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 January 2021 Projects

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Jack Bailie - Chair side table for my wife to use for her sewing items.  She sits in the evenings and does handwork on her quilts.  Made of red oak.  The top is oak and walnut in a nine patch quilt pattern.  The drawers are cut from a single piece of oak so that the grain is continuous across the front of the table. Finished with a light oak stain and five coats of General Finishes wipe-on Arm-R-Seal poly. 





Quentin Hoffman - My first end grain cutting board. Maple and walnut 10 X 12 ".  As with any first time project it was a good learning experience.

Don Magdall - Barn Bird Feeder - After my wife's backyard chicken got eaten by a bobcat, she wanted to continue her avian interests so I built her this simple barn bird feeder for a Christmas gift. I patterned it after some barns that we saw on our fall trip driving to Canada through Nebraska. All of the barns up there had a quilting square painted on them so I added that small detail to this one as a reminder of our trip. The roof just lifts off to be able to put the bird seed in the top. I pounded a metal pole into the backyard and mounted on it. The most difficult part was measuring and cutting the roof angles for the barn roof panels to not show the cracks (I did cheat in the end and caulked the seams before painting the roof).

Rick Spacek - Cross 1/2” thick oak with natural stain.

Denis Muras - The Motor Grader is made from walnut and maple. The plans were published in Wood Magazine Nov 2011, issue #208. The Motor Grader is for my grandson. We were looking at pictures and he indicated that he liked that one, the Grader, so I built it for him.

The Bulldozer is also made from walnut and maple. The plans were published by Wood Magazine Sept 2010, issue #199.

Gary Rowen – My granddaughter moved into her own apartment, saw a post on Facebook of a hanging blanket rack and then asked me to make one for her.  So I did with a few modifications, primarily freestanding, a top, but with option to hang. It is made from red oak, stained red mahogany, then finished with polyurethane.

Lon Kelley - These candlesticks are fun to make and are good skill builders. They make unique gifts. Wink wood1 finished in natural stain.

Chris Farquhar - This is my Elephant Head Intarsia project that my neighbor asked me to make. The design is from Judy Gale Roberts (intarsia.com). There are 35-pieces and is 16" wide by 13" tall; the wood used is: Walnut; Black Walnut; Basswood & African Wenge. this project took about 2-weeks which includes applying the finish; which is a spray on poly. The texture as seen was added using a Wonder Wheel (also purchased from intarsia.com).



David Janowitz - I made a lift top coffee table with a storage area.  All solid Water Oak, except a birch plywood bottom, and steel corner brackets with hanger bolts for the leg attachments.  Water based urethane finish.  These hinges are surprisingly sturdy and rigid, with just about the right amount of lift.  I was worried because many online reviews said these are wobbly and difficult to use.  


Mike Hardy - This music stand was a special commission for a friend and was delivered just before Christmas. He had an old pedal reed organ from the turn of the century that was a treasured possession of a favorite aunt. After she passed away, the organ got passed around between him and two other first cousins and while it had sentimental value, it was stinky, unplayable, and took up a lot of room. So he asked me about transforming it into a music stand. He broke it down and brought me the lumber, music desk, and things like the stops and several other ornamental parts. While cleaning it up I discovered that under all of the heavy brown stain/paint was beautiful white oak, including some nice quarter sawn. The biggest challenge was having to redesign how I usually build the base since the ornamental pieces I was using for the legs (there were two - I had to make the third) were much thicker than what I make. It did however, allow me to showcase that I had used the 'Bass Coupler' organ stop to...couple the base to the main shaft. Yep, I couldn't resist! There was just enough usable lumber left over to make a couple of boxes (of which I forgot to take pictures), so he had something to send the other two cousins that had been housing the organ over the years. 

The desk, upon which rests the sheet music, is the original music desk from the organ. All of the wood for the rest of the stand came from the body of the organ. The hardware was made from the organ stops and some ornamental pieces. It was all restained with Watco Black Walnut with a couple of coats of Waterlox over that. Different from what I usually do, but an enjoyable project and I am happy with how it turned out.

All photos and descriptions submitted by individual members.
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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