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February 2017
Imagine! Create! Live!
Web Links At the Meeting Last Meeting Notes Tip of the Month Editors Notes
Tips
Product Reviews

Help Wanted - Membership Chairman.

All good things must come to an end. Ed Bunker, veteran and timeless membership chairman of the Guild is retiring after the March meeting. If you are conversant with Microsoft Office and especially with MS Access and lean toward helping in the background, then this may be the place for you. Busy the first two months of the year, you are an integral part of the Guild management team the rest of it. Be a part of keeping the woodworking arts alive. See Ed or Jim at the meeting on February 27. YOUR GUILD NEEDS YOU!

From the President

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Welcome to February.  If shop clutter has given you the winter blues but you don't how to get to a clean, efficient shop; think 5S.  Sort, set in order, shine, standardize, sustain.  Read the attached article for details.  http://www.highlandwoodworking.com/woodnews/2010march/5s.html
Implementing the 5S principles in your shop will maximize use of your space, make you more efficient, and extend your creative time.  Try it; you'll like it.
See you at the meeting.
Jim Francis

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At the Next Meeting - Everything You've Always Wanted To Know About Surface Planers ...

but were afraid to ask. Presented by Gary Stephens

This month’s presentation will cover everything you ever wanted to know about surface planers. The presentation will deal with that 4 letter word called SNIPE (yes, I know it's got five letters) and how to minimize it or eliminate it. We will discuss dust control and what to do with the sawdust, static electricity generated by the dust control. The presentation will also discuss the pro’s and con’s of upgrading a surface planer to a spiral cutter head. Discussion will also center about flatting stock, edge planning stock, proper grain feed direction and maintenance checks.

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Pop Quiz - What's the difference between a dado and a rabbet?

Last Meeting Notes - The Guild Annual Safety Review

Marc Adams' Power Tool Safety Cards

Marc Adams Power Tool Cards

Tip of the Month - Easy Router Joinery

laout pictureI first published this tip in 2014. It's worth doing again. Using a router for dados (yes, and rabbets) is a really great answer. Read on.

Routing dadoes and grooves with a shopmade T-square works great. The setup is quick and easy. But most T-squares are usually made for a specific diameter of router bit. The auxiliary router base and T-square you see here solves that problem. This allows me to accurately position and rout four sizes of dadoes and grooves by simply rotating the router. To use the jig, align the notch in the cleat with your layout mark. Butt the appropriate edge of the base plate against the fence and make the cut.

layoutThe acrylic baseplate for the router is really the star of the show. The bit opening is offset from the center as you can see below. This means each side of the baseplate can be used to rout a different dado. The T-square is simple — it’s just a long fence attached at a right angle to a cleat. The cleat holds the fence square to the workpiece. I used the router with the baseplate to rout an alignment notch for each bit size. Each notch corresponds to one edge of the baseplate. The notches are used to accurately position the jig on the workpiece.

A printable version is attached.Click Here to View

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Quiz Answer: A dado is an extinct flightless bird and a rabbet is a fuzzy animal with long ears.

Editors Notes

Sorry. The devil is in the details and he made me do it. See you at the meeting.

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