Any club member who is interested in running for any position on the Woodworking Club Board of Directors for the 2020 term should make that known by contacting Jim Austin or Bill Bable. The positions on the board are President, Vice-President, Treasurer and Secretary. Election of officers will occur at the annual meeting portion of the holiday luncheon event on December 11.
Club Holiday Luncheon
The location of this year's holiday luncheon/annual meeting on December 11 is the Activity Center Auditorium. All SCOV Woodworking Club members are invited and are urged to attend. A member may bring one guest. The reason for changing the location of the event from previous years' location, the Desert Oasis, to the Auditorium is there will be no need to limit the number attending. Despite the claim that, in previous years, the event was open to all members, it was open only to the first 22 members who got to the signup sheet in the shop. All members planning to attend this year must sign up in the shop by December 6. This is required to ensure the adequacy of food, seating, etc. Please do not sign up unless you have firm plans to attend. Members who do not sign up by December 6 are still welcome to attend, but no food, and probably no seating, will be available for them. Election of club officers for 2020 will take place during the annual meeting portion of this event.
Woodworking Club Assist To SCOV Residents
We are frequently asked by SCOV residents, clubs and HOA functions if someone in the club can make or repair an item for them. Here's the answer: Normally, club members work only on their own projects, and most are unable or reluctant to take on other projects. That said, there is a good chance the repair can be done by the monitor or another person in the shop, especially if the repair is fairly simple and straightforward. Good news! The club will try something new: One evening a month, a group of club members will be at the woodshop to help residents with repairs and simple projects. The first event will be Thursday, November 21, 6 PM to 9 PM. The first step in taking advantage of this is to tell the club what you want done. To do that, download the Help Request Form from the link below, print it, fill it out and give it to the monitor on duty in the shop any time Mondays through Fridays between 9 AM and 4 PM. There is also a link to view a sample form that you may find helpful. Help Request Forms will also be available from the monitor in the shop.
Some of the wood our members use for their projects is “old wood” like barn siding, live slabs, logs, wood from questionable sources, etc. Unlike new lumber purchased from local sources, this old wood can easily be hiding embedded metal such as bullet fragments, nails and other fasteners. Inspecting the wood visually will often not reveal such items, and, when processed on our woodworking machines, can damage cutters, blades, activate a SawStop brake and even injure people. To help prevent this, the club has purchased a Little Wizard II metal detector to help look for problems. It is designed specifically for woodworkers. Members are asked to contact the monitor on duty to get help using this device prior to processing questionable wood on our machines. Click on the link below to learn how to operate the device.
The Club has a policy that is to be followed when a brake activation occurs. Click here to read it.
New Member Safety and Equipment Training
A change has been made in how to obtain the training that is required of a new member prior to working in the shop and operating the equipment. Click here or contact a club officer or monitor to learn about the process. The training videos on DVDs are no longer available in the SCOV Library.
Dangerous Miter Saw Operation
Occasionally, (too often in fact.) a monitor will observe a member attempting to make a cross-handed cut on one of our Bosch miter saws. If you are wondering what a cross-hand cut is, an example is when a person is holding the work against the fence on the right side of the blade with the left hand while operating the saw with the right hand. It is hard to imagine that anyone would think this is a good idea. Next time you are in the shop, read the hot pink safety sign above one of the Bosch saws to see what it says about cross-handed cuts, or click here.
Hot Pink Safety Posters
Members should have noticed the recent appearance of hot pink safety posters that have been prominently hung above many of our machines. These posters contain the most important and relevant rules and procedures for operating the machine and are written in a style that involves both humor and sarcasm. The motive for the humor and sarcasm is that should make them more interesting to read, and even if the sarcasm generates complaints from our membership, what the posters say is more likely to be remembered and discussed than the dry, boring and uncontroversial safety posters you expect to see in a woodshop and around woodworking machinery. The motive for taking this approach with safety posters is that equipment damage and unsafe practices in the shop appear to be on the increase, and it is hoped this can be reversed. We hope all members will read, heed and be entertained by the posters.
The text of these posters can be found in this website on the individual equipment pages that are accessed via the Equipment Page. A couple of examples are here and here.
Keep It Clean!
We are hearing an increasing number of complaints from members about some members failing to clean up on and around their work areas and machines after they are done with the area and machine. All members, please be considerate of other members by thoroughly removing chips, sawdust and debris from the machines you have used and on the floor around the machines and other areas where you have worked in the shop. Failing to do this is inconsiderate and creates resentment.
On Mondays Through Fridays, The Shop Closes At 4 PM.
All members are urged to plan their work in the shop so that they can clean their work area and exit the shop at or before 4 PM. Monitors are not obligated to keep the shop open for anyone after 4 PM. So, please don't come in the shop at 3:30 PM with a task that takes more than 30 minutes and expect a monitor to keep the shop open for you. Everyone's cooperation and courtesy in this regard will be appreciated.
Who Can Work In The Shop During Other Than Normal Working Times?
Our Shop Rules and Procedures tells us that, "Only monitors are authorized to work in the woodshop during other than the normal times, i.e. 9 AM to 4 PM, Monday through Friday." A member who is a designated monitor and is working in the shop during other than those times is not acting as the shop's monitor and cannot and will not be expected keep the shop open for non-monitors. Working in the shop during other than normal working times is a perk available only to members who have been qualified and approved as monitors.
Working With Small Parts Safely-or-How To Keep All Your Fingers
Many of our members make toys for Seniors For Kids, grandchildren, to add something to a collection or just for the fun of making something nice that doesn’t require lots of expensive materials. That is a short list of the pros of making toys and other small items. The cons are that these small items require the making of small parts that tend to bring one’s body parts very close to spinning blades and cutters with the potential of causing life-altering injuries. It is possible, though, to cut, plane and sand small parts safely and accurately if methods are used that will keep hands out of harms way. Those of us who are have little experience in making small parts have resources in the shop to help us. Those resources are members who have experience and knowledge in this area. Ask questions; get their help. There is also some great information on the internet on the subject. On this website's Links For Learning page, there are several links that are well worth checking out. They are: