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July General Meeting - Roger Crooks & Team - Why Turn

  • 20 Jul 2021
  • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Zoom Online


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Guild General Meeting

July 20, 2021

6:30 Social time  - 7:00 Meeting

Roger Crooks and Northwest Woodturners

   Why Turn



The Guild Shop has all the tools that a woodworker could ever ask for except one - a lathe.  There are many reason why but that is for another discussion.  An increasingly number of members have a lathe or are considering a lathe to roundout their woodworking experience.  Tonight's presentation will focus on "Why should you take up turning", what to look for in a lathe and discuss what you need to be a woodturner.  Hint - the lathe is probably the cheapest part of your expenditure.

I will be joined by members of Northwest Woodturners to share our knowledge of woodturning.

  1. Why Turn – what can I make on a lathe - Roger Crooks
    • Types of turning – bowls, spindles, hollow forms, spheres, platters, wall art, etc.
  2. Picking a Lathe – benchtop to free standing, power, what the numbers mean, etc. - John Beechwood
    • Parts of the lathe, what is important to understand and considerations when picking a lathe
  3. Chucking Techniques – Tom Willing
    • Probably the second most important topic (after sharpening) - how to hold the wood.  Jam chucks, 4 jaw chucks, between centers, etc
  4. Tools – gouges, scrappers, skews, etc – Mike Meredith
    • What to look for when selecting a tool, what each tool is used for, what is a good starter set, etc
  5. Sharpening equipment and jigs – Dave Wood
    • The first skill you need is how to sharpen your tools.  New tools are not sharp and a dull tool is dangerous and not a lot of fun.
  6. Finishing a product – Mike Meredith
    • As in furniture making, the perfect table with a bad finish is a crappy product.  While there are similar concepts between the two, you options for finishing a turned product are different.


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