Sept 2008 Volume 20 No. 1 The Great Sharpening Debate drafting for woodturning The E GUILD OF TH E WO O HIR DW W HA MPS OR K E R S NE • • Founded 1990 www.gnhw.org The Newsletter of the Guild of New Hampshire Woodworkers surface preparation • book reviews • tool review fantastic flip stop • going pro • inlay a simple box Sept 13 Period Furniture curly maple cedar of lebanon bottom panel Sept 14 Luthiers - New Date photo by Dean Powell Sept 20 Annual Meeting Sept 27 GSWT Oct 4 BIG Oct 11 Hand Tools Oct 18 Small Meetings Nov 8 Period Furniture Nov 15 Guild Meeting Nov 16 Luthiers Nov 22 GSWT Dec 6 BIG Jan 10 Period Furniture Jan 18 Luthiers Jan 24 GSWT Feb 7 BIG Feb 21 Guild Meeting Mar 14 Period Furniture Mar 15 Luthiers Mar 21 Guild Small Meetings Mar 28 GSWT Apr 4 BIG Apr 18 Guild Meeting Jere Osgood May 9 May 16 May 17 Period Furniture Symposium - Tentative Luthiers Blanket Chest president’s message by Dave Anderson The Guild Experience I t has been traditional for guild presidents to take their last Old Saw column and give thanks to the many Frankly, it can’t be done without errors and omissions, so I’m going to take the easy and cowardly way out. I might be your ticket. Elsewhere in this issue you will see officers, Steering Committee members, would like to thank each and every a report of our success at Sunapee this and others who have made meaningful one of you who have contributed time, year. The money raised by the raffle will contributions during their term of auction and raffle items, and your skills keep our scholarship strong and support office. to make us a successful organization our efforts. The level of participation Following this tradition has become these past two years. Your hundreds of this year exceeded all previous years and more difficult for each president as the days of volunteerism make us what we at one point on the last Saturday we had years have passed and the guild has are. I truly appreciate the assistance nine simultaneous demonstrations going. grown. We are no longer a group of and support you have given me. I’ve With all this activity, we are reaching the 100-150 meeting in a member’s shop thoroughly enjoyed my time as president point where our 20 foot x 40 foot tent five times per years and perhaps running and yet I am looking forward to passing is becoming very crowded. May such a single symposium or other event. We the job along to someone else. happy problems continue for years. have been over 500 strong for more As many of you know, I have wanted The annual meeting this year will than two years now and with Sunapee, for a long time to start a hand tools feature a Guild first. As part of the our special interest group meetings, special interest group in the guild day, we will have a cookout run by the symposia, the reintroduction of Wood devoted to choosing, using , maintaining, YMCA for us at the bargain rate of $7 Days at Dave Emerson’s, and the regular making, and collecting human powered per person. The annual auction as always, meetings, there are now over 38 days tools. This fall, as someone else takes over is your chance to recycle. Donate your each year when we are active. Each the responsibilities of president, I will unused items and spare lumber and of these events requires at least one have time to realize that goal. Elsewhere replace it with something new at a organizer and a number of volunteers to in this issue of The Old Saw you will see bargain price. take on various other tasks. How does the notice for an organizational meeting I look forward to seeing you all on one thank this great group of people of the hand tools group. If you have an Saturday, September 20 at YMCA without slighting someone by leaving interest in any aspect of hand tools such Camp Lincoln. their name out of the list? as rehabilitation, use, or collecting, this Steering Committee President Dave Anderson 603-887-6267 firstname.lastname@example.org SubGroups Vice President David Frechette 802-633-2561 email@example.com BIG Bob LaCivita 603-942-1240 firstname.lastname@example.org Secretary Caleb Dietrich 603-556-1629 email@example.com Granite State Woodturners Jon Siegel 603-768-5882 firstname.lastname@example.org Treasurer Peter James 603-435-8133 email@example.com Luthier John Whiteside 603-679-5443 firstname.lastname@example.org At Large Peter Breu 603-647-2327 email@example.com Period Furniture Mike Noel 603-744-3821 firstname.lastname@example.org At Large Jon Siegel 603-768-5882 email@example.com Period Furniture John Faro 603-968-9800 firstname.lastname@example.org At Large Bob LaCivita 603-942-1240 email@example.com At Large John Whiteside 603-679-5443 firstname.lastname@example.org At Large Ed Orecchio 603-542-0322 email@example.com Volunteer Positions At Large Mike Noel 603-744-3821 firstname.lastname@example.org Books Tony Immorlica 603-673-9629 email@example.com At Large John Faro 603-968-9800 firstname.lastname@example.org Membership DJ Delorie 603-463-5996 email@example.com Old Saw Editor Jim Seroskie 603-673-2123 firstname.lastname@example.org Old Saw Mailing Syd Lorandeau 603-542-5295 slorandeau@verizon. net Past President Roger Myers 603-773-9634 email@example.com Shirts/Hats Peter James 603-435-8133 firstname.lastname@example.org Programs Sal Morgani 603-772-1006 email@example.com Small Meetings Ed Orecchio 603-542-0322 firstname.lastname@example.org Sunapee Co-Coordinator Mike Noel 603-744-3821 email@example.com Scholarship Committee Sunapee Co-Coordinator John Faro 603-968-9800 firstname.lastname@example.org Chairman Peter Breu 603-647-2327 email@example.com Video Librarian John Pitrone 603-894-5893 firstname.lastname@example.org Member David Frechette 802-633-2561 email@example.com Video Recording Peter Bloch 603-526-6152 firstname.lastname@example.org Member Ed Bartlett 603-364-5242 email@example.com Web Master DJ Delorie 603-463-5996 firstname.lastname@example.org — Please send all applications to Peter Breu, Selection Committee Chair In addition, Peter Bloch and Bob Jarrett are non-voting members The Guild of New Hampshire Woodworkers – Bringing together the diverse interests of the New Hampshire woodworking community. “The Old Saw” is published five times per year. To join the Guild, go to www.gnhw.org and click on “Membership “ to download an application form. 2 The Guild of New Hampshire Woodworkers announcements Let’s start by getting there early so Sept 20th, 2008 we can setup auction items so people Directions can look them over. YMCA Camp Lincoln Auction – We all have some of those Annual Meeting tools we were always going to need • From I-93 to 101 East to Rt 125 South. but never do. Why not turn these into • Head south on Rt 125 for 6.7 miles. Garrett Hack to give featured talk… cash for the Guild Scholarship Fund. As At traffic lights turn right onto Main “How to Work Effectively and Efficiently” usual, the main man will be Jon Siegel Street. whose only request is, “No firearms or • Go 0.8 mile, turn right onto SPC 4 hazardous waste” and I will take it from David Bunker Street. I t is that time of year again. The Annual Meeting this year is in Kingston, NH at the YMCA Camp Lincoln. This is a there! Seating – There is plenty of picnic tables for all to have a seat but if you • At stop sign, go straight across to Rockrimmon Road • Go 0.9 mile and turn left onto Ball great site for a meeting and worth the need a back rest, please bring your own Street for 0.6 mile. trip just to look around. chair. • Turn left onto the road that leads to We will try to hold to the following You will notice as you walk in, there Camp Lincoln YMCA Camp – There is a schedule: is a chair we could all fit into but it is large Camp Lincoln sign. • 9:00 - 11:00 Auction in the hot sun, and it is going to be a • The drop off area for auction items • 11:00 - 12:00 Business Meeting Sunny day. If not, we got it covered so and people who have trouble walking • 12:00 - 1:00 Lunch show up rain or shine. is in front of the Office Building. There • 1:00 - 3:00 Demonstration Parking – Please do not park in front is a large parking area off to the left of the office building. Parking is off to before reaching the area in front of the left prior to the office area, plenty of the Office Building. room. Fire laws! • Custom directions at Lunch – You can bring your own www.ymcacamplincoln.org lunch or for $7.00 the camp staff will be cooking hot dogs and burgers, chips, the country, Canada and beyond, and veggies, cookies and soda. I can handle is former chairman of The Furniture that! Help out the YMCA. Masters. Garrett has also been a regular contributor to The Old Saw. Demonstration – The gods were with Garrett Hack is this year’s speaker at Annual Meeting us and we have the good luck of having “How to Work Effectively and Efficiently” – Garrett Hack doing the demo. Garrett’s talk will look at some ideas Garrett Hack is a furnituremaker, and ways to improve your work habits to author, and woodworking teacher do better work, probably more quickly from Thetford Center, Vermont, where and enjoyably, and certainly make fewer he also runs a small homestead farm. dumb mistakes.This might be as simple as Internationally known, his work and learning and then using a good marking Federal inspired brick shop have been out system, or understanding the many featured in numerous magazines and advantages of a speedy story stick over a books. He is a contributing editor at ruler. Through some short demos Garrett Fine Woodworking and has written two will illustrate the efficiency and accuracy books, The Handplane Book and Classic of hand tools and how they fit into the Hand Tools. Garrett spends about a balance between working by hand and third of his time teaching throughout machine. – Syd Lorandeau Scholarship saw a huge increase in requests and in monies given out. For the first time in the NH Furniture Masters as well as the Luthiers subgroup. With the size of Committee Report the history of the program, more money the Guild now, and the continued funds was distributed than collected. However, coming from the Sunapee Fair, auction T his was a very significant year for the Guild’s scholarship program. With twelve individual grants, three large with the accumulated funds we are in no danger of running out and look forward to another year of increased requests. at the annual meeting as well as funds from the Turning Symposium, the Guild should be able to make annual grants and the first of the Jack Grube Highlights include supporting a grants totaling approximately $6,000. – educational grants, the committee high school shop program, supporting Peter Breu chair Scholarship Committee The Guild of New Hampshire Woodworkers 3 announcements Oct 11th, 2008 Oct 18th, 2008 New SubGroup October Small Meetings Hand Tools Group Organizational Meeting W e have four small meetings lined up for October 18, 2008. They are diverse and quite exciting. can accommodate seven participants for the hands-on and another five to watch. He will demonstrate sharpening and if you have your own tools, please bring to I f you are interested in any aspect of hand tools, you will be interested in this new guild special interest group. John Whiteside will be presenting Guitar Building Techniques and their application to other woodworking sharpen. Grant, who lives in South Acworth NH, will offer this workshop from The vision for this group is to provide projects. In his own words, “You won’t 10:00am-2:00pm. a forum for discussion, the exchange of be building a guitar in this meeting, but information, and demonstrations and you will learn enough to decide whether DJ Delorie is going to dazzle us with training in the use of hand tools. or not you want to. Furthermore, guitar some computer wizardry. He is going How we focus the group and where building employs a lot of techniques and to unravel Google Sketchup, which is a we place most of the emphasis is skills that have application to other sorts Free downloadable program for the dependent on the interests and desires of woodworking and I shall emphasize construction of woodworking and of the guild members who attend this these. architectural projects. This download first meeting. If you are interested and John will go through an overview is available to any of you that have a want input, you need to show up for the of the entire building process, from computer with an internet connection. first meeting. wood selection to finishing, stopping And remember, the download really is There are a number of topics and to elaborate on aspects and techniques Free. This workshop will go over how to potential areas of concentration that of interest to the group. These might navigate this program and produce your immediately come to mind. include (depending on the group’s favorite project in three dimensions. For the user or person who wants preferences) choosing quarter sawn Please note – you will not need a to learn how to use or improve their wood, surfacing highly figured wood, computer the day of this workshop, nor hand tool skills potential topics include resawing, bookmatching, dealing with will you need to have downloaded the – selecting a new or used tool, tuning curves, heat bending, inlay, achieving program prior to the workshop in order and fettling your purchase, new vs used, 1/1000th of an inch accuracy with hand tools, to take part. choosing a basic tool kit, and what tools how sharp is sharp enough, properties DJ lives in Deerfield, NH and can can replace power tools. A couple of of unusual woods such as holly, ebony, accommodate twelve people for this others areas to explore are instruction Paulo Escrito, and Indian rosewood. workshop. This workshops hours will be in using everything from spokeshaves to We will also consider making forms from 10:00am-2:00pm. molding planes and even the making of and jigs, when and when not to use your own tools. various glues (such as Titebond, hide Steve Fourcier, the owner of Tru-Cut There are also options for those glue, fish glue, epoxy, and superglue), Sharpening Company, located in interested in collecting hand tools such scarf joints, unusual table saw techniques, Charlestown, NH, will demonstrate a as focusing on brands, how to value a hiding gaps and flaws, pore filling, a look variety of Sharpening Techniques. He tool, history of particular types of tools, at the latest water based lacquer, and a will cover carbide saw sharpening and cleaning and storing your tools. few comments on the most important and retoothing, handsaw sharpening, These are only a few samples of ideas topic of all (to me) which is the correct setting & retoothing, planer & chisel that come to mind immediately. If you mental attitude with which to approach sharpening, saw geometry, tensioning have other thoughts or potential area of difficult and demanding woodworking and straightening, grinder wheel interest to explore, please voice them at projects.” applications & maintenance, and hand the meeting. John lives in Fremont, NH. He sharpening tricks and tips. The first organizational meeting will will offer this workshop from Steve can accommodate up to twelve be Saturday, October 11 from 9:00am 9:00am-12:00pm. people for his workshop. The hours will until noon at Dave Anderson’s shop be from 10:00am-1:00pm. at 146 Jennifer Drive in Chester, NH. Grant Taylor will be presenting a Contact Dave for directions and to Carving Workshop for seven hands-on So that I may sign you up for the register for the first meeting. participants. He will use inset letter workshop of your choice and give you Dave Anderson: 603-887-6267 or email at carving to introduce carving to those specific driving directions, please contact email@example.com interested individuals. Emphasis will me at one of the following: be on the stop cut and other techniques Ed Orecchio: firstname.lastname@example.org or at which apply to carving in general. He my home phone of 603-542-0322 4 The Guild of New Hampshire Woodworkers book reviews by Joe Barry The Craftsman Richard Sennett. Yale University Press. 