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January 2019 Projects

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Chris Farquhar crafted this exquisite boot clock of red oak, ash, and Mexican ebony.

Norm Nichols explained how he used the jig to make rings for the salt celler (yes, “celler”).  And yes, Norm is storing salt in it, wisely not bringing a celler full of salt to the meeting.

A friend of Denis Muras got married so he crafted a sign for him from red cedar.

Ron Kirchoff crafted a couple of boxes for his wife for Christmas. This was Ron’s first time with flocking and because of the fine powder involved recommended wearing a respirator. 

Bob Wink’s work with folk art resulted in story boxes featuring pool players, tennis players, and a skier.  Bob modeled the pool player after Gary’s younger days.

Mike Hardy explained how all the pieces of his music stand go together to provide height and angle adjustment.

Dale Ward showed club members some dresser trays of various woods.


A recently felled tree provided the source of wood for these turned bowls – actually turned while wet by Lon Kelley.  As the bowls dried they shape-shifted requiring Lon to judiciously apply epoxy to fill cracks.  Lon finished with wax. 

From scrap wood, George Alderete crafted cutting boards from mahogany, maple, and walnut.

Ian Levine and his recipe box.

Steve Wavro had to get extra creative to get the boy’s hands in the correct position in this golfing boy intarsia – they were wrong (from a golfer’s perspective) in the original pattern. 

Singa Katari demonstrated his animated box that he crafted. Click on "Movie" to download video of the box in action.


After thanking Bill Hoffmeister for leading the group in making these cutting boards, Bill Harris explained how he planed and sanded the boards then finished with mineral oil.  Bill stressed that every spot requires glue.

Andy Anderson showed one of 12 domino racks he crafted from dense wood.

Fred Sandoval spoke about how he uses his iron to bend wood for instrument making.

A friend gave Mark Womack some beer for Christmas (now that’s a friend) so Mark made a couple of beer caddies for him.  Mark used through mortises for partitions to keep bottles from rattling around.

A case for his Great-Grandmother’s bible was crafted by George Graves.  George showed club members several turned bowls.

Ben Tillison learned one thing – he’d rather build something new rather than rebuild something old.  Ben detailed his efforts to rehabilitate an old typewriter desk and his first attempt at veneering.  The desk is now a computer desk for his daughter.

For his church’s children’s center Charles Volek crafted a book case that featured blocks representing the books of the bible.  Charles also showed the computer tables he made for a school computer classroom and the library.

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, Photos of desk restoration - Ben Tillison, Photos of bookcase and computer tables - Charles Volek

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