Woodworkers Club of Houston

January 2014 Projects



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Mark Bolinger brought several of his combination planes and started off his talk remembering 20 years or so ago when he watched the New Yankee Workshop and the Woodright's Shop on television and thought Ray Underhill was an idiot!  That was then, this is now...now he appreciates Ray Underhill sooo much more. He used the combination planes to build this box in walnut and oak, with spline grooves in the box sides holding the box together. He veneered over the ends of the splines. He also made lips in the top of the box to support the lid. All this seemed simple, but like he said "it's tricky business and takes practice". Mark covered topics like Plough Planes, Stanley 50 Planes, wooden vs. iron cutters, and those that have interchangeable cutters for wide grooves,  and rods fixed into the depth of the stop to magnify the tilt. The talk got really interesting and really detailed. He showed the step by step process in making the box in a set of slides.  



Norm Nichols created this knife using a AA blade he found at Woodcraft on sale. The handle of maple burl is secured by a brass rod which also lends a decorative touch.  The truck is from a Steve Good pattern using maple, orange agate, mesquite, red oak, and black oak. The smoke stacks are steel rods, more authentic looking, says Norm.  Note the treads on the tires: each one scroll sawed at an angle. Keep on truckin' Norm. Bob Wink showed his Tramp Art Frames and how he was "framed".   He took these antique prints, and gave them the Wink Treatment with these whimsical Tramp Art frames.   He’s offering a free tattoo for ….???

Joe made this weather station for a friend. Although kits could be purchased, Joe did it himself from salvaged wood of Anderson Oak and Cypress. The 2 ½ inch circular holes for the clocks and barometers are glued in with epoxy.  The liquid and oil in the Galleleo thermometer rises in response to the temperature.  Finished with Min Wax Colonial Maple Stain and polyurethane.  Please stand by as Joe predicts the next freeze.

John Gay built this rustic storage cabinet to hold tools being used to restore the 1941 Dutch Fishing boat used in Holocaust rescues. It’s made from recycled cedar fencing, compliments of Roslyn Hager, and untreated yellow pine 2x12s for the top with thicker boards for the bottom so it could be securely bolted down and somewhat theft resistant.  The slide out drawers will keep the smaller tools well organized.  He’s still working on some technicalities. The sealer is still a bit sticky he admits, because of that Arctic Vortex bringing 97% humidity!





Ron Lee’s birdhouse is designed to accommodate four species of birds (Chickadees, Woodpeckers, Wrens, etc.) because of the replaceable adapters that adjust the entrance hole in three different sizes and adjustable shelves.  The inside has ½” foam insulation and vent and sofit holes for air circulation and warmth. The exterior is cedar recycled from old fencing left unfinished, no glue because of the fumes. Only the sofits have paint. Looks simple, but it has over 50 pieces of wood and 150 screws. The cyclone fence pole discourages predators.  A 2” ground auger drills the hole to anchor it to the ground, not to a tree. It takes him 16 hours of work per box. So far, he has 9 boxes up.  Now he’s making the FOR RENT signs. 

Rick Spacek shows his eagle birdhouse constructed from Cedar and Red Oak with a Mahogany beak. The back of the birdhouse is plexiglass so you can see the birds inside.  Rick scroll sawed the music box.

Jeremy Grubb’s floor lamp brought home a “Judges Special Award” from the Texas Woodworkers Show.  Made of African Mahogany and rice paper with 24 to 28 gauge wire and bamboo caneing.  Jeremy brought slides showing the intricacies of construction and beveling.   “Good Show”, Jeremy!

Chuck Lickwar turned these refrigerator magnets on a lathe using various wood scraps from his pen turning. The magnets in the bottoms can hold up to 20 lbs.  Available from Leigh Valley or Rare Earth from Amazon or magnetstores.com. These colorful magnets are made from walnut, mahogany, yellow heart, red heart, zebra wood, and cedar.
  Norm Nichols gets the Wink Whammy!    Norm ceremoniously received this “Dust Ear Muff”.   Looks like a white-washed Darth Vader.  Go forth and breathe!  NO! I am NOT your father!  



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