2008. $27.50 T he crafts revival is over half a century old and has a rich literary tradition. Unfortunately, it would appear that and products we get the musings of philosophers who watched work but did not participate except in long 10,000 hour rule. It takes about 10,000 hours of Sociology Professor Richard Sennett is scholarly missives. I was reminded of practice to become expert at anything: unaware of that rich tradition. Instead, an office sign I was given by one of my athletics, music, or craft. My experience he lives up to the undergraduate canard ergonomics clients: “I love work. I could would support this conclusion. To about the “fuzzy studies” department sit and watch it all day”. Or, better yet: philosopher’s such as the author there is in colleges and takes the reader for yet “Those that can, do. an underlying and revolutionary subtext another ride through the thoughts of I enjoy a book with deep scholarly to Diderot’s Encyclopedia. He interprets “dead white men”. The Greeks and the detail and amusing factoids similar to Diderot to be contrasting the “honest philosophers of the Enlightenment are James Burke’s Connections. In fact I work” of the craftsman with the wasteful the core of this rambling and inconclusive am a great fan of Thomas Pynchon and indolent life of the aristocracy. book. Rather than the reflective, broad, (Gravity’s Rainbow), and Michael Interesting point, but certainly not what worldview of contemporary craftsmen Ondaatje (The English Patient) in which I would consider central to Diderot’s that includes the Oriental approaches to the author maintains the literary tension masterpiece. craft, Sennett through continued partial revelation and I will close with a quote from the remains firmly non-linear story telling. However, in book that would best summarize it to the rooted to the Sennett’s case I believe this book to be potential reader:“Such ambivalence about Eurocentric an unorganized hash that never comes the man-made has shaped the fortunes past. to a conclusion. It just sort of peters of the craftsman. History has conducted Instead of out… In some ways it felt like I was something like a set of experiments in a book about reading a pile of 3x5 cards with notes formulating the craftsman’s images as the craftsman for a book that had yet to be organized drudge, slave, worthy Christian, avatar and his into a coherent order. of the Enlightenment, doomed relic of re l a t i on s h i p There were a few nuggets worth the pre-industrial past.” to his tools, digging for through this mill tailings materials, of a book. One was the concept of the Squaring the Circle: Geometry in Art and Architecture Paul A. Calter. Key College Publishing. 2008. $89.95 T his was a serendipitous discovery in my local bookstore. It was displayed in the window with the other local Ever since my second attempt at Geometry (which involved a football coach bouncing me off a wall and telling to dive into the chapter of authors and dragged me into the store me “Barry, you can and you will learn interest to buy their only copy. Paul Calter is a this stuff!”), I have had a fascination for without Professor of Mathematics Emeritus at the use of geometry in constructing and having to Vermont Technical College and a visiting describing the world. This volume just have read scholar at Dartmouth College. He has replaced about two feet of bookshelf all the spent several years pulling together this space in my library. It clearly describes previous book as a textbook (thus the price!) for many of the mathematical concepts material interdisciplinary courses in the use of used by modern woodworkers: the in the geometry in art and architecture. It is Golden Section for proportion; the book. Plus, profusely illustrated and written for a Fibonacci sequence for sizing drawer for you DaVinci Code fans out there, reader that may not be fluent in math. progressions; geometric constructions he also has an appendix on the use of Plus, in keeping with the needs of the for chip carving and inlay stringing; lay- number symbolism in Western art. college age student it has a web site that out and development of complex shapes Believe it or not, this is a math book can be accessed using a code in each for furniture; and much more. Best of that is an enjoyable read! I recommend volume. all, it is written in a way that allows you it without reservation. The Guild of New Hampshire Woodworkers 5 Write to email@example.com with your questions 6 Q Free Wood – If an arborist offers you free wood, under what conditions is it worth doing? bowl blanks can check relatively quickly if left untreated. Bottom line – an offer from an When making kitchen cabinets, I use prefinished ply. The finish is UV-cured and very tough. It also looks good and And, what is the process of turning it arborist to provide you with lumber saves me labor. Just make sure that your into usable lumber? Andy Young should be seen as a great opportunity table saw is clean and will not scratch for any bowl turner! the finish. Prefinished ply is available in Mike Cyros replies: From a bowl many species, however, maple is most turner’s perspective based on my experience, this is often the best way to find quality wood that can be easily Q PlyWood ChoiCe – When making kitchen cabinets, should I use standard plywood or often used in kitchen applications. Being a light wood, it helps with light and the ability to see in the cabinet. turned into bowl blanks for green turning baltic birch? Roger Bradley on the lathe. The first question to ask is what is the species of wood. Any type of maple, walnut, cherry, apple, or even Bob LaCivita replies: When making kitchen cabinet boxes, there are Q SeCond hand MaChinery – Where can second hand machinery be purchased? – Roger box elder for close grained woods, or oak a number of choices from particle board Bradley or ash for open grained woods make for core melamine to various plywoods as great bowl material. Avoid species like well as solid wood construction. John McAlevey replies: eBay? willow. Regarding plywoods, I do not know Sometimes. But the problem is the Generally, I’ll ask for limbs or trunks what standard plywood is. Baltic birch machine you want may be in Kansas or that are a minimum of 8˝ in diameter, is overkill and very expensive. If the Michigan and shipping it to you makes and gladly accept crotches or burls cabinet interiors are closed, meaning no it less of a good deal. I check Craig’s List which are great sources of beautifully glass doors or open shelving cabinets. I and often see some really good deals. figured grain. Only when I’m within would used prefinished maple plywood. Don’t just check your own state. Check 24 hours of turning the green blanks No finishing. all New England states and/or however (to avoid drying and checking of the If you want to color the interiors, you far you are willing to travel. lumber), I’d cut the limb into chunks of could use a shop grade rotary cut birch Then there are the local dealers. a length that is a couple of inches longer or a plain sliced maple depending on Boshco in Massachusetts. Woodshop than the diameter with a chainsaw. your budget. Remember nobody looks Machines in Bow, NH and my favorites The next step is to rip down the inside kitchen cabinets even though Plaza Machinery and Woodshop middle of the blank to remove the they are the most used cabinets in the Specialties in Vermont. Woodshop middle 1˝ or so that contains the pith home. If the cabinets are open, I would Specialties specializes in rebuilt classic of the tree. I do this by setting the blank use the same species as the face wood. Powermatic machines. on its side, and cutting down the left There are also the want advertisers side of the pith, and then another cut Brooks Tanner replies: I use baltic and you can put a nice shop together down the right side of the pith, with birch in construction of some of my over the course of a few months by the cut running parallel to the grain products, for acoustic purposes. reading “Uncle Henry’s.” of the wood. This rip cut can be tough In general, if the project does not on your chainsaw’s blade, sometimes warrant baltic, I don’t use it. Baltic often Dave Emerson replies: Used quickly dulling a normal cross cut blade. arrives at my shop looking a potato chip, machinery just doesn’t seem to be I’d suggest having a spare chain that anything but flat. As a base for acoustic available like it was. Maybe if you are a has been sharpened especially for rip shelving, I often need to use my wide belt classified ad junkie or into Craig List. cutting. sander with a jig to sand the shelf flat. I Once the rip cuts are completed, buy baltic thicker than is necessary for Joe Barry replies: First know what you’ll be left with two opposing bowl the job to allow for the loss in flattening you want or need – not always the same blanks with the bark on the outside of the ply. thing! Then know what you are looking curve, and the inside flat face without In finishing, baltic tends to have a at. There are some old tools out there the pith. Coat the end grain of the bowl lot of “fuzz” that sticks up and needs to that are best used as boat anchors due blank as soon as possible with a wax be sanded after the wash coat. It also is to safety or usability issues. Then look at sealer unless you plan on turning within very thirsty and soaks up lacquer like a price for new and used tools at auctions the next couple of hours. Prepared green sponge. and on eBay. That way you know what 6 The Guild of New Hampshire Woodworkers is a fair market price. Unfortunately the same steps as you would with a doesn’t need to be dead flat and accurate, there are a number of school shops and water stain by lightly wetting the wood like a disk sander, I’ve taken my random even professional shops being liquidated. to raise the grain, letting it dry and then orbit sander with a 320 grit pad to Regrettably, there are also a lot of us old sanding it lightly on a slight diagonal to it – that sound you hear is the purists farts kicking the bucket and our families cut the raised fibers off. wanting to tar and feather me. have no use for our “junk” and just need If you spray waterborne finishes, you to clear the house for sale. Keep your ear to the ground and be ready to show up with cash, a truck, and some friends. must use a respirator so as not to breath the fumes. The material may not be flammable but it is still toxic to breath. Q handPlane tuneuP – What are the essential steps to tune up an old handplane? Are there any Before you buy that great deal, think As always, experiment on some scrap good articles on tuning from Fine twice. I passed up on a great antique 36˝ wood first. Woodworking? – Jim Bradley bandsaw last year because my barn floor wouldn’t support the weight and I would have had to cut a hole in the loft floor above to accommodate the upper wheel. Q duSt ColleCtion GroundinG – How important is grounding of 4” and 5” ducting of dust collection Al Breed replies: Frog – this controls the throat opening and carries the blade adjustment. Take it off, clean it and oil it. But, boy, it would have been sweet! systems in our shop? We all read It should line up with the casting or be about explosion hazards, but we hear forward of the casting at the throat. Q Water BaSed FiniSheS – Is it possible to get good results with a water based clear finish? If so, conflicting issues on whether this concern is warranted. – Don Larnard Blade – Sharpen at about 25 degrees, hollow ground. Any pits in the blade will result in tiny ridges in the work. how? The quick drying and low oder Brooks Tanner replies: Please ground Grind the corners very slightly round benefits sound good, but how can your system. Sawdust traveling through so that they won’t dig in. Work should you get smooth results? – Peter James a tube acts as a Van De Graaff generator. look polished. If the blade will not reach The static charge is incredible. the work, it may be so ground down that Bruce Hamilton replies: I don’t I have in the past I used a plastic hose you’ll need a new one. have much experience with waterborne from my dust collector to clean out the Cap Iron – Needs to be ground so finishing materials but they have come bottom of my saw. If I did not keep in that the edge is tight up to the blade a long way since they were introduced continuous contact with the saw, which with no small cracks for chips to get maybe twenty years ago. Andy is grounded, I would draw an arc that stuck in. For general work, it’s about Charron, who was a presenter at the was actually painful. This plastic hose 1/16th from the edge, closer for a light fine recent Wood Finishing Symposium was only 12 foot long. Sawdust within cut. Plane will clog if it’s too close and and a member of the Guild, wrote an the tube is extremely explosive due chatter if it’s too far. excellent book on waterborne finishes to the small bits of wood being lofted Throat of Plane – For fine work in 1998 called Water-Based Finishes, and surrounded by air. One small spark like tiger maple, set the blade in the ISBN 1-56158-236-0. I think it is a great can ignite the mixture into a significant plane and move the frog up for the place to start for anyone contemplating explosion. desired opening. If the throat clogs in using waterborne finishes. In my shop, I use grounded metal a fine cut, file the inside of the throat to I recently had an occasion to use pipe for ducting. Previous to this, when bevel the metal away from the iron. This a waterborne finishing material when I was a hobbyist in my basement, I used will remove any obstacles in the way of repairing the finish on a white, antiqued PVC pipe. In this scenario, unshielded, the exiting chip. File only the inside of table. I needed a finish that was water grounded wire should be run inside the the throat, do not enlarge the opening clear and would not turn yellow. I called pipe to drain the charge. at the sole. my local Sherwin Williams store and If you run an un-grounded system Lever Cap – This should be just they had several products available. I you may be lucky and never have a tight enough to keep the iron in place. chose their Wood Classics Satin Interior problem. However, if you do have a Too tight and you may break the cap or Polyurethane Varnish. problem, you could loose your house adjustments will be hard. A very slight I followed the instructions on the can. and possibly your life. It only takes a few turn on the screw increases the pressure This material sprayed very well but it can minutes – be safe. considerably. be brushed or padded on too. It dried Sole of the Plane – I pay virtually moderately fast with a uniform sheen. Drying times are not as fast as regular furniture lacquer and will vary depending Q ruSt SPotS – What are the different methods to remove rust spots from power