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General Meeting—Feb 17, 2018

January 16, 2018
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Our February General Meeting will be held at Marty Mikovits’ Cabinetmaking shop in Mason, NH. Please register here.

Our agenda includes another segment in the What’s in YOUR Shop series, a featured presentation of Mike Foster’s work in turned art, and of course our meet and greet with coffee and donuts.


  • 9:00    Meet and Greet – coffee and donuts
  • 9:45    What’s in YOUR Shop – Sandpaper
  • 11:15  Business Meeting
  • 12:00  Brown Bag Lunch – BYOL
  • 1:00   Turned Wood Art by Mike Foster
  • 3:00   Adjourn

“What’s in YOUR Shop”
Each General Meeting we pick a rather mundane topic that impacts all of us and invite each and every attendee to share his or her thoughts and experiences.  The series is not so much a presentation as it is an “audience participation” event.  So, come and let us know what you think of this meeting’s topic: SANDPAPER

Sanding and Sandpaper
Sanding – something we all love to hate.  But it’s the first step in getting a fine finish on our projects.  Sandpaper has come a long way since the first recorded use of sandpaper in 1st-century China. Do you have a favorite type of sandpaper or abrasive?  Flint, garnet, emery, aluminum oxide, corundum, silicon carbide, zirconia, ceramic, diamond? What backings do you prefer?  Or do you reject sandpaper and use a finely tuned smoothing plane or card scraper?  What techniques do you find helpful?  [Do you tire of putting a perfect edge on a scraper?  Take a piece of picture frame glass, scribe and break a new edge and use that – it really works!].  Do you know the difference between CAMI and FEPA grading?  Power sanders - random orbit, belt, disk, stroke, detail sanders – hand sanding, contour sanding, the list goes on and on.  Come and give us your thoughts on this mundane topic that all of us have encountered in one way or another.

Featured Presentation
Our afternoon will feature the Turned Wood Art of Mike Foster.  The great outdoors, the sciences, science fiction and the relationship of math and science are some of his interests and provide endless sources of inspiration for his turned work. He has received numerous awards and has been featured in a number of publications, most recently the February, 2017 edition of American Woodturner.  If you have not seen Mike’s work, take a look at his web site:

Mike will present a slide show that briefly covers the body of his work, much of which has deep roots in math and the sciences. He will display some of the forms that has resulted from this exploration, and include slides on how he went about creating some of the more complex forms using the lathe as his primary tool.

He will then do a brief demo how to turn a sphere using the shadow method.

The resulting sphere will be marked for 8 centers that will then be used to turn the sphere between centers to create an octahedron.  During the demo Mike will explain how he expands on the technique to create a number of geometric forms and show some examples of the results.

Getting there
Marty’s shop in Mason is west of Nashua and directions to 165 Brookline Rd., Mason NH 03048-4508 can be found on Google Maps.  We expect winter parking will be limited at Marty’s shop, so please carpool if you can.

A few Reminders
Don’t forget a chair and brown bag lunch. Also, this will be the Last call for participating in our group purchase of discounted Taunton Magazine Publications.  See our website for details.


Be Aware of Scammers
Answering These Ads!

Please be aware that there is a scammer answering these ads. Be careful!!!!

I recommend that you only take CASH or checks from people you know. Very little of the stuff that is advertised is so rare or such a great deal that someone would hire an “agent” to ship it.




If you are selling something online, as a business or through classifieds ads, you may be targeted by an overpayment scam.

The scammer will contact you, make you an offer—often quite generous—then make payment through credit card or cheque. They will be for an amount that is greater than the agreed price.

The scammer will contact you with an apology for the overpayment, offering a fake excuse. The scammer might tell you that the extra money was included to cover agent’s fees or extra shipping costs. Or they may just say they simply made a mistake when writing the cheque.

The scammer will then ask you to refund the excess amount or they will ask for you to forward the amount through to a third party. They will ask for this to through an online banking transfer, pre-loaded money card, or a wire transfer such as Western Union. You then discover that their cheque has bounced or the credit card had been a stolen or fake card.

A newer variation on this scam involves online sales, usually through classified sites, where the scammer pretends to have made a payment for a larger than agreed amount through services such as PayPal by sending a fake receipt of payment. The scammer will claim that the money is being held until you forward on the extra money.

If you send any money, you will not get it back. If you have already sent the ‘sold’ item you will lose this as well. At the very least, the scammer will have wasted your time and prevented you from accepting any legitimate offers on your sale.

I just wanted other Sellers to be careful as I see some valuable machines for sale here.