Monday Night Recap, March 27, 2023


Calvin Perry remains in Oshawa hospital (floor C5, room 55) during his recovery period (from a brain bleed). He really appreciates any and all visits from his wood club friends!

Brian Hicks has our membership cards.

Estate sale – Gabi Boileau has info – April    DOC attached above

2X4 Challenge upcoming – end date May 15th, details to follow.

Mats are now here, downstairs.

Next week is first meeting of the month. Coffee and tea and water and your treats

‘Tools of the Trade’ show this weekend at the Pickering Rec centre on Valleyfarm Rd Sunday only.

M and L sharpening in Pickering- cards available

Ongoing Education

Watch the DWC website and your emails for sign-ups for courses

Community Activities

Chad Shaw – the BackDoorMission FOOD DRIVE will continue weekly


Abrasives and Sanding, with the fine and gritty Noel Green

use the sandpaper like someone else is paying for it’ SANDING -A WOODWORKING ESSENTIAL.

Aluminum oxide or garnet or silicon dioxide glued onto a backing. Acutting tool like a chisel or saw. 3M ceramic is a newer product. Quality matters.

GRIT – a number referring to the # of particles that are fit into a square inch: two systems, USA and European.

Types: sheets, discs, belts, mesh, random orbital, other.dimple discs source USE CODE ‘inlayjim’ to get 10% off your order!

Turner’s mesh (abranet), mandrel and disc inserts.

Best type depends on the use and the user. Some types can be friable – grit wears off leaving a new layer. Organization matters.

Inertial sanding tool for less aggressive sanding, polishing to a shine.

Mark the grit # on back of all so that when you drop a piece or forget…

European grits are prefixed with a ‘P’. 180 = P180, but all others are different! Be nice to you – use either USA OR European grits, don’t mix em.

5 rules:

1. keep it sharp and clean. Clean with crepe, start each project with new paper

2. refine the shape and remove all tool damage before moving to next grit. Next grit is only to remove previous grit’s scratch pattern. If turning, consider tool repair, sanding in reverse or with lathe stopped

3. Sand through progressively finer grits without skipping any of them. Rule of 1.5 says to go from one grit to 1.5 times that and continue likewise. Use air to blow off dust and particles.

4. remove all dust and grit between

5.Slow is GOOD, Slower is better – heat is the enemy. Sand cool – slower lathe speed, slower movement, less pressure…slow drill speed. If lathe turning in reverse, ensure chuck is secure and power sand in reverse also

Sanding pads, like scotchbrite pads (3M, SIA) can be good for polishing. Various pastes and polishes for finer finishing. 0000 Steel wool can be used. Toothpaste can be used to polish finished pieces.

Flatwork tips. Turning tips. Sanding Safety_ use a mask!, dust collector, can use wet sanding with water (on acrylics) or oil (on woods) to minimize airborne dust. Walnut dust is toxic!

More sanding tips! Prepare packets, make a static sanding pad on a disc for the lathe. Make specialized sanding pads for curves and special surfaces.

Sanding and finishing is crucial to finished product – take the time!

Gallery, Show & Tell

Guy May – wig stands- maple with sealer and stain/varnish & poly. And a Bandsaw box (oak)

Gene Hutchison– scrolled eagle and horse, with osmo and spraysealer/resin

Noel Green – door stops for BDM/church, made from birch or maple

Next Meeting: Next Monday, April 3