Anyone that wants to donate turned items to be auctioned for the American Legion during the Mule Day auctioneer event can turn their items in to Roger Gilliam at either the February or March meeting. The auction will be held in April.
Congratulations to Fran on her new Robust Sweet 16 (pictures in the gallery below)!
Thanks for everyone who came out to attend our Christmas dinner last month. And another big thanks to everyone who donated items for the auction we had during the dinner. The club was able to raise over $800 from the auction.
We had a round table discussion at January's meeting. Topics discussed at the meeting and items shared included:
Homemade tools including a detail tool made from a butter knife, custom hollowing tools, and a custom captured hollowing system for midi lathes.
Custom chucks for jam chucking including an adjustable depth jam chuck for vases and a large flat jam chuck that used a foam floor mat as padding. Other ideas were a cleat system on the large jam chuck and cutting a strip out of the center of the foam so that bowls with an uneven rim can still be safely jammed.
Care and cleaning of your chuck.
Favorite chuck brands (Nova and Oneway got the most mentions).
A lot of folks talking about their experiences using EEE Ultra Shine, Yorkshire Grit, Hampshire Sheen, and Ack's Abrasive Paste. Some people mentioned having a hard time finding the Yorkshire Grit and Hampshire Sheen, so we've added a link to a US retailer to our Links page. There was also some homemade abrasive pastes and wax / oil combination finishes. There was also some talk about using Plastic-X (headlight restorer) and some car polishes on finished pieces.
For finishing, spray lacquer was popular along with Minwax Antique Oil. General Finishes Bowl Finish and Tried & True Original were also mentioned.
There was also a Oneway coring system on display for everyone to see.