He brought in 11 duck call turnings made from various different woods. All but one were polished.
A pine? bowl with buffed finish
Ken with his buffing wheels
Automobile buffing machine and paste
Ken also brought in four powered buffing tools, three stationary and one hand held automobile buffing machine that he uses on large surfaces. He sands only up to
240 grit sandpaper before buffing. The entire
buffing process takes him about 20 minutes to complete - much faster than traditional wet finishes. He typically buffs smaller wood pieces that can be hand held.
Buffing involves three compounds - tripoli, white diamond and carnuba wax. A different buffing wheel is used for each step. He noted that pieces can be buffed
either before or after applying finish, although he finds that he gets a slightly glossier effect by buffing last.
After a short break, Ken talked about hearing protection and the noise levels for all the power tools in his shop. He found typical sound level values in Fine Woodworking
magazine. He mentioned that iPhone users can get an app that turns their phone into a sound level meter. Look for Decibel Measurement, Decibel X Pro, and others in
the App Store. Ken keeps two external earmuff style hearing protectors in his shop, one for himself and one for his wife who occasionally helps him in the shop. When
purchasing hearing protection, look for sound attenuation values of 25dB or more.
Ken also talked about dust collection and the process of figuring out what size dust collector and what size ducts you need for your shop. Different power tools require
different CFM levels. He bought an anemometer for measuring airspeed at each duct to make sure he had sufficient airflow per the recommended CFM for each tool. He is
willing to lend the anemometer to anyone who would like to borrow it.
Jon Kaplan and Bruce Powell presented items for the challenge.
Jon brought in a flower shaped piece he made using short sections of molding that he glued and
shaped and then hot melt glued together.
The short sections making up the stem.
The stem cross section made from 3 pieces of beaded molding
Bruce made a controversial piece that stood about eight feet tall.
There was much "tongue-in-cheek" discussion as to what it
might be and it was finally revealed
that it was an articulated stand for displaying a stuffed animal.
Explaining the intricacies of his multi-jointed construction
Bruce in in his best Richard lll style
Jon Kaplan brought in a beautiful walnut side table he made at a weekend workshop at the Maloof Foundation in Southern California.
Harry Filer showed us a small toolbox he had made and a treasure chest from Frank Taylor that were being considered as possible future projects
for the toy workshop.
Jim Koren: Veneer cutting
BAWA newsletter highlights - March, 1989
Western Plastics will be hosting the March meeting. They'll demonstrate fabrication techniques using their laminate and solid surface countertop materials. Refreshments
will be served.
The door prizes at the February meeting were a big hit and so will be repeated in March. Only paid up members will be eligible.
After four months, Norma Brooks is still looking for help with the newsletter. She needs a staff of three "BAWAnians" to coordinate the mailing list, coordinate
advertising, and get the newsletter printed and distributed.
Work on the Larkin Street Youth Center is almost complete. The group was able to do an estimated $100,000 worth of work for a mere $15,000! The last phase of the
remodel, a new staircase, classroom and counselors' offices starts now. Project coordinator Peter de Goey includes a detailed list of activities to be completed over
the next five weekends.
During the February meeting, Don Segale gave a demonstration of his new Cabinetware computer design system (Remember - this was 1989). It can draw out a floor plan,
lets you insert a vast inventory of different cabinet shapes and sizes, and prints out a 3D view of the design at any desired angle. When the design is complete,
"with the push of a button a full cut list is spit out." This really was the dawn of the age of CAD for the trades.
The newsletter included the third in a series of articles by Peter Good about his experiences on the woodworking show circuit. This month he relates his observations
about the state of woodworking (professional and hobbyist) in various cities around the country based on show attendance, purchases, and interest in seminars. Apparently
woodworking is suffering in Portland, Kansas City, Boston, Denver, New Jersey, and Rochester, NY. It's thriving in Seattle, Pennsylvania, Dallas, Chicago, Detroit,
Milwaukee, and Tampa. And he makes the interesting observation that nobody buys books in Kansas City.
In the Letter from the President, Keven Seger once again put out the call for more members to participate in the various committees and to run/sponsor activities. He
sounded pretty desperate. I guess some things never change.