Sunday
Nov172013

 

Is it cold enough for everyone? Growing up in the mountains of Pennsylvania, march­ing in both band & Idrum corps, wearing a school uniform that consisted of a skirt, I always thought I was immune to cold. I guess I have been in NC too long. I am cold!!! Time to get out the heated mattress pad.

My little shop is coming along. I have recently added more machinery and a bunch of wood which has caused an instant space issue. I am designing a wood rack that will attach to the wall and am utilizing the rafter space for items that just need storage - a place to be. After several hours of arrang­ing the shop and organizing tools on my peg board, it is now obvious that progress is being made. I was able to finish the day by making a couple of shelves for the house without having to move one tool/saw to use another. That was awesome.

Several members who have not been attending our monthly meetings have expressed interest in joining us. The problem they are having in coming however is that they need to car pool. For many different reasons such as getting older, eyesight issues at night, our deer population at this time of year, and cost of gas on fixed incomes are just a few. It would be great if folks could connect and work out bringing these members with you when you come. I know that we have a need in the Creed­moor and Wake Forest areas. If you live in either of these areas or close to them and would be willing to help a fellow member get to a few meetings -- please let me or Kay Baker know.

Thanksgiving free patterns suitable for carving, woodburning (pyrography), intarsia or scrollsaw ideas. This free woodworking plans and projects infor­mation is a good source for cornu­copia, pumpkin, Puritan and other related Thanksgiving Day patterns.

Jim Barry's WoodworkersWorkshop.com

"Not what we say about our bless­ings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiv­ing."

Till next time...

Saturday
Oct262013

I was thrilled with our last meeting. You guys were speaking up with some really good ideas and asking questions during Jim's presentation. It was great, I loved it, and it is exactly what should be happening. We gather together to learn, learning requires questions, suggestions, and intrigue. It was AWESOME.

I do feel that I need to apologize to Jim as the start of our meeting took much longer than anticipated and I felt like we may have cut into his presentation time. If you missed our meeting you missed a very impressive presentation by Jim Oleson. Thank You so much Jim for your patience and it appeared you were able to complete your presentation but I do apologize if I cut you short with the many items covered at our start.

My new mini shop is coming along. I have built another smaller and shorter bench for holding my machinery at a usable height. Organization has become a challenge. I am learning to use every inch of available space. Hanging my smaller tools has become like an art form. I hate to see what happens when a tool is missing because it was not returned to its proper spot on the wall. Organization in the shop is a new concept for me as all of you who have ever been to a T4T workshop at our place in Creedmoor. I will have to take some photo's when I a done to prove I can do it!!!

My last item for this month is not a fun item for me as I do not do well with what can be considered negative things. My returning to leadership of the club is to help in returning it to the best club for woodworkers in North Carolina and to make other States jealous of what we offer. In doing so we are trying new things and shaking things up. Sometimes when you wake a sleeping giant you do not always get the best results. We are planning on the best results. While there have not been many negative comments there have been one or two. Here is my thing -- I do not mind a complaint but what I would like is if you have a complaint please bring it to me, however, along with your complaint bring me a reso­lution as well. Then we have some­thing to talk about.

TWA is an awesome club, it has had great leaders, it is a sleeping giant right now which needs us all to wake her up and get her moving again...

Till next time...

 

Saturday
Sep142013

 

I was wondering what to write as my first president’s message. It is really a daunting task when you have not done it in a few years. I thought of the many reasons that I decided to return to the presidential podium. My first run 15 years ago was the idea of Dan Cameron who thought my energy was just what the club needed. I am not even sure I agreed to be president before it was “too late”, the gavel came down and I was it. A few great men formally called the Board of Directors took me under their protective wings and taught me all I needed to know. cough…cough…ha…ha!! They called me “kiddo” and made me feel welcome. They laughed at me when I was nervous, cried with me when we lost a member, helped implement plans for new ideas we wanted to explore, and they showed me that TWA is much more than an association. Becoming involved with this club is one of the best decisions I have made in my lifetime. I enjoyed my years then and I plan to do the same this time. I look forward to what is to come and getting to know all of you. I am terrible with names so please wear your name badges, that will help me out a great deal.
    My focus is on membership, our numbers are low and it concerns me. We all want to have big name speakers but without membership to add to the kitty that is just not in our future. Jeff and his team have already secured some awesome meetings for the next year, I for one am very excited. We now need all of you to bring a friend or two, also bring a chair to be sure we have seating for all.
    I have mentioned in recent months that my husband and I are currently taking care of his Mother who has had some tremendous heath scares recently. As she is unable to be on her own at this time we have relocated to Wilson, NC. That means that I am far away from my shop. I do have a small building here that I am currently turning into a quaint woodshop for myself. Anyone who was at the first Toys for Tots at our shop in Creedmoor a few weeks ago also knows that my lovely Mother does not want me anywhere near power tools because of my clotting disorder. She tries ahrd to make it very difficult for me to turn on a saw. It is nice to be loved but hard to steal a scroll saw from under her nose. Last weekend my husband took off to play golf and while the men were playing golf I built a 2’x4’x40” bench for my new shop!!! It felt great to be using my tools and creating something useful again. I have not lost my touch. I also have my scroll saw here and am getting back into the swing of things with it. I am being very careful…I promise. I even taught my 5 year old grandson how to use a palm sander. During the past few years that I have been fighting the illness I suffer from, I have truly missed the craft which I hold so dear. If you have not been in your shops in a while, go buy a few 2x4’s and create something simple for your home or your shop, you will be amazed how much better it will make you feel. Next up for me are some shelves in our bedroom closet and then toy making for our beloved Toys for Tots program.
With a huge amount of things going on over the next few months be sure to keep your newsletter at hand and check the web for any new updates. Roger (our webmaster and my husband) will be making some changes and updates soon.

