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    Been a tad warm today. Bit hotter than expected.

    We had chicken for tea



    Some of you may not know but we started home schooling our children last year. As a result we have become familiar with a large large home schooling community.

    From a farm not so far away came Michelle and her 6 children. They were very pleased have an introduction to woodturning. Oskar turned a pen



    Also with the help and watchful oversight of Kryn, Amber turned herself a pen.





    Later another of her siblings turned a pen and Oskar was abke to choose the subject matter for an impromptu demo by Brendan Stemp. A plate. He scored the olate to take home.

    Brendan later turned a natural edge bowl and will be back in the morning to do a pepper grinder.

    There was demo in rhe morning of thread chasing. This is one that needs a bit more practice.

    The flatwork boys had a play on their routers and some boxes were made.

    In the morning will try for some more lics for those who have missed out.

    Food .... I think I jave put on a few kgs. Sally (Mrs Simplicity) has been a stellar help to Raechell behind the scenes

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    Default Watcha Dooen at Dooen - 27, 28 & 29 GTG 2017

    Hey Dave & Raechell ,
    Thank you for a great weekend again .
    It was great to see some old faces and awesome to meet some new faces .
    Demos were great .
    It looked like everyone enjoyed themselves .
    It was good to see some wood chips being done.
    Matt was happy to see the router table being used , ( he doesn't get the time he likes on it )

    Would like to shout out a big thank for Kryn
    For making my pink pen
    I think it's awesome .
    Also for showing my husband how to do them too [emoji3]

    Also some of you may not know that Gab brought up a pen that he made for me
    What a great guy .
    I absolutely love my new pens [emoji3]

    Cheers Sally & Matt

    On our way back to Melbourne

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    Is that a "pink penther?"

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    Back to the grind as another GTG has well and truley come to an end.

    Big thanks to everyone who came. Without you all it just wouldn't be a GTG.

    Fantastic effort put in by those who demonstrated whether it was Gifkin, Incra or on the lathes.

    A few new faces this year from on and off the forum. Was great to see. Ones many are likely to know are KBpensnmore, Chris Parkes and Brendan Stemp.

    Some of you may know that in the last year we started home schooling our children. This has introduced us to a huge network of other home schoolers both locally and across the country. This year I gave a last minute invite to home schoolers. Many expressed interest but circumstances only allowed one family with 6 children to attend this year.

    After speaking to most of the woodies in attendance I have decided to make the Friday mext year a home schooling special. Families can attend and whatever woodies are happy to do so, they can see some of theae young people thru a project. This might be making a pen, cutting out and decorating a puzzle or the like on a scroll saw, making a toy, a game or what ever else you might come up with.

    If you are happy to intoduce wood work to a young person let me know. You are still welcome for all three days next year even if your preference is not to work with a child next year.

    My phone has died with the few pictures I had so hopefully others will have pics of this weekend to share soon

    DaveTTC

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    This was the a message I received from Michelle last night (mother of 6)

    "Hi, yes thanks so much for a fabulous workshop, They all really enjoyed it. I did too, what a friendly group, very welcoming, your children are lovely. we said goodbye to Rachel, and then left fairly quickly cos Zoe and Lilly where way over tired. The boys are already dreaming of making a bowl! Thanks so much it really was fabulous we could come and learn. cheers Michelle"

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    Quote Originally Posted by crowie View Post
    Come on ladies and gents;
    Is the GTG really happening??
    Were are all the photos???
    Patience Crowie. All will be revealed tomorrow (sometime) - just to whet your appetite there will be 50 images and narrative

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oldgreybeard View Post
    Patience Crowie. All will be revealed tomorrow (sometime) - just to whet your appetite there will be 50 images and narrative
    Looking forward to it

    DaveTTC

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    Dave, THANKS for organizing a FANTASTIC weekend, a special THANK YOU to the ladies for the catering and to the cooks for breakfast, lunch and tea. This being my first time, BUT NOT my last.
    I arrived Friday evening about 6.30, I think it was, and was straight away given a plate of Spaghetti Bolognase, and was introduced to those that were there. The names I can remember were Uncle Al (Happy Birthday Al) Graybeard (Bob, I think) Simplicity (Matt) Doug 3030, Dave TTT and Rachel, Sammy,Thomas, and ? (the Children) Gabriel arrived Saturday Morning, I met Chris Parks (as he was leaving). Unfortunately,I couldn't remember the others that were there or the wives names, so please forgive me.
    As you saw in the pics, I was asked to help the kids turn a pen, which I thoroughly enjoyed, (have to remember to bring along a good supply of kits) they just about depleted Dave's supplies, I'll bring along the Pen Wizard next time, for those that would like to have a play on/with one as well as the polishing buffer system. I learn't a lot and picked up some good ideas and tips.
    Thanks to those that were there, for making me feel comfortable for my first time, and it was a pleasure to meet you and to be able to put a face to the names.
    See you again next year,
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    Kryn, I think the missing child was Tyler, the oldest, then Sammy who no one could forget and finally Tommy.

