Coffee Hour #131, December 15, 2022: Moderator John Kelsey shows a short video of Lancaster Woodturners recent Open Shop at our club meeting space in New Holland. Kai Koethe shows a terrific PowerPoint about turning brass ferrules with locking setscrews, for shop-made woodturning tool handles, generating extensive discussion about turning soft metals on the wood lathe using scrapers and carbide tools. Ron Sheehan collaborates with Sara Crill to core four (!) superb blanks from a large burly growth. Ron shows one of the bowls he made with fantastic wood figure, and Sara showed photos of the coring process.
Coffee Hour #132, December 29, 2022: Last coffee hour of the old year! Moderator John Kelsey shows current experiments with small turned boxes that close with magnets. John Chalikian, contemplating the purchase of a new Grizzly lathe, introduces a lively discussion of current lathes on the market, Chinese vs Taiwanese vs American manufacturing. Toby Bouder shows a turning from a Kentucky coffee tree he planted many years ago, kicking off a chat about planting trees on your property for harvesting later on. Ray Simmons brings news of a small powered carver from Ryobi, and shows off his new metric-US folding rule from Veritas. Ted Lattrell shows a replica cannon he and his son turned, which fired potatoes across his fields on a charge of hair spray, yikes what a project! Jim Bowman has a great tip on sorting out cheesy plastic buttons on a lathe, along with a tip for freeing epoxy castings using cold and heat. Randy Smith invites members to join the Susquehanna club at the PA Farm Show in Harrisburg, later in January 2023, to demonstrate turning and talk to interested attendees. And a Happy New Year to all!
Coffee Hour #133, January 5, 2023: This week we continued our discussion of magnet boxes, with interesting examples shown by Bill Tat and Dave Landers. Then curling rocks made into cremation urns by Burt Delisle, and a Christmas sale report from Toby Bouder, who rented a storefront for a few weekends along with other members of the PA Guild of Craftsmen.
Coffee Hour #134 for January 12, 2023: Don Smith leads off with a double-sided magnet box, and a string of spindle-turned beads, leading into a general discussion of spindle gouges, bowl gouges, hook and ring tools, and the infamous French bedan. Clifton explains how to shape, temper, and harden a hook tool from O1 tool steel, using a grinder and MAPP torch. Dave Delo introduces his improved dust Colle lion system, with a bell-mouth velocity stack on the business end of the hose, which increases the intake velocity and also the range of the system. Bert Delisle shows a segmented sphere-shaped urn he’s working toward the goal of urns shaped like golf balls and baseballs. Bert also used magnets to make a cord reel for tidying the electronic desktop.
Coffee Hour #135 for January 19, 2023: Another fun-filled hour of shared ideas, techniques and tools. Don’t miss two provocative attachments: (1) Ernie’s drawing of hook and ring tools and (2) Barry’s contribution to ideal airflow.