Till next time...


Thursday
Aug152013

Steve's Shavings for August 2013

Where were you on Saturday, July 20, 2013, from 6:30-8:30? If you were not at the special Toys 4 Tots Pig Picking organized by T4T Chair Fred Ford with BBQ pork and all the fixings provided by Pete Hodges in Bond Pard, Cary, NC you missed a most special occasion. Many thanks to Fred, Pete, and others who helped setup, provide desserts, Show & Tell, and cleanup. Maybe this should become a TWA/T4T tradition?

Schedule of Upcoming TWA Events
August 20, 2013, Tuesday @ 7-9PM--TWA Regular meeting at Klingspor & Election of New Board Members
August 22, 2013, Thursday @ 7-9PM--TWA Board of Directors & Committee Chair Meeting at home of Fred Ford, 902 Queensferry Rd., Cary, (TWA Members welcome) Election of Officers, Budget Review, Program Planning and other business
DUES ARE NOW DUE for FY 2013-2014, see Kay Baker to renew your membership.

Woodworking at Oshkosh AirVenture 2013
One item that has been on my bucket list for decades has been to travel to Oshkosh, WI for the internationally famous EAA (Experimental Aircraft Association) AirVenture. During the last week of July and first week of August, 2013 I was able to travel over 2300 miles in our, new to us, motor home to AirVenture (#60) 2013. Oshkosh is truly the Mecca for any aircraft and flying enthusiast. For eight days we dry camped in the world’s largest (200 acres) temporary campground (Camp Scholler) and watched thousands of every type of aircraft imaginable land at the world’s busiest airport. What does all this have to do with woodworking?
    The original Wright Flyer Aeroplane structure was constructed of wood as were many other aircraft from the biplanes of the barnstorming era to the famous Hughes Aircraft “Spruce Goose” that continues to be one of the world’s largest airplane. [Note: The “Spruce Goose” was constructed mostly of birch.] I’m sure many will remember putting together and throwing a balsam wood toy plane kit in our youth. Even today, one can obtain plans to build an experimental aircraft from wood. While attending AirVenture, I was able to take in some workshops on using wood when building an aircraft.
    

    My first stop was at The Acro Sports, Inc. display and construction demonstration. I have always been fond of biplanes and now I have a favorite; The Acro II, an open cockpit aerobatic two seater biplane that is constructed of chromoly steel, spruce, and fabric with a laminated maple prop. It turns out that the Acro Sports Biplanes were designed by EAA founder and long time president, Paul H. Poberezny. Spruce is used to give the fuselage graceful lines and to construct the spars and ribs used in the wings.
    Why has Sitka Spruce become the preferred wood used in aircraft construction? There are multiple reasons including: light weight and high strength (high strength to weight ratio), very uniform, reasonably available, easy to form and shape, ability to handle bending loads during aerobatics, and it resists fatigue better than metal. Aircraft grade Sitka Spruce is less plentiful today and some aircraft builders substitute Douglas Fir, White Pine, and Western Hemlock. However, since these substitute woods have different strength and weight properties, design adjustments are required. Wood used in aircraft construction usually must comply with Mil-Spec-6073. Aircraft wood must be; free and clear of any defects, contain at least 6 rings per inch, straight grained, and quarter sawn.
    While attending a wood wing spar workshop, I found it quite interesting that almost exclusively, the preferred or recommended adhesive for joining and laminating is System Three T-88 Structural Epoxy Adhesive that is readily available from most woodworking suppliers. T-88 is a two part epoxy with good adhesion; unaffected by water, oil, gas, and most chemicals; immune to fungus and rot; cures without shrinking; requires light clamping pressure; and remains non-brittle. Gussets, cut from 1/16 inch baltic birch plywood, are applied to reinforce all wood joints using T-88. Strips of wood required for bending are simply soaked in a water bucket overnight and clamped in a wooden form until dry.
    Tools typically used include; bandsaw, belt and disc sander, snips/knife, many small clamps, and lots of patience. I found it quite amazing to see teenagers and adults alike building wooden spars during the EAA workshops. Seems wood is still being used and to some, the preferred method of aircraft construction.
    It was most interesting to observe the construction and shaping of wooden propellers. Wooden props are typically made from 1/16 inch laminated maple and shaped using a bandsaw, spokeshaves, and various sanders that follow patterns developed decades ago. Not once did I observe the use of a handplane when constructing the parts of a plane, go figure. Of course there are many more stories about the 2300 mile trip to Oshkosh, WI but I will save that for later.

