Woodworkers Club of Houston

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David presented the plaque that he made with his new Epilogue Laser Engraver.  David has generously donated the plaque to the club!  He noted that his laser engraver also engraves granite, marble, and aluminum. 



Don Lackey showed a router plane he made.  The router is made from soft maple with purchased hardware.  The blade is made out of an allen wrench that Don shaped himself.  The router plane cuts out the inside part of inlay, and can be used to make a tenon coplanar with the rest of a board.


Fred Sandoval showed a Kunz #12 scraper and the custom tool he made for adjusting the set screw.  Fred said that scrapers are a must for fine furniture finishing.


Ron Kuenning presented the graduation plaque he made from a Steve Good pattern.  The plaque is made from cedar and ash, and the cedar was from a tree limb in Crockett.  The ash is finished with lacquer and wax, and the cedar is finished with polyurethane.  Ron noted that he had some challenges with the finish, and it is not his favorite activity! 


Niklas Oberfeld showed his most recent airplane creations.  The largest airplane is a replica of a sail plane.  The outline of the plane is to scale.  Niklas noted that the propellers and wheels turn on all of the air planes.   




Tim Shaunty showed two router bowls.  One was made from spalted pecan from a tree that fell during Hurricane Ike, and one was from an unknown wood recovered from wood used in an old railroad bridge.  The bowls are finished with wax, and Tim likes to donate them for door prizes or give them as Christmas presents.


Norm Nichols showed us three scroll saw pieces.  The first was a mother and baby swan, and the second was a jaguar.  The wood for both is 5/8” red oak.  They are backed with black velour and then plywood.  Norm stained both pieces with Golden Oak and then applied polyurethane.  The jaguar was made from a Sue Mey pattern.   

Norm then presented a cross he had made from red oak and paduak.  Norm does not know what the light wood on the top, but he said that it is very hard to work with as it rips and tears.  The cross is finished with natural stain and polyurethane.
           James May showed us pictures of his beautiful new workshop.  He said that it all started after Hurricane Ike wiped out a big tree in his front yard.  As part of setting up his shop, he had a Roubo style workbench made by Frank Strazza, an instructor at The Heritage School of Woodworking in Waco.


Brandon Rathke presented a portable easel he made for his mother for Mother’s Day.  The easel is made from cherry and scrap woods, with top assembled out of the different woods like a cutting board.  The top lifts to form an easel rest for painting and drawing, and the box contains a drawer for supplies.   

Bob Wink presented his rat rod, “Rat Wink.”  He started by educating the group about rat rods, which are custom made cars typically run around $100,000 and up.  Since he had a budget of $100, he made his rat rod out of recycled materials, including a lawnmower, a wheel barrow, lamp shades, and Wink wood.   Bob said his rat rod took 2nd place in the Contraption Category at the Art Car Parade!  He also showed us his remote control rat rod that he runs during the Art Car Parade. 

Bob also showed us these items he had cut on his band saw from books.  He said they make great gifts! 

Project Photos and Commentary:  Lisa Sessions                         

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