tools? – Andy no attention to this unless it’s obviously warped or bent. If so, flatten it on a granite stone with waterproof black paper. on the humidity in the air. I suggest that Young Waxing the sole will reduce the amount you take the same precautions regarding of effort to push the plane an astounding dust as you would with any varnish. It Joe Barry replies: 0000 steel wool amount. will raise the wood grain when applied and elbow grease works well. There are When planing, I always tip the plane to unfinished wood. You have to follow also rust erasers. On a machine which continued on Page 10 The Guild of New Hampshire Woodworkers 7 at the lathe by John Siegel 1 Draw the profile with a very soft lead pencil. Drafting for Woodturning W hen I was growing up, I remember that after dinner almost every evening, my never learn something so well as when you must teach it. well on a normal rectangular sheet or screen. For these father would clean off the table so Drawing Turned Furniture Parts reasons, I have he could do his homework. This While some objects require always done my drawing freehand with a pencil. consisted of unrolling multipage the traditional “three views”, and blueprints of construction projects. some only two, in general turnings Here is my method: From these prints, he would require just one – the profile estimate the cost of every piece of view. This consists of two outlines 1 Fold the paper in half on the long axis. lumber, window, door, and cabinet (object lines) placed symmetrically 2 Open the paper like a book. The fold should still be in the project, and it was his job around the center line. In addition, visible, and this is your axis line. to make working shop drawings sharp features are drawn as lines of all the custom aspects. When I across the object. They represent worked summers at the shop, he the edge view of circles. taught me how to make drawings Drawing a woodturning such of cabinets. as a table leg, does not lend itself to This was the beginning of conventional “mechanical drawing” my education in drafting, but methods, because designs for later I studied graphic science in turning simply are not mechanical college, which consisted mainly of descriptive geometry. Ten years in nature. Rarely is there a straight line in a woodturning. And the 2 later I found myself teaching proportions of a table leg, for “mechanical drawing” in high example, which is eighteen times school, and as I always say, you as long as it is wide, does not scale Rub the back to transfer the line. 8 The Guild of New Hampshire Woodworkers photos by Patrice Martin 3 Draw a very light guideline There are specific rules for parallel to the axis which represents the Radius of the adding dimensions to drawings, and whether you use a computer 3 turning. or a pencil to make your drawings, 4 Draw the outline of the turning you still need to know these rules, Darken the line to match the first side. with a VeRy soft Lead – Photo 1. just as a writer needs to know the 5 Fold the paper again so you language, whether he uses a pen or are looking at the back of the a word processor. drawing. Woodturnings require special 6 Rub over the lines with a stylus treatment when dimensioning or any smooth hard object. This because of their proportions and will transfer the line to the other the multitude of diameters which side with perfect symmetry – often need to be specified. The Photo 2. most common error I see is the 7 Go over the transferred line to placement of dimension lines darken it to appear the same as inside the object. This causes great the first side – Photo 3. visual confusion with the cross 8 Draw the lines across the lines on the turning, which of turning at the feature points. course are object lines. Since I am not using a T-square, To place dimensions on a I use the sliding triangle method to create perfectly spindle turning, diameters are given off to the side of the object, 4 parallel lines square to the axis – and are connected by a horizontal Photo 4. leader with an arrow which touches Draw the lines across. the object where the diameter is to An excellent type of stylus for be measured. rubbing drawings can be made The illustration of the bedpost from a large nail, as shown in the finial on the next page shows many photo. Grind or file the tip to a of the mistakes often made when rounded shape, and then polish placing dimensions on drawings it with a buffing wheel until it of spindle turnings: shines. Always draw full size. It 1 Dimension lines should not be is a waste of time to make a inside the object. 5 small scale drawing. The full size 2 Extension lines should not drawing provides a quick way to touch the object. mark out the features along the 3 Dimension lines on length Transfer lines directly from the drawing to the turning. axis by laying the drawing, folded should align in a single row. now the opposite way, directly on 4 Fractions should be drawn with the turning – Photo 5. a horizontal division line. Set your calipers directly from 5 Dimension numbers should all the drawing – Photo 6. be drawn the same size. 6 Dimension numbers should Adding Dimensions be placed inside a break in the Because these drawings are dimension line. full size, it is rarely necessary to 7 Dimension and extension lines add dimensional size numbers to should be lighter than object the drawing, but you may want lines. to do this if you prefer to take measurements from a graduated 8 Arrowheads should be of correct size and weight. 6 caliper or from a ruler, or transmit 9 Overall length should be given the drawing, possibly reduced, to for reference. another woodturner. Take caliper measurements directly off the drawing The Guild of New Hampshire Woodworkers 9 Draw the Transition With the exception of the Windsor the illustration I am using a 30° straight Ask This Old sAw! – continued style, most furniture turnings require one cut, which is the way I usually make or more parts of the turning to remain them. Note that the intersection line is a very slightly on the return stroke so that square. The square part is sometimes hyperbola, but for drafting purposes it is the blade does not drag on the work. called the “pommel”. The angle of the usually drawn as a circular arc. This dragging will quickly burnish transition can be anything from 0° The illustration shows two correct over the edge and dull it. Take long (square transition) to 40° or more, or and two incorrect ways to draw the strokes, starting at the end of the board it can even be curved or decorated. In transition. and working back towards you. Put pressure on the front of the plane at the beginning of the stroke and on the back at the handle as you finish. Most Importantly – The plane will never work out of the box no matter how much you paid for it. Blades always need to be sharpened and trued up and their corners rounded unless it’s a rabbet plane. Q ShellaC ShelF liFe – Mixed shellac has a shelf life. Do shellac flakes have a shelf life? – Anon Marty Milkovitz replies: Shellac Yes Yes No No flakes if kept in a sealed air tight container will keep indefinitely although I would be leary of using them if they The TransiTion – Right and wrong ways to draw the transition. were five-plus years old. Q oil or Water BaSe FiniSh – When should you use oil base vs water base finish? Syd Lorandeau Guy Senneville replies: In theory there is really no difference. It is a matter of personal preference. There could be for a number of reasons like but not limited to ease of use, environmental or durability and maintenance of the finish. Q GluinG PanelS – What glue would one use to laminate two layers of 1/2” baltic birch approximately 2’ x 3’. – Bill Newbold Marty Milkovitz replies: Basically any glue that is suited for wood use. Of more concern is choosing the right glue Yes No for how these panels will be used and keep an adequate even pressure while clamping. The right and wrong way to place dimensions on a drawing. Note that extension, dimension & leader lines should be lighter (thinner) than object lines. 10 The Guild of New Hampshire Woodworkers “Surface preparation can be looked at in three stages: bare wood sanding, sanding between coats of finish, and final rub down.” by Gary Wood it easier to see my progress, and it’s less messy to stay with dry sanding. Surface Preparation The treatment of curved surfaces and turnings can be tricky. When sanding between coats, it is possible to cut through the finish on delicate edges. Steel wool is a good abrasive in this instance, especially on turnings. Although 4/0 T he final clamp is removed and your project is complete except for sanding and finishing. The sanding with higher grits, I think the key is to treat each project individually. Creating a country look on pine will take less grade is preferred for its fine texture, consider 3/0 or 2/0 for faster rubbing between the body-up coats. stage may never be exciting but with a fine sanding than creating a burnished Those who apply water based finish basic knowledge of abrasive materials look on a mahogany reproduction. As may favor nylon abrasive pads over steel and techniques, the process can be made a side note, some of the softer woods wool to avoid trapped steel wool flecks efficient and faster. such as pine and fir sand well with that could rust. Sanding a curved surface Surface preparation can be looked the almost outdated but still available is also more efficient with cushion at in three stages: bare wood sanding, garnet abrasive. It wears down quickly, backed abrasive which is simply a light sanding between coats of finish, and final especially in orbital sanders, but it won’t sponge backing on a sanding pad that rub down. Each stage uses a different clog up with the resinous softwood as helps to soften the pressure you exert on type of abrasive and manufacturers offer much as aluminum oxide. delicate finishes. If you have a typical 1/2˝ a great number of choices including Moving on to the finishing state requires thick sponge pad with abrasive on both aluminum oxide, silicon carbide, ceramic a change of materials. An often used sides, try slicing it into two 1/4˝ pads to and more. Final rub down warrants a abrasive in the finishing steps is silicon make them very flexible. separate discussion so this article will carbide, which is available in a full range Once the bodying coats are complete, consider the first two stages. of fine grits as both a wet/dry paper including sanding between coats, For bare wood sanding, aluminum and a paper with stearate additive for treatment of the final coat is similar, oxide sandpaper is often the first choice. lubrication. The most useful for me has but approach it with extra care. Take When used in power sanders, aluminum been stearated silicon carbide with an advantage of good lighting to look for oxide grit well bonded to a sturdy paper A-Weight paper backing. My most used any brush marks and work them down backing is adequate. When sanding by grit is 320 which I use between coats. carefully with fine sanding. hand, consider using aluminum oxide on A tip for the truly frugal – don’t This is a good time to apply the 90% a J-Weight cloth backing for flexibility throw out your dry finishing papers. OK, rule. If it looks pretty darned good, but and longevity. In my shop, I keep A/O you have to throw them out eventually, not perfect, you might play it safe and J-Weight cloth in 60, 80, 100, 150, and but there are many times when your settle for pretty darned good. If you find 220 grits. The most used? 100 and 150 worn 320 grit will act like 400 or 500 in a random bit of dust standing proud of grit. On many woods, sanding to 150 the later finishing steps. an otherwise smooth surface, carefully with just a light touch of 220 is enough On flat surfaces, 320 grit paper will slice the dust speck with a razor blade, preparation for finishing, leaving the usually work well for sanding your sealer rather than sand the whole surface. grain ‘open’ enough to accept stains and coat as well as the body-up coats of finish Of course vacuuming and tack sealer coats. when you are using varnish, shellac or ragging is important before the final Like many woodworkers, I use a lacquer. You may find that stepping top coat and remember to vacuum random orbit sander in the coarser grits, back to 220 or up to 400 is appropriate yourself, the surrounding shop area, as but finish by hand in the finer grits to depending on how much leveling is well as your piece of furniture. Work insure removal of swirl marks. Although needed or trapped dust you need to with your cleanest finish containers and we have all seen excellent results on eliminate. In the sealer and bodying application tools, apply a final thin coat, projects where extra time is taken to sand steps, it’s possible to wet sand, but I find and tip toe out the door. The Guild of New Hampshire Woodworkers 11 by Guy Senneville – Photo 2. This is something I was experimenting with. Tape removal was quicker and easier than veneer tape. It did not leave any residue behind and I had no problems when I applied the Inlay a Simple Box finish. I definitely want to try it a few times before I recommend it. First start by placing your inlay where you want it, I added a few witness marks …and make it worth a million bucks on the inlay as well as the work piece so I could put the inlay back exactly where O K so I’m exaggerating. The whole point is that you can take a simple box, embellish it with an inlay and really article. But that is a topic for another day. When choosing an inlay, keep the it belonged. Once you are satisfied with it’s location, I “tack” it in place with tape from the back side. Next, carefully add a whole lot to the finished product. background shape basic (round, oval, outline your inlay with a knife to create The process is quite simple and won’t square etc.), this will save you a whole a stop – Photo 3. I like to use an xacto add that much more time to the project. lot of irritation – Photo 1. Cover the because it leaves a thin cut, remains I am going to assume that you already face (the good side) in veneer tape. sharp and is easy to control. Once I have have a box built, or at least to the point A purchased one will most likely be traced around my inlay, I remove it from that you are ready to inlay it. I suggest covered when you get it. This will serve the work piece and go around once more that you have your inlay in your hands two purposes. One will be to keep your to deepen and truly define the stop cut – before you begin building the box. inlay together while you are handling it Photo 4. Remember that you want this Inlays can be purchased on-line or and the other is to protect it. stop cut to be as deep as your inlay is in good woodworking stores. You may You will notice that I used blue thick. In the case of wood veneer, this is also make them yourself as I did for this painters low tack tape for this project about 1/32˝. 