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November 2018 Projects

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Guest Speaker - Lynn Cummings  

Our guest speaker for the November meeting was Lynn Cummings who also sponsors our Furniture Making Splinter Group. Lynn, with the assistance of Mike Turner, former President of WWCH, spoke about and demonstrated CNC2 routing techniques. 

Lynn provided numerous tips such as using a water cooled router to keep your router running essentially for an unlimited time compared to air cooled routers – very handy if you have a project that requires a lot of time to complete.

Lynn demonstrated how to enter starting data into the software, set up your design, zero the router bit on your board and how to set up tabs for ease of removing a piece from the board.

Lynn answered many questions from members - thanks Lynn.  To learn more about CNC all are welcome to any of the CNC splinter group meetings.


David Janowitz - Osage Orange Projects 

With a craft show coming up David made plain and zig zag (3d) cutting boards, bottle stoppers, and “stick”s for rolling tortillas or wontons (heavy noodles).

Charlie Bennett - Bowl

An experiment with a 12x12 poplar is what Charlie Bennett called his turned bowl.  The two halves are joined by using a dove tail bit in a router.


George Graves - Bowls

George Graves, explaining how he worked the turnings,  crafted one bowl from an oak burl and another from maple with mahogany strips. 

Rick Spacek - Jaguar

From a Charles Hand pattern and ¼ inch Wink1 wood, Rick Spacek scroll sawed the face of a jaguar.


Denis Muras - Caboose 

Denis Muris crafted this caboose for his Mother-in-Law’s Great Grandson who lives in an apartment in NYC –hence the smaller size. Denis explained how he made the wheels.

Matt Phillips - Lichtenberg Art

The Lichtenberg process of using electricity to etch patterns in veneer wood was explained by Matt Phillips.  Mat used a transformer from a microwave oven with voltage stepped down about 40 percent with a Variac.  A mix of baking soda (an electrolyte) is placed on the wood thus providing a path for the electricity.  Matt warned that you must treat electricity with respect and provided tips on how to safely use electricity for the Lichtenberg process.

Mark Womack - Cutting Board

A block of mahogany was used by Mark Womack for his cutting board that was then etched with a laser tool.  Mark commented that mahogany was a pleasure to work with and easier on his tools.  He finished with butcher block varnish thinned with 50 percent mineral spirits.

Bob Wink - Folk Art

Claiming that no antique toys were destroyed, Bob Wink explained how he made his “objet d’folkart” come to life -  “Oversized load”, “Don’t leave your stove running” and “Him and his brother on a bike”. 

Gary Rowen - Night Stands

Gary Rowen crafted two night stands of red oak and some Home Depot plywood.  The two tone effect of the stains are from quartersawn oak and flat sawn oak purchased at different times from different vendors. The back was painted white to help “see” things that are dropped into the “black hole” behind a cabinet that is against a wall. The insides of the drawer were also painted white to facilite "finding" things in low level light conditions.

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.

2CNC: Computer Numerical Control


Photos:  Gary Rowen

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