Guild Meeting April 17, 2013

We would like to thank all of you who took the time to complete the survey we sent out recently. We compiled some useful information and are working on doing some things that will help the guild be of more interest and more rewarding to its members.

One of the common threads in the survey results is the desire for meetings that involve more teaching and demonstration of woodworking techniques with hands on use of tools.  We have an excellent opportunity for just such a meeting this coming Wednesday April 17th at Al Swanson’s Shop in the Great Northern. (see map below)

Al is currently working on several chests that incorporate joinery techniques required for solid-wood-construction. During the meeting, we will discuss and demonstrate the application and use of sliding dovetails for drawer dividers using the router and a guide jig. We will also discuss and demonstrate the application and construction of telescoping web frames as drawer runners, using the table saw to make the needed mortise and tenon joints.  All of these joinery techniques will be executed with wood movement in mind — critical in building pieces that will endure over time.

We will meet at 6:30 PM and look to start the actual presentation by 6:45, lasting about an hour and a half. Hopefully we will see all of you there-it will be a good opportunity to get back together again and also to learn something and check out a pretty cool work space!  Any questions feel free to contact guild president, Jeff Camplese via email (jcamplese@imt.ne) or call him at 459-5915.

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Here’s Al’s video of dovetails:

 

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March 2011 Guild Meeting hosted by Tim Carney

Our March Guild meeting will be hosted by Tim Carney on Monday, March 7th at Helena Hardwoods. Our meetings begin at 5:30 and usually go til about 8 pm or 8:30.

Tim is providing grilled gourmet sausages with buns and all the fixins. Bring a side dish, salad or beverage if you’d like.
Tim has arranged for a special guest, professional photographer, Tom Ferris, to present the program on Monday night. Tom works for the state as a photographer. He also has his own photography business. He has graciously helped Tim decide on the type of studio photography equipment to purchase for the Helena Woodworkers Guild. This equipment will be kept in Dave’s office at Helena Hardwoods so it is available to any Guild member to use during Dave’s working hours.
Tom will give us beginners some pointers on how to photograph our woodworking with the Guild’s new lighting kit and backdrop. Bring your cameras if you’d like him to tell you how to use your particular type of camera for your furniture or small item photography.
We’ll use a table from Chris, and some of the chairs made by local woodworkers that Dave has in his office, as example pieces for the demonstration.
Hope to see you there!
Here is a map to Helena Hardwoods. It’s on the North side of Highway 12, about 1/2 mile east of Walmart.
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January Guild Meeting


Our January Guild Meeting will be hosted by Dan McCardle at his shop.


Dan hasn’t totally decided what specifically to share with us, but he will have one of his carved beds under construction (see photo left.) He says, “Bring your carving questions or projects and we can talk carving. Maybe I’ll dust off some of my motorized carving tools in case anyone is curious and wants to try them out.”

As usual, our host will provide a hot main dish and a salad. Members are welcome to bring sides and beverages.

Directions to Dan’s shop: (click the link, left, for a Google Map)
The address is 626 Monroe Ave, between Gilbert and Power. Head west up Gilbert St. about 5 blocks past Dearborn, Madison, Harrison…then make a left on Monroe. Dan’s house is yellow, 2nd on the right. Park on Monroe. Walk down the alley next to his house. His shop is around back. Its a cedar shingled garage.

Dan will try to get some sand on the alley so nobody hurts themselves.
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October Woodworkers Guild Meeting

Hello Wood Enthusiasts and Professionals Alike,

Paul Anderson has graciously offered to host the next guild meeting, and I’ve finally succeeded in getting ahold of him to get the details. My apologies for the late notice. We’ll meet at his house this Monday the 18th at 5:30.

Paul has restored a circa 1948 scroll saw that should be interesting to check out.

He’s providing a Ham main dish, so you can bring a side dish, beverage or just your fascinating and talented self.