1 2 3 Choose an inlay with a Tape your inlay to hold it basic background shape together & protect it Outline your inlay with a knife 12 The Guild of New Hampshire Woodworkers 4 5 Deepen your outline to define your stop cut Set your router to the exact depth of the cut Now we’re ready to “hog” out the up while wet, is tolerant of moisture but cavity. I use a router with a base plate can still be cleaned up after it dries. It can which is wide enough to straddle the be finished over without much problem cavity at any point. If the base of your as well. This is one time when a little router is not large enough you may need squeeze out is a good thing. Squeeze to add a sub-base. The reasoning behind out will fill in the small spaces between this is to keep the bottom of the cavity the different pieces of veneer. This is an level with the top of the surrounding inevitable fact and is not a bad thing surface. because it will help keep everything Any flat bottomed bit will do but level. in my opinion the larger the diameter Using a brush apply a thin even coat 6 the better (within reason). I find that of glue to the cavity. Do not apply glue the easiest way to set the depth on your to the veneer because it will begin to curl router is to place your inlay on a flat before you can get it in place. I like to put Clean the bottom & define the edges surface, set your router on top of it with a piece of waxed paper over the inlay to with a router plane the bit over its side. Lower the bit until prevent things from sticking, followed by it just touches your flat surface – Photo the platen then apply clamps or weight 5. to complete the process – Photo 8. Once Begin to rout out the cavity going as dry (overnight or so) you can remove the close to the edge as you feel comfortable platen and clean the excess squeeze out. being careful not to go past your stop I have found that a scraper works well cut. I clean it up with a router plane – here. You can level the inlay with the Photo 6. You could also build a template surrounding area without much effort as and use router collars. At this point long as the scraper is sharp. Avoid using your inlay should fit exactly in the cavity. sand paper because the dust created may Remember your witness marks and infiltrate and stain the crisp lines from adjust as needed. one area to another. A perfect example In order to glue the inlay in place. I start with a platen the exact shape and of this would be ebony staining holly. From that, point on you should be 7 size as the inlay. – Photo 7. This will able to finish as you usually do. I have distribute even pressure over the inlay sealed the inlay with a coat of blond Make a platen the exact shape & size of when you glue it up. dewaxed shellac in the past, that helped you inlay There are many opinions when it to fill the grain of the veneer but this comes to glues. Remember we are not is not always necessary. I will let the looking for any structural strength here, finishing process up to you. just to hold something in place. I have Try it. The process is not that difficult. used white, yellow and liquid hide glue Soon people will be marveling at your all with good success. They all have their handy work. Maybe that million is not positives and negatives. White is good that far away (if you inlay in gold)! if you are using dyed veneers because it dries clear. But, it is very water soluble. As a side note, I presented this memory box to a young man at his Eagle 8 Yellow dries a brownish yellow color Court of Honor in June of this year. and is more tolerant of moisture. Liquid He is the sixth young man to achieve hide glue dries brown, is easily cleaned scouting’s highest rank in his family. Apply pressure until the glue drys The Guild of New Hampshire Woodworkers 13 by Mike Cyros The Great by Mike Cyros Sharpening Debate my journey to perfect oil stone sharpening Y ou have undoubtedly read about and even tried your hand at several different mark of any fine woodworker. But why so many different methods? I’d like to propose It all began for me when I took my first wood shop class in junior high school – enough to have a dedicated building to call our shop. His shop moved up and down methods of sharpening your the Great Theorem of that is where I got my first with the tides, and rocked tools including sandpaper, oil Sharpening, as well as a key injection of sawdust that back and forth with the stones, wet stones, diamond Corollary to that Theorem: runs through our veins that waves. plates, and dedicated wet sustains our woodworking Amazingly, my great wheel sharpening machines Theorem: “For as many obsessions. If you’ve already grandfather had his to name but a few. woodworkers as we have read this far into this article, workshop, complete with Three things remain reading The Old Saw, we have I know that you too have the workbench, tool chests and common amongst all of as many different sharpening same condition that I do. In tools on a converted Nova these methods. The first is techniques in use, with each fact, we might want to add Scotia wooden lobster boat! they work well to produce a reader claiming their method the word ‘obsessed’ in this He claimed his trade as a finely sharpened edge on any is the best” context. builder of lighthouses, of the blade. The second is that they Well, looking back at wooden variety. The rocky require practice until you are Corollary: “Sharpening is a it now, it probably began and remote coast of Nova able to acquire the adeptness matter of personal preference. long before that as I Scotia meant that there was to be proficient at it And the Pick one system, invest, practice, suspect I actually inherited often no other way to reach third is perhaps the most and this will become the best this condition. My great his job site other than by curious of all – whatever method for you. Don’t expect grandfather, Alfred Richards boat. method you are using, you others to agree with you!” was from Nova Scotia, How many woodworkers defend it as the best way to Canada. Like many Nova do you know that have a sharpen and can’t understand I’d like to take you on Scotians before and after bunk and a head within feet why others do it differently my personal sharpening him, he made his living on of their workbench? This or seem to be critical of your journey and show you why the sea. But his was a story gives a real meaning to the method. I have come to appreciate with a pretty unique twist. expression “sleeping on the Therein lays one of one of the more traditional You see, my great grandfather job.” He would pack up his the great conundrums of methods of sharpening – had a woodworking shop boat with lumber, food and woodworking – it’s all about sharpening with oil stones – but his was rather unique. fuel and take off in the calm the sharpest edge which and describe the techniques Many shops are relegated seas under the evening sky, allows you to cut and refine I have learned. to basements or garages, and quite literally, move with precise joinery that is the or maybe we’re fortunate his workshop to his building 14 The Guild of New Hampshire Woodworkers photos by Gretchen Cyros site where he would remain we get closer to it, it moves higher. to allow the chef to tailor it to suit their own tastes anchored close by his work site Ever notice that before? We can and styles of working. As the years went by, he traveled always look at a task completed, First, let’s start with the ingredients. The items in all along the Nova Scotia coast, and and see it in such a way that we bold are to be considered the essential items you need even made a few trips down along would do it better next time. for oil stone sharpening. The other items take you the Maine coast to repair a few My great grandfather’s level from a level of good old home-cooking to gourmet. older wooden lighthouses. Sadly, I of perfection was the keenness of Remember, substitution of ingredients is up to the never had the chance to meet my an edge required to cut joinery in chef, just don’t substitute salt for sugar. great grandfather. I would have large timbers. We’re likely talking a list of questions for him a mile 4˝ thick mortise and tenons to join Key Ingredients for Oil Stone Sharpening long as to the uniqueness of his an 8˝ timber into a 12˝ timber. A Norton Coarse Crystolon (Silicon Carbide) Oil Stone craft. perfectly square edge honed to Norton Medium India (Aluminum Oxide) Oil Stone His tools were passed along perfection simply wasn’t required. Norton Fine India (Aluminum Oxide) Oil Stone to my grandfather Jack Richards Further, try sharpening when Norton Hard Translucent Arkansas Oil Stone (Extra Fine) who over the years prided himself your workshop is rocking back Leather Strop & Honing Compound in showing me these tools which and forth, up and down. I guess Norton Sharpening Oil he was using in his workshop in what I’m saying is that the edges Accurate Combo Square or machinists square his basement at home in Liverpool, on his tools were far from what Protractor Nova Scotia. we call near-perfect. And, the 8” Slow Speed (1750rpm) Bench Grinder techniques that were passed down Ample supply of clean cotton lint free rags When my grandfather died, I to me through my grandfather Magnifying lamp inherited many of his father’s when he gave me his father’s tools tools, including his sharpening today seem woefully inadequate to Upon first review of the items listed here, you stones and one of his surviving achieve any degree of success other might wonder if I left out some type of a sharpening tool chests, and thus the legacy than, say, for a splitting axe. or honing jig or some other gadget that helps you was passed along to me. Since then, through detailed achieve consistency. The reason is that you already I live vicariously through my hands-on training and lots of have the best jig available to you in your shop. It’s great grandfather whenever I pick practice, I have come to appreciate your fingers. With a little practice, you’re fingers are up one of his tools. Why did my both the art and the science of oil all that is required to keep perfect alignment of your great grandfather choose oil stone stone sharpening. tools on the stones while sharpening. sharpening? Well, I don’t know the real reason other than to imagine A few years back, I had an epiphany Step #1 – Oil and its use on the oil stone, and the that the oil residue left on his – the sort of big “ah-ha” moment, proper use and care of your stones. tools probably helped keep them one of several we all have hopefully from rusting in the moist and salty experienced at some point in our 1 The purpose of oil on the stone is to not only environment of his workshop. lives. This one, in particular (as lubricate the stone and tool steel being sharpened, Were his techniques of oil there were several), came during a but to “float” a slurry of metal shaving so that stone sharpening perfected? Most one month intensive class I took the stone doesn’t become “loaded” at which definitely not. Come on, we all at the venerable North Bennett point its cutting action will be greatly reduced. know that the level of perfection Street School in Boston’s north 2 Flood the surface of the stone with oil. I use we strive for is impossible to end. This specialized institute (the a sealable salad dressing plastic container achieve. Let me explain it in a word “school” doesn’t do it enough to store and dispense my oil. The oil I use is mathematical way. You see, the justice) steeps its students in the Norton’s Sharpening Oil which is essentially a state of perfection is a line on a perfection of hand skills required refined mineral oil. The reason I prefer this oil graph that we can only approach to achieve true fine craftsmanship. to standard drug store mineral oil is that the asymptotically (meaning we can And sharpening is at the root. The constancy is much better suited to the task, so get close, but we never in fact reach very foundation and the key to it’s worth the extra money to me. it). Our rising curve represents success with hand skills. 3 Using your finger (I prefer the pad of my clean our technique and the results we This was where I finally thumb), spread the oil across the surface of the achieve. learned the correct technique of stone. As you do this, your thumb will tell you At some point, we achieve sharpening with oil stones that if you have any contaminates on the surface of enough for what we need. has made a huge difference in my the stone which should be removed. Perfection is a relative term that craftsmanship. I’d like to share this 4 Use the full surface of the stone. Oil stones are can be thought of otherwise as with you. Recognize that, like any a good choice because they stay flat for many the next level beyond what we can recipe, there is sufficient freedom years of use without reconditioning, whereas currently achieve, and every time water stones require fussy resurfacing regularly. The Guild of New Hampshire Woodworkers 15 the metal filings with it. See of the blade. See photo #2. photo #3. 6 If you have contamination 3 Once flattened, on your stone (lint, sawdust, bring to the etc.) that you can feel with fine stone. You your thumb when spreading are finished the oil, repeat step 5 above, whene ver 1 even adding a small amount of oil again to re-suspend the scratch patterns from the contaminants. 7 You should always keep your the previous stone have all 3 stones covered when not in disappeared. use, and occasionally move You can see this from side to side and also quite easily by the front side to the back eye. side to keep them wearing 4 Bring the blade evenly. I made wooden cases to the grinder for my stones with wood at 90° to “joint” species in color similar to the the edge – you grade of the stone. This way, should aim for a I keep them always covered, perfect 90° edge and it is easy to reach for (it will now be the correct stone. In the lead photo, you can see my 5 very dull!). Take your 4 2 wooden cases: Walnut = Coarse, jointed blade Padauk = Medium, Mahogany = edge to the fine Fine, Birds Eye Maple = Extra Fine. stone vertically, Dark to light. taking several light passes to By using the full surface of Step #2 – Conditioning a chisel or further refine the stone, it will wear evenly plane blade that is in poor shape. the jointed edge. for you over the years. See See photo #4. photo #1. 