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PRESENTERS

Scott Holmes spoke on the topic of woodworking finishes.  

Scott says that "finishing is a process. You must understand the properties and tendencies of the finish you are using. You must know the steps and the techniques; then you must execute them properly.:

Holmes has been woodworking for about 40 of his 51 years and seriously woodworking for the last 25 years. His focus is on finishes and he is a frequent contributor to web blogs where he shares his knowledge and ideas. He says that finishing is a process, a series of steps, unique to the type of finishing you are using. You must use the appropriate process to achieve the desired results. Done correctly, you’ll have a finish that you’ll want to "show off".

Holmes teases that there are several woodworkers and a few wood butchers in his family.

Here are a few tidbits of too many to capture here:

Urethane resins aren't UV resistant.

Phenolic resin varnish is very UV stable.

Shellac seals very well and never yellows.

Marine spar varnish has better UV resistance (but more expensive) compared to spar varnish sold at home improvement centers.

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SHOW and TELL PROJECTS
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Fred Sandoval talks about a couple of stool he made a few years ago which he finished with Constantine stain. 

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    A turned bowl of ash (uh...made of ash) is proudly held by Lon Kelley.

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Bob Wink holds one of his pieces he made of quarter sawn oak.

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         L1030241.JPG (184319 bytes) L1030250.JPG (116777 bytes) L1030292.JPG (102234 bytes) Denis Muras showed club members a couple of toys made of cherry and finished in oil and wax.
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Andy Anderson knows how to slice things with this knife that has a handle that he made of amboya burl wood.  It comes from a dashboard of an old auto. L1030256.JPG (139270 bytes) L1030297.JPG (94292 bytes)
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L1030246.JPG (92845 bytes) L1030299.JPG (118356 bytes) Cliff Ober shows off his sycamore and walnut lamp sconce. Cliff can now light the way.  
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Steve Procter showed off his recently restored Shopsmith and told stories about how he used a similar Shopsmith during his younger days living in an apartment and condo - obviously his wife was very tolerant. L1030301.JPG (170276 bytes)
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L1030244.JPG (237110 bytes) L1030245.JPG (205202 bytes) L1030305.JPG (74010 bytes) African Mahogany and Zebra wood veneer make up this box that was crafted by Sean O'Connor
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Tim Shaunty talks about how he displays tools with turned handles that he crafted. L1030268.JPG (214412 bytes) L1030308.JPG (60570 bytes) 
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L1030247.JPG (204591 bytes) L1030315.JPG (113166 bytes)  A Kathy Weiss design is the source for Steve Wavro's instarsia country farm setting.
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Mike Turner talks about this work bench he made for his brother.  Mike recommends casters of at least three inches in diameter. L1030270.JPG (162529 bytes) L1030317.JPG (119267 bytes) 
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L1030254.JPG (122324 bytes) L1030295.JPG (84401 bytes) Ron Kuenning holds two mallets that he crafted  of apricot wood in the 1970s.  And I thought apricot trees only bore fruit.
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