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 December 2020 Projects

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Jack Bailie - Keepsake boxes for each of my family members.  Each will have something special inside.  Various woods - Walnut, mahogany, bocote, bird’s eye maple, curly maple, and quarter sawn red oak - Some from my stash, some from Houston Hardwoods cut-off stack.  Various techniques - box joints, mitered, and splined miter. Most are 4" x 6". One is 4" x 4". Finished with General Finishes Arm-R-Seal.




Chris Farquhar - Attached is my project for the December newsletter. "Polar Bear with Scarf" it's a Judy Gale design; wood used: Black Walnut, Cherry, Pine, African Wenge, White Oak & a Mystery Wood that I got from a scrap bin at Rockler. Lon Kelley - Big Wheels: These were made from plugs cut by plumbers in a nearby new house. I salvaged enough for about a dozen cars. Charles Volek - The three intarsia gnomes are Christmas gifts made from patterns by Worthington.  I added the stand alone bases. Woods used are: Aspen, Oak, Purpleheart, Bloodwood, Walnut, Red Cedar, Maple,  Peroba Rosa, Blue Pine, Mesquite, and Mahogany. They are finished with Waterlox.
Sonny Lawson - Made an organizer for my daughter's pantry to hold Ziploc storage bags, etc.  Constructed of 1/2" and 1/4" Baltic birch, with the inserts joined by a wine-box style mechanical joint.  Four screws in the bottom attach the organizer to the shelf. 


Dave VanDewerker - I made a quick cutting board from my scrap bin. Found some cherry, maple and walnut, glued up edge grain and made the inlay. About 14×16
x 1-1/4. Inlay was made with a router using the Freud 1/8 inch bit
with bushing.
Norm Nichols - I needed to make a display case to show my items at a consignment shop. It is made of pine fence pickets with a couple of cedar pickets to add a little flair. 48" wide X 18" deep X 48" high. Now for some sales!

Sankar Padhmanabhan - Built this Pikler triangle for a one year old. Rungs are 1.25” Birch dowels and the side is Red Oak.


Mike Turner - My show and tell is a retrofit of a craftsman plastic ratchet set tool box that began to come apart on the hinges and latches. I salvaged the tray that holds all of the sockets by cutting off the exterior back of the box and reinserted it into the new box. The upper part of the box will be fitted to hold the various tools shown in the photo. It was simple to make with "Wink Wood". Outer frame is 3/4" plywood and the top and bottom panels are 1/4" plywood. Frame assembly was with a Kreg jig, screws and glue. The finish will be light gray.



Left to Right:

Wade Touchstone – A book holder and some wooden utensils.

Ben Touchstone – Built a desk over the holidays.


David Janowitz - First a question: is a workbench ever finished?  I added a lower shelf to mine, of the same Water Oak, 3/4" thick slats, resting on and screwed to cleats on the ends.  Like the rest of the bench, 4 coats of urethane.  I still have to make an easily removable attachment for the metal vise in the left rear.  

Next, an Osage Orange and Maple cutting board.  Very simple strips, with handle grips routed in each end on top and bottom.  "Finished" with plain mineral oil.  14"x16"x3/4". 

Finally, I made six Ash salad bowls to go with the Big-Ash bowl, all with a couple of coats of Tung oil.  7 7/8"x2"

All photos and descriptions submitted by individual members.

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