Directions to his place are as follows: Find Colonial Drive which is also the Frontage Road between Helena and Montana City. There is a 4 way stop intersection about half way between the South Helena Exit Rotary and the Montana City Rotary. If you’re coming from Helena on Colonial Drive, you will make a left turn at this intersection. If your coming from Montana City, you’ll make a right. Cross over the highway, make a left on Antler, then a right on Browtine, then a left on Spike St…Paul’s house is #14 Spike St. (map below)

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Note from webmaster: the illustrations are just for fun. These do not represent the scroll saw Paul will show us. 🙂
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March Guild Meeting: Top Secret Horizontal Router Setup

Our March meeting will be hosted by Chris Yahvah (those are photos of his shop, left.) The meeting will be at 5:30 pm on Monday March 1st.

Chris will share his knowledge of the horizontal router and his top secret and much used router setup.

Guild members, please note, Chris Yahvah has a new email address: cyahvah(at)gmail(dot)com

MEETING DETAILS:

Date: Monday, March 1, 2010

Time: 5:30 pm til or 8 or 8:30 pm

Place: 6153 Lazyman Gulch at Chris Yahvah Cabinets

Food: Chris will provide a spaghetti main dish. Members, please bring a side dish and something to drink.

Directions: To get there take Highway 12 heading west out of town, take a left at Colorado Gulch (to the south), go about 2 1/2 miles up the gulch. On the right will be 3 big black mail boxes and the Lazyman Gulch sign. Take a right there and an immediate left. If you do not have 4-wheel drive park here and walk up the rest (watch out for ice.) if you do have 4-wheel drive, drive on up to 6153.

See you there!

 

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January Guild Meeting: Sharpen Your Mind & Your Tools


Our January meeting will be hosted by Tim Carney. The meeting will be Monday January 18 at 5:30 pm.

We will watch a video, Sharpening Simplified on the basics of sharpening hand tools.

 


Everett Ellenwood says of the dvd, “Having trouble getting your carving tools razor sharp? In Sharpening Simplified, I show you simple proven method to get your carving tools properly contoured and sharp, each time you sharpen them.”

Tim will also show us a few of the projects available for us to help with the trolley restoration project we visited at our last meeting.

 

 

Date: Monday, January 18, 2010
Time: 5:30 pm til or 8 or 8:30 pm
Place: 3025 East Bozeman Avenue at Timothy’s Fine Woodworkng
Food:
Tim will provide the main dish — most likely a big pot of homemade soup that’ll go warm us up in this cold weather. Members, please bring a side dish and something to drink.

Directions: To get to Tim’s shop, take Highway 12 East to Carter Drive (just east of Walmart) Turn north on Carter Drive. Go over the railroad tracks and take a right on Bozeman. His shop is less than 1/4 mile from Carter Drive — it’s on the southwest corner of the tan building.

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December Guild Meeting: Trolley Car #3 Restoration



Our December meeting will be hosted by the Lewis and Clark County Historical Restoration Committee. Not only will be have an opportunity to view the Trolley Car #3 preservation project, but dinner will be provided by the committee, so please join your fellow woodworkers and our host, Rich Palmer, Monday evening.



Rich
will give a talk about an ongoing committee project, therestoration of trolley car #3; then we’ll go by bus to see the trolley preservation project and be bused back to the Great Northern Town Center.

Date: Monday, December 7th
Time: 5:30 pm til or 8 or 8:30 pm
Place: 845 Great Northern Boulevard
Food: the Lewis and Clark Historical Preservation Committee is providing dinner. All you have to bring is yourself and your curiosity.
Can’t pass this up!

Photos are from the Lewis&Clark Historical Preservation Committee website here.

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September Guild Meeting: Sharpening a Handsaw

Our September meeting will be held September 22nd at Will Rex’s shop. This is our first meeting since our summer hiatus and we hope all of our guild members take the time out from your busy schedules to get together at Wills.

Please join your fellow woodworkers as Will shows us how to sharpen a hand saw and gives us a tour of his shop.

We will also discuss the upcoming Fall Art Walk and our 5th Annual Art of Wood Exhibit. We would love to see everyone there to start our year off with lots of great energy.

