Woodworkers Club of Houston

August 2014 Projects



July 2014 Projects    All Projects   September 2014 Projects


(Click on thumbnails to view larger images)



Patrick Waters was a teacher at an after school child care facility who felt that he was bad at it because he didn’t know how to connect with his kids and vice versa.  Rummaging around for something to do with his kids Patrick found a tool box in the back of a closet that was full of mostly hand tools and there was wood lying around. He started woodworking with his kids & he discovered that he could teach after all.  This is what turned his hobby of woodworking into a career – as Patrick says “woodworking saved his career”.  Ten years later he is teaching at Monarch School , a school for students with neurological differences. 

Patrick then spoke about the benefits of a new movement called “makerspaces” where all different kinds of crafters and creators gather together to….well…make and create things, most anything.  Patrick spoke about Tx/Rx Labs, a makerspace established in Houston in 2008.  Membership is reasonable and you can rent space if you need to.  Established in 2008, TX/RX Labs is a non-profit hackerspace for the greater Houston area. Housed in the East End District of Houston, they offer courses in and access to a rapid prototyping lab, woodshop, machine shop, electronics lab, and a wide variety of other tools.  Their goal is to educate the public about technology and show how seemingly complex techniques can be used by anyone. Patrick’s slide show states, “Ideally, your makerspace should be conducive to inspiration, collaboration, and conversation”.  Patrick is also involved with teaching students at Tx/Rx Labs.





This salvaged, stripped down sanded and reupholstered chair was done by one of Patrick Waters’ students over the course of a summer.


Chuck Lickwar used a router  and a pantograph to craft this sign, that needs no explanation, for a wedding that occurred two weeks ago.  They didn’t want to keep it afterwards so Chuck donated it to the club.  Chuck used aromatic cedar - what better fragrance could you have for a wedding???...ahhhh.


Gregory Owens and friends play a card game, Hand and Foot, that requires six decks of cards.  Gregory used several different exotic woods, padauk, ebony, purple heart and zebra wood to craft these card holders which were then finished with four coats of shellac.  I'm sure Bicycle Company loves this game.


Lon Kelley crafted this vase from some six by six pieces of mahogany provided by a friend.  Lon explained the trials and errors he went through to rout the grooves for the maple finally settling on a curved sled.  One quarter inch maple is twisted and bent to fit the slots and a hammer is used to tap it into place.

This combination of tramp art and mobiles was crafted and put together by Bob Wink.  He showed club members his Post Office, electrical items, sail fish mobiles plus the mobile representing the five Spanish missions of Old San Antonio.  With all these mobiles Bob is ready to hit the road.


These two angels of Corian were scroll sawn by Rick Spacek.  The pattern came from a photograph. No doubt Rick's Guardian Angel is pleased with his work.


Mike Turner showed club members his retrofitted work bench, with recycled Formica top and pine, that was originally built for a huge Delta chop saw – before the compounds saws came about.  It is at a desk height so Mike uses it when he does crafts with his grandchildren.  Mike says you don’t need a real wide surface to have a work bench.  With this version Mike explained how you can put a radius on the leg, take a bolt out, fold the leg up and do the same thing to the other side.  This makes it more compact for hauling.  Mike explained how simple tools can be great accessories for the work bench.


Paul Carr constructed a huge Ford Model T kid’s play structure that is on display at Tommy Vaughn Ford (1201 N. Shepherd Dr) showroom.  It was too big to bring through the Bayland meeting room doors.  The Model T will be given away at Christmas Time and you can’t be over 10 to win it.  Paul also built a duplicate that is placed at Fourth and Heights for the New School in the  Heights playground. Paul made both play structures from kiln dried treated pine. Paul did a train, a car -- so--what's next? --- a boat?


Back to Top of Page