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Chis Farquhar - This is my 5-Wolf Heads plaque. It's 18" long and 8" tall; made out of 1/2" thick Pine and stained in dark mahogany; with a clear semi-gloss finish. I got the idea from a design I found on Pinterest. I am currently working on another one that is 36" long. That will be posted when my wife decides what color she wants it so I can finish it.

Tom Paulley – The first is a 3D cutting board using a design from Jonathan Katz-Moses.  The woods are maple, cherry, walnut and wenge and the finish is mineral oil and beeswax.  

The second is a folding outfeed table for my table saw based on a design from April Wilkerson.  The wood is pine and plywood with a high pressure laminate top and it is finished with two coats of Watco Danish Oil. 


Rick Spacek - This is my Grand Finale, for a while anyway. This is called “Spirits of the Wild “, A Stampede .   It is a pecan slab 60”l x 15-21” w x 1”. It is a Charles Dearing pattern. I cut and arranged.  It took a few months to cut, paint with acrylic paints sprayed with helmsman clear satin.

Gary Rowen - Toy box for his great granddaughter made of hickory, red maple and some plywood.  It is stained in red mahogany and finished with polyurethane. Safety features include torsion hinges, suggested by Ron Kirchoff, that prevent the lid from slamming down, and no latches.

John Lastrapes - Mini Cooper out of maple and black walnut - dreaming of cooler, fall weather in a land far, far away !!



John Gay - I made a Cat House. This cat prefers the outside. Made from an old cedar fence. The front lifts up for cleaning. Also there is a loft inside for kitty guest.


Lon Kelley - Steve made me do this. He salvaged some spalted maple, and told me to make bowls. The wood was bone dry and a little punky, but finished OK.  Here they are finished in wax.

A: B: C:D: E: F: G:   David Janowitz -

A: I answered the e-blast regarding the Mancala game board, and got to learn to make and use a router template, a new technique for me.  I made this board of (drum roll please...) Osage orange.  As Rockler was out of an adapter to use guide bushings with my Bosch router, I purchased a bowl cutting bit with an included bearing, then made a full sized template out of 1/4" masonite.  After biting into the template a couple of times, I reallized that it would be better 1/2" thick, as the bearing does not touch the template until the bit is at least 1/4" deep in the project wood.  Well... next time.  Anyway, I sanded this to 400 grit for a nice smooth feel, then slapped on some tung oil.  

B: Here is a steady rest I built from Wink-wood plywood, a few nuts and bolts, and some 3" urethane ball-bearing wheels.  This should work great for medium to large spindle turning, like those baseball bats I made and could have used it for, but will need some smaller wheels for thin spindles, as these wheels leave about a 3/4" gap in the smallest position.  This will also work well for turning larger and thinner bowls to reduce chatter and thus tear-out.

C: First 2 pics are a large bowl from a chunk of Pear wood I got from Jeff Larsen, (thanks!)  It had 3 trunk/branch sections so it had a large void running across the diameter.  I filled this with epoxy before turning,and the epoxy turned nicely.  Great curly swirly grain on this because of the complex trunk/branch arrangement.  12 1/2".  D: Bowl made out of Ash, cut from next to a big knot, thus giving beautiful patterns also 10". E: Next is a small Walnut candy dish, 5" and 3" deep.  F: Finally is a box elder pencil box, with the typical pink markings. All are "finished" with tung oil.

G: Cutting boards of Osage orange and maple.  Love that yellow!  Not end grain, which makes construction easier, though many glue joints are miter joints and thus weaker.  This makes it critically important to have good flat square straight joints.  Sanded to 220, and "finished" with plain mineral oil.

    Denis Muras - 1963 Ford Broncos. The design is from Toymaking Plans.  They are made of various woods.  I used aromatic red cedar on the red one.

Steve Procter - This is a continuation of the master suite project I recently completed. This is the master closet. The cabinetry is mahogany. I built them 24 inches deep so that doors can be added to enclose any one of the compartments if desired. Normally for closets I build the cabinets 16” deep, which is deeper than the typical 12”. Stuff always falls off 12” deep shelves, except the ones used for shoes.

This closet includes two (yes two) secret doors. The full length mirror opens to reveal stud depth shelves for jewelry or small purses. The unit next to it, with glass doors for ties and belts is itself a door (like a secret door bookcase). It opens to access a small closet for all the communications wiring (internet, cable TV, security system etc). The shoe rack has adjustable shelves.

Under the window is a seat with a lid to access storage.

I also did the trim carpentry, including the base, window and crown. The window trim was made on a shaper. The crown is purchased, but installed on a base with panel mold. 

The right side of the closet includes a mahogany bureau with 10 drawers on soft close full extension ball bearing slides. Sitting on a shelf is a small mahogany spice chest used as a jewelry chest. I made six of these about 20 years ago-one for each woman in my life at the time (grandmother, mother, sister, wife, mother in law, sister in law).

 I also installed the Brazilian cherry hardwood floor.

The below photo collection is the tip of the iceberg of the roughly 1000 toys crafted and donated by members for WWCH's annual Toy Program.
Ron Taylor

Andy Tofuri
Denis Muras Gary Rowen
All photos and descriptions submitted by individual members.


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