1 It’s all about the edge – a 6 Set the grinder 5 As you sharpen your steel sharp tool is defined by the table to achieve edge by moving it back and intersection of two planes an angle grind forth on the stone, you are (blade edge face and blade of 27°. There are actually removing particles back) which is a single many schools of metal. Once there is a straight line. Anything other of thought on noticeable amount of grey color in the oil slurry (actual than a straight line is a dull cutting edge. edge angles depending on 5 fragments of metal from 2 Flatten the back of the several factors. your blade), it is time to blade on the Coarse or For my purposes, I use a general purpose 27° remove this from your stone. Medium stone. Depending angle that is “close enough”. This angle works Place a clean white lint free on the level of pitting or equally well for my chisel and plane blades. See cotton rag face down on twist in the blade, this photo #5. the stone, and press down could take some effort. Aim 7 A very important note on the grinder. You on it to absorb the oil and for a minimum of 1˝ from want to be very careful not to overheat the tool suspended metal particles. the blade edge back of the edge on your blade. Depending on how thin Do not rub the stone with perfectly flattened back. You your blade is, and the quality and speed of your your rag – this will leave a must be sure that all of the grinding wheels, this can happen very quickly if lot of lint (yes, even from blade edge end is perfectly you aren’t careful! You can quench the blade in your lint free rag), and drag flat all the way across, or water or oil, but I prefer to just hold the blade waste metal filings into the you will need to grind the back to a larger metal surface to dissipate the pores of your stone. The edge back to this point to heat. If you discolor your blade at all, even at point is, you want the oil to insure you have a perfectly the edges, and even at the first straw color level, soak up into the rag bringing flat back out to the full edge you have made the tool edge too soft to hold 16 The Guild of New Hampshire Woodworkers Blade Back Toe/Blade Edge Heel stone, very little work is needed to create a Oil Stone highly polished surface which refines the edge line even further. Strop the back of the blade, an edge. Go back to step 3 full and consistent strokes and then the face of the blade edge. As always, above and repeat. back and forth on your be very careful to keep your blade in plane so 8 Hollow grind the new blade stone are important, with that you don’t round your nearly perfect edge. face being very careful not to your fingers telling you at all Always use a pull stroke on the leather strop! In grind down to the jointed times that your blade face is the case of a brand new strop, I have learned to edge. Use the spark flow as a properly registered on the condition the new piece of leather with a small visual aid to progress. Sparks stone. See photo #6 and the amount of Crisco or other hard fat applied with bounce off of the jointed illustration above. your finger. Apply compound very sparingly – a edge until just before you 4 Now, feel for a burr that little bit goes a long way! reach the edge, and then should be raised at the the flow down the flattened blade edge. Flip to the It is true – practice makes perfect. Why not practice back just before the edge is back of the blade on the with that old plane that you bought at a flea market met. If you overshoot it, you stone, and remove this burr or one of those old chisels that is laying around. This will lose your jointed edge, with sharpening strokes. reminds me of another valuable lesson I learned at and must go back to point 3 Depending on the fineness the North Bennett Street School. They refer to it as in this step. of your edge and the something like the “Three P” rule: Perfectionism leads resultant thickness of the to Procrastination, Procrastination leads to Paralysis! Step #3 – The real meat of burr, you may need to flip That was another “ah-ha” moment for me. Just keep sharpening. back and forth between the those three Ps in mind, and head out to your shop front and the back of the and you’ll get right to sharpening. 1 Now that you’ve finished blade a couple of times to There are the blade face and edge remove the burr. That is the many books about conditioning, take your sign that you are refining sharpening, and blade back to the stones, and the blade edge. all of them are full bring the back of the blade 5 Repeat steps 3 & 4 above of valuable advice back up to your fine stone. as necessary and work and techniques. You may have scratched the up through the finer In particular, I back of your blade slightly progressions of the stones recommend a during grinding. you have available. book called The 2 At this point, depending 6 Finally, test your edge. Some Fundamentals of on how close to the of you like the idea of shaving Fine Woodworking jointed edge you got on hair off of your arm as a test, by Robert Ferencsik the grinding machine, you may feel that you’ve raised a but I prefer the safer and more meaningful test. Try with Will Neptune. It was published by 6 burr on the face side of the paring across the end grain Sterling Press in 1996. blade by rubbing your finger of a piece of scrap wood Written by North perpendicular to the blade mounted in your bench Bennett Street School edge (not parallel to – ouch!). vise. This gives you a much furniture making Either way, time to start better sense of sharpness program graduates, working on the face of the than the arm hair test, a well they explore many blade, probably starting on sharpened blade will leave a of the key principles your medium or fine stone perfectly burnished face on to fine woodworking depending on how close to the end grain. Any scores including traditional the edge you are. or chattering left behind oil stone sharpening. 3 Let the sensitive feel in your indicates you aren’t quite Unfortunately, this fingers be your honing guide. there yet. See photo #7. is an out of print Place the blade face down 7 Leather strop and compound book. If you happen on the stone on the heel of for polish honing. OK – this to find a copy on the hollow ground. Raise is for the purists at heart, but eBay or a used book 7 the blade up just until your it is actually quite easy, and store, it would make fingers detect that you’ve is worth going the extra step. a wonderful addition brought the toe of the blade If you come to the strop off to your collection of down onto the stone. Steady, of an extra fine Arkansas woodworking books. The Guild of New Hampshire Woodworkers 17 studio photos by Dean Powell by Jere Osgood Blanket Chest This was a self assigned project because I haven’t made a blanket chest for several years. F rom a design point of view, I wanted a simple form that would fit in any home. There is space for two to four blankets depending on size. It is made of some really fine curly Photo 1 shows one of the curved side panels exiting the vacuum bag. A note on this outward curve. There is a cant out of vertical and a slight outward curve - see photos 2 & 3. maple. Here is how I made it. I am limited by what my table saw can cut at 45 degrees. The sides have a slight outward curve – about 1/4˝ in 17˝ or The saw carriage for this cut has two 3/4˝ ribs to boost one edge an estimated radius of 12 feet. I laminated two 3/8˝ and one 1/16˝ up - see photo 2. layer using a form in my vacuum press with Unibond 800. 1 2 One of the curved side panels exiting the vacuum bag Panel shimmed up to reflect angle on shop drawing 18 The Guild of New Hampshire Woodworkers 4 Curved delrin fence on router base 5 Running the router using the delrin fence on the pointy edge After the sides are cut to 45 degrees, they need a spline slot which is curved 6 to echo the curve at the construction outer point of the 45 (this is photos by Suzanne Cox different from the outward curve of the panels). For the router fence to work well, the curve at the edge of the 45 degrees should be very close to the curve of a circle - see photo 5 running the router using a delrin fence. See also photos 6 & 7 which shows Curved slot at 45 degrees - the face the jig to hold panels at 45 degrees making joint area with the slot is jigged up to be level level or parallel to the floor. I 7 3 Jig for holding side at 45 degree for slot used a 1/4˝ spline stopped at the top edge and through on the bottom edge. The next steps are to profile the four sides. I did this on my shaper using a 50mm x 85mm straight cutter with matching ball bearing. You could also use a router table setup with a straight ball bearing bit. See photos 8 & 9 on the next Cutting the 45 on table saw page. The Guild of New Hampshire Woodworkers 19 There are two jigs for the to the glue line. They need front and back panels. One to be carefully made. They for a slight (1/8˝) downward are curved in two planes curve and a second to put matching the lines of the in the mitered leg joint - see carcass. photo 10. Because of the You need to make tight radius I used a 1/2˝ ball clamping panels for all four bearing straight router bit for sides and 12-16 clamps. Do this joint. It is also mortised a dry clamp so that all is for the leg tenons. rehearsed and use a glue such The bottom is a 3/4˝ as Unibond 800 or an epoxy unfinished panel of cedar of that gives you time to get it lebanon. It is rabbeted with a 3/8˝ tongue set in a 3/8˝ groove. For a gluing jig you need all together. Remember to prefinish the inside (two light coats of lacquer or shellac) 8 panels of 3/8˝ wiggle board to prior to glueup leaving the conform easily to the curve bottom panel unfinished. Using the shaper to profile curve on bottom edge of the maple panels. See After glueup, setup for photo 17. the dovetail splines. You will The view looking down need a specially made router shows the 13/16˝ carcass side, jig - see photo 13. The spline the 3/8˝ wiggle board. The is made tight and carefully 45 degree clamping ridges sanded to just push in. give gluing pressure parallel The feet are made and 9 Using shaper to profile upper edge of end 11 Shaper doing bottom edge– shows bottom panel slot for positioning on jig 12 10 Curved spline slot in 45 joint also shows slot for bottom panel Profiling to receive foot 20 The Guild of New Hampshire Woodworkers fitted individually and have slots for the loose tenons - see photo labeled mortise. There is a cross rail underneath tenoned into the feet. It does not have to allow for seasonal expansion. The final step is to make the top. It is two 3/8˝ panels, each of three 1/8˝ layers that are glued in the vacuum press on a curving form. The 16 3/8˝ panels are then glued up using graduated spacers - see photo 14 13 Carcass clamped – note curved Photo 15 shows the loose splines for attaching the Carcass with jig in place to put in dovetail spline 45 degree clamping ridges end batten. The end batten glued on wiggle ply is carefully made to match the curves of the center panel using a shaper jig. The mortises on the center panel and the batten need to match exactly. This is done with a simple jig that will hold either the center panel or the batten on the horizontal mortiser (Langhulsbormaskine). 14 Scrape or delicately hand plane the batten so that there is a slight hollow at the glue End view of top construction – two face. Clamp and glue only the center area. 3/8” panels, each of three 1/8” glued I used a 1˝ wide leather up with graduated spacers strap the top on opening. Finally, I finished the blanket chest with several Looking down at corner of carcass coats of clear lacquer. 17 15 18 Loose splines for attaching the end batten Top panel The Guild of New Hampshire Woodworkers 21 GoinG Pro by Sue Dunbar Mike Dunbar freely admits that his wife, Sue, is the driving force behind his successful school – The Windsor Institute. Sue has a degree in marketing, has been a successful political consultant and has had her own TV show. What follows is her sage advice on starting your own woodworking business [ed]. W orking wood is so pleasurable and satisfying it is a rare woodworker who does not dream of quitting the other consideration is more important, keep your day job and save yourself a lot of grief. need to develop it the same way you did your woodworking skills – through day job and hanging a sign in front of learning and practice. the shop. We are constantly involved The world is full of good woodworkers who There are lots of woodworkers out in helping people making this dream a cannot sell their products. These people, there who are as good as you are. So, your reality. About 20% of the people who struggling until the inevitable end, biggest obstacles are to inform people study with us are already deriving at least giving rise to the old joke, “What does you are in business and to convince some income from their woodworking. a woodworker do when he wins the them they want to buy from you. That Another 10% are in the planning stage. Powerball lottery? He keeps working means you must develop an image in We spend a lot of time talking with wood until the money is all gone.” You the customer’s mind about you and your these people and advising them. We will not make a living working wood work. You need to sell yourself before are pretty well qualified. Mike has been until you learn to sell – until people give you can sell your woodwork. For this making and selling Windsor chairs for you checks for your work and enough of reason, selling high end woodworking is 35 years. He has always been able to sell very similar to a political campaign, but everything he makes. Before our son (happily) without the mud slinging. We was born, I worked in public relations/ know these techniques work because we marketing and political consulting. I used them to build our business. Use also had her own television political the next election cycle as a marketing talk show. I left that work to help in our primer. You will get a free education if business and to raise our son without you watch closely and you will observe resorting to day care. Besides making a lot of the advice in this article being our school grow like a mushroom, I still used. help woodworkers who want to take the A politician has to know the public. big step, or who are struggling. He then seizes the initiative by defining both himself and his opponent. He Making a living working wood is tough. You begins by knowing what the public have to go pro with the right attitude. wants, frequently through polling. Next, We recently had a student from a rural he seeks to control his image and shape mid-western state express a desire to it in the voters’ minds. He then focuses go home and make chairs for sale. He the voters on the things that distinguish wondered aloud who would buy chairs him from his opponent. He wants to in the $700 price range in the hard emphasize his virtues and his opponent’s scrabble area where he lived. We advised short comings. that he find a place to sell his chairs in a more wealthy area. “You mean, like a Be like that politician. Begin by knowing gallery?’ your customer. The people who want “Yes.” them to makes ends meet. You cannot to buy Windsors break into several “I don’t want to get wrapped up in all afford an attitude that considers this categories. The first is antique people. those hassles,” he said. distasteful unless you are willing to pay Old Windsors are so expensive (record “Then move to a place where the some else – such as a gallery owner – price for a single chair is over $125,000!) inhabitants have more money.” 