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Curt Cobler - 6x13 Woodworking

Curt Cobler of 6 x 13 Woodworking spoke to club members about techniques and ways they apply Ecopoxy products to craft their “river” wood design products and other woodworking projects.  Curt showed examples of their work as well as projects done by others.  6 X 13 Woodworking is a father & son business that was established in October of 2014 and focuses on custom wood designs, including home decor, accessories, cabinets, live-edge slab tables and elevated feeding stations for dogs. Located in Rosenberg, Texas, they have a private shop and take pride in the craftsmanship involved in their pieces as well as the unique designs that bring a sense of both style and function to a customer’s home.   6x13 Woodworking is also a distributor for Ecopoxy products.


Bill Grimes - Salt and Pepper Shakers

Using various pieces of wood Bill Grimes turned a pepper mill and a salt mill then finished with urethane.

Terry Parrish - Beer Bottle Openers

Terry Parrish explained how he crafted these beer bottle openers from scraps of basic pine. Before carving Terry would spray on clear shellac, carve, then another coat of shellac which helps keeps the paint from bleeding out.  Doesn't work too well for pop tops.

Terron Shurtliff - Picture Frame

Terron won 2nd place in his age group at the Texas rodeo pre-qualifier art show in 3rd grade. He wanted to frame it so his Dad convinced him to do so.  Terron made all the cuts for the frame himself.  He glued up and sanded as well and his Dad only helped direct and set the table saw.   Terron finished it with wax.  We look forward to seeing other projects from you.

Dave VanDewerker - Toys

Dave VanDewerker explained how he made toys and wheels from Wink wood1 and wood from the scrap pile.


Dane Schmitt - Wind Turner

From 2x6s of Jatoba cutoffs, Dane Schmitt resawed and so forth made pieces for wind turners to use as gifts. Isn't this what Bob Dylan was singing about? 

Steve Wavro - Train Set, Shelf, and Whistles

Transitioning a little from intarsia to toys as a proud Grandpa, Steve Wavro crafted this train set and shelf based on a pattern from a freebie magazine brought to the meeting a few months ago. One of the whistles is for Steve to toot his own horn.

Norm Nichols - Butterfly and Raccoon
From Sue Mey and Charles Hand patterns, Norm Nichols scroll sawed a raccoon and butterfly, respectively, from red oak.  Norm also explained how he scroll sawed graduation cards from paper sandwiched between two pieces of Baltic birch. Norm used a Number 2/0 Flying Dutchman Polar scroll saw blade.  Will he name the raccoon "Rocky"?
Jim Davis - Candle Box

From some classes in woodworking at the Heritage School of Woodworking in Waco, Texas, Jim Davis crafted this pine candle box using hand tools. The class was taught by Frank Strazza.  Can the box hold LED bulbs?

Jeff Larsen - Celtic Harp

The Celtic harp was a favorite instrument of the Irish and Scots for a thousand years.  It is unique in that it was strung with metal wires and played with the fingernails.  There are only three true ancient harps in museums – and they aren’t playable. Jeff Larsen crafted his harp loosely based on the Celtic design.  The sound box is made of maple and quartersawn sycamore (which he obtained from a saw mill in De Kalb, Texas), the rest of solid maple (originals were made from willow).  Jeff carved the double headed salmon of wisdom from the same piece of maple. For joinery Jeff used dowels instead of the traditional mortise and tenons. Jeff strummed a tune for us - sounds nice, Jeff.

Lynn Cummings - Hummingbird

About 300 pieces of CNC2 carved Baltic birch and various mechanical items were brought together by Lynn Cummings to make this articulated humming bird for his daughter and her new husband.  A lot of sanding and polishing was involved as well as numerous assembling and re-assembling to get it to work right. Lynn purchased plans which can be uploaded to a CNC machine.  Lynn also said that the designer, Derek Hugger, and his website were very helpful in helping to work out the bugs.

Chuck Meeder - Oak Stairs

After returning to his home after a wet visit by Harvey, and waiting for a contractor to do the stairs, Chuck Meeder decided to make his own stair treads which he stained to match other woodwork in his house.  Chuck made the risers of poplar. Each tread was custom cut to fit thus avoiding the generic cut board and tons of caulk which he said a contractor would do. Certainly a step in the right direction.

Bill Hoffmeister - Shelf

Bill Hoffmeister showed club members a biplane themed shelf that he made for his daughter from 1x6s and 1x8s then painted.  It is designed not to “fly” off the wall.


Rick Spacek - Bee Hive and Waterfall

The waterfall with live edge pecan was crafted from a photo by Rick Spacek and then a judicious use of acrylic paint.  The bee hive was scroll sawed from a section of pecan cut through the middle of the tree.

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.

2Computer Numerical Control


Photos:  Gary Rowen; Biplane Shelf - Bill Hoffmeister, Oak Stairs - Chuck Meeder,

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