July 2012

Cape Atlantic Woodturners Newsletter

Volume #2, Issue #7
Subject: Club Minutes 7/21/2012

Our meeting was held at the Barn/Workshop of Gerald Bruman in Millville NJ., for a visit to the "Blue Monster".

Those in attendance were: Arthur Bichsel, Bob Broschart, Shirely Hill and guest John, Tom Cambria, Jeff Schnell, Mikes Jr. & Sr. Dobrosky, and Gerald Bruman.

On arriving at Gerald's, the high whine of a router could be heard coming out of the building. Looking in wide-eyed and in disbelief, you could see chips flying off a Bull Pine log about 12" in Dia. and 16' long... Gerald was sitting on a stool, face shield in place, with pine chips flying all over the place. He was trimming the irregular log with a routing attachment on the tool rest to a round configuration for standard turning. It is very difficult to turn a fresh log on a lathe with standard turning tools as the irregular log floats in and out to the tool rest. It becomes very dangerous to try to cut the lumps and bumps with a Chisel. The Router provides a method of easily trimming the intermittent cuts.

After the log was trimmed to a round configuration, Gerald and some of our members took a try at turning the log free hand. It was a little tricky and a bit overwhelming due to the scale of the Machine and the Size of the log being turned.

Success was hard to achieve, but thru diligence it was done. No one seemed to know exactly what they were trying to make, but all had a good time trying.

Refreshments were provided by Gerald and his wife Yvonne and were greatly appreciated by all.

The Dobrosky's provided the Pine logs from their local Saw Mill for the demo and were much appreciated. They have a Band Saw Mill and for anyone needing lumber cut, they are available.

Our our staff photographer Jeffery was just back from his trip to Alaska and was busy Videotaping and snapping the action.


Picture Gallery

Welcome to tiny turning 101
Using the Router Assy to true up log
Head Drive Assy
14" Tool Rest
Let's do some real turning
It always helps to have someone watching
Let's see, which end should I start on??
I guess this spot will do
NO ...... I think this is the right place
Maybe, but I think it should be over here
Well it's done, but I'll be darned if I know what it is!!!
Well, I think this one is supposed to be a 6' Clothes Pin
Just in time for some refreshments,....


Up Coming Events

  • Aug/Sept: Workshop Date to be determined to prepare Tools and Equipment for the VoTec up coming classes.

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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