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Dave VanDewerker - Four different baskets made on the scroll saw
Poplar with maple and walnut vertical slats
Maple with mahogany vertical slats
Mahogany with walnut vertical slats
Walnut with mahogany vertical slats
One pic to show the difference in 3/32" difference in thickness of the stock (mahogany vs walnut)
All finished with with 2 coats of slightly amber shellac, lightly sanded and 2 coats water based poly (semi gloss).

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Lon Kelley - My daughter needed two new lamps. So I made them from Wink Wood, what else? Finished with spray poly.

Tom Paulley - I made two cutting boards for a friend to give as wedding presents.  The boards are black walnut and the insert is hard maple.  I have the initials laser engraved into the maple, then I inset the square into the board.  The finish is mineral oil and beeswax.

  Wilson Carneiro - I made these 2 country end tables and this oversized coffee table for our living room.
Made of common pine board from Home Depot. I painted the bottom with a base coat of "Quite Shore" white and extremely light brush strokes afterwards with a barely wet "mountain smoke" grey to give it that worn out look.
The top was simple. Wood conditioner then dark oak stain with 3 coats of polycrylic sanding in between.
I found the design at a website called Ana White, www.ana-white.com
 Chris Farquhar - This Harlequin Great Dane Intarsia project was for a friend. I took a Judy Gale design (shown in the Brown tones) and using a photo from my friend's dog, I created the final look. The photo of me holding it, is to give you an idea of the size. The materials used are: Pine; Basswood; Ebony; Huisache and a mystery Wood that I wasn't sure what it was. This project took me a little longer than normal, due to trying to match the photo.

David Janowitz - The first bowl is just an ordinary pleasing bowl shape, but is special in that is is made of Camphor wood, and has a wonderful fragrance!  Treated just with mineral oil.  9" x 2 3/4"

The second is a candy dish of Osage Orange, with just Tung oil on it.  As usual, I love the fine polish this hard wood takes to get that shine.  9" x 1 1/2"

This is another try at epoxy.  Definitely learning on the fly.  I didn't want to use a huge amount of resin, so a lot of it is shallow.  More Osage Orange.  This table is too short to design like a traditional trestle table, with seating on each end, so I put the legs only two inches from the ends to maximize side seating.  At 68" x 32", you could squeeze in 6 if you had to, but makes spacious seating for 4. Mortise and tenon joints for the leg assemblies.  I also made this to break down, with horizontal tusk tenon joints to attach the stringers, threaded inserts in the top, with screw slots in the top cross members to allow for wood expansion, and threaded inserts and levelling feet, all stainless steel hardware, as this will be outdoors.  I did not want to use a film finish outdoors, so I used Minwax Maximum protection wood preservative, plus Howard outdoor furniture wax on the top.  


David Janowitz - I just finished a large outdoor bench, 8'8" long, 4' tall in the back, 34" deep.  For those of you old enough to remember Laugh In, one looks like Edith Ann sitting on it.  The seat is also 22" high, without the cushions!  Anyway, White Oak, lots of mortise and tenon joints, frame and panel for the solid faces.  I used dado grooves in the frames, and just a rabbet on the panels to fit, and space balls to allow expansion.  I had to link two bar clamps to glue up the front and back faces, as they are over 8' long.  The seat had to hinge, (stainless steel 8' piano hinge,) to allow access to pool valves and a hose, a gas jet, and a dryer vent,(the latter will go out a hole in the right side so not all that hot moist air is inside the bench.)  With all that stuff below, very little in the rear could be below 22", so I had to build support below the seat from front to back, and added braces with screw slots in the solid 1" thick 98" x 33 1/2" seat, that can rest on the supports.  I added a flip up stick in the middle to hold the seat in the up position while working with the stuff below.  Finished with 2 coats of Behr premium semi-transparent outdoor stain, supposed to be good for 6 years on decks.   Big job.  


Denis Muras - The Dinosaur group is a set of plans from Toymaking Plans. I used the free poplar from Dave VanDewerker and Andy Tofrui to make them. I am planning on making more for donations. I will also be making some from white pine, as I removed 2 kitchens and have a load of white pine from the shelving. 

The 2 helicopters I had made before. I am using up more of the white pine from the kitchens.

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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