40-60% to do it for you. You make a lot that only the wealthy can now afford I don’t want to leave where I am.” more money if you can do the selling them. A $600 accurate hand-made copy “Then you really don’t want to make yourself. Remember, your commitment is a bargain in an antique collector’s and sell chairs,” we concluded. in going pro is to make a living, not be a mind. Go pro with this commitment. “I starving artist. Another group of potential am going to make a living by working Sue advises our students to devote customers is people who like quality. wood.” Be prepared to do what is a bare minimum of one day a week to They buy paintings, rather than prints necessary to accomplish that goal. If any marketing. Marketing is a skill and you – a Mercedes rather than a Ford. Based 22 The Guild of New Hampshire Woodworkers on this knowledge, make a list of those to propose yourself as a story or to enlist a reporter from a high end decorator things that for these people, set your work a friend who knows someone. That is magazine, focus on quality. apart. Here is an example. Stress quality how we ended up on the front page of A good politician gets out and presses – point out joints and engineering that the Wall Street Journal, in the New York the flesh. He speaks to groups. Do the resulted in old Windsors staying tight Times, on New Yankee Workshop, Martha same. Join your local woodworking club. for 200 years while today’s factory chairs Stewart Living, etc. Do a presentation for them. Contact are usually at the end of the driveway service groups like the Rotary. Mike has with the rubbish after 15 years. The easiest way to attract media attention spoken to countless historical societies. In order to complete this list do your is use the tricks politicians use – the Every time you speak you meet potential homework. It is not sufficient to make a press release and phone calls. If you customers, tap into a network, polish good chair. You have to tell people why do anything interesting – open your your presentation, and of course – create it is good, and why it is better than the business, get a major contract, or are a press release. alternatives. We tell students to boast recognized in any way – prepare a press that their chairs will be passed on to release and send it off to your targeted High end craft shows are always trying to their customers’ descendants. media. Including a photo always helps. sell booth space and would be happy Once you have determined what If you see a story that relates to what you to take your money. However, many distinguishes you and your work, do, call and inform an editor or a reporter. of them want live presentations and practice your presentation until it is You may be included in a follow-up demonstrations, and will trade booth flawless. Enlist someone you trust to act story. Also, you become a source. The space for this service. People are drawn to as a customer and critique you, just as next time the reporter is writing about activity. You will get a lot more attention a politician does with trusted advisers something similar, you may be called for from the public if you are making a before a debate or public appearance. a quote or for assistance. Being helpful table than if you are standing next to A politician cannot survive without in these ways frequently leads on to a finished one. A photograph or video the media and neither can you. While articles about you. of someone working is more interesting you may still need to advertise, this When an article finally appears, clip than someone tending a booth. Once type of exposure is expensive. Since it and send copies to all your other again, be sure to inform the media with few publications directly target your targeted outlets. My good friend Garry a press release. potential customers, advertising is Knox Bennett once told me , “The more A politician knows he can get more frequently inefficient. Furthermore, media you get, the more media you get.” done if he has good relations with his most people have a healthy suspicion of It sounds like Yogi Berra, but he meant colleagues. Do the same. We have a advertising. this stuff snowballs. network of past students who have When talking with the media, a gone pro and all make chairs to our Media coverage is free, and in the mind politician is prepared. He knows that patterns. We and they, can quickly fill a of a potential customer a disinterested he cannot stammer, or look nervous large order with a couple of phone calls. third party is talking about how good and unsure. On television he knows to Even though we work by hand and have your work is. A good politician knows look at the camera, and that blinking a limited production, this puts all of us the media. He knows who is writing and shifting his eyes looks like he is in a position to go after corporate work. and what they write. He gets to know lying. He knows what clothes to wear, Team up formally or informally with editors and reporters personally. You etc. If you have no experience in this other woodworkers. Chairs go around should do the same. Target the outlets area, a couple of lessons from a media tables, so we have a network of guys who that are read, watched, or listened to consultant would be a good investment. make tables. We sell a lot more of them by your potential customers. This often A politician always stays on message. by being able to steer a customer to a means the local newspapers and radio He knows what people want to hear, he suitable table. It also works the other and television stations – above all cable. knows what defines him and he knows way. Our friends sometimes sell a table However, for high end work, it could be how he wants to define his opponent. No by sending a customer our way. architectural and decorator magazines matter what is asked, he keeps weaving or television programs with a similar that message into his answers. Do the focus. Clip or record the reports about same. You know who your customers other craftspeople for future reference. are and what they want to buy. You Do not be afraid to approach the know what they need to hear about you media. Remember, editors and reporters and your work to become interested. A have to turn out a newspaper, magazine, person selling Windsors and are being or show on a regular basis and are interviewed by an antique publication, always looking for material. It is a lot should talk about how accurately he or easier to write about someone who she copies the originals. I always claim, comes through the door than go out that except for the new wood, our chairs and find these people. Do not be afraid would fool a curator. When talking to The Windsor Institute in Hampton, NH The Guild of New Hampshire Woodworkers 23 Once a customer contacts you, provide him Answer the phone in a professional table in a restored 18th century house. or her with promotional material. These and courteous way. When you return It made a great presentation for the items are so important we strongly advise a call don’t have kids fighting in the customers we attracted. getting professional help in developing background, the television playing, or No matter what your work and them. Poorly done, these reflect badly the dog barking. Have an answering show space, be sure they are neat on you and can undo a lot of the image machine. You simply are not credible and tidy. The grounds should be the you have tried so carefully to develop. if people cannot reach you. Everyone is same. When a customer arrives greet Once again, stay on message. Focus on so busy that a potential customer may them professionally. It is usually best the image of you and your work you never get around to calling again. Make to schedule visits when the kids are want to create and the customers you sure your message is professional. Don’t in school. Our son was raised in our wish to attract. have one that is funny or quirky. Don’t shop. We continually reinforced why A lot of variation is possible here. Your use generic or pre-recorded messages it is important for him to behave well materials can reflect your personality, or that do not identify you. when people are around. Confine overly be tailored to your line of work. If you do After reading about you, hearing your friendly or menacing dogs. interiors or custom work, you will want message and becoming curious about Practice your presentation. Sound to have photos of a representative sample. your work, customers are finally at the like you know what you are talking Promotional materials are costly. If you door with a check book in their pocket. about. If there is something about your do very expensive woodwork for a few Don’t blow it now. Your shop is the final work that is unique or interesting, have select customers each year, have a demonstration prepared. Above an expensive portfolio produced. all, stay on message. Talk about the If you make a line of products and sell lots of the same thing to lots “ One of his most effective techniques is things that brought these people to you. Discuss why your product of different people, have a three or to have a customer take a chair home is best. Mention competitors or four fold brochure developed. If alternatives, but do so cautiously. and use it. They always fall in love ” your line is even more limited and When made in person, such a your product less expensive, you with it and buy. comparison can seem more harsh can have post cards with a photo than when made in print and can of your work printed. We have a friend link in the chain. Spend some time hurt the customer’s impression of you. who makes adirondack chairs and has thinking about the presentation your good luck with just a post card. space makes. To get some additional Do not step out of character. If you have points of view, involve friends and been given media exposure you have Business cards are essential. Keep some in family in the discussion. been presented as an interesting person. your wallet and never be without them. Some woodworkers can sell products If you are laconic or expressionless, work Pass them out freely. Have a stationary without ever having the customer drop on projecting a more bubbly personality. and envelope printed. Computers are so by. However, many people want to see Mike is painfully shy and meeting new inexpensive you should have one if for where and how their purchase was made. people is very difficult for him. Working no other purpose than answering mail. Through your marketing you have together, we have trained him to appear Do not respond on lined paper folded linked yourself with your woodworking friendly and out going even though many times to fit into a 63/4˝ envelope and they want to meet you. People come his guts are churning. Have a spouse (small, personal size). to our shop because we make chairs by or other trusted advisor present to You will not be taken seriously if you hand and they want to see our tools and view your performance and critique it do not have a web site. If you cannot processes. These are part of our message. afterwards. If you have no one available, make your own, hire someone to do Furthermore, we have so closely linked try to step outside yourself in your mind it for you. Check your email daily and Mike with Windsor chairs, they want to and think about how your are being respond immediately. meet him. perceived. Ask whether you would buy One of our most effective promotional from the person you are watching. devices is a Windsor chair line of jewelry Going pro often means working on a shoestring If a sale is not quickly forth I developed. I wear a gold pendant of and sometimes you cannot afford a coming, consider this. By far the most our sack back chair and it never fails dedicated workspace when the cellar or successful student we have ever had go to elicit questions. Women stop me in garage is available for free. First, make pro is a master salesman. One of his the super market to ask about my chair sure in advance you are not violating most effective techniques is to have a pendant. It starts a conversation about the zoning ordinance. The city or town customer take a chair home and use it. what we do for a living. Everyone who can cause you more grief than you can They always fall in love with it and buy. knows about you is a potential source. imagine. No matter what you have for Unless the customer obviously does not workspace, have a show area. For years want or like your work, follow up about Before customers start to call, think about we used the kitchen as show room. We a week later with a letter or a phone call. how to sound professional and credible. had one of each type of chair around the People sometimes just forget. 24 The Guild of New Hampshire Woodworkers beginner’s corner by Bob Oswald Fantastic Bob Oswald is president of the Guild of Oregon Woodworkers as well as newsletter contributor and editor. He has a wide variety Flip Stop of interests including teaching beginning woodworking classes at a local Rockler store. T his has been on my mind for months. With only one stop on the cutoff saw, doing multiple cuts of different lengths stops, most of which will never get used. But it was easy to make them required planning so it would not be at the same time. The necessary to reset the stop and lose the knob is 1˝ diameter and precise results of one setup must be offset slightly A workaround has been to cut off to the right (rather than a variety of short pieces of different the left) so it clears the lengths. So if two cuts are required at 7˝ flip stop. and 10˝, cut a 3˝ block. Then set the stop The blocks are 1˝ wide. at 10˝ for the long cuts and insert the 3˝ The vertical stop is 1/8˝ spacer for the 7˝ cut. This works fine but clear of the table to allow requires too many blocks. The obvious for sawdust. My radial and simple answer is a flip-stop. arm saw is becoming The first one made many months a finer machine every ago used a hinge that was too sloppy. month. The one pictured was inspired by Kreg’s miter gauge system. A couple of key points are: • It must flip totally out of the way for stock taller than an inch to pass by. • It must be as narrow as possible to set two of them close together and • It must be as rigid as a fixed stop. This design relies on a 1/4˝ bolt and smooth cut hardwood blocks. The bolt can be tightened down until the friction fit is tight. It works great. The double locking nut shown will be replaced by a lock nut on the next trip to the hardware store. So while you’re making one of something, make several. I made five The Guild of New Hampshire Woodworkers 25 tool review by Peter Breu What’s New like it. However, you don’t need to go in My Shop? that route – any old block that suits the job will do and the paper without the adhesive is just fine. Coming by the paper is a bit of a challenge since Woodcraft does not carry it in their photo by Jim Seroskie catalog. They sell it in the Newington and Woburn, MA stores and you can also buy it directly from Bill by emailing T his actually isn’t new – I’ve been using it for at least four years now, but I realized that many of you might is by far the best paper I’ve ever used. Most importantly, it seems to last nearly forever. him at firstname.lastname@example.org or phoning him at 518-843-3773 or writing him at Bush Products, PO Box like to know about a superior sandpaper. Because of the dry lube coating, it 769, Amsterdam, NY 12010. For those of you who were at the doesn’t load up either with wood or I wish I could say that I never need finishing symposium in the spring, you with finishes. The paper can be used wet sandpaper, but I do, and boy, is this paper saw this red sandpaper being used by or dry and the superior grit makes for great. In particular, the 400 grit between Bill Bush and sold by Woodcraft. It very efficient sanding – no deep scratch coats of finish does a fantastic job since is an aluminum oxide paper made in marks! it does not readily load up. Next time Canada by Carborundum Abrasives Bill sells adhesive paper (PSA) in you need paper, buy some of this and see www.corborundumabrasives.com. It is rolls and sanding blocks for that paper, if you don’t agree with me that it is the a dry lube, B weight, resin paper and and I have used the paper that way and best you have ever used! Dues Increase Request for 2009-2010 Membership Year membership vote scheduled for annual meeting – Sept 20, 2008 A s a part of the business meeting at the Guild’s annual meeting September 20 at YMCA Camp printing and mailing The Old Saw, about $1.50 for meetings and general expenses, and $5 is allocated and transferred to is the last year we will be able to print The Old Saw at the current cost, and the postal service is almost certain to raise Lincoln, you will be asked to