Next, after sanding with 320, 400 and 600 he finished with all the Micro Mesh grits. All of these steps are done at a slow lathe speed of approximately 500 rpm. 



     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 Independence Woodturners 
     The video for this presentation is available on YouTube at the following links: 
   Finishing With CA Glue - Part 1 
  Finishing With CA Glue - Part 2




Purple heart bowl by Phil Seaton

Finish jar  by Mel Bryan

Mahogany bowl by Jim Faherty 


 Segmented vases finished with CA glue by Mike McReynolds
Lathe knife and handle by Mel Bryan 

Officers contact info


Ron Bruno

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

July  10   
 Camp Tomah Shinga Pen Turning -
         Junction City, Kansas
         All day

July 13   
 Open Shop  (Learn to Turn)
           Metro Hardwoods
           10 AM to Noon

July 16  
 Monthly meeting
             Metro Hardwoods
         7 PM to 9 PM

July  17   
 Camp Tomah Shinga Pen Turning -
         Junction City, Kansas
         All day

July 22   
 Open Shop  (Skills Enhancement) 
           Metro Hardwoods
           10 AM to Noon

Aug 8   
 Open Shop  (Learn to Turn)
           Metro Hardwoods
           10 AM to Noon

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

Aug 24   
Open Shop  (Skills Enhancement)
           Metro Hardwoods
           10 AM to Noon  

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. 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. See you at the next available Open Shop, which will be July 13th then again on July 27th and Aug 10th.  

Upcoming July Meeting 

         David Bartlett is our scheduled demonstrator for this month. David is planning on doing a platter wall hanging key rack. We will undoubtedly learn a trick or two from this keynote demo. 

Treasurers Report

  Treasurer's Report  
  As of JUne 30, 2019  
        June 2019 YTD  2019  
  GENERAL Account


Coffee & cookies
Camp Thoma Shinga expenses
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.
          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

   Check out our new 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.
Youth Camp Penturning
    Our first trip out to Camp Tomah Shinga near Junction City, Kansas was June 19th where we helped four high school aged youth turn their very own pen. The excitement and smiles of satisfaction of making a pen of their own design and craftsmanship is well worth the hard work and time spent in helping them. Probably by the time you read this newsletter, we will either be on our way to the next session on July 10th, or in the middle of working with 26 or so more youth or have completed the second workshop. There will be one more trip on July 17th (the day after our meeting) for this year. 
     Below is a photo of the great bunch of kids we had the pleasure of helping on June 19th.

Penturning in action


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:  

       Extending the Life of Your Sandpaper   

     When I first started turning I was taking full sheets of sandpaper and cutting them into strips to sand my pens because I was too cheap to buy sandpaper in a roll. I quickly learned that if I marked the grit on the back of the strips before cutting and covered with packing tape, that the sandpaper lasted longer and I always knew what grit I was using.

      Mike McReynolds

Annual Creativity Contest
   The annual Creativity Contest is a fun contest where you take the piece of wood that will be provided by the club when you sign up for the contest and put your own creativity into action. Your turned project can be anything you desire by following the rules listed below. You will receive about 1 to 1 ½ board feet of wood from the club when entering the contest.

     1. Use only wood. No kits, or additional hardware or accessories
     2. The project/item must by primarily turned. It may be segmented, or otherwise cut and re-glued, or from a solid piece. And use only the wood acquired from the club.
     3. May be stained, painted, or otherwise decorated and finished. (Including, pyrography, texturing, piercing, carving, or such.)

   The contest will be held in November as the program at our regular meeting and the winners will be determined by the vote of all members present. 

    This year we will have two separate categories in the competition. One will be for less experienced turners and another for more experienced turners. The category that your piece will be placed in will be determined by a panel before the member voting begins 

   First prize will be a $50 bill and second prize will be a $20 gift certificate to Metro Hardwoods in each category. 

   So, be sure to join in on the fun and let your creativity flow and sign up for the contest and get your wood so you can study it and see what it wants to become.

Ironwood bowl by Gale Markley

 Plywood jar lid finished with CA glue by Mike McReynolds
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