Date: Tuesday, September the 22nd
Time: 5:30pm til about 7:30 or 8 pm
Food: Will is providing pizzayay! Please bring a side dish and something to drink. Since its getting much harder to recycle glass we suggest you bring beverages in cans rather than bottles. Moose Drool and Kettle House (from Missoula) have good beers available in cans now. There’s also the usual pop and tea in cans or water in plastic bottles (these can be recycled too.)

Also, parking is limited at Will’s so please carpool if you can. Thanks!

Directions: Take I-15 south to the Montana City Exit. Follow frontage road south approximately 4 miles until it snakes left crossing Prickly Pear Creek and continuing under the interstate. Continue south for 1/2 mile more, look for the large green sign indicating Gruber Estates on the left. Turn left and head up Hanging Tree Gulch for 1/4 mile. Will’s is the green house on the right, tucked off the road.

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Remember, our meeting will be on a Tuesday instead of our usual Monday.

Photo above is from Will’s website, Golden Stone Carpentry … kitchen cabinets by Will Rex

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March Guild Meeting: Becoming Guild-Website-Literate

Our March guild meeting is scheduled for 5:15 pm, Monday, March 16 at the Lewis and Clark Library. As we did for our February meeting, we have the computer lab scheduled from 6-8 for our evening’s presentation, and we’ll have dinner in that large conference room from 5:15 to 6:00 pm.

The Guild is providing the entire meal, including beverages. We’ll eat in the large conference room off of the library’s new lobby. Again, please do not bring your own beverages this time — the library does not allow alcohol on the premises. The meal is on us!

Our February meeting was fantastic — Bill Daigle did a great job of teaching us the basics of a simple, free CAD-like program, Sketchup. Maureen was scheduled to show us how to get around on Facebook and our guild website, but she was stricken with a nasty flu and wasn’t able to make it. She’ll be here at our March meeting to try it again.

Maureen will give us hands-on practice using the Guild’s websites and Facebook network

Basics to be covered by Maureen will include setting up online photo storage, uploading photos, setting up simple websites for members who do not have an online presence, and registering for your own Facebook page so that you can participate in the Guild’s Facebook activities and announcements. Please consider checking this out even if you don’t think you’ll spend much time on Facebook or the guild’s website. There are many ways you can make use of the Guild’s online offerings, not only for participating in Guild activities, or to promote your woodworking hobbies or businesses. With your own web site or Facebook page, you can share your woodworking with your friends and families.

Please come — we’d like to see a great turn-out. If you’re not a member but want to know what we do, or how to use the internet to further your woodworking interests, you are welcome to attend.

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February Guild Meeting: Sketchup & Making Use of our Websites

Our February guild meeting will be held late in the month this time — we are scheduled for Monday, February 23 at the Lewis and Clark Library. We have the large conference room scheduled from 5:30-8:30pm and the computer lab scheduled from 6-8 so we’ll be in both rooms after our social time and meal.

The Guild is providing the entire meal, including beverages. We’ll eat in the large conference room off of the library’s new lobby. Please do not bring your own beverages this time — the library does not allow alcohol on the premises. The meal is on us!

Bill Daigle will demonstrate the basics of Sketchup, which he uses to design his woodworking projects. The library will have the software loaded onto computers in the lab, so we can follow along with Bill on the overhead monitor.

There are 10 student stations in the lab, so plenty of computers for us to share. Even if you don’t know how to use a computer, you might like to see what can be done with computer-aided-drafting/drawing and design.

Maureen will have at least two computers set up in the conference room, to give us hands-on practice using the Guild’s websites and Facebook network (left)

Basics to be covered by Maureen will include setting up online photo storage, uploading photos, setting up simple websites for members who do not have an online presence, and registering for your own Facebook page so that you can participate in the Guild’s Facebook activities and announcements. Please consider checking this out even if you don’t think you’ll spend much time on Facebook or the guild’s website. There are many ways you can make use of the Guild’s online offerings, not only for participating in Guild activities, or to promote your woodworking hobbies or businesses. With your own web site or Facebook page, you can share your woodworking with your friends and families.

Another simple SketchUp sketch with the final product below:



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