Florida West Coast Woodworkers

Serving Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte Co

Month: August 2014

August general meeting – scroll saw for beginers

Terry Bair and his amazing DeWalt Scrollsaw

Price range from $100 to $1000 for a saw.  Start with simple projects like refrigerator magnets to build experience.  The next most critical consideration is the blade.  Terry likes Olsen blades precision ground so it is tempered first then ground; these blades are aggressive in size 5, 7, and 9.  After that he likes a mock 3.  The lower the number on the blade, the more teeth per inch.  Some blades are reverse tooth that also cut on the bottom to prevent tearout.

tch the blade to the work, so for ¾ “ wood use a more aggressive (higher number blade.)  Speed also affects the quality of the cut.  Terry will sand the back of the blade to make tighter turns easier while scrolling Terry sands the wood with 120 and then 220 sandpaper before he saws. Either plane the wood or turn it so the center is down and the cup is up to minimize rocking while sawing.

Thinned down white glue is used to attach the pattern, allowing some repositioning.   Alternately, use contact cement, which does not allow the pattern to be repositioned.   Sometimes Terry uses clear packing tape to hold down the pattern which means NO adhesive residue to clean off, and he says the tape lubricates the blade despite the glue holding tape on.

Before you saw, you must drill a 1/16” hole in every place you will cut using a drill press. Terry drills all the holes at the beginning

To set up the saw, use a square to square the blade to the table, follow saw manufacturer’s instructions.  This is very important.  To test, mark a piece of wood and cut it, put it back together to test for squareness.  Adjust the blade tension for a happy balance between what will prevent flexing and what is so tight it breaks the blade.  He pings on his blade for a sound.  He select the fastest speed at which he feels gives a smooth cut.  Select a starting point on the inside and work out, maintaining strong wood  all around the outside.  To back out of a cut, he eases off from pushing the wood in, and maintains a small amount of side pressure, and then turns the work around to back out of the cut.

Always think of the blade as cutting only on the front and not on the sides (using the blades’ kerf.)  Too much force means either the blade is dull, or the speed is incorrect.  Beware of stamped blades that are off-center affecting any straight cut. When they are stamped, they are stamped from one side and are off balance.

For stack cutting, Terry can cut four to six at a time, but even then only a small section of blade is used and the rest is wasted.  Watch out using plywood, as it will chip out, but the plywood is durable.  The solid wood, he says, if people drop the piece, it will break.  He will glue his stack cutting layers with a drop of glue at the corners to keep his accuracy.  Keep the Table top clean-he uses an old paint brush.  Also keep offcuts off the table, and keep the table top waxed.  He wears a dust mask.

Terry’s saw is mounted on rollers and he adjusted his to that the table slants toward the front, which give him a better view.  Give yourself good lighting.  Also he uses a vacuum to help keep things clean.  Terry says this work requires a good deal of concentration, so he breaks up his work sessions.  Terry has also modified his say with a remote on/off switch.

He purchases wood from Sloan Woodshop, and he buys his blades by the gross.

Terry the scroll saw expert.

Terry the scroll saw expert.

Rosewood duck scene.

Rosewood duck scene.

Another duck from oak

Another duck from oak

 Wood Auction

The wood auction was lively, with Denny officiating. John reports$ 142.00 income from the wood sale.

 Show and tell;

Larry Simmons: power tool box from Woodsmith TV with free plans on internet.  He says the directions were very good, but must be followed closely.  Finished with Danish oil

Lid of Larry's box, Cherry with Maple and Walnut inlay.

Lid of Larry’s box, Cherry with Maple and Walnut inlay.

Inside of Larry's box.

Inside of Larry’s box.

Denny Wetter:  Segmented bowl with spire lid and snowman from mahogany.

Denny's snow man made at the July turners meeting (see separate post for more pictures)

Denny’s snow man made at the July turners meeting (see separate post for more pictures)

Fred:  lathe work unstained with spar varnish.  A fireplace tool.

Terry Bair:  Thank you for your service to be donated to American Legion.  Walnut tool models.

Cool letter openers from Terry's scroll saw

Cool letter openers from Terry’s scroll saw

Terry will donate this to the American Legion.

Terry will donate this to the American Legion.

Ed Columbo:  burnisher with a lathe turned handle.

Andy:  toolholder project on Lumber jocks.  Search on Lumberjocks to find the web site.  It is free to join and post.

Mike Swart:  Storage device for open rafter ceilings.  As one raises the device, the trays pivot, but remain flat and are secured by turnbuckels.

John Phillips:  A bowl for Hong Kong Orchid tree, finished with Odie’s oil.

John Philips bowl from green Hong Kong Orchid

John Philips bowl from green Hong Kong Orchid

John Slezaks brought in photos of a mold made for a curved wall surrounding a hot tub.

All pictures by Andy DiLorenzo. Text by Andy DiLorenzo and Ed Goldberg

July Turners meeting – Christmas in July

Since it is only 6 more months till Christmas Denny decided it was time to start working on decorations. The pictures speak for themselves.

Frosty eat your heart out!

The July 2014 woodturners’ meeting was highly influenced by PBS’ Create network which has a new show featuring woodturning with Tim Yoder.  The episode that inspired Denny was one of making a showman out of wood, in this case mahogany.

1.)    Denny began by roughing out a cylinder with a 1” roughing spindle gouge.

2.)    He dimensioned at three places using a parting tool, and floowong his drawing, he marked where the snowballs intersected.

3.)    He offered the tip to work towards the chuck when possible.

4.)    A bedan was used to size the snowman’s hat, but a pointed parting tool could alternatively be used.

5.)    He trimed the brim of the hat.

6.)    Next he used a parting tool to mark the body divisions.

7.)    The round “snowballs” were rounded with a bowl gouge.

8.)    He alternated between the bedan and bowl gouge to form the three round bodies.

No snowman would be complete without sticks for arms, so Denny used a technique employing multiple centers to form the sticks.Sometimes they break!

1.)    He use two pieces about the size of a pen blank, about 4” long.

2.)    The first segment was made by deliberately not choosing the center of the wood.

3.)    After roughing, the speed was increased a lot, because in Denny’s words, “We are turning a lot of air.”  For this he used a small spindle gouge.

4.)    When the first segment was turned impossibly thin (IMHO,) the center was changed, a different wobble was introduced to the piece, and the next segment was turned down, at an angle to the first segment.  The wobble makes the joints in the arms.

5.)    Denny also offered that the arms could be glued of different pieces.

Finished armsA short conical piece was turned and colored with a carrot colored marker and glued on for a nose.   Black dots were offered for the buttons.  The corn cob pipe was done in separate sections,  because as everyone knows corn cobs have a rough texture.  For this, Denny used an old box cutter knife as a texturing tool for the corn cob.  A short stem was made and the corn cob pipe body was drilled out for the pipe stem.

Denny later sanded the finished the snowman being careful not to use too much friction on the finish, as to avoid melting any of the pieces.

Such a little part, such a big lathe

Such a little part, such a big lathe