vote the scholarship fund. In a nutshell, we mailing costs again within the next two for an increase of guild dues for the spend $2.50 per member per year more years. Others costs will also continue to 2009-2010 membership year. Our by- than we take in through dues. This rise. laws require that we publish this request deficit has been funded through annual The Steering Committee has in The Old Saw and that all members auction proceeds, a very slight profit unanimously asked you, the members, present at the next general guild meeting from clothing and video sales, and to vote yes to allow a dues increase to vote on whether to ratify the request. through donations. $40 for 2009-10. The officers and the Guild dues are currently $30 and have While at this time our treasury Steering Committee will be available been at that level since the 2004-2005 remains healthy, increased costs of to answer your questions at the membership year. At this time we spend everything are unlikely to allow us this business meeting segment of the annual approximately $26 per member for luxury past this membership year. This meeting. – Dave Anderson 26 The Guild of New Hampshire Woodworkers Treasurer’s Report Another quiet year financially This is due to reduced interest rates. and the $5 to the Scholarship for the Guild. The exciting news I expect that the lower rates will Fund will be more that $30 is that the raffle ticket sales at be in place for some time to come. per member. We have a Sunapee broke last year’s record Dues receipts to date are off by cushion from previous years by $311 for a total of $6,237. $5,910. I hope that this does not and along with the auction The members of the Steering mean that membership will drop income the deficit will be Committee had concerns that by the almost 200 members that covered. with the economy down and gas represents and that people just This report is through August 13 and a final report prices up, fair attendance would have not gotten around to paying will be presented at the annual meeting. Again it has be off and also that people would next year’s dues. Remember that been my pleasure to be your treasurer for this my be reluctant to spend money on you can not vote at the annual fourth year. – C. Peter James the raffle. The outstanding efforts meeting if you dues are not current. by all that were involved from the Please pay your dues before the Cash Flow Report - 9/1/07 to 8/13/08 donors to the ticket sellers paid off. end of August. Thank you! Next years General Fund General Operating Fund Money market income is down, Operating Budget is a deficit Beginning Balance $22,529.86 year to date, from last year by $250. budget. The cost of The Old Saw Income Books, Clothing, Video $2,819.96 Donations & grants $20 Dues $8,650 Sunapee 2008 Misc Income Money Market Interest $2,228.50 $453.76 Tent Staff Total General Income $14,172.22 Dave Anderson Expenses Donna Banfield Doug Lawson Awards $600 Ray Atwood Syd Lorandeau Raffel Donors Books Clothing Video $2,547.36 Dave Belser Bruce MacPhail Bob St. Laurent Event Sponsorship $500 Harvey Best Mark Malbon Bill Frost Insurance $500 Allan Carruth Halsey McCombs Marcel Durette Internet Expense $169.60 Leonard Chaisson Paul Miller Ned Gelinas Meeting Expense $1,315.53 Bob DeAngelis Alan Mitchell Donna Banfield Bob DeAngelis Membership Expense $165.19 Tom Dillon Bob Munier Syd Lorandeau Misc Expenses $108.20 James Dimick Bill Newbold Bob Shoemaker Old Saw $14,467.70 Marcel Durette Michael Noel Graham Oakes Sunapee Expenses $268.62 George Edson Graham Oakes Jim Dimmick Symposium Expenses $947.87 John Faro Ron Pouliot George Saridakis Total General Expenses $21,590.07 Bill Fraiser Monica Raymond Jeff Neil John McAlevey Dave Frechette Jim Robinson Dave Gibson Ending Balance $15,112.01 Bill Frost Bob St. Laurent Lindsay Freese Net Change -$7,417.75 Gerry Gagnon Raymond Sanville Les Huckins Ned Gelinas Brian Sargent Dave Frechette Scholarship Dave Gibson Peter Scheffer Jerry Burt Beginning Balance $14,936.98 Bob Katz Al Hansen Steve Schultz Jim Faber $5 per member to Scholarship $2,500 Les Huckins Bob Shoemaker Roy Noyes Raffle Tickets $6,237 Tony Immorlica Ron Singerman Scholarships & Grants -$6,979.75 Peter James Grant Taylor Ending Balance $16,694.23 Rich Jones Ray Vezina Net Change $1,757.25 Bob Katz John Whiteside John Keeling Robert LaCivita Bud Wilkes Gary Wood Thankyou Equipment Capital Reserve Fund Net Change $2,023.74 $0.00 Total Cash Assets – 8/13/08 $33,829.98 The Guild of New Hampshire Woodworkers 27 Wood Days R estarting Wood Days at Old Ways Traditions worked well. Old Ways hasn’t quite the spacious campus The food was super – fantastic pulled pork! They’ll be back. We had a good variety of lively bands – old time, bluesy, of Shaker Village, but it provides an and blue grass. intimate setting for the gathering of old It was a thrill to fire up the boiler and new friends only 11/4 miles north of and for the first time at Wood Days, be the Village. We wish there were space to turning bowls under steam power. thank everyone who made the event a We hope more of you can join us success, but special thanks must go to Al next year – the first weekend in June – and Kyle Spitzer whose work, and others, no race traffic! – better weather? Bring made the parking no problem, and to your demos and help. Parking help is the generous support of the Guild and critical as are ticket and raffle sales. We our sponsors Woodcraft of Newington, especially hope to have enough help to and Brentwood Machinery and Tools. get more of the kids stuff out. Thanks to all for coming and bringing Now we’re working on Old Ways Days, the such a great variety of demonstrations. third weekend in October, when we We had turning, basketmaking, will have the kid’s stuff out, more old coopering, canoe and kayak building, machinery, antiques, steam, windmill carving, guitarmaking, dovetailing, pumping(?) and the same fine food and finishing, oval box making and gorgeous music. new and antique tools for sale. Our We hope you can come, help, blacksmith Mike Cook got many of us participate. Call 603-783-4403 on the anvil. And Chuck Mower had evenings or email@example.com or even the little kids trying the spring www.oldwaystraditions.net – Dave and pole lathe, shaving horse and drills. Anne Emerson. WoodturninG toolS & SandPaPer… all shipping costs. 3 Pieces Mahogany Stock, 12/4, 13˝ wide, 40˝ long, y Alan Mitchell is selling Andy Motter’s tools for Lou Yelgin: 603-424-4888 or firstname.lastname@example.org Bu t Rough Cut Finish each – ea N ff his wife – Robert Larson turning tools, Andre antique lathe PartS… u Martel’s hook tools, diamond sharpening tools, $85 or Make an offer St Veritas adjustable grinder tool stands, misc. Lathe pieces – Boice Crane, Delta, Dunlap & George Tournas: accessories, and lots of sanding disk holders and other antique parts & motors. Enough to build 617-803-5954 or sandpaper. Everything is discounted. 3-4 lathes – $150. Call for details email@example.com Alan Mitchell: 603-659-2345 Tom Zimmerman: 603-476-2242 WalnutS… Wanted… ShoPSMith & MahoGany… Every year I have lots of Black Walnuts falling on Copy of “Through Much Tribulation: Stewart Shopsmith Mark V, S/N 201288 New 1985; our lawn in Plainfield. You may have some, Free, Spiers and the Planemakers of Ayr” by Nigel Tilting Table, Factory Original, Fence, Miter Gage, if you’ll pay the postage. October is when they’ll Lampert. It’s out-of-print and unavailable Both Manuals, Lathe Tools, Sanding Disk, High be falling. anywhere. Would a fellow GNHW member be Speed Output shaft for a router, Locking Wheels. Jerry Burt: 603-675-6141 or willing to loan me their copy for a week? I’ll pay Excellent Condition – Asking $750. Make an offer. firstname.lastname@example.org 28 The Guild of New Hampshire Woodworkers by Alan Saffron Beginner & Intermediate Group photo by Jim Seroskie meetings held at the Salmon Falls Mill in Rollingsford, NH W hat is the BIG? – Who is a beginner? What’s an intermediate skill level? When I first considered going in Rollingsford, NH. When planning to attend, he appreciates a quick email to email@example.com or a call to early on. Originally, Bob’s design included a drawer, and some distinctive flares on the top and bottom for an to the BIG meetings I asked myself 603-942-1240 before 9:00pm. oriental feel. The drawer was eliminated these questions. After several meetings because six annual group meetings I wondered, who are these guys? Many simply did not allow the time needed to were certainly not beginners, and many had years of experience that made me doubt they were just intermediates. And, J une 7th, 2008 BIG Meeting – Bob LaCivita has explained the mysteries of woodworking and demonstrated many make it. We milled less good stock from the rough apple planks than anticipated, so the oriental flares were dropped. you’d think people would graduate to techniques, but if you want to learn time The emphasis of the June, 2008 another group. People come and go, but management and design discipline, you meeting was to finish making the many are regulars who have attended for doors. To give the front of the cabinet a some years. So, who is this group? slight bow, the door fronts need a curve The answer is that there are only guild matching the arc of the top and bottom members who want to develop their skills front edges. as woodworkers and furnituremakers. Bob used styrene plastic to make a At any given Saturday morning meeting, full size template. He used dividers to the group may include contractors, copy the arc and lay it out on the styrene. carpenters, cabinetmakers, retirees, and He then cut it out, smoothed it with a hobbyists among others. They go to block plane, and traced the curve on the learn, to visit, and to talk woodworking door edges. He planed the curve on the with someone other than their spouses. door fronts using a 17˝ wood plane to The emphasis is on topics and remove stock quickly, a 17˝ Lie-Nielson experiences the group thinks are of jack plane to refine it, and then a #4 interest from basics to those requiring Lie-Nielson smoother to finish it. As more craftsmanship. By making a usual, Bob sharpened the plane irons, project, topics and techniques come up using his palm to strop the bevel edge. for discussion and demonstration. Other According to Bob, water based honing than that, there is no formal agenda. fluid does not work well on oilstones. Questions and ad hoc discussions on Bob went over options for mounting anything in woodworking may take doors to cabinets – inset, partial overlay, the group in unexpected directions. No and full overlay – citing some of the Roberts Rules of Order at these meetings. pros and cons of each. He also shared Bob LaCivita A good reason to become part of the his monetary policy to set door height group is to learn from Bob LaCivita, clearances – dimes for inset doors, who generously hosts and leads the may want to go elsewhere. As reported nickels for Euro hinge doors, and nickels group. Bob’s credentials? Come to a in The Old Saw, the group was going to for pine. meeting – you’ll see them. If you’re lucky, take the year and make (read Bob was In fitting the doors height wise, Bob he’ll have a client’s project in his shop. making) a small cabinet of apple wood – planed the edge grain in one direction So don’t let the name fool you; the start to finish. with a low angle Lie-Nielson block group may be meant for woodworkers That article was in the November, plane. Many of us were taught to plane that have a day job, but everyone is 2006 issue of The Old Saw. In the article, edge grain half way from one direction, welcome. There are no formalities; Bob described the project as having two and then half way from the other. This attendance is not taken,and introductions doors, a drawer, and an eastern flavor. prevents tear out, but rarely results in a are not mandatory. There are two things The cabinet will indeed be finished at crisp edge. Bob ever so lightly chamfered to remember when planning to attend, the next meeting in October, 2008, and the edge prone to tear out, and then Bob starts at 9:30am on the dot, and it will definitely have two doors. But hey, ending his plane stroke by rotating bring your own chair. everyone will tell you it was time well the plane as it approached the edge so The meetings will be at Bob’s spent. it sliced the fibers rather then tearing studio space at the Salmon Falls Mill Changes to the design were made them. I have to try that. The Guild of New Hampshire Woodworkers 29 July 26th, 2008 photos by Lindsay Freese by Marcel Durette moderate the discussion. Jere kept Granite State Woodturners things moving along. Donna Banfield brought a superbly finished winged vessel turned from honey locust which stands about 6˝ high. She too, woodturners critique at the Proctor Academy, Andover, NH searching for the continuous line, admits to achievement only A bout 35 members of the Granite State can replace good form and design. Woodturners met at Proctor Academy for our We’ve all seen it – really great stuff annual critique meeting. Jon Siegel introduced Jere made on questionable equipment in the last year. She played the evenly spaced growth rings into the bottom of the form perfectly Osgood with obvious enthusiasm. and some horrible junk turned and the open grain texture was His credentials make him legendary along with on high end lathes with all the evenly filled and polished. I just other “names” in the upper levels of design and attachments. At our critique had to turn to her and remark how craftsmanship. “A straight line is a missed opportunity” nice I thought it was. I don’t even was one of the quotes that struck me as appropriate remember what Jere said about to any woodturner and to me in particular. I have it as I was so impressed with the struggled with flat spots in my pieces as I “explore piece. the infinite number of pure forms that exist in the Steve Fillebrown had a three- cosmos.” Jere commented that rosewood sold for less winged walnut bowl (“very tactile” than $1.00/BF when he was turning in the 50s and Jere) and a 4˝ x 8˝ rectangular 60s. Platters were turned thin and lazy susans were plate made of Padauk with a thick and that’s how you decided which was which. singular inlaid black and white Jere had no problem admitting that he used 50 grit stripe. “Only one stripe makes it sandpaper for shaping! Needless to say he found look like it needs a friend”, Jere the notion of a vacuum chuck interesting and looks said. Personally, I liked the single forward to seeing one! wave as it seemed to add to the Though the techniques become more sophisticated crispness of the edges of the plate. and tooling improves for today’s woodturner, nothing Al Hansen brought along a leek-shaped weed vase (complete with weeds). He still shows his excitement about his newly acquired disease! He was strongly urged by all to keep at it. Joe Watts showed two cherry- burl bowls and explained how his shapes and forms have evolved meetings the Granite State as a result of last year’s critique. Woodturners adopted the format Richard White offered a natural of focusing the discussion on style edge bowl turned from apple and form of the piece rather than which prompted Jere to say “This the techniques used to make the is probably the biggest piece of piece. This is the second time that I apple I’ve ever seen”. Since apple know of that an “outsider”, i.e. not