November 2003 Projects 


October 2003 Projects  December 2003 Projects


Spiral Grooved Dowels Disney Characters 
Bali Frog  Maple and Lacewood Box 
Guitar Stand John Deere Tractor 
Walnut Chest Book Case 
Drop Leaf Table Work Stand 
Mesquite Bowl Making Dove Tailed Joints 

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StokesNov03-18.jpg (82220 bytes) Blaine Stokes showed off and gave away some spiral grooved dowels.  He was practicing on a $2000 Legacy machine..
These Disney characters were crafted by Joe Edelen.  The Pooh bear is a paper towel holder and Dopey is ...well....duh...forgot....but it has a hook to hang it..
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FrogNov03-13.jpg (58705 bytes)   Hank Merry and his wife visited Bali and brought back this carved frog that was crafted by a Balinese craftsman.  It is made from crocodile wood and wood from a hibiscus tree.
 Eddy Arnold crafted this fine box of maple and lacewood with an interior of mesquite. The splines are of mapleand the finish is 100% tung oil with four top coats of min wax.  
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This guitar stand of birch was crafted by Rob Brayton.  After much experimentation with templates Rob described how he managed to cut the shape out with a hand held router.  Rob finished  the stand with M. L. Campbell stain and varnish.  Rob cautioned folks that the rubber pieces glued to the stand while needed to keep the guitar from slipping off, but can mar the finish of some guitars, especially Martin.
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Denis Muras displayed the ongoing progress with crafting his John Deere tractor of hard maple.  He intends not to paint it John Deere green because it would tend to look like plastic.  Those round things are wheel blanks -- remember ---- them thar John Deeres had big 'ol  wheeeels.  Denis's tech talk on JD tractors sure went over this city boy's head (my Grampa had a Farmall).
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This walnut chest was superbly crafted by Carl Matthews.   A table saw was used to carefully cut the coves.  Everything else was done either by hand or by table saw.He did not use a router.  Five coats of hand rubbed varnish finishes it.
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Rich Thomas talked about how he built this plywood backed book case using simple techniques.  He used a dremel tool to make the scallops. Rich finished it using a mixture of polyurethane and one half paint thinner.  45 degree cuts join the plywood sides to the top and thin plywood forms the back. Rich showed us his template for laying out shelf supports.
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Gene Volentine crafted this Pembroke style drop leaf table out of walnut.  The legs are dressed up with a stop cove.  He used several coats (aobut a dozen) of Min Wax wipe on polyurethane

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Walter Mason explains how he uses this portable work bench to make cross cuts with a portable circular saw (Skilsaw as some say).  The add on piece to the top acts as an outfeed extension for his table saw.
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SylvesterNov03-32.jpg (66370 bytes) Charlie Sylvester showed this bowl of mesquite that he made from a old discarded piece.

Fred Sandoval demonstrated to members how he handmakes dove tail joints.

Here are some pointers to help refresh your mind about what he said:


Square up your stock.Orient your pieces, north and south or A, B C, D and mark edges with arrows to indicate the outward side. Use a jointer to get the edges flat.  


Pins are only on the front and back pieces.  Use a roller scribe and set to thickness of stock.  Pin scribes tear the wood.  


Use that pointy tool (divider) to mark location of pins. Fred first chisels out the pins then uses an 18 tooth backsaw to finish angled edge.   Clean out the bottoms of the pins by chiseling up to the edge but not through.  Turn around and come back in the other direction to finishing cleaning the pin.  Lay front/back board on sides and mark the tails and x out the waste.  Cut as you would the pins.

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