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Steve Wavro

I have just finished making a Cornhole set for my niece.  Since she wanted this type of pattern stained instead of painted, I did a few things differently to get crisp lines without bleeding. One was using maple veneered plywood instead of general exterior plywood and the second was to use GEL stains instead of liquid stains.

Lon Kelley
I went around the house and collected and photoed the various bowls. Seems I don't give them away fast enough.

Don Pott

Second Intarsia rooster. He is named Bruno.

Gary Rowen

Bench/blanket chest crafted from red maple for all but the corner posts which were from white oak.  Gary's computer numerical control router did all the 3D carving for the panels. The stain is Varathane Premium Wood Stain - Sunbleached.  The final finish will be polyurethane. 

Chris Farquhar

All three are made from 1/2" Pine; the "Horse-n-Heart" came from a web site called Redline Steel; saw a photo they made in steel so I cleaned up the photo to create a pattern that I then made this for my wife in wood. Stained in Spanish Oak. The "Howling Wolf" I found as clip art on Google labeled as a Tribal Wolf and decided to make it. Stained in Mahogany. I then combined the Horse and Wolf and came up with the "Wolf-n-Heart" painted in High Gloss Black.

Chuck Meeder
These two tool totes were made from cutoffs from old projects. One is red oak, the other maple; both finished with teak oil.  They are 15 inches long. The handle on the oak one is wrapped in braided nylon cord with additional finish applied over it.

Rick Spacek

I made another medallion 30” in diameter made from 1/4 Baltic birch it is painted with acrylic paints sprayed with gloss and has a plexiglass backer

And the second picture is a picture of both.

Mike Hardy  A new conductor's podium for the University of California - Irvine (actually ships out today - 6/4). The box is 42"x42"x10", and top of the railing is 42" above the platform. It is ash stained with walnut gel stain and a poly top coat.  The platform is commercial carpet over an anti-fatigue matting on 3/4" plywood. The railing system comes out, and there is an insert for when it is not used.

Bob Wink
Folk art, power snake, fish monger wagon, gone to Texas, and fly Electrolux.

David Janowitz Well... I finally finished, (nearly,) my workbench.  It has been a year since I laminated the top, out of 3" thick water oak, but then just sat it on two sawhorses.  Now I flattened the top by wide belt sanding at Houston Hardwoods, then attached end and front vises from Rockler, made their jaws, and put on two coats of Urethane below, and 5 coats on top.  I made the base with mortise and tenon joinery, and 3"x3" end framing, and 1 1/2"x4" stretchers.  I used removable wedges in the ends of the stretchers.  Since I could not easily move this now nearly 400 pound bench, I added casters which can be lifted and lowered (much cheaper on Amazon.)  I had previously drilled dog holes in the top during assembly, but added some in the vise jaws.  Still need some more dogs.  (Woof!) I am considering putting a shelf across the lower stretchers, though I am not sure that really adds anything useful.  So far I have only used it with paper on top, because I hate to scratch it!

Dave VanDewerker

A few scroll saw projects, all Shelia Landry designs
Hearth shaped box made with mahogany and bird’s eye maple inlay for the top.
Small crosses are 1/4 cherry mounted on plywood backer.
Larger heart crosses are 1/4 plywood with a padauk veneer glued on, all have a plywood backer with two stained a darker color.

Andy Tofuri

Made these folding tables for proper social distancing cocktails with neighbors.  Walnut.  Used SS screws in the first one, but wife recommended brass for the second on.  Design from a YouTube video that was frankly pretty bad after I got going, and his instructable is even worse.  That's why I ended up with two.  Fairly simple to build. Finished with Danish Oil.

Andy Tofuri

A coworker asked me to make him a cutting board.  Design inspired by one of our members projects about a year ago.  This one is maple and cherry, about 18" x 12" x 1 1/2", soaked in mineral oil overnight and finished with Walrus Oil wood wax.  Pretty good stuff. On delivery I showed him my walnut/curly maple box, and he wanted to buy that, but my wife had laid claim to it, so I told him I'd make him a similar box.

Andy Tofuri

If you can't guess, it's a chandelier.  My wife has been hunting for years for a fixture to replace the small builder’s grade ceiling mounted brass/glass fixture in the front entry.  Nothing at the big box stores would do, and when she found an $800 fixture on line it was time for me to do something.  This is rather similar to what she had found in black iron, and since I have a pile of black walnut, I ripped a bunch of 1" x 1" strips and glued them up in hexagons.  I only had 1 3/8' walnut dowel, and none where available at the two Rockler stores nor the two Woodcraft stores, so I had to make my own dowels for the down rods.  They came out 11/32" so this is truly custom.  Finished with MinWax spray semigloss lacquer.  The lamp parts from Grand Brass Lamps came yesterday, so it will get hung soon.  It turned out to be 16" across the flat sides of the hexagon, and about 17" tall.

Andy Tofuri 
Tree small boxes in progress.  The middle one is for a co-worker that liked another box.  This one is black mesquite from some shorts I picked up a Rockler's last summer that I wish now I had bought the whole pallet, with the other half of the curly maple with knot. This half of the knot was in really rough shape, so I filled it with crushed malachite and epoxy.  The other two boxes are Ambrosia maple with a black mesquite lid, and curly maple with a curly cherry lid.  I cut everything out at one time, so it took about 30 minutes for to make 3 than it would have to make one.  All will get wood hinges, not sure on the finish.  They are about 7 1/4" x 4 1/2" x 3 1/2".

Pat Carlson


End table 14.5"W x 14.5"D x 22.75"H

Carcase of maple, solid cherry panels mortised and tenoned, pillowed maple draw front and pull with rabbeted purple heart drawer sides with cherry dowels and a top of butted solid cherry.

Jack Bailie

Museum Bench made from repurposed Oak.

Mike Turner

This is an adjustable boom shop light I made a few years ago. The reason I am showing again is that I put casters on it and it is much easier to move around when I need additional light in an area. Easy to make, light is from an old tract lighting system that I recycled. 


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

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