wood checks and splits so readily, a woodturner, has been invited to it is not often seen as a larger bowl. 30 The Guild of New Hampshire Woodworkers Jere Osgood with simple carving ornamentation experience of caused a lot of discussion and Jere what we call the pointed out that the top surface could critique meeting. be left wider and with a tilt to better You should plan support the design. Bob Coleman’s to attend next pencil cup from a piece of spalted year’s meeting maple given to him by Scott Ruesswick and bring reminded Jere that he “has a pile of something with spalted maple that’s been outside for a you. You will long time”. He said it in such a way that definitely bring you knew that his maple was probably something back as “interesting” as the material (notice to your own that I’m not calling it wood) Bob used shop. It may While Jere ran his fingers as calipers for his cup which, by the way, Jere also be a new idea, about the sides of the bowl he remarked admired for its “nice simple line”. This a new form to on the “…good control of the thickness” stuff was so ‘pecky’ that the finish on explore or just and then pointed to the pleasing the piece serves as structural support in some good old transition from the bowl to the foot. holding it all together! fashioned encouragement to get back in Reed Richardson brought along a Many other pieces were looked at the shop and turn something. huge butternut bowl and requested and talked about. Space limits me to Here’s an example – Jere offered this advice on finishing ranging from sanding these few paragraphs of my rambling to tip just in passing. To learn about bowl to final polish. Reed’s two cherry bowls try to convey the incredibly stimulating and bottle shapes, put some water into a balloon and sit it on a flat surface. Watch how the line of the curve changes as the pressure increases against the walls of the balloon as contact with the flat surface increases. Jon called that a study in oblate forms. Whatever you call it, it is one of those simple ideas that could serve as the spark to something very interesting. Several of us stayed after the close of the critique to begin discussion on plans for next year’s turning symposium. Stay tuned. BulleTin BOArd – continued will be the special guest speaking at the John Faro: 603-968-9800 or Massachusetts. Several times a year our meeting. Peter will be going over some Jff960@metrocast.net meetings are held jointly with them. of the steps for building Windsor chairs Mike Noel: 603-744-3821 or Our next meeting, one held jointly including spindle turning and if time firstname.lastname@example.org with NEL, will be Sunday, September permits scooping out the seat. 17 in Athol, MA. To receive meeting Also George will be giving us a tour of Luthiers notifications, contact John Whiteside. his Monitor style barn he built last year. The Guild Luthiers is a special John Whiteside: 603-679-5443 or George will also spend some time after interest group focused on the making email@example.com the meeting showing the group his new of stringed instruments. People of all bunk house that is under construction levels of expertise are welcome to join. Hand Tools using post and beam construction. The Ordinarily we meet on the 3rd Sunday of The first organizational meeting will meeting will start promptly at 9:00am September, November, January, March, be Saturday, October 11 from 9:00am and George will have coffee and and June. until noon at Dave Anderson’s shop doughnuts ready for the group. We also have started an annual table at 146 Jennifer Drive in Chester, NH. If you would like to attend the at the Sunapee Craftsman’s Fair, which Contact Dave for directions and to meetings, please contact John Faro or has been very successful. In addition, we register for the first meeting. Mike Noel to be added to the list. are affiliated with the New England Dave Anderson: 603-887-6267 or Luthiers, a sister organization based in firstname.lastname@example.org The Guild of New Hampshire Woodworkers 31 by Dave Frechette June 14th, 2008 Summer Trip Shackleton Thomas Furniture and Pottery photos by Peter James & Jim Seroskie O n June 14, about thirty Guild members joined the summer trip meeting in Bridgeport, VT to tour is unique in it’s production. All the furniture is made from start to finish by one person and hand tools are used Shackleton Furniture. frequently. While the main roughing out Jaime Ryznicwas was our guide and of the boards is all done my machine, the took us through the factory from bottom final finishing, including planing, is all to top. The tour started in the basement done by hand. The workers there usually where most of the machining took place. start as apprentices and, after four years, Along with the usual saws and planers, advance to journeyman status. After we saw a customized tenon machine and another three years, they complete the a Williams and Hussey molding cutter journeyman stage. The new apprentices set up to cut moldings on oval picture are given a set of tools, including a block, frames. We then proceeded through the compass and hand plane and a set of first and second floors where we saw the chisels, which will become theirs to individual benches of the apprentices keep after completion of the first year and more advanced workers. of the apprenticeship. At the transition Just before lunch, Charles Shackleton between the apprentice and journeyman talked with us about the philosophy stage, each worker carves a spoon. These behind the business and answered are on display. The only questions. (Yes, Charles is related to the exceptions to the one explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton.) worker–one piece rule is After lunch, eaten on picnic tables upholstery (unless you are by the river, we the upholster, who also resumed our is a furnituremaker) or tour. We made turnings as there is a full it to the third time turner. Workers floor where the may do their own finishing and turnings. upholstery are Most of us done. We then wandered through had questions the display rooms, and answers and where, in addition demonstrations to the furnishings, of some of the there is a display of procedures used the pottery made to make the by Charles’ wife, pieces including Miranda Thomas.The how the hand Shackleton Furniture carving is done. web site is www. S hac kleton shackletonthomas. Furniture com. Charles Shacktelon & Jamie Ryznicwas 32 The Guild of New Hampshire Woodworkers bulletin board Discounted Woodworking Books Discounted magazine subscriptions, NH. Directions can be found at – Annual Sale also an annual event, takes place in www.millartists.com. It’s time again to get your the February time frame – watch the I plan on finishing the apple wall woodworking books for reading by the February Old Saw for details. cabinet in the first two meetings. fireplace this winter. Each year we have The next project will be a cabinet an opportunity to purchase high quality 2008 NH Furniture Masters Auction that has a series of drawers. Each drawer woodworking books at group discounts The 2008 NH Furniture Masters will be constructed and hung using averaging 40% off the list price. We Auction will take place on Sunday, different methods. Participants will be work with two publishers: Taunton October 26 and will again be held at the encouraged to build the same project at Press, publisher of Fine Woodworking beautiful Wentworth-by-the-Sea Hotel home between meetings. magazine, and Fox Chapel. Fox Chapel in New Castle, NH, with auctioneer I hope to see you there. Please let me is a publisher but also sells books Stephen Scofield of Scofield Auctions, know if you plan to attend. from other publishers such as Sterling, Inc. (License #2272) presiding. Robert LaCivita: email@example.com or Stackpole, Schiffer and Penguin/ Tickets to the event are $75 per 603-942-1240 please call before 9:00 pm Putnam. person and entitle the holder to attend I will have catalogs and take the gala reception and auction and receive Granite State Woodturners orders at Guild meetings, or you a 2008, four-color auction catalogue. To The Granite State Woodturners is can view titles on the publishers’ purchase tickets or obtain additional both a subgroup of the Guild, and a web sites (www.taunton.com & information, visit the Association’s chapter of the American Association www.foxchapelpublishing.com) and email website at www.furnituremasters.org or of Woodturners. The group covers all your order to me. telephone 603-898-0242. aspects of turning, from the conventional If you email your order, you must This year for the first time, the spindle and bowl turning to segmented, include the following in addition to your NH Furniture Masters will also be ornamental, and other types of turning. name and telephone number: collaborating with The Warner House Meetings typically include a • For Taunton: The exact title, author, in Portsmouth during the auction presentation or demonstration, and a type of item (hard or soft cover book, weekend to offer those interested in short business meeting. Once a year there video or DVD), the list price and the fine furniture two related programs is a design critique, and occasionally Taunton Product Code (NOT the of interest. On Saturday, October 25 at other meeting formats are used, like field ISBN #). 11:00am, The Warner House is offering trips or open shops. GSWT also puts on • For Fox Chapel: The exact title, author, a special tour of the house and at the New England Turning Symposium type of item (hard or soft cover book, 2:00pm, renowned furnituremaker and every three years. video or DVD), list price and the connoisseur Allan Breed will present Meetings are the fourth Saturday of ISBN #. a lecture “Portsmouth Furniture” at odd numbered months, typically from Orders will be accepted at the the Tyco Visitors Center at Strawbery 9:00am to 1:00pm, and are open to the fall guild meetings starting with the Banke in Portsmouth. An expert on guild membership, AAW membership, annual meeting in September. The last early American furniture, Mr. Breed and the general public. Contact DJ chance to place an order will be at the is a frequent consultant to collectors Delorie to be added to the e-mail November guild meeting. Books should and dealers and lectures regularly on notification list. be available in early December for pick furniture connoisseurship at museums DJ Delorie: firstname.lastname@example.org up at my home in Mont Vernon, NH, or and at the education departments of at a future guild meeting. Note that we Christie’s and Sotheby’s in New York. Granite State Woodcarvers do not mail books to members homes. Both events are free and open to the This small group of dedicated All email orders will be acknowledged public. For additional information, woodcarvers meets Thursday nights at within one week. So if you do not get a please contact The Warner House at Rundlett Middle School in Concord, response, please call me – I have vigorous 603-436-5909 – www.warnerhouse.org. NH. Meetings are 6:00pm-9:00pm anti-spam software. I’ll email you with during the school year. For info or the net cost when the books arrive. Beginner & Intermediate Group directions contact: Payment is due immediately and the BIG is held on the first Saturday Lou Barchey: 603-753-2708 or books are not returnable. This gives us of the even numbered months from email@example.com a premium discount. Happy hunting for October thru June. The first meeting some really good woodworking books. will be held on October 4 from 9:30am Period Furniture Tony Immorlica - Book Coordinator until about noon. Future dates are listed On September 13 the meeting will be 603-6763-9629 (evenings) or on the Guild website under calendar. held at George Edson’s shop in Cornish firstname.lastname@example.org The location is the Salmon Falls Mill, N.H. 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After all the children we see today are It is amazing how something handmade the woodworkers of tomorrow. I will keep 2008 and simple made so many children smile. everyone posted on future developments Sunapee Lucky for the woodturners there was no craze for any one particular item this year. Lots of baseball bats, Harry Potter wands and tops. With the addition of the Luthier’s on this item as it will require more volunteers than we have now. Speaking of volunteers, I already have had 4-5 people commit to next year for the fair. I along to our tent, we had some entertainment. with John Faro will be heading up the event t’s august 10 about 7:00pm as i am Raymond Sanville played and sang his again so if you would like to get in on the wRiting this, a VeRy seVeRe thundeRstoRm rendition of “Take This Job and Shove It”. fun, just send an email or give us a call. is Raging outside – what a fitting end to the 75th This was one of those you had to be there I would like to thank the behind annuaL League of n.h. CRaftsmen faiR. moments, it was great! Ron Singerman the scenes volunteers – Jim Seroskie for After talking to others that have from the wood carvers was making small providing the name badges, Alan Mitchell attended the fair in years past, I think I can carvings and giving them out to the kids. for the use of the equipment at the fair, say this was one of the wettest we have This year we tried something new. We Scott Rueswick for supplying wood for the ever had. The weather coupled along with a had four woodturners each of the nine woodturners, and Paul Miller for providing sagging economy however, could not stop days of the fair. In doing this we could John and myself with a great action plan for the attendees of the fair from visiting our maintain a large crowd in front of the tent. organizing this event. And thank you again tent. Just like the previous years the League Ray Attwood took advantage of this by to all the tent staff and donors of items, you provided us with a tent at possibly the best relating all those people to sitting ducks. Ray made this event a great success without you location on the fairgrounds. This along with grabbed a bunch of raffle tickets and made this event would not have been possible.– the outstanding donations of 26 fabulous his move. One by one you could see him Mike Noel items from our members resulted in a new sending people to the tables with all of the record for raffle ticket sales, roughly $6300. raffle items on them. They had no chance of John Faro and I would like to thank all of our escaping. We had 5-7 ticket sellers a day. This members that took the time, energy and helped out greatly with someone always materials to make something special for the willing to take the customers money. raffle. We would also like to thank the 57 With the addition of the Luthier’s to members that volunteered to staff the tent; the tent we now have another exciting this is also a new record! I think what stands demonstration for people to see. John out in my mind most is the fact that a new Whiteside from the Luthier’s group told member as of this past Tuesday showed up me that on Saturday he almost ran out of in the tent to sell raffle tickets on Thursday – photos by Jim Seroskie now that’s dedication. winneR of the guiLd of nh There were so many special events that woodwoRkeR ’s “b est in wood ” awaRd is occurred in the tent this year I would like JeffeRy R obeRts – newpoRt styLe CheRRy to highlight a few. First of all, the Sunapee d esk with Queen ann ChaiR.