Thanks!
It has been an honor to serve as your TWA President for the past year and I look forward to continuing to serve TWA as a board member. Due to a scheduling and travel conflict, I will be unable to attend the August TWA Regular Meeting or the Board of Directors Meeting but Jeff Leimberger, V. P., will provide most able leadership at these upcoming meetings.
    I will continue to contribute an occasional TWA Newsletter article entitled “Members Corner.” There are two article almost complete and if you would like to participate, please let me know.
    As always your comments, suggestions, and recommendations are welcome; just send me an email: stevejsteinbeck@gmail.com.

Now let’s get busy making some wood shavings.
President: Steve Steinbeck

Tuesday
Jul092013

Steve's Shavings in May

APRIL TWA MEETING: Thanks to all the TWA Members and guests who attended the April 16, 2013, meeting where we were rewarded with an engaging presentation on ‘Infill Plane Making’ by Tom Calisto, owner of Windward Woodworks in Chapel Hill. Also, a special thanks for those members who helped raise almost $200 by bidding on donated tools and new Irwin Marples Woodworking Saw Blades.  The money raised with these auctions, conducted by Pete Bucki, help defray the costs of Toys 4 Tots supplies.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING: On April 17, 2013, your Board of Directors and many of the Committee Chairs met at the home of TWA Treasurer, Hugh Fish in Cary. Ten board members and committee chair members participated in discussing a wide range of topics. First on the agenda was the ever important program for the coming year. If you have suggestions, please share them with Jeff Liemberger, Vice President. Some suggested programs included; hand finishing, pyrography, antique tools, Old Salem woodworking, hand planes, and national speakers such as Garrett Hack or Will Neptune. Please let Jeff know your preferences. Kay Baker reported that she is planning the Book Expo for TWA Members at the August 20, 2013 meeting. Kay will be working with Jeff and Roger Philyaw on upgrading our membership software for enhanced efficiency. Extra efforts will be made to keep the TWA Online Calendar up to date with Association activities. The BOD also approved a T4T/TWA RAFFLE of up to $300 with either a gift certificate or woodworking tool to be conducted by Pete Bucki. Let Pete know if you prefer a gift certificate to Klingspor or a special tool. Fred Ford has completed plans for the TWA/T4T pig pickin’ at the Cary Bond Park, Kiwanis Shelter on Saturday, July 20, 2013. Mark your calendars to attend this special meeting that will include some extraordinary “Show & Tell” by TWA Members. Finally, Fred Ford was appointed Chair of the Nominating Committee that includes; Pete Bucki and Joe Gorman. Please see one of these Nominating Committee members to volunteer in making TWA better.

LEG VISE WORKSHOP: What has one leg, a large fly wheel, a long Acme screw, can grip boards with robust force, and weighs approximately 30-35 pounds?  You guessed right, it is the venerable leg vise redesigned by TWA member, Mike Payst. Thanks to Mike, 6 more TWA members went home with a “must have” accessory for any woodworking bench. This was Mike’s second leg vise workshop and both were held at Cecil Raynor’s shop. Cecil also shared his woodturning skills by assisting the workshop participants in final turning and embellishing their fly wheel. If you are interested in building the Mike Payst design leg vise, talk with Mike and he may schedule another workshop.  
WOODWORKING SAFETY DAY, May 1, 2013: While May 1 has past it is never too late to work wood safety. For some outstanding woodworking safety links, go to: www.thewoodwhisperer.com/woodworking-safety-day/ . Remember, it is your responsibility to practice safe woodworking everyday.

NEXT TWA MEETING, May 21, 2013: Please join us at the May TWA Regular meeting when Bruce Bradford from Winston-Salem will discuss his Maloff influenced furniture design. As always, plaese bring a friend who shares our passion for woodworking.

Now ~~ let’s go make some shavings~~
President: Steve Steinbeck