Woodworkers Club of Houston

October 2015 Projects



September 2015 Projects    All Projects    November 2015 Projects


(Click on thumbnails to view larger images)


Today was our annual picnic.  There was no guest speaker. 


This solid cherry table was crafted by Lynn Cummings for a client.  Lynn explained how he used biscuits for the leg joints and for the slats for the table top.  Lynn used a kind of a gel type finish that must be wiped on and off fast lest you have a lumpy surface.


A friend of Steve Wavro’s daughter will be the proud recipient of this baby tiger.  She played golf for the Missouri Tigers for four years and is now an assistant coach.  She is also pregnant so Steve felt a baby tiger would get the baby off on the right foot.  Steve confessed that he had to use dye and stain to get the black and orange pieces to look right although he was able to use ebony for the eyes.



This Noah’s ark of cherry and poplar was crafted by Chuck Meeder and comes apart like a puzzle.  Chuck finished with Watco Danish oil, natural. Animals for the ark will be crafted by Bill Byrne. Chuck is donating this ark for the WWCH craft sale coming up in November.


This beautiful cross of red oak, mahogany base and tulip trim was crafted by Norm Nichols.  The white lamb is white pickled wood he acquired from Steve Wavro.  

For the Nativity scene figures Norm Nichols did intarsia work but he found it was a headache trying to get everything to come out right.

Lon Kelley showed a couple of bowls, one from a laminated beam and another from chip board.  He made segments, glued them together to turned them on a lathe. He finished with spray polyurethane.  Lon commented that the chips come off pretty hot so he advised wearing gloves.

Lon Kelley showed off his die grinder, a tool that he uses a lot in his woodworking.


David Janowitz showed club members some Christmas ornaments mostly of Osage orange and some wine bottle stoppers.  The ribbons and bells came from Michael’s.  David finished by applying some water borne spar polyurethane.



Bob wink was so inspired by Steve Wavro’s intarsia work but didn’t have the variety of colorful wood that Steve had so Bob turned to previously consumed beverage cans to create his intarsia Uncle Sam.  With Bob’s unique method he was able to avoid using stain or dye to achieve the color changes that he wanted – a method inspired by Steve.
Charles Volek said that whenever his is on vacation he looks for toys.  The helicopters that he crafted of walnut and maple were inspired by some that he saw on a recent trip.  Charles made one dozen, will donate two for the WWCH craft show sale and the rest for WWCH’s toy program.


Photos and Commentary:  Gary Rowen              

Back to Top of Page