Woodworkers Club of Houston

January 2015 Projects



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Mike Turner, newly elected WWCH Vice President, presented an informative program about shop safety during the January meeting. Mike stated that the biggest contributors to accidents are fatigue, distractions, rushing to meet a deadline, taking shortcuts, and the mindset of, “it won’t happen to me.” Mike spent many years teaching woodshop in public schools plus working in a foundry and was able to share many stories that asily drove home the importance of shop safety.

You should always wear the appropriate safety gear for the job you are doing. This includes safety glasses with side shields, hearing protection, and a dust mask. Rubber gloves and respirators should be worn when using chemicals. Make sure to select the appropriate respirator for the chemical you are using. Mike noted that safety glasses with side shields are very important because projectiles can enter the eye area from the side as well as from the front.

While all tools can present hazards, the table saw can cause some of the most serious injuries in the shop. This is due to the high velocity and sharpness of the blade. The momentum of the blade can cause kickback and can also pull you into the saw.

Mike showed this YouTube video which shows the seriousness of kick-back: https://www.youtube.com/ watchv=u7sRrC2Jpp4

Everyone was encouraged to get rid of the plastic push stick and use a guide stick with a rubber tip and a large wooden push block, both of which you can make yourself.  Many other safety tips, including information about the safe operation of the router, band saw, drill press, miter saw, circular saw, and pneumatic nailer, were discussed by Mike.



Lynn Cummings explained how this cutting board was fairly simple.  It is of black walnut and maple which are cut into strips then assembled with lots of Titebond gluing and clamping and lots of planer work.  The metal devices are designed to keep the board suspended above the counter and are color coded to help determine which side would be for veggies and which side for meat.


Don Lackey decided to make four four-legged stools of cedar finished with Liberon oil for gifts.  Don explained how he cut made all the angle cuts and holes.  Don said it ‘twas nothing fancy – he just had an “angle”.


YouTube was a source for these projects of Lon Kelley.  Lon found a couple of good ones showing how to make these type of ornaments.  One is maple and the other is mahogany with a yellow pine insert.  Lon wanted to do something bigger and different so he turned one project (top left) into a lamp.  It is of maple, mahogany and pine on outside.  Lon explained how he worked with diamonds instead of squares and glued everything together with paper then took a chisel to knock apart for the next phase of the project.  He finished with poly spray.



Steve Wavro’s “I’m Retired - Everyday is Satuday” sign was Steve’s opportunity to practice cuts which consists of lots of short right angles.  Steve used mostly a number 5 blade.


        Fred showed three sizes of his cabinet making measuring sticks. These are useful for measuring the inside of cabinets and other objects in lieu of a tape measure.  Fred also showed a jig that he made for using a router to make curved and rounded pieces. 
Bob wink presented Norm NIchols with Bob's version of a "Golden Hammer" award, known as an "Old Den Hammer" award.

Denis Muras displayed a sander that is outfitted with sanding belts.

Niklas Oberfeld crafted this model of a 1920-1930s biplane from 1/4 inch white aspen.  Niklas explained how he cut the pieces and glued them together.  Oh, and by the way, he says the propeller is not to scale – but we’ll let that slide in the prop wash.


Rick Spacek’s military cross, commemorating veterans, is made of plywood, hand painted with acrylic then finished with clear enamel.  The cake stand, made of mahogany and topped with Corian, is from a scroll saw magazine.  The Lynx is of spalted pecan, clear stained and finished with clear enamel.  Rick also detailed all the blades he used to craft the Lynx.


With the rodeo coming up Bob Wink wanted to make something “Western” so he crafted a Cajun cowboy riding a crawfish.  The “man in black” is Bob’s tribute to Johnny Cash.


Chuck Lickwar found these designs at a woodworking show and made them of yellow pine for Christmas gifts.  Chuck glued up 2x10s and used a drill press with a Forstner bit to hog out the bowls.  For the final design he used a bowl bit with a collar.  Lots of sanding before finishing with various stains then topping off with Shellac.

Project Photos:  Gary Rowen                            Captions and Summaries: Gary Rowen & Lisa Sessions


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