    It was truly great being able to put a face and personality to the name (a name I had so long mispronounced)

    DaveTTC

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    Thanks to Dave and Rachel for the hospitality and it is always good to put names and faces together at events such as this. I took on the challenge and sharpened Matt's chisel in under three minutes even though it had a serrated edge from trying to cut nails, Uncle Al then produced some really dodgy source unknown blades and they got the same treatment. I surprised myself on Sunday and drove straight through from Dooen to home in under ten hours and did not feel tired at all so I must be getting into the long distance driving routine again, I only stopped once to refuel. It got to 42° on the way back so I am glad I did it yesterday as I think it was hotter today. AC in modern cars is absolutely amazing. BTW anyone want to buy a car? I have to sell it before my new one arrives.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Parks View Post
    Thanks to Dave and Rachel for the hospitality and it is always good to put names and faces together at events such as this. I took on the challenge and sharpened Matt's chisel in under three minutes even though it had a serrated edge from trying to cut nails, Uncle Al then produced some really dodgy source unknown blades and they got the same treatment. I surprised myself on Sunday and drove straight through from Dooen to home in under ten hours and did not feel tired at all so I must be getting into the long distance driving routine again, I only stopped once to refuel. It got to 42° on the way back so I am glad I did it yesterday as I think it was hotter today. AC in modern cars is absolutely amazing. BTW anyone want to buy a car? I have to sell it before my new one arrives.
    Chris
    Thanks for sharping my work chisel.
    It should easily last me till mid day tomorrow.
    It was pleasure meeting you.

    I'm now saving for a slow speed grinder and CBN wheels.[emoji849][emoji849][emoji106][emoji106]

    Cheers Matt

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    Thx Crowie

    Kryn your time spent with the other children making pens went a long way to giving them a fantastic day. Thx again

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    Thanks for that Peter. Sorry, how could I not remember Tyler's name, as I made a point of saying that he was going to be a tiler when he left school. My way of remembering names, to create something that goes with the name.
    One thing I forgot to mention, was that Saturday evening I made the kids a Noughts and Crosses game, Sunday morning Sammy and I had several games,
    which she won most of. The kids that help make a pen were Amber, Leo, Lily and Oscar, I think it was. Lily is that small she couldn't see above the lathe bed, but she held onto the scrapers handle.
    It was a joy to see the kids faces when the pen was finished.
    Will be bringing some drilled glued blanks with different timbers for the kids next time, not fair on Dave to supply everything.
    Looking forward to the next one already, and will be arriving a bit earlier also, to help the kids with their turning, as I'm sure extra help wouldn't go astray.
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    “Watcha dooen at Dooen” 2017
    Firstly, a big thank you to Dave, Rachael, and their 3 children for welcoming us to their property for the Australia Day “woodies” get together.
    Officially the get together commenced on Friday 27th January and I was up at sunrise to capture some images to set the scene for those who unfortunately were unable to attend.
    Image 1 – The sunrise at Dave’s wakes us at 6.00 a.m.
    Image 2 – A quick inspection of the progress on the construction of the bungalow which Dave anticipates will be completed in 4 months.
    Image 3 – The ‘lawn’ in the backyard has been mown as promised.
    Image 4 – Some progress was made yesterday in setting up machinery in the ‘outdoor’ work area under the shade cloth on the back veranda
    Image 5 – Alas, much more work is required before the shed is ready for demos which are scheduled to commence at 10.00 a.m
    Image 6 – The shed is getting close now. Note Dave’s wood turning ‘gallery’ on the shelf behind him

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    Image 6a – Why 6a? Some people just can’t count, but don’t worry there is also a 46a for the same reason. The electronics, video cameras, monitor and sound system have been installed and are set to go.
    Image 7 – Doug got the show on the road with a power carver on the angle grinder
    Image 8 – Chris, Alan and Matt set up the Incra Jig and prepare for the first attempt at cutting dovetails.
    Image 9 – After much confusion and frustration at the lack of success – it’s time to get out the manuals.
    Image 10 – Confused by “old grey haired experts who have never used an Incra Jig” Matt retreats to the couch for a ‘nanna’ nap to rest the brain.
    Image 11 – Meanwhile, Alan brings out the Gilfkins Dovetail Jig and proceeds to cut dovetails.
    Image 12 – In a very short time all the dovetails are cut to make 3 pencil cases

