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May Show 'n Tell Projects


A few members brought in some of their favorite jigs to explain and show how they use them in their woodworking.


Jerry Harmsen presents a jig that he places on the bandsaw to cut brass pen tubes to length.  The jig rides in the miter groove. Jerry has jigs for different sized pens.

Fred Sandoval explains how he constructed his jig that allows a router to cut ovals.  Fred recommends using good quality plywood.  The dovetailed slide runners are at 22 ˝ degrees, made of hard wood, and must fit tight.  He waxes them so they slide easily.  Fred attached a piece of wood on the bottom of the boom so that It doesn’t droop under the weight of the router.

Steve Procter showed Club members several pre-measured spacers that he uses for whenever he needs consistency in spacing something.


Denis Muras rests against his crosscut sled that he uses on a Craftsman table saw.  Denis made hardwood runners to fit into the miter slots on the saw.  Denis says to make sure the sled walls are at 90 degrees to the fence.  The clamp holds the work in place or can be used as a stop. 

Andy Anderson talked about his jig he uses to make circles on the bandsaw.  The adjustable runner is set to the proper distance from the blade such the either the pin or the peg is used as the center of the piece from which the circle is cut.

D.L. Dickey explains how he sets up his jig on the drill press to control the thickness of a piece when sanding.  The drum sander, Robo-Sander from Stewart-MacDonald, chucks into the drill press.  The small block on the fence allows D.L. to more easily grab pieces after they come through the sanding process.

Mike Turner said that this tool came from his iron foundry days and is used for marking radii or for cutting radii with a torch.

Vince D’amico was asked to make tea caddies that can be decorated and sold in the Museum of Fine Arts gift store.  Vince says the English put tea in domed boxes such as the example here.  Vince needed a jig to enable him to glue (Vince uses Weldwood glue) 1/32 inch veneers together.  Vince explained how the jig clamps the veneers into the semi circular shape, although traditionally they are oval.

Jerry Harmsen re-enters the stage to show how he saved bundles my crafted his version of a Kreg pocket hole jig.  Jerry saved money on the clamp by purchasing it from Harbor Freight.

Fred Sandoval returns to the podium to talk about his taper jig that can run just about any angle.   The piece to be cut will be placed on the edge of the board in the desired position.  The edge of the board is then lined up with the table saw blade such that the resulting cut makes the desired taper.

Norm Nichols stated that he has a great respect for the table saw and showed Club members his attachment to the miter gauge that allows him to more safely cut smaller pieces.  Plus it keeps his hands farther away from the blade.  Norm stressed that you need support all the way around the piece.

Steve Procter steps up again to show the Club how he uses this jig to cut dentils.  Steve’s preferred wood is poplar.

Steve Procter uses this jig to cut small pieces on the miter saw.  Steve sets the saw so that it doesn’t come quite down all the way so he won’t cut through the jig – which he has already done.





Andy Anderson returns to show his shooting board for small objects. Saving his best for last, Steve Procter demonstrates how he uses this jig in conjuction with a molding machine to make moldings for cabinetry.  The jig is adjustable so its position can be fine tuned with respect to the molding blade.  The jig must be positioned such that the molding cutter is tangent to the curve of the jig.  The piece to be molded then slides easily through the curved portion of the jig.

Sean O’Connor explained with a slide show how he uses his jig to make solid louvers for shutters.


Rick Spacek showed Club members his version of a John Nelson designed clock.
  Rick made it smaller and of maple.

Norm Nichols and his wife like to go to the Sugar Land Skeeters ball games where they sit on the concourse level.
  Because of their location there are no cup holders in front of them but in the arm rests and Norm gets tired of spilling his drinks.  So he did what any self-respecting woodworker would do – he made his own cup holder that he can place on the railing in front of their seats.
    Dean Grimes holds one of his pens of wood and acrylic. Dean collects and repairs pens.  Doing this got him interested in doing more woodworking and is now building cabinets – quite a jump from pens to cabinets.  Three times Dean traded up his table saw.    

A friend of Chuck Lickwar asked him to make a ring box for his wife in the style of an antique cedar box.
  Chuck was happy to oblige. Chuck’s wine stopper was turned from a deer’s antler.


             Ray Hope displayed several of his turned wine stoppers from colorful blocks obtained from Woodcraft and some wood from India – he doesn’t know the name.  Ray used three coats of shellac then dipped them into polyurethane – no brush marks.

         Denis Muras showed photos of his almost completed kitchen remodel work.  There was no island so Denis constructed his own of quarter sawn oak.  The drawer front is of paintable maple.


Joe Cook explained how the long, tall shafts of his lamps of cherry wood are two halves glued together with a string inside to allow him to pull the electrical cord through.  Joe used an antique cherry stain.

Sid Hockens show Club members slides of his book case of plywood with cherry edges.  Sid explained how he modified his router bit by removing the guide wheel and having the manufacturer grind down the wheel post.
For Cinco de Mayo, Mike Turner’s church sponsored a craft booth. Mike explained how he used Autocad to design the crosses and the bandsaw to cut the patterns into different styles.  At the booth kids would color the crosses and make it part of a necklace.



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