Woodworkers Club of Houston

November 2015 Projects



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Club members showed other club members some of their tip and tricks and various instruments for taking and setting precise and repititive measurements.

From left to right, Denis Muras, John Gay, Hugh Parker, Mark Bolinger, Chuck Meeder,  Mike Turner, and Steve Procter.


       Lee Knekow





From Carole Rothman patterns Lee Knekow explained how he scroll sawed from plywood the different layers at an angle then stacked and glued them together to form bowls.  Using a ball sander Lee sanded the inside.  The bowls are finished in polyurethane.  Lee stated that plywood is not a junk wood and can be made to work well.


From walnut and maple Denis Muras crafted these railroad passenger cars for his Mother-in-Law’s grandson. Other parts of the train were completed in years past.  Denis says the construction is simple…yeah…right…



Steve Wavro used various woods to craft these intarsia Christmas ornaments.  Steve finished them in poly acrylic.  A friend of his wife provided a pattern for the dreidel and found Hebrew letter stencils online.

Congratulations to Lisa Sessions’ first Show n Tell.  Her airplane is made of pine and Winkwood finished with bees wax and mineral oil.  Lisa found it challenging to make the propeller which she also modified so it would spin.

Not quite a wheel of fortune but none the less an impressive ferris wheel crafted from quarter inch plywood by Rick Spacek using a scroll saw.  A friend contributed some items made from a 3D printer and Rick used a torch to heat figurines so they could be formed to fit in the seats.


From a cottonwood bark, purchased on the Internet, Chuck Meeder carved a Halloween house then painted with acrylics followed by a clear acrylic and then topped off with Watco liquid wax.  Spooky, eh?

Using his lathe David Janowitz made some magic wands and some Christmas ornaments from Osage orange.  Some of the pieces use both sapwood combined with heartwood.  And I thought Osage orange was only good for bows and fence posts

Gary Rowen crafted this display of walnut and red maple for his Brother-in-Law who asked him to make one to display his 3D printed objects.  Gary finished with Watco Danish Oil but learned that any excess not wiped off takes months to cure.


From a design in Fine Woodworking Larry Wenner crafted this 1850s style Martha Washington table, also called a piece crust table and even a tea table. The top tilts back for ease of storage.  Larry used spray polyurethane the topped with five or six coats of Johnson Paste Wax. Larry did not offer any pies or tea.


Niklas Oberfeld explained how strings hold together these boxes made of spalted pecan, cherry and other woods. The boxes are large enough to stash your tax refunds.




Photos and Commentary:  Gary Rowen                    

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