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Turn With Independence

November 2019
President's Message

       From the President,
    The end of the year is upon us. For myself as President of the club it has been a reorganizing year. I feel we made some progress on the open shop times. I hope this continues to grow, because it is for the members. The monthly meetings themselves have been, at times, a trial and error of new ideas. I had a lot of ideas coming into taking this office. Not all were realized. I hope in the coming year more progress is made for the club. We are planning to participate in more outside activities which club members, I hope, participate in. Such as, demos at festivals and other events. I would like the club to think about a picnic or other type of get together for members. We got a speaker system and one newer tv. I would like to know if members like the contest. We added the President’s contest this year along with the Creativity contest we have every year. If you have an idea for one let me know. If there is some specific demo you would like to see let me know soon. We will be scheduling demos starting right after the first of the year. Also, this year the AAW symposium is in Lexington Kentucky.  This is fairly close. If you are interested and not sure what it all involves talk to some of the other members who have gone to past events. So, everyone have a safe holiday season and will see everyone at the next meeting.
          Ron Bruno, President IWT
Offcuts from the Board
November 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 for this month will be an offset turning of some sort using the chuck.
  • Be sure to check out our new website. The address is;   (Ref. the following article about the website.).
  • The Creativity Contest for this year is the main part of this upcoming meeting. Refer to the Creativity Contest section following in this newsletter.  
  • As a reminder, the membership dues will become $20 a year beginning January 2020, and only emailed newsletters will be sent. 
  • Officers election for Vice-President and Treasurer will take place in the November meeting. Mel Bryan has agreed to continue as Treasurer, and Mike McReynolds is the vice-president's position candidate.
  • The annual Christmas dinner and social time will again be held at the December meeting. There will be the traditional Christmas ornament contest so prepare your entry. Anyone desiring to help out with preparations, please speak to Gary Gham. 
  • 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

      Chip Siskey helped us to "Think Outside the Chuck" by turning a multi-axis clock on the chuck. The object of his demo was to show how you could use a chuck to turn an angled (canted) base on a table/shelf clock. He started by applying bandsawn wedges on the blank with turners tape and mounting it in the chuck at the resulting cant. Then he turned the end, which will become the base of the clock. By removing one of the jaws of the chuck he could mount  the clock in an offset position so he could drill the recess for the clock. The face of the clock is turned next (after removing the excess from the top of the blank). At this point he added the desired features and shape of the face. Mounted by the clock recess he finished turning the back half. The critical point in this turning is to maintain the crisp clean points of the base to keep the clock from tipping backward. 
     Thank you, Chip for the educational demonstration and for helping us think beyond the confines of the norm. 

     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 of  Chip's demo has not yet been produced due to time constraints. It will be edited and placed on YouTube as soon as possible.

President's Challenge 
    The President's Challenge was held at the October meeting. It consisted of submitting the mason jar lid covers that were created by members.  The goal was to have 60 or 70  jar lids to donate to the ladies group of Mike McReynolds' church. Counting some that are unfinished, the goal was met.

  First and second prize of $20 gift certificates to Metro Hardwoods were awarded to Mike McReynolds who took first place with his "plywood" lid  and Matt Allen took home second for his Osage orange lid. David Rink turned the most lids giving him the third place prize of a gift certificate to Craft Supplies USA.  Great job guys, and thanks to all that took place in the contest.
 Jim Tate's submission
  Phil Royer's lid

Lids by Mel Bryan

Mike McReynolds' plywood lid taking first place

      Matt Allen's second place lid of Osage orange

 David Rinks' lids that took the prize for quantity

Mike Jones' colored lids

Gale Markley's creative lids

 Demo challenge pieces by Stan Gilliland of wood burned Scottish cap buttons.

Wood burned accented mason jar lid by Mike Jones
Suction fit lidded box by Steve Tyner with artistic glass insert by his wife.

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

Nov 09    Open Shop  (Learn to Turn)
           Metro Hardwoods
           10 AM to Noon

 Nov  19  
 Monthly meeting
             Metro Hardwoods
         7 PM to 9 PM

Nov 23
 Open Shop  (Skills Enhancement) 
           Metro Hardwoods
           10 AM to Noon

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

Dec 17   
 Monthly meeting -
         Metro Hardwoods
         7 PM to 9 PM

Dec 28   
 The regular 
Open Shop  (Skills Enhancement)
           that would normally be held on this date will 
           not be held due to the holidays 

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. The first Open Shop ("Learn to Turn") for this month will  taken place  Nov. 19th. The next one for this month will be Nov. 23rd and will be the "Skills Enhancement" shop where beginner as well as experienced turner can work on improving our skills and we will be focusing on Christmas ornaments. Following Open Shops will be: Dec. 14th and the one that would fall on the 4th Saturday (Dec 28) will not be held due to the holidays.

   A scene from the last Open Shop.

Upcoming November Meeting 

         This meeting will be the anticipated annual Creativity Contest. The presentation time will be when we get to see the creativity of our members and the prizes will awarded. So, if you have joined the contest, bring you creation is and show it off. This is a fun time to help inspire each other with your woodturning ideas and skills.  (The contest description and information is listed later in this newsletter.)

Treasurers Report

  Treasurer's Report  
  As of October 31 2019  
        October 2019 YTD  2019  
  GENERAL Account


Coffee & cookies
Creativity Contest Prize money
Equipment & Tool 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.

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:  

      Self Made Gauges for Marking Often Used Diameters   

     For those diameters that you often use and mark out, such as the tenon size or others, make your own simple marking gauge. To make one, just take a thin, narrow piece of wood and make a miniature beam compass by fitting a pencil like a golf pencil in the end and a nail at the distance of the radius of the circle you want to make. Then to use it just touch the nail on the end  the center of the work piece while it is turning and when you touch the pencil to the wood you have your mark made.

      Mel Bryan

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.

Laminated poplar and cherry bowl  by Phil Seaton

 Paper towel holder and segmented bowl by Ralph Benjamin 

Harry Midgley's first platter of poplar and two Christmas ornaments.

Ring bowl and holder by Wilbur Wilson 

Dibbers by Danny Smith turned on a restored treadle lathe

Clocks by Gale Markley 

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