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February 2020 Projects

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WWCH member, Lon Kelley, spoke to club members and showed slides about how he cleverly makes use of commercial quality plywood.  His designs take advantage of the different characteristics of the layers in plywood by arranging them in a way that results in various geometric patterns. Lon's source of plywood is from Bob Wink who acquires plywood as scrap from a local commercial woodworking facility near Bob. This wood from Bob is refered to as "Wink" wood.


George Graves - Bowls of Oak

Steve Wavro - Intarsia giraffes, designed by Judy Gale Roberts, of aspen, mahogany, ebony, wenge, birch and oak.

Hugh Parker - Box of maple, walnut, and ebony, finished with Tru-Oil

David Janowitz - Bench of water oak finished with water borne urethane. See process below.

Richard Hash - Two bowls, one of hackberry with mesquite and the other of spalted pecan.

Charles Volek - Intarsia duck of aspen, walnut, lacewood, bluepine, sycamore and others, and Dennehey designed cross of maple, oak, and bocote. Finished with Danish oil and wax.

Rick Spacek - "In the Garden" scroll sawed in cedar with plexiglass backing to prevent breakage of small pieces

Ron Kirchoff - Serving tray of maple, mahogany, walnut, and purple heart then finished with mineral oil and bees wax.

John Gay - Puzzles of Wink1 wood plywood used in teaching scroll sawing techniques to girl scouts.

David Janowitz bench crafting process.


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; Bench process:  David Janowitz

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