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December 2014 Projects



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During the December meeting, we watched the last half of the movie, “Ben’s Mill.”   

Ben’s Mill is a water driven sawmill located in Barnet, Vermont.  The mill was completed in 1872 and operated from then until 1995.  The last mill owner/operator was Ben Thresher, who operated the mill until his death in 1995.   

The portion of the movie we watched featured Ben making a horse drawn snow sled for hauling logs.  It was fascinating to watch step by step process of Ben making the sled!  This movie is available in the WWCH video library.  If you would like to see the DVD, contact Lisa Sessions at lasessions@earthlink.net to check it out.     

Ben’s Mill is now owned by a non-profit trust.  The mill is not currently operating due to a flood which damaged the dam on the river on which the mill is built.  The goal of the trust is to return the mill to operations.  For more information, visit the Ben’s Mill website at www.bensmill.com.




After the movie, Vincent D’Amico spoke about the Taylor Saw Mill located in New Hampshire.  This mill is a 200 year old “up and down” sawmill.  The up and down sawmills were mechanized versions of the pit sawmill system.  In the pit sawmill system, one man stood above the log and one below, and they pulled the saw up and down to saw the planks from the logs.  The up and down sawmill was in general use before 1865, and was replaced by the circular sawmill invented by the Society of Shakers. 

The mill is currently owned and operated by the State of New Hampshire under the Division of Parks and Recreation and the Division of Forests and Lands and Community Forestry Bureau.  Vince highly recommends visiting this mill to see it in action if you are in the Portsmouth, New Hampshire area. 

 Information about the Taylor Saw Mill, including the operating schedule, can be found here:  Taylor Saw Mill Website.  Photo Credit:  BensMill Website www.bensmill.com





Lynn Cummings brought his red oak night stand for show and tell. Unfortunately, Lynn had to leave before he could share the construction details of the nightstand.   Bob also showed the duck house template he made for Larry and Patti, complete with rubber duckyies!   Freooves.      

  Steve Wavro presented his Intarsia Nativity figurines.  Steve noted that the smaller figurines are more challenges to make than the larger ones!rmesquite.



John Gay used treated pine for the chairs and table, including 1 inch and ¾ inch deck boards.  This set was a combination birthday and Christmas gift for his niece.

Glenn Edwards presented his cross made from aromatic cedar and Baltic birch.  He also showed the sign he had made for his military service in Germany from 1953 to 1955.

Sean O'Connor is in the process of making a Redding Gypsy Wagon, and he showed the wagon porch bracket sample he created.  The porch brackets provide support to the front of the wagon and stiffen the wagon and roof.  Sean carved this bracket and painted it with acrylic paints.

David Janowitz holds his cutting board that he made during a class at TXRX Labs.  The cutting board is made from cherry and oak.

Chuck Lickwar showed a weather station clock made of cedar and mahogany.  This piece was awarded 4th place at the recent woodworking show.  Chuck also showed some “inside-out” ornaments made from maple and walnut.

Vince D'Amico showed his turned bowls that he made from northern pine. 
The northern pine was from the Robert Frost Farm, which is a state park and museum in Derry, New Hampshire.
Lon Kelley showed his folding table made from cherry.  The table is finished with polyurethane and will be used as a computer table. 



Mike Turner holds up an interlocking joint on which the CNC Router Splinter group has been working.  The materials are MDO plywood, and the joint consists of one joint which is cut through the board and one which is partially cut into the board. 

Fred Sandoval presented his workbench vise screw template made from German beech wood.  Fred will use this template to make the vice screws for the wooden vices on his new workbench, which will be a Roubo style traditional workbench.

Norm Nichols found some old black walnut and maple plaques at a garage sale and used them to make crosses on the scroll saw.  Norm also showed some aromatic cedar swans that he stack cut three at a time and two painted Merry Christmas signs.  The signs were made from a Sue Mey pattern with poplar used for the backing and Baltic birch for the letters.
Paul Carr showed his Model T Truck and Moose Rocker which was a gift to his grandkids.



Bob Wink presented his tramp art style frames, which enhanced a painted tin from Mexico, a vintage electrical sign, and a folk art piece. 


Project Photos:  Gary Rowen                            Captions and Summaries: Lisa Sessions


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