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APMM Zoom Meet-Ups

We've been hosting informal and interactive Zoom Meet-Ups for our community to get together in virtual space - take a break from your current project and join us!  (We'll even send our members a reminder 30-min before the session starts!)


APMM Meet-up: Edged Tools and their Maintenance
Sep 29, 2022  3:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Mark your calendar now to join us!

At our Meet-up, David Brutscher of Harbor Freight Tools will be giving a general presentation on circular saw blades, and will review the key design characteristics and talk about the types of tooth grinds and the kinds of materials that are ideal for each of the grinds. Don't miss this cutting edge Meet-up where you can hone your skills to stay sharp!

David is a degreed engineer who has spent a little more than half his work life engaged in the design and development of various PTAs (power tool accessories) - the blades that do the work on the power tool.

Though his main expertise is in circular saw blades (CSBs) and Linear Edge (LE – recip blades, jigsaw blades, hole saws) he has also spent time working on other PTA categories such as router bits, oscillating blades (OMT), drill bits, and diamond/carbide abrasive blades.  David has been employed, over the years, at Vermont-American/Robert Bosch, Black&Decker (mainly DeWalt brand), and is currently with Harbor Freight Tool. He is the holder of 25 US patents (all PTA related).  David says, "I’ve basically been a woodworker / tinker my whole life and can usually be found in my woodshop building cabinetry / furniture for a side business I’ve operated for almost 20 years!"

We'll see you at our meet-up on Thursday, September 29 at 3 PM EDT at this link:

Join Zoom Meeting
(members receive a special 30-min reminder message!)

Meeting ID: 875 6969 5913
Passcode: 592064

Questions? Send us a note at [email protected] or give us a call at 315-750-0803

Over the past year and a half, we've had Meet-ups on

  • Managing small/sole proprietor model shops
  • Managing model shops in corporate/tall orgs
  • Maritime models at the Glasgow Riverside Museum in Scotland
  • Refining and achieving Social Media goals
  • 2022 Student Model Making Competition entries and winners
  • Speeding up 3D printing
  • Tool talk
  • Materials sourcing
  • 3D printers
  • Arduino in models
  • Antique tool collections
  • Film special effects
  • Diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Social media for model makers
  • Steampunk sculptures
  • Project challenges
  • Desktop metal 3D printing
  • Sourcing through catalogs and websites
  • Books on architectural models and model makers
  • Building projects at Legoland
  • Workshops and tours
  • Informal discussions and shop talk

We're developing our calendar now for the months ahead - please reach out to us with ideas, inspirations, and topics to discuss. The Meet-ups are all about YOU!

Meet-up sessions are scheduled to take place on the 2nd and 4th week of each month. at 10 AM PDT/11 AM MDT/12 PM CDT/1 PM EDT/6 PM BST and the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 1 PM PDT/2 PM MDT/3 PM CDT/4 PM EDT/9 PM BST. 
Please watch for announcements or changes here as schedules are subject to change!


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