LSWA's September 2013 Meeting

Welcome to all of our new club members and guests! Our September 28th, 2013 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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September 28th Demonstration
Andy Chen
"Turning Corian"

This month’s demonstration will feature a guest demonstrator - Andy Chen who will be demonstrating how to turn Corian, a man-made resin based kitchen countertop material that is a very popular with woodturners. Andy will discuss how to glue up thin pieces of Corian to make thicker turning blocks. He will also give tips on turning, sanding, finishing and finding supply sources for scrap Corian.

If you’re looking to expand your skills beyond wood, take a look at Corian. Scrap Corian can be found at companies that specialize in installing new/remodeled kitchen countertops. Andy’s last demonstration/lecture on Segmented Turning Techniques in February, was one of our most popular demonstrations this year. You don’t want to miss this world class demonstrator, so make your plans now to attend this month’s Corian Turning demonstration.

Andy’s recent national demos have included the 2009 AAW National Symposium in Albuquerque and the 2010 and 2012 Segmented Symposia at Gatlinburg, TN (Arrowmont) and South Lake Tahoe, CA, respectively. Andy was also just confirmed to teach a woodturning workshop at Arrowmont next year.

A Few Examples of Andy’s Corian Turnings

Andy Chen’s Bio

Andy Chen has been interested in woodworking as early as in high school using only hand tools at that time.  Woodworking became his obsession when he moved to Texas in 1979.  He dabbled in woodturning a little for a few years while building furniture.  He began turning seriously in 1992, initially the segmented variety, because at the time he only had a multi-purpose tool, which was too light and was only able to handle constructed blanks that were already balanced. 

Since the acquisition of a heavy-duty lathe in the spring of 1998, he has been enjoying many forms of turning.  He also enjoys turning materials other than wood, a favorite being Corian.  His greatest interest in turning still lies in segmented vessels.  In addition to woodworking and turning, Andy enjoys designing and modifying tools.  His elliptical platters are turned with the help of an oscillating attachment that he designed. 

Andy is a recognized turner, having demonstrated at numerous regional and national woodturning symposia and local woodturning clubs.  His segmented work has been shown in galleries in Kerrville, TX (Kerr Arts and Cultural Center), Houston, TX (Houston Center for Contemporary Craft) and they were represented by Whistle Pik Galleries in Fredericksburg, TX.  His work has also been included in the photo gallery of Ron Hampton’s book: Segmented Turning: A Complete Guide.    He is the founder and de facto president of the Brazos Valley Turners in the Bryan/College Station area of Texas since 1998.

Donated Lathe Auction

Carroll McGuire has donated a Delta lathe to the club that will be auctioned off to the highest bidder at our September meeting. All proceeds from the auction will benefit the LSWA. Here is some information about the lathe from Carroll:

The lathe is a Delta-Rockwell, model 46-230. It has a 10” swing over the bed and 36” between centers.
I rescued the lathe after being exposed to the elements for several years, including the motor. I soaked everything in Evap-o-rust and got all the parts freed and operational. The cast iron bed and legs have been sandblasted, primed and painted with Sherwin-Williams 12oz. aerosol - High Seas Gray #65009401. It is a near perfect match to “Delta gray”. The upper bed support and lower shelf are treated 2x10 painted black. All BNW are galvanized and new. The drive belt is a new link belt. The headstock spindle and tailstock quill are pitted from corrosion, but are useable. There is an oil leak between the spindle and bearing cap. These items are repairable. I have the original 4-prong spur center and tailstock center. One of the spur center prongs is broken off. Photos of the lathe are shown below.

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. 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