Woodworkers Club of Houston

September 2014 Projects



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Our guest speaker for September was Jose Martinez who is New Living's Industrial Designer and Production Manager. He has trained with Festool, which is used and sold at the New Living shop. He oversees a community of artisans and makers that have committed to clean localized production standards using non-toxic chemicals, fallen timber and reclaimed materials. Jose is also a graduate of the UH Industrial Design Program.

New Living is in the Rice Village at 6111 Kirby Dr. focusing on local production by working with local wood furniture makers that stand by their mission statement that use their eco-friendly products and also with steel/metal artists/fabricators that can deliver a very contemporary linear design (clean and simple). They are very open to working with newer faces and get to know our wood working community bringing back the "Made in the USA" tag to Houston and the rest of the nation.






Sean O’Connor showed projects that he crafted at the Heritage School of Woodworking – Foundation Class.  The table made of black walnut all by handtools.

Chuck Graham took a former cedar fence post and crafted it into small jewelry box.  Chuck explained how he cut the back side off first before cutting out drawers.  Then he cut the ends of the drawers off and hollowed out the insides.  Keeping track of all the parts was the most challenging.  Chuck stained it dark then finished with polyacrylic.


Ron Kuenning explained that his project can either be a paper towel or a toilet paper holder - just don't squeeze the Charmin.  Ron is crafting these for the craft show coming up this fall.  The vase is made of black walnut from his folks’ place in Nebraska.

      Chuck Lickwar’s sign made of western red cedar just about says it all.  He used a router pantograph but did have to manually clean up the tracks.  Chuck made two full sets of Adirondack chairs plus a table also of western red cedar.  He used a natural cedar semi-stain.  Chuck explained that he soaked the legs in a pie pan full of stain overnight for extra protection against the elements.  He expects the projects to last three years before restaining.

  Niklas Oberfeld showed club members his experiments with polymer clay and plastic plus walnut and cherry woods.   Somehow Bob Wink knew that we’d be talking about recycled wood so Bob brought in his “hound dog” that is made of everything recycled.  The tail was once an air compressor hose.   To grace Bob’s porch for Halloween, Bob crafted this spooky fellow, also of recycled products. Fred Sandoval showed the club one of his favorite tools - a device with which to cut grooves.      

Norm Nichols is building up his inventory and the Crappie fish (a species of fish, not an adjective) that he scroll sawed, stained, then finished with polyurethane.  Norm also stated that his Manger in a box holds all eleven pieces made of mahogany and mesquite.





  Dean Grimes explained how he made these crosses and bottle stopper from tree limbs – League City oak, as he puts it;  the crosses on a lathe and the bottle stopper on a bandsaw.


Peter Doe moved a couple of years ago and his home office computer printer has been sitting for two years on a cardboard box, albeit an attractive one, he says.  So Peter decided to craft a printer stand mostly from poplar.  He didn’t want a natural finish (had plenty of “wood”) so he opted for a “splash” of color with some well-placed carving. Peter explained how he painted with the best quality semi-gloss paint he could get using brush, roller, and wet rag. The drawer fronts are attached to the trays with hand cut dovetail joints.  He wanted the drawers dark so he found some old water based stains in powder form that matched up nicely.  The drawers are mounted with metal slides.


Sean showed slides of his bed frame and advised asking a friend to help out during gluing because Sean says that no matter how slow your glue is it isn’t slow enough.


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