Del Val Chapter Fall Meeting


Well-known member
Announcing Del Val Chapter Meeting September 15, 2012

Location: Woodcraft Store, Parkway Shopping Center

1543 Lehigh St.

Allentown, Pa 18103      (See Directions Below)

SAPFM Members,

We are happy to have engaged Steve Latta for our next meeting.  Many of you know of Steve and his exceptional range of skills. For those who may not be familiar with Steve see his Bio below.

The program will begin at 9:30AM with coffee and donuts to 10 AM and run through

4: PM with a break for lunch at noon. During the lunch hour we would like to have a Show & Tell. We invite all attendees to bring any piece, chair, table, box, chest or whatever you?d like to display, we will set aside time for each to discuss your piece. Or if you want to share your plans for developing a particular piece, please bring that along.

There will be a charge of $25 for this meeting which includes the coffee & donuts and lunch, please register via email to Jim Chesterton at [email protected] or call 908-537-2710. Checks can be mailed to Jim Chesterton, 40 Musconetcong River Rd., Hampton, NJ 08827 or you can pay at the door but please register so we have a head count.

Woodcraft has generously offered discounts to all attendees of $5 off on $50 and $10 off on $100 purchases.
Steve will be presenting from 9:30 AM through 4 PM, the following is a summary of his presentation.     

Tablesaw Techniques by Steve Latta:
Although often the focal point of their shop, many woodworkers don?t know how to properly set up the table saw.  A properly tuned saw is a joy to use and, equipped with the proper accessories and jigs, can become quite versatile; capable of tasks not even imagined by the manufacturer.  The purpose of this demonstration is to first establish how to tune and equip your saw and answer a few basic questions such as?.. in the myriad of blades and accessories, what has value vs. what is a waste of money!  After covering the basics or ripping and crosscutting, I?ll also broaden your understanding of this workhorse by introducing a variety of advanced techniques.  We?ll focus on the not-so-common techniques of patternsawing, straight and tapered mitering, milling multiple parts, dovetailing, tenoning, etc.  Interwoven throughout the demo will be discussions on clean milling practices, referencing, controlling tear-out and dust management. 

Steve Latta?s Biography

Steve Latta has been a furniture maker for nearly three decades and teaches woodworking at Thaddeus Stevens College in Lancaster, PA.  He serves as a Contributing Editor to Fine Woodworking Magazine and has published extensively in related journals and magazines.  He has lectured at Colonial Williamsburg, The Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts, Winterthur Museum as well as numerous other schools and guilds. Working in conjunction with Lie-Nielsen Toolworks, he helped bring to market modern inlay tools as well as instructional DVD?s on the subject of inlay. He earned his MA in American Studies at Penn State University where his studies focused on the decorative arts. He serves as Conference Coordinator for and is a long-time member of the Society of American Period Furniture Makers.  Steve lives with his wife, Elizabeth, and their three children, Fletcher, Sarah and Grace in rural, southeastern Pennsylvania. 

We hope to see you at the meeting; any questions call 908-537-2710.

Jim Chesterton

Directions:  Lehigh St. Exit off of Rts. #78 & 309 heading east about 4 lights, shopping center on the right.