January 2012

Cape Atlantic Woodturners Newsletter

Volume #2, Issue #1
Subject: Club Minutes 1/17/2012

The Jan. 2012 meeting of Cape Atlantic Wood turners was held in the Library at 7 PM. Members in attendance were: President Ron Befferman, Art Keefe, Betty Lou Campbell, Les Kelly, Jeffery Schnell, Doug James, Bob Broschart, Tom Henry, Vice President Alan Tasoff, Gerald Bruman and Shirley Hill.

Ron Befferman read an article about a person who rented her shop out to the public. The wisdom of this policy was debated with Pros and Cons discussed.

Betty lou Cambell asked about controlling vibration during long spindle turnings. Steady rests, including home made varieties, were discussed. Tom Henry advised starting the turning at the thin end, working back toward the headstock.

Les Kelly asked about duplicators and some discussion ensued.

Jeffery Schnell discussed his acquisition of a huge amount of lumber from Craigs list and its possible uses. He donated a number of kits for cheese knives to the club.

Tom Henry distributed the treasury report and membership renewal forms. If you have not yet renewed your membership for the year, it is now due. Dues are $25. Please make check payable to Cape Atlantic Wood turners and send c/o Tom Henry, 200 Seaside, Palermo, NJ 08223, or bring to our next meeting.

Tom also discussed CA glue finishing of pens and the uniqueness of the application.

Tom is setting up the coming Vo Tec classes of which he has eight students and is asking for permission from the school to increase the size of the class to twelve. Betty Lou Campbell, Jeffrey Schnell and Bob Broschart have offered to assist with the classes.

Gerald Bruman discussed problems with mega-lathes caused by the size of the machine. He also discussed a forthcoming February workshop, to be conducted by Arthur Bischel, in which members will learn to use a skew only to hollow a lidded box, an activity building on our previous workshop. This skill will allow you to make matched grain boxes and covers. Don't miss it.....

The club project of mallets were exhibited in "Show & Tell". Gerald Bruman's mallet was judged the best. Judging was overseen by Shirley Hill.

Doug James produced a beautiful "Segmented Bowel" made of Maple, Mahogany and Purple Hart, Indeed a work of art.

Please be advised the February Meeting will be held at the Cape May Vo Tec Monday, February the 27th. from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Contact Ron if you need directions.

Things to bring to the Work Shop.... (Sharpening Instructions for Tools will be available.)

  • Safety Mask
  • 1/2" or 3/4" Skew
  • 1/8" Parting tool
  • The Club will supply all necessary wood blanks.

Picture Gallery

Meeting Attendees
Submitted Project Entrees By Alan, Art, Betty, Doug, Ron, Les, Tom and Gerald
Gerald's first place Mallet
Doug's Beautiful Segmented Bowl

The meeting was adjourned at 8:00PM.


Up Coming Events

  • February 27th. workshop in which members will learn to use a skew only to hollow a lidded box, an activity building on our previous workshop. This skill will allow you to make matched grain boxes and covers. Don't miss it at the VoTec.
  • March meeting at Library "Looking for Ideas for Club Projects"
  • April, there will be a workshop on Learning "Metal Spinning" on a small lathe. Easy Breezy and lots of fun.

See you there!


President - Ron Befferman
Vice President - Alan Tasoff
Secretary - John Andrews
Treasurer - Tom Henry
Photographer / Video - Jeff Schnell
Education - Tom Henry
Newsletter Editor - Arthur Bichsel

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