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Claiming that he used the same pattern that Norm did for his truck, Bob Wink crafted a truck-cannon inspired by the real truck-cannon in Ringling Circus museum in Florida.  A bike muffler provided the “body” for his other oddity and a “something” that no one could identify for the other.

From a pattern by a woodworker in Australia, Norm Nichols explained in detail how he crafted his 18-wheeler from maple and black walnut plus some mesquite for the fenders and yellowheart for headlights.  He finished with six coats of lacquer.  Norm also built a jig to make the small parts.

From a pattern by Kathy Gale Roberts, Steve Wavro crafted his intarsia sailboat from a variety of woods such as aspen, bloodwood, cherry, blue pine, and others.


George Graves explained how he did some wood burning and a touch of epoxy to finish his bowls.


Using spiral blades for the first time, Dave VanDewerker scroll sawed wolves.  From Wink wood Dave made a couple of trucks carting smaller trucks.

A Steve Good pattern was the basis for this F1 racer made of plywood by Denis Muras.

Jim Hiles showed his bowls of mesquite and oak complimented by worm holes – a nice effect. Jim finished with Minwax and clear finish.

Ted Ojevich made this dog dish stand from scraps then “blow-torched” it with propane for effect then sprayed with polyurethane.

Proud of his charcuterie board, the first one that he made, Dane Schmitt learned that it is crucial to spend enough time sanding and to pay attention to the wood that you are using – a lesson we all need to be reminded of.


Ken Moughalu took a class in woodworking and from the class came a keepsake box of pine for his daughter.  Ken explained how he used coffee as a base for the stain that was finished with shellac.

A knock-down table of cedar-elm with “different” leg spacing for added stability was crafted by David Janowitz.  David also talked about his lazy susan, cutting board and bottle stoppers. David used water-borne polyurethane finish except for the cutting board on which he used mineral oil.

Lon Kelley provided a slide show that complimented his detailed explanation of how he crafted his two cylindrical jewelry boxes.  Lon used mahogany and padauk.

Ron Matherly provided a slide show and a description how he made his master bedroom headboard set.  The main backing is floor cork.  To lighten some wood that didn’t match the others, Ron sprayed tinted shellac over polyurethane until he got the desired matching of colors then topped with polyurethane.  Ron credited Scott Holmes for that tip.  To admire his headboard will Ron sleep with his head at the foot of the bed?

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 cylindrical jewelry boxes - Lon Kelley, Photos of master bedroom set - Ron Matherly

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