Monday Night Recap, Jan 15, 2024


Fire Inspection –Kade Bolger and Paul Kidson provided and update on current direction in responding to (Fire Inspector’s Report) as received December 24, 2023. Extensive discussion regarding implications and next steps took place. Key issue seems to be classification of our club wood shop as Group F2 Industrial, which if so classified, will require very costly upgrades – upgrades which may not even be feasible. Executive has sought and is seeking rationale for Inspector’s F2 Industrial classification and is researching feasibility of upgrades to help compile response that is required within 30 days of receiving the Inspector’s report (by Jan 22, 2024). Needless to say, a significant amount of Club Executive time and resources are being expended on this issue. Any further succinct written input to Club Executive is welcome and appreciated.

Kade Bolger — Shop Clean up Saturday Jan 20th at 10am to noon. In light of recent inspection, emphasis on need to help keep the shop always in top form was noted. 6-10 helpers would be much appreciated.

Don Mcfarlane – Scroll sawing for beginner’s course Jan 16, 1-3 pm is full. But, if interested 3D Compound cutting 6-8pm Tuesday night Jan 23rd may still have openings – contact Don via email if interested.

Group buy of wood from KJP hardwoods (Ottawa) to get over the $250 minimum needed to avoid shipping charges is being considered. Please visit KJP Hardwoods website <> and contact Don directly if you are interested in being part of the group buy for high quality reasonably priced woods, before Monday Jan 22, 2024.

Kade Bolger — Last call for outstanding 2024 membership dues owed (payment deadline was Jan 1, 2024) to maintain membership in good standing.

Scroll Saw Group interest –mentioned again this week, a member is interested in Scroll Saw get together (aka like wood turning nights). If anyone would like to join such a group please email Kade Bolger

Wood turning 101 courses Contact Kade Bolger if interested. Room may be available or your name will be added to a waiting list. One course starts Wednesday Feb 7th with Chris Lapine (format 3 hours/night each week for 8 weeks), with wood turning support available as well. Kade Bolger is separately planning Thursday/Friday 8 hour sessions.

Flatwork course – timing TBA possibly, 2 – Fridays or 2- Saturdays – please email Paul Kidson if interested.

Paul Kidson provided highlights of upcoming Continuing Education being considered and planned and sought input if anyone has further ideas…

  • Rob Cosman u-tube – Tools not to buy
  • Live Wig Stand Demonstration
  • Kopper Mill
  • 3d Cutting Board build
  • Busy Bee store information session
  • Wood edging Products
  • Tool sharpening insights

50/50 for the good of the club winner – Paul Kidson

Meeting was adjourned at 8:15pm

Thanks to Chris Lapine & Ron Avery for running the meeting’s Audio Visual and Zoom recording

Show & Tell

Kade Bolger — 2 styles of very small and intricate box lids (1) Mortise & Tenon style lid and (2) Inlet lid. Finials of ash double dyed red. Dying process – alcohol (not water-based powder) dye sanding prep to only 220 grit, first dark colors black then red (when sanding need to be careful not to burnish the wood). Kade also provided tip related to throat plates for band saw by making wooden throat plates using 3”x3”x3/4” hardwood blank turned on lathe with different diameters suited to specific band saw requirements (e.g. 2 ¾ and 2 ¼) .

Dan Alexander—serving tray approx 12”x24” checker design using ash and cherry with HD/Lowes available plastic feet and cabinet handles.

Gene Hutchison – numerous designs of recently turned pens using kits from Wood Chuckers and Lee Valley. Coating used was ‘pens plus’

Doug Ricketts – laminated ash table top that required ‘flattening-the-board’ technique. For the drawer itself and the container in which the drawer fit all walnut – corners done with figure joints that were hand friction assembled and glued (Tite Bond 3). Tape used to prevent excess glue from finger joints staining wood.

Jack Howey – small step stool from Flatwork 101 along with a matching larger twin stool approximately 30”x13”x18 ½” made of cherry. Unsuccessfully tried to finish with tongue oil (blotchy) so resorted to varathane.

Gabby Boileau – flat Christmas decoration ornament in the image of a cottage (included new addition on cottage). Image traced onto wood, then carved and burnished for visual impact.

Steve Hutcheon – showed his fabricated adjustable 90 degree corner mitre jig for cutting a spleen into the two 45s (that make up the 90 degree corner). Spleen to provide for joint strength and precise positioning.

Dave Fletcher – small deep turned bowl made of ash wood, using an Elsworth tool to get inside bowl to hollow out rim

Next Meeting: 2024-01-22 Monday at 6:30pm