Woodworkers Club of Houston

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Heights resident and civic leader, Paul Carr, spoke to Club members about how he and volunteers constructed and assembled a kid-sized wooden train for Donovan park in the Heights. 

Paul Carr, and his wife, Mary, were traveling through the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri last summer, when they noticed a wooden train in a park. Carr, 74, decided it would be a good idea to put a similar train in Donovan Park ó a Houston Heights Association-owned park at Heights Blvd. and 7th St. ó so neighborhood kids could enjoy it.

Carr spent all of his spare time and $4,000 in tools and materials to build the five-car wooden train, along with the tracks out of 100 percent treated lumber. Carr and a half-dozen volunteers from the Heights Association assembled the train in the park, and about 24 kids began playing on it shortly after it was put together.

Carr, who is retired from the Houston Fire Department, was instrumental in helping the Heights Association buy the park in 1982. If the Association hadnít bought it, it was set to become a truck repair site. The park is named for James Donovan, father of longtime Heights philanthropist and business owner Marcella Perry. The train fits in perfectly with the park, which has a railroad theme. Many years ago, the Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railroad ran nearby the park.




Gary Rowen built this chest of drawers to house his wallet, socks and undies plus a few other assundry items. All solid wood is red oak.  The drawers are 12mm Baltic birch plywood boxes with 1/4 inch plywood bottoms with the front panels of solid red oak.  The back is framed 1/4 inch plywood. Gary finished it with Liberon oil for the top and drawer fronts and then Watco Danish oil for the rest. A couple of snack bowls by Chuck Lickwar. The hearts are of cedar and the cactus is of pine.  The cactus is a "special" request from his brother who lives in Phoenix and wanted something reflective of the Arizona environment.  Chuck used a Forstner bit to hog out most of the wood then used a router pattern bit to rout out the final pattern.

Norm Nichols showed members two crosses that he scroll sawed out of red oak.

Coasters of aspen and walnut carfted by Steve Wavro - all he needs now is an Ace in the hole.





Joe Stassi built a clock from Klockit out of red oak that takes a licking and keeps on ticking.  How do we know?  It was knocked over during Show 'n Tell but still kept up time. 

Chuck Meeder showed club members his turned beer keg handles and a couple of screwdrivers.   Chuck used cherry, curly maple and spalted pecan.

A lovely spice box by Larry Wenner for his grand niece. Larry made it of walnut and maple.  The front of the door is finished in polyacrylic and the back in polyurethane - you can tell the difference. The back is easily removable to reveal hidden compartments.

Joe Cook crafted this Danner style parlor bookcase from pine retrieved from an old mill. It is stained with antique cherry finish then topped off with polyurethane.
Bob Wink and his oil well drilling cedar whirly-jig. Bill Hoffmeister shows off his finely crafted truck and trailer of maple, walnut, birch and pine. Dean Grimes used "Wink Wood" to build this organizer for his reciprocater tools and accessories.  Bob Wink is known for bringing industrial quality plywood "scraps" to the meeting. Josh Nichols can rest easy in this traditional rocking chair of maple.  Josh used steam to create the bends in the maple.
Niklas Oberfeld detailed how he crafted these small pill boxes of various woods. Bob Wink awarded this "Duck Walk" award to Larry Page and his wife, Patti, who are known in their neighborhood for feeding the locals who "line" up for freebies.    


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