Turners Group

This group is composed of VWC members who have an interest in honing their skills in the use of the lathes available in our shop.  The group meets on the third Tuesday of each month, except during the summer and in December.

At the January meeting, the demonstrator was Al Hockenbery, AAW Board member from Lakeland, FL.

At each meeting the group participates in the following:

  • Show and Tell session where members display and descript their projects.
  • An auction of wood blanks that can be used in future projects
  • A demonstration of lathe operation techniques
  • A social hour after the meeting where attendees congregate whilst consuming drinks of their choice, which they had brought to the meeting

The Show and Tell, Auction and Demonstration portion of these meetings are video-taped so that all VWC Members can learn of projects and turning techniques.  These videos are made available on this website as enumerated on the left.

Members of the Turners Group also contribute to the shop operations in that they are called upon to volunteer to work on Special Projects that involve wood turning, such as fabricating turned table legs or parts of chairs that are brought to the shop for repair.


New Lathes:

There have been some slight difficulties with the tool rest clamping devised on both new lathes.
  • Jet: equipped with a two piece shaped barrel type of clamp, similar to the devise on the Robust lathe, it is important to be sure the device is lined up properly with the interior of the tool rest opening.
  • The capacity over the lathe bed has been increased, because of this the after-market shorter shaft tool rests painted and marked “Jet” may be too short thus causing your tool to be positioned too low on the workpiece. USE THE TOOL RESTS MARKED POWERMATIC, FOR THIS NEW JET LATHE. Continue to use the Jet marked tool rests for the older jets. The black tool rest was supplied with the new lathe and is the proper size.
  • POWERMATIC: This tool makes use of a clamping type device; use ONLY the tool rests marked POWERMATIC on this lathe as the diameter of the Jet tool rests are slightly smaller. Please do not adjust the cap screw located on the left side of the banjo, at the clamp.
If you encounter a problem with either lathe please inform John Herega or maintenance. Please do not force any tool rests into the banjo.