Due to the conflict with the Yom Kippur holiday, our regularly scheduled meeting for October will be moved back a week to October 19th. Please mark your calendars.
Camp Quality is a camp for kids with cancer. Camp Quality of New Jersey was started approximately twelve years ago by the Sunrise Optimist Club of Freehold. Camp Quality’s goal is to help children with cancer to improve their QUALITY of life. Programs occur all year long but each year about thirty five to forty children attend a weeklong summer camp in Blairstown, NJ. Each child has an adult companion and there is a doctor and six nurses in camp for the entire week. Parents are not allowed, the kids have a week to just be kids again.
Central Jersey Woodworkers have been invited for the past five years to come to camp and build projects with the children. This year ten our members attended camp on Sunday morning, August 14th. We precut and organized several different projects in advance for the kids to complete that day. The kits were; a fold up bench, a solid all pine bench, a keepsake box, a key and mail holder, a toolbox/whatever carrier and an “animal” shaped note holder. The kids got to assemble, glue, nail and screw their projects together prior to the paint jobs. In all, over forty projects were completed by the kids.
May’s meeting included finishing techniques. Members Matt Kestenbaum, Marc Gaertner and Steve Altman presented various options for finishing.
Steve Altman covered a thoroughly detailed primer on spray finishing, from equipment selection/maintenance, various sprayed finishes and special emphasis on waterborne finishes and rub-out processes.
Ray Wendrzycki presented a friction finish on the the lathe. A home-brewed blend of light-cut shellac and oil, Ray demonstrated using the heat and friction from an buffing cloth to a spinning bowl to quick cure a lustrous finish.
Marc Gaetner discussed using aerosol (spray-can) polyurethane finish as a top-cop for a fast drying, self leveling finish.