LSWA's May 2014 Meeting

Welcome to all of our new club members and guests! Our May 24th, 2014 club meeting will be held at the Woodcraft Store located at 60 FM 1960 West, Houston, TX 77090 Phone: 281-880-0045 starting promptly at 8:30 a.m.

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May Mini-Retreat
“Turning a Wooden Mallet”

This meeting will be feature one of our most popular events, a hands-on woodturning mini-retreat. This year we will be turning a mallet for your woodturning workshop. This is a great project for you to practice your spindle turning skills! In addition, you will walk away with a useful tool to keep by your lathe.

The cost to attend this event and turn a mallet is only $20.00 per person. This helps to cover the cost of the Hard Maple project blank (4.0” x 4.0” x 12” long) and the deli style sandwich for lunch. Please bring correct change with you, as we will be collecting your $20.00 at the door. The retreat will last all morning; we will then break for lunch around noon. If there are any remaining members who wish to turn a mallet, we will resume turning after lunch.

Note: If you wish to attend the retreat, but you do NOT want to turn a mallet - the cost is $10.00 each to help defray the cost of the lunch.

Lathes will be assigned on a first-come, first served basis. If you wish to turn a mallet, please RSVP to me at so I can add you to the list. The following members have reserved a spot on the lathe:

Carroll McGuire, John McCaskill, Jerry Penny, Marshall Perry, Terry Hennessy, Robert Velandia, Elvia Velandia.

Note: Please bring 1) a face shield and dust mask and 2) any tools that you wish to use to complete your project. There will be a limited number of turning tools at the event (Woodcraft’s), but you should bring a few of your tools to make certain you have what you need. Please mark your name on each tool (tape and a black marker work well) that you bring.

We will not be doing any sanding this year… You will turn your project to completion at the event; if you want to sand it, you can take it home and complete any sanding. Since this mallet will be banged around in your studio, there is really no need to sand it. The surface off the tool should be sufficient.

This will be a great project for you to practice beads, coves and use of a skew chisel, roughing gouge, or spindle gouge. Mastering these types of woodturning tools will help you to gain confidence in using other tools on the lathe.

There will be several experienced instructors at the retreat (Pete Allen, Gary Barnes, Brian Greb) to help you as you are turning your mallet. I will also be floating from lathe to lathe as needed and manning one of the sharpening stations.

Invite your woodturning friends: Please invite any of your woodturning friends who you think may be interested in joining our club. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me (Steve) at 713-826-0046 Cell. I will look forward to seeing you all at Woodcraft. Take care and best wishes to you and yours!

Steve Russell
LSWA President, Treasurer and Webmaster