Next Meeting: Thursday, May 12, 2016

Dale Bright: Better cuts outside your bowl.

Dale Bright

My name is Dale Bright and I have been woodturning for about 11 years. I mostly turn bowls, platters and hollow forms with a few spindle projects thrown in from time to time.

What I want to share with your club is my methods for getting the smoothest surface possible before sanding. I do this by the judicious use of gouges and scrapers. I enjoy using tools for cutting and slicing the wood far more than sanding. My goal when doing a bowl is to start sanding with 220 grit, at least for the outside of the bowl. The inside of the bowl is a different matter, depending on the shape of the bowl. I feel that I have failed if I have to sand the outside of a bowl with anything coarser than 150 grit. I know that a lot people start sanding with 80 grit no matter what kind of surface they got from the tool but I think it is a waste of time and money to do so. I also like the challenge of getting that very smooth surface. I will show you several different tools that I use and show my techniques on a bowl and a hollow form.

Hollow form by Dale Bright Bowls by Dale Bright

Dale Bright Bowl with Baby


Current and Upcoming Events

  • May 6th Wounded Warrior Session: 10:30am - 2:30pm

  • May 12th Delivery of Beads of Courage/Wands of Courage to Jeff Tate at the monthly meeting

  • May 15th Skills Enhancement Session: 10am - 1:30pm

  • May 20th Wounded Warrior Session: 10:30am - 12:30pm



MCW at the 2015 Montgomery County Fair


For the seventh year in a row, MCW ran a week of turning demonstrations at the Montgomery County Fair. Members Tim Aley, Phil Brown, Bert Bleckwenn, Margaret Folas, Clif Poodry, Emily Koo, Beth McClelland, Don Van Ryk, Jim Allison, Carl Powell, Russ Iler, Rebecca Meyersohn, Jack Enders, Paul Mazzi, Mike Kugelman, Dick Webster and Jeff Tate manned the booth, at least when the weather permitted.

Once again MCW members took several ribbons and championships in the Arts and Crafts judging. See the gallery of these award winning turnings and MCW's activities demonstrating woodturning.



Visitors always welcome!

Visitors and guests are always welcome at our monthly meetings. Please join us if you're in the area and learn about the art and craft of woodturning. All skill levels from novice to expert will find a common ground.

We look forward to seeing you!


Member benefits include discounts at the following supporting organizations. Please see the Members Only page for details on how to obtain the discounts.


Woodworkers Club Rockville, Maryland - woodworkersclub.com.

The Woodworkers Club, a Woodcraft affiliate, offers MCW Members a 10% rebate on all regularly priced items. After reaching certain plateaus of spending, you will become eligible for a rebate which you will receive by email and is good for 3 months. Non-qualifying items are power tools, items already on sale, gift cards, and items from companies that prohibit discounting (Festool, SawStop, Leigh, and a couple others). Our relationship with Woodworkers Club is very synergistic and important to us, and I encourage you to make your woodturning and woodworking purchases from them. If they don't have something in the store that's in the Woodcraft catalog or on their web site, they will get it for you, and you can save on shipping by picking it up at the store.

Craft Supplies USA www.woodturnerscatalog.com.

Craft Supplies USA is a family-owned and operated business serving the woodturning community. Individual MCW Members can save 10% on all finishes & disc abrasives.

2sand.com - 2Sand.com

2Sand.com is a coated abrasive specialist focused on fast service and fair prices providing superior sanding discs, sheets and belts. MCW Members receive a 5% discount (cash or check) at the Gaithersburg store at 8536 Dakota Drive (800-516-7621).

Exotic Lumber, Inc. Frederick Maryland - exoticlumberinc.com.

With over 130 species in stock, Exotic Lumber has one of the widest selections available on the East Coast. They offer a 10% discount to MCW Members with membership badge. They have warehouse locations in Frederick and Annapolis, where you are welcome to select from their extensive selection of turning blocks.

Hartville Tool - www.hartvilletool.com.

Hartville Tool is a nationwide retailer of general and specialized tools for woodworking and home improvement. They offer free shipping to all. If you have accepted the MCW offer to "opt in" to be a member of the Hartville Tool Club, you will get a 15% discount on all tools (excluding sale items, gift cards, special orders, and Festool products).

North Woods Figured Wood nwfiguredwoods.com.

North Woods is a multi-generational family-owned supplier of wood and wood blanks specifically selected with the woodturner in mind. They specialize in Pacific Coast native species of trees and have sizes from single pen blanks up to 1,500# whole burls. With 20+ species in stock, there is something for everyone. Members get a 15% discount.

MCW : A local chapter of the American Association of Woodturners .
The AAW is an international non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of woodturning and has over 14,000 members in 27 countries. Many of these members also belong to one (or more) of the AAW's local chapters. Although MCW is a local chapter of the AAW, an individual's membership in this chapter does not imply membership in the AAW or vice versa. Membership in AAW is encouraged as it provides an additional source of great information (high quality journal, national symposiums, members-only resources) and services not available with MCW.

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