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November 2017 Projects

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Fred Miller of Leaning Oak Mesquite Works shared secrets of his work with mesquite projects and a touching explanation of why. The box in the photos is an example of his work.

Bill Harris ran the WWCH booth at the First United Methodist Church's Fall Festival in Missouri City. Bill was assited by Denis Muras and Andy Anderson.  Craft items for sale came from donations by WWCH members and proceeds will go to WWCH's own Harvey Relief fund for woodworkers.  Norm Nichols and his wife also operated a booth at the festival.


Inspired by displays at VFW posts, Gary Rowen placed a toy Chinook helicopter onto a platform of Wink1 wood.  The clock of inlaid dominoes from a double twelve set is of hickory and finished with sprayed lacquer.


From various pieces of scrap wood (and Wink1 wood), golf club covers, mantle clock bases, and a bird feeder Bob Wink crafted some of his signature folk art work.  Drawing chuckles from club members, Bob explained that the animal was a golden  retriever and not a rat.


Rich Bajenski showed a lidded wooden box made with half-lap joints to form the sides.  Box was made of maple with bubinga trim and lid was hand-carved to follow the figure.  Box was finished with wipe-on natural color Danish Oil that was not wiped off, leaving a deep, somewhat plastic covering, (that has not fully cured after six weeks).


Working from a photo in a magazine, D.L. Dickey made this foot rocker from poplar supplied by Bob Wink1.


Using a former sledge hammer handle Jack Hutchison created a mallet of red oak and walnut then donated it to the club.  Jack finished with spray semi-gloss lacquer.

When Lon Kelley’s daughter asked Lon to make her candlesticks for her friends wedding Lon made three sets, including one for himself.  Lon used Wink1 wood and finished with spray polyurethane from a can.

Chuck Lickwar made a boat load of toys for the WWCH toy program examples of which were shown to members by Andy Anderson.

Using hand tools, especially spokeshaves and chisels, on walnut George Alderete crafted this rocking chair and will make two more for his daughters. George finished with Danish oil.

Mike Turner fashioned this portable router table from Wink1 wood and recycled router and metal products.  Mike then gifted this router table to Bob Wink as a thank you for providing Wink1 wood to members.

This intarsia puppy crafted by Don Pott for his wife came from a Kathy Wise pattern reduced in size by half.  Don credits Charles Volek and Steve Wavro as sources of advice.  Needless to say the puppy drew oohs and aahs.

David Janowitz crafted square coasters of Osage orange, bottle stoppers of walnut and water oak and cutting boards of Osage orange and oak. David finished with water borne polyurethane but mineral oil on the cutting boards. 

Jack Bailie’s wife is a quilter and her patterns were the inspiration for Jack’s cutting boards of maple and walnut.  Jack finished with General Finishes Salad Bowl finish diluted with 50/50 paint thinner. He has also given away about twenty boards.

Dick Lewis presented a slide show explaining how he, along with the help of WWCH member Jack Hutchison’s shop and tools, crafted this huge mesquite table.  The legs were cut from a stump by his son.  Dick finished the table with polyurethane.
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1Wink Wood: Bob lives near a commercial woodworking facility that gives away what they consider to be scrap pieces of commercial grade plywood and misc hard woods.  Bob Wink rescues this wood before a Grinch comes and takes the scrap for firewood.  Many woodworkers in WWCH have made good use of these excess pieces by making jigs, toys, and incorporating them into their projects as you’ve seen in many Show n Tell projects. This source of wood is what has become known as “Wink” wood.  


Photos and commentary:  Gary Rowen; Dick Lewis table photos by Dick Lewis; Rich Bajenski wooden box commentary by Rick Bajenski


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