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Gary Rowen:  A trunk made of hickory.  The tray is big box home improvement store plywood.





Chris Farquhar: Last month I showed the smaller version in Show & Tell; it's 18" long by 8" tall. The new (bigger) one is 36" long by 17" tall. It's made out of 1/2" thick pine. Currently it does not have a finish on it; I'm waiting on my wife to decide what color she wants me to make it.
Steve Wavro: Attached is a picture of a Sunflower Wreath Intarsia project I just finished.  It has 145 individual pieces of Poplar, Walnut, and Yellow Heart and is finished with 4 coats of polyacrylic. Pattern is by Judy Gale Roberts.

Dan Schmoker:
Walnut folding Adirondack chair made from trees I cut,helped saw, kiln dried, and handled 20 or more times. Chair is based on Rockler plan and hardware.  Curved backrest is very comfy.  Heavy enough to withstand a Cat 1 hurricane.  Same hardware available from the Nut Place at much less cost.

Charles Volek:  A wall table I recently finished. It is made of Mesquite using traditional mortise and tenon joints. Although the shelf appears to cut deep into the legs, it penetrates less than 1/2 of each leg.  The shelf is further secured by a screw from below. The finish is Waterlox varnish.
Sankar Padhmanabhan: This is a traditional Indian outdoor rope bed. It was used in olden days for sleeping outside in summer nights; Now it is a highly priced traditional decor item. Usually made with Jute fiber so that it breathes and keeps the back cool as well. This one is made with 4x4 Cedar posts for legs and 2x4 Cedar for stretchers. All joinery and tapering etc. is done with hand tools. Finished with Deck stain. The bed utilizes the Diagonal weave style for tying the rope.  

Sonny Lawson: I made this writing table for my daughter.  I was lucky enough to find some curly maple in the stack at Clark's hardwood.  The legs are from Matthew Burak.  I used mortise and tenon joinery for the base and wood buttons for the top.  The drawer is dovetailed with drawer slips.  The finish is aniline dye with Watco Danish oil and General Finishes Arm R Seal.

Mike Hardy: Pictures of a jewelry box I just completed. 12" x 10" x 3.5". It is cherry and maple, with a milk painted bottom to the maple sliding tray. The design is adapted from a design in Doug Stowe's "Basic Box Making". Finished with shellac on the inside and Liberon on the outside.


Andy Tofuri: A so-called pencil box with two levels. Inspired by a cut-off from the scrap bin at the molding mill. The top is a piece of soft maple with two knots and some nice figure. The sides are curly cherry. Another little rescue job with some thin strips of bocate to tighten up my miscalculation for the dovetails. The other box has a top from the scrap bin of figured curly Ash. Both will get splines. Not positive about the final finish at this point.

Wood hinge box with my first hand cut dovetails. The top, front and back are all cut from a scrap of white oak that had some spalting and nice figure. Found in the dumpster at the local molding mill where Dave and I get our scrap wood. Ends are walnut. The bark live-edge was coated with epoxy resin, which I hope will preserve it.  Approximately 10 in Long, 5 1/2 deep and 4 - 1/4 tall. Finished with Odie's Oil. Interior bottom is suede. The little rectangle of wenge on the bottom of the front is covering up the hole where my up cutting quarter-inch spiral bit decided to pull itself out of the router collet.

Lon Kelley:  I wanted to make a bowl with slanted stripes, using what else but Winkwood? I had some left over Sapele and Padauk, so they also went into the bowls. It was not clear how to accomplish this, but it seemed that the best way would be to make a sphere, and saw it in half on a diagonal. That is illustrated here. I did not anticipate the circular feature in the bowl, but am really pleased with the result. I did this twice, but only ended up with three bowls because I got careless and cut through one resulting in total destruction.
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David Janowitz:

1: First is a dibble.  or dibber.  or dibbler...  All Osage Orange, all turned, and all wood.  I'll let people look up what it is, but as a big hint, it tends to be seasonal.

2: Second is a bowl of Water Oak, 14" diameter, and just under 3" tall.  Coarse grained and hard to turn, nevertheless this bowl came out pretty well, with nice rays on the bottom, and a red color.  "Finished" with Tung oil. 

3: Third is a carved Water Oak bowl.  I did some by hand, but a lot by machine, using a chainsaw type bit on an angle grinder, and also lots of sanding.  Terrible wood for carving.  It tears and chips, despite its hardness, and very coarse grain.  "Finished" with tung oil.

4: Fourth is a Big Ash Bowl (sorry, I could not resist!). I did not have any thicker stock, so I laminated two pieces to make a deeper bowl.  Since it is from the same board, the color and grain match fairly well.  It is 13 1/4" diameter and 3 1/4" deep, and finished with tung oil.  

 5: Fifth are two rolling pins.  The first is Pear, with separate rotating Osage handles and axles.  The axles are glued into holes in the ends of the pin.  To make those holes perfectly centered, one should drill the 1/2" holes first, and use those to center the blank for turning. Second pin is from an amazing blank I could not resist at Rockler, of Curly Maple.  This one has fixed handles. 

6: Sixth, I also made a tiny cup from a scrap left over.  

All finished with Tung oil.

All photos and descriptions submitted by individual members.


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