Saw Dust Chronicles
February 2014 http://www.hcwg.org
Newsletter of the
Howard County Woodworkers Guild
Volume 24 • Issue 2
The next meeting will be on the Saturday, March 1, 2014 at the Florence Bain Senior Center.
Meeting Agenda: 10:00-12:00
- Greeting by President Rick Munzer.
- Introduction of guests and new members.
- 50/50 Raffle All attendees may participate with 50% of the proceeds going to the Florence Bain Senior Center shop.
- Monthly Door Prize Drawings Members only and they must wear their badges to be eligible to win a monthly door prize.
Minutes of the February Meeting
President Rick Munzer called the meeting to order at 10:00 AM at the Miller Library.
Introduction of at least 3 new members and guests.
Bain Center 5 year agreement which was renewed annually at one point has been re-evaluated by the Bain Center and they have indicated that the cost to use the center for monthly meeting is now $240 for 3 hours and 3 rooms. Contacting some government officials, increase dues, create a craft show with proceeds to the Bain Center, research grants that the HCWG can apply for to cover costs are some ideas suggested to cover the costs of the monthly meeting since this will deplete the small budget significantly.
Damage to the shop has been evaluated and all repairs done. Morning sessions are open.
Staff recognized from Frederick show.
Gene Torrey has volunteered his time to the HCWG website. Needs some questions answered and is researching other guild websites. Looking to establish a member access only section. The goal is to possibly attract new members, blog for projects, classified section. All information would be voluntary on the member only section and the platform is secure.
Manny Flecker reported that the balance of HCWG funds was $6,142.72. The website and insurance costs are the biggest expense to the HCWG. Please cash any check issued by the HCWG in a timely manner.
Bain Shop Rules: Only those on the shop monitor list maintained by the Bain Center will be allowed to open the shop. The shop monitor will wear a “Monitor Badge” while in the shop. He is the boss in the shop while he is on duty! Power equipment will not be operated when only one person is in the shop! If you don’t follow the rules you will be asked to leave
Shop Monitors Needed: Several shop monitors are currently needed or will be in the near future. Unless a designated monitor is present, the shop in the Bain Center cannot be opened. Contact Wayne Austin if you are interested in helping in this capacity or to obtain additional information.
Trash and Treasures: Do you have a piece of equipment, tool, etc which you no longer use. The table at the back of the meeting room is a place where you can offer it for sale to a member who might need or want it. Bring it in and give it a try.
Basic Woodworking Course: The shop will be opened on Thursday evenings from 6:30-8:30 PM. Although open to all, the main purpose will be to conduct some basic woodworking instructional sessions.
Chair Caning by Howard
What is Chair Caning? The material used in caning chairs and derived from the peeled bark or skin of the rattan vine native to Indonesia, the Philippines and Malaysia. Some vines reach 600 ft. in length. Ref. Wikipedia, Rattan looks like Bamboo but Rattan is solid and flexible and needs the support of the surrounding structure. It climbs to the top of the canopies of the forest to reach sunlight. Ref. Wikipedia It was introduced in 17th century Portugal and then Britain and eventually to America. Supposedly English upholsterers unsuccessfully petitioned Parliament to ban the import and manufacture of cane chairs. In the 1850’s machine made cane was introduced. During WWII no cane could be imported from the east and thus supplies dried up. Post 1950, interest in cane seating was revived.
Examples of projects shown and displayed
Caning tools and supplies: cane/binder; pegs/golf tees; awl; nippers; needle nose pliers; round file; tack hammer; glycerine (optional); elmers white glue; bucket of tepid water; sponge; wash cloth
Selecting the proper size of cane for your project: The size of the cane used is determined by the spacing between the holes. A 1000’ hank of cane consists of 80-100 strands of cane varying from 10-25’ in length and is sufficient for weaving four seats of 72 holes, each approximately 12”x12” square. A half hank of cane should be sufficient for weaving almost any single panel. All cane orders include binder cane for the final step.
The 7 step method: 1)Back to Front, first vertical cane 2)Side to side, first horizontal cane 3)Second back to front, slightly to right of step 1 4)Second side to side (weaving starts here) 5)Diagonal(upper back left to lower front right) 6)Second diagonal(upper back left to lower front right) 7)Border
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly!
