November 2013

Cape Atlantic Woodturners Newsletter

Volume #3, Issue #11
Subject: Club Minutes 11/19/2013

Another night of adventure at the monthly AAW Cape Atlantic wood turners meeting has taken place. Our illustrious Vice President Alan Tasoff will not be attending, he is sick in bed with his feet hanging out. A note from his wife will be expected at the next meeting.

President Ron Befferman has announced he is stepping aside as of this meeting. After ten years he said it is time for new blood to assume the helm and keep this wooden (perhaps corian) ship on it's path. We owe much gratitude and thanks for all the years of time and effort it took to maintain this organization at a level so high. It has been used as a model by governments and fortune 500 companies worldwide, so we tip our face shields to Ron and thank him for everything. Anyone interested in assuming this coveted title may step forward at January's meeting. Jacket and tie are nice but not mandatory for interviews.

Show and tell belonged to Doug James and Joe Jones, some beautiful pieces of artwork they created. Doug brought a thin mahogany bowl with a lip carving with a filigree pattern, someone has a lot of time to work on these items! Joe Had some beautiful and unusual pepper mills, using Multi layers of contrasting wood, very creative indeed.

This evening's Demonstration was about Lathe Maintenance, Arthur Bichsel covering the mechanical aspects and Gerald Bruman taking care of the electrical half. Some interesting tid-bits of information that can help keep your lathes running trouble free for years to come with a little time and effort. Arthur emphasized how important it is to keep our head and tail stock Morse tapers clean, and our lathe beds nick free and well lubricated. He also demonstrated how to adjust the locks on the tool rest and tail stock.

Gerald did a great job of explaining how the Variable Speed Controls work on our Lathes. He brought an Oscilloscope to show what the wave forms look like as we change the speed of the motor from Low to High. He also told us how to clean the dust and chips out of the motor control as not to incur damage to the delicate components in the control box.

Gerald and William Joe embarked upon the task of rescuing Betty's ailing lathe. It was touch and go for a while, but some success was at hand they got the motor running but were not able to change the lathe speed with the Controller. It was diagnosed that a component inside the Controller was broken and would have to be replaced.

All in all the Meeting was very Informative and every one had most of their questions answered. Good work guys and thank you.

A long lost member re-"turned" (a little lathe humor) this evening, hello again to Charlie Town. Look forward to having you at more gatherings, don't be a stranger.

Attendees at the meeting were, John Andrews, Ron Befferman, Jeff Schnell, Bob Broschart, Doug James, Gerald Bruman, Betty Campbell, Arthur Bichsel, Joe Jones, Tom Henry, William Joe, Kathy Fulginiti, Charlie Town and Shirley Hill.

Your skirtless secretary,


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Up Coming Events

  • Our next meeting will be a Holiday Celebration on December 19th at the Library at 7:00 PM.
  • The list is growing. Looks as though we are going to have a nice turnout, plus plenty of food. So far the following members have responded:
    • Arthur and Marilyn Bichsel - Cold shrimp platter
    • Betty Campbell - Cookies
    • Joe Jones - Cut fruit platter
    • Tom and Loretta Henry - Bruschetta platter with roasted pepper and cheese
    • Doug James - Crab/crackers
    • John and Michelle Andrews - Deviled eggs
    • Ron and Ruth Ann - Hummus and pita
    • Jeff Schnell - Coffee
    • Gerald and Yvonne Bruman - Snowballs
    • William Joe - Sodas and Water
    • Bob and Grace Broschart - Mini-sub sandwiches
    • Tom and Linda Cambria - Red wine
    • Alan and Jackie Tasoff - Chicken salad

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
Webmaster/Secretary - Gerald Mc Grantham
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