The main focus of November’s meeting will be for our members to have an opportunity to buy, sell, or trade any tools or supplies (including wood) that they no longer need. In the past, the tools have generally been related to woodworking, but you’re welcome to bring pretty much anything (please leave the baked goods at home!). You’re also welcome to bring machinery, but if it’s too heavy/awkward to easily move you might want to consider taking a photo or two, then print it and make a sign. Remember, selling tools to a bunch of woodworkers is kinda like preaching to the choir — don’t miss this opportunity to clean house!
To start the meeting, we will have three small presentations on tablesaw-related accessories that will enhance your safety and quality of work. Bill James and Ken Bayer will each show the push stick/block that they have used for the vast majority of their work over the years, explaining the features that they value most. Bill recently completed a small production run of about 30 push blocks and will have about 20 to give away (while supplies last) to any member who would like one to try in their shop.
The second and third accessories are items that have allowed Bill to work alone now that he is retired and no longer always has an extra set of employee hands available to assist with some tasks at the table saw. The first is a featherboard design that Bill recently saw in a Fine Woodworking tip which requires no clamps to hold it in place, yet works so well as to almost be unbelievable. The second is an auxiliary fence that allows a person working alone to better support and align long boards at the table saw (thank you Pinterest!).
– Bill James