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Fred Sandoval explained in considerable detail how he made rosettes that adorn his tool box.

Steve Procter talked about how he used this rig attached to a router to create large radius curves for cabinetry.

Michiel Tijsseling spoke about techniques that he used to create hatches for boats.

Rich Bajenski explained how he repurposed a nail shield for a 2x4 to make a purfling tool.


Bob Wink’s folk art endeavors take on a theme of shoes and feet repurposing a foot measuring tool and a Kiwi shoeshine kit.  Bob carved some “tramp” art into one item.  Bob even offered to shine Gary’s boat sneakers.

Rick Spacek scroll sawed a lion from Wink1 wood then applied coloring stain topped off with acrylic paint.  MGM might call you next, Rick.


David VanDewerker crafted this quilt rack for his wife which he put together using ½ inch poplar dowel rods. It is sized to fit into a bag once used to carry a folding lawn chair.  Could this rack be used as a Texas-sized wash cloth holder? 

Steve Wavro explained how he compensated for the varying sizes of wine corks to make his intarsia wine display look right – patterns assume uniform wine corks.  Steve is making wine displays for charity auctions and invited members to give him his wine corks – drinking the wine is optional. 

David Janowitz crafted wizard wands, small bowls, pizza cutter, 3D cutting board, and a 2D cutting board.  As you can see Osage orange was the dominating wood. Know any Harry Potter fans?

George Graves talked about the fun he had making these bowls and how a nine inch starting block can be reduced to something small.  George reminded all to wear a face shield.

Chuck Meeder’s first try at chip carving resulted in some nice looking coasters from basswood.  The carrying tray is some unknown exotic wood. Chuck made a wall carving of butternut for his wife to store jewelry while working in the kitchen. The wall carving is also a clever way to cover up contractor damage to the cabinetry veneer.  Chuck – are you a politician?

Mark Womack explained his trials and tribulations with different leg joinery to get them all to come out right. Mark will give this table to his Dad.   Looks good, Mark.


John Lastrapes salvaged some wood leftover from Hurricane Ike to create “shapes” – borrowing a quote from Will Rogers, John says he never met a piece of wood that he didn’t like.  The lidded box of red oak and walnut incorporates book matching.  John finished with Danish oil.

A cutting board of end grain pieces of walnut, maple and padauk was crafted by Will Wegemer.  Nice job, Will.

1Wink Wood: Bob Wink 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 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:  Gary Rowen

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