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    Image 13 – Dave tries his hand at cutting dovetails on the Gifkins Jig
    Image 14 – Refreshed from his nap and his ego buoyed by the success the boys have had with the Gifkens Jig, it is time for Matt to master the Incra Jig.
    Image 15 – Beaming with SUCCESS, Matt produces his very first dovetail joint on the Incra Jig
    Image 16 - And a very good fit it is too!!
    Image 17 – The Vicmarc low speed grinder (1440 rpm) with CBN wheel has been set up, and as expected everyone is keen to lend a hand and offer ‘expert’ opinion as to the best methods and adjustments. Sometimes we just never learn.
    Image 18 – At last sanity prevails and Matt demonstrates the sharpening of a flat chisel on the CBN wheel

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    Image 19 – Day break on Saturday morning. Pen making, thread chasing and a demo by Brendan Stemp is scheduled for the day
    Image 20 – Pen blanks are drilled, but this is NOT the recommended method.
    Image 21 – Gabriel has cut the drilled blanks to size and glues in the tubes.
    Image 22 – Tools are sharpened on the Tormek with a CBN wheel (120 rpm) in preparation for the demos
    Image 23 – “Demos” begin on thread chasing but it is soon apparent that theoretical knowledge does not readily equate to practical expertise.
    Image 24 – Perhaps an internal thread might be better – but maybe a bit more experience is required.

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    Image 25 – Alan has purchased a set of Thread Chasing tools and is keen to try them out.
    Image 26 – Collectively some threads were produced, but we suspect that ‘Powderpost’ will not be suitably impressed.
    Image 27 - While the men are hard-at-it in the shed, the girls are enjoying their crafts and a light breeze in the shade of the back veranda
    Image 28 – The glue has dried and Gabriel explains the process of applying a CA finish
    Image 29 – Metal bushings are replaced on the mandrel with nylon cones to prevent the bushings and blanks from becoming solidly glued together. Gabriel holds folded paper towel on one finger beneath the rotating blanks to spread the CA glue while one or two drops of glue are applied directly to the blank from above.
    Image 30 – After applying 20 coats of CA, all 9 grades of micromesh are used to bring out the full lustre of the timber blank.

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    Image 31 – the finished pen.
    Image 32 – As Dave mentioned in an earlier post, we were joined by several ‘home school’ students for a few hours. Kryan quickly became the ‘King of the Kids’ as he takes them through the process of making a pen.
    Image 33 – Brendan generously accepted the ‘challenge’ to turn a plate for one of the home school kids. In doing so he emphasised the need, particularly in a commercial sense, of clearly defining the specification for the article being produced as well as several other insights into commercial wood
    turning throughout his presentations. On the other hand one notes that he is wearing the latest in ‘safety’ thongs!!
    Image 34 – The dual camera setup with one camera overhead and another looking straight down the lathe bed gave everyone a good view of exactly what was happening. A press of a button changed the image from one viewpoint to the other.
    Image 35 – The plate is finished, signed and present to young Oskar. Thank you Brendan.
    Image 36 – Now for Brendan’s real challenge – this spalted, worm eaten lump of Jacaranda (?) is to be turned into a natural edged bowl

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    Image 37 – The blank is mounted to a screw held in the chuck and a tenon turned (for reverse mounting the blank to hollow the interior) and the outside shape defined.
    Image 38 - The bowl is reversed and hollowing of the interior commences
    Image 39 – “BUGGAR” – the tenon breaks!!
    Doesn’t it make you feel much better knowing that this can happen to a professional as well?
    Image 40 – Not to worry – turn a new foot, redefine the shape and continue on.
    Image 41 – Brendan demonstrates the correct tool presentation to ensure the bevel maintains proper contact
    Image 42 – Hollowing a natural edge bowl requires the skill to cut large amounts of air as the wings of the natural edge rotate past the tip of the gouge

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    Image 43 – Brendan prefers to use a round nose negative rake scraper to finish the inside of the bowl as there is potential for considerable tear-out in the spalted and slightly punky wood
    Image 44 – Straight off the lathe and ready for hand sanding
    Image 45 – Sunday morning and Brendan has returned to share some of his secrets in turning and assembling a Crush Grind pepper mill. In this image he discusses the benefits of a 1” auger drill for drilling the body.
    Image 46 – The body has been drilled, turned to shape and finished using Aussie Oil. When jamb chucking the knob to the body, several thickness of paper towel is required as the fit between the two components must be a very slightly loose fit to allow proper rotation of the knob.
    Image 46a – Using a purpose turned mandrel, the top section of the Crush Grind mechanism is hammered home into the knob
    Image 47 – The shape of the mandrel (bottom left of image) is explained by Brendan. The mill only needs the shaft to be trimmed to length to complete the project.

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    Image 48 – A general view of the demo area and the appreciative audience

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    Great set of pics. We did more than I remembered.

    Upto 18 but have to head back to work. I'll be back

    DaveTTC

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