Show and Tell
Skip W –shows a sea scape from photographs taken, he carves fish, sponge with lacquer many coats and add stone coral
Manny F– shows bowls from a cherry tree that had to be taken down, bowls show the strain that the tree was under but he wanted to save something from that tree, many cracks and holes that needed to be filled and the wood was much thicker when he started.
Tom R– shows pepper grinders and bowl
Tim J– shows maple bowl, walnut bowl
Anna U-shows bowls using various woods-mahogany, douglas fir and an old vinegar vat, co-production
Rick M-shows a natural edge bowl turned in November and finished in December.
Will W-provides a thank you letter from Sandy Harnman VP of Development with Howard County General Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine for the HCWG donations of wooden fire trucks, cars and cradles to the Children’s Center and shows the toys for tots pulley
Exotic Lumber Inc. – in Gaithersburg (240) 632-0385) has over 110 species of lumber in stock as well as cabinet plywood, veneers, Amana router bits, pen and turning blanks. Complete millwork shop. Present your HCWG membership card at time of purchase for a 10% discount.
Exotic Lumber of Annapolis has moved to Whitehall Rd, Exit 31-B on US-50. This is about 2 miles from the Bay Bridge. Do not take Exit 31-A; use Exit 31-B, just past a shopping Center. Turn Right off US-50 and go to the first building on the right.
Freestate Timbers of Timonium ((410) 561-9444) is now offering a 10% discount when you show your membership card.
Hardwoods Inc at 2 Worman’s Mill CT. in Frederick, MD stocks exotic and domestic lumber, plywood and veneers and now offers HCWG discounts on all in stock materials as follows; 10% off on all lumber, turning stock, finishes and hardware. 10% off of all Amana router bits and blades that list for $75.00 and under and 20% off of those that list for over $75.00. 5% off on all plywood and veneer products. All machinery and tools are sold @ minimum advertised which is set by Jet, Powermatic and Kreg jig, we honor those prices and no further discounts are available unless offered by the manufacturer. Special orders, millwork and marked down items are excluded. If you are looking for something really special give them a try. Ph 301-668-9663. www.hardwoodsincorporated.com
Hicksville Planing Mill 14464 Hicksville Road, Clear Spring, MD 21722 Robert Miller (301) 842-3474 Open Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri, 7:30-5:00 Sat 7:30-12:00 Closed Thurs, Sun.
Millwork Outlet has surplus molding, railing, columns, and miscellaneous wood products at inexpensive prices. They are now located at 2200 Severn Street, Baltimore City.(Located near Route 95 & Washington Blvd..) Phone (410) 355-3426
Chesapeake Promotional Products 1430 Progress Way, Suite 106 in Eldersburg, MD 21784.They have the HCWG logo on file that can be used on hats or shirts. Phone (410) 552-6667, email: email@example.com.
World of Hardwood gives all HCWG members a 10% discount on purchases up to $100 and 20% for orders over $100. You need to present your HCWG membership card at the time of purchase.
Timberline Farm Sawmill 13000 Old Frederick Rd, Sykesville, MD Hardwoods: Cherry, Oak, Walnut, Hickory, Elm, Poplar and others. Phone (410)707-0158.
HCWG Library Items
A list of the Guild’s DVDs by title and number has been sent to all members by email or you can check them out on the web site. If you want to check out an item, contact Bud Nuessle.
For Sale/Wanted by HCWG Members
Note: Ads will appear for 3 months unless cancelled sooner or an extension is requested. Number in ( ) indicates appearances. See or contact Nita Radtke.
| President: Rick Munzer (410) 489-6723Vice President: Mike Carski (410) 381-5322
Treasurer: Manny Flecker (410) 997-0879
Secretary: Nita Radtke (443) 676-7805
| Committees Chairmen:Membership – Bud Nuessle (410) 465-6210
Program – Brian Graham (410) 788-6992
Shop Coordinator- Wayne Austin (410) 730-0613
Show – Joel LaFerrierre (301) 854-0397
Sawdust Editor – Nita Radtke (443) 676-7805
Committees are as follows:
Membership – maintains a guild membership manual of all active members.
Program – coordinates programs for the monthly meetings, special programs and seminars.
Education – puts together information for the how-to manual and coordinates classes.
Show – coordinates setting up a booth at shows and fairs.
Sawdust Editor – assembles, writes and distributes HCWG monthly newsletter
Shop Coordinator – oversees overall activities in the shop, qualifies and schedules shop monitors and serves as the point of contact with the Bain Center Staff for shop related matters.
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