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 Our guest speaker for the June meeting was Terri Dabrik-O’Reilley who is the Community Relations and Marketing Manager for Rebuilding Together-Houston.  The mission statement of the RTH is “Bringing volunteers and communities together to improve the homes and lives of low-income homeowners in need”.  

RTH is a 501 (c)(3) community outreach organization that provides no cost home repair and modification services to low-income, senior and/or disabled homeowners and Veterans.  Their motto is a safe and healthy home for every person.

Terri spoke about the process of getting involved and how members of WWCH can help as a group or as individuals.  Wheelchair ramps are one of the many projects the group undertakes.  Terri showed slides of before-and-after projects.

Their website is www.rebuildingtogetherhouston.org, phone 713-659-2511, Contact Jim Soller, Executive Director (jimsoller@rt-houston.org) or Terri, (toreilley@rt-houston.org).

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SHOW and TELL PROJECTS
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L1040211.JPG (125356 bytes) Charles Volek attended a school in Waco, Texas and learned how to craft this exquisite table of walnut, mahogany and maple with an embedded star in the middle.  Charles layered several coats of shellac on it then topped off with  L1040212.JPG (110524 bytes)two coats of wipe-on polyurethane.    L1040190.JPG (312007 bytes)L1040205.JPG (136387 bytes)

                

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    This lovely cross of Corian was made by Rick Spacek.  Just think, that piece of Corian could have wound up in someone's kitchen counter top. 

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 Rick also showed members his salute to his aircraft carrier made of Baltic Birch.  Anchors aweigh, folks.

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L1040219.JPG (81923 bytes)  Henry Majoue showed slides of his loft bed and built-in bookcase of poplar.  For sure someone will sleep tight in this bed.  

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L1040184.JPG (202063 bytes)L1040187.JPG (246846 bytes) Steve Wavro L1040223.JPG (174699 bytes)pointed out the subtle differences between these two separate lion heads that he crafted using the intarsia method.  Steve also explained how he chose and scroll sawed individual pieces to get the right look.    
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  Josh Nichols L1040229.JPG (136823 bytes) crafted this Roorkhee chair out of African mahogany, a perfect choice for where the chair has historical roots.  Click on Roorkhee chair for a history of this fine piece.                   L1040201.JPG (258548 bytes) L1040203.JPG (241170 bytes)
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Josh Nichols also provided a slide show on his bookcase that features stackable pieces with dovetail joints that create the appearance of butterfly joints when stacked together.

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Ken Serdar  L1040232.JPG (97165 bytes)  showed club members how his Eiffel tower puzzle can be disassembled.  But who would want to disassemble the finely scroll sawed 3mm MDF pieces.  Ken pointed out that thickness consistency is critical. L1040198.JPG (105878 bytes)  L1040233.JPG (81904 bytes)
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L1040234.JPG (73391 bytes) A-Step stools group.jpg (211538 bytes) B-delivery -decorations.jpg (380368 bytes)  Lon Kelley showed a couple of slides of the work some club members did in making step stools for the Texas Children's Hospital.  These stools will allow a child to step up to the exam table thus saving the nurse from having to lift the patient to the table.
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