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                                                                                                                                        March Presentations

Steve Wavro started off by stressing the importance of taking the time to study your pattern BEFORE cutting to specifically look for small pieces.  In many cases, the pattern can be modified to eliminate the need for the small pieces, and if it cannot, then the next best thing is to think about the ways it can be cut safely. Steve used two finished Intarsia projects and their patterns to show examples of how he analyzed the patterns before cutting and showed specific examples of where small leaves and flower petals could be combined without affecting the overall project.  He also discussed cutting eyes for intarsia projects and said that he typically will use ebony for eyes that are at least 1/2" diameter and prefers to use dowels for eyes that are less than 1/2".  He demonstrated his technique for rounding the end of a dowel, and said that rounded edge could then be safely blackened with a wood burner and then cut to length on a scroll saw.

Steve also bought in a 130-piece jigsaw puzzle he made for his grandson. Steve mentioned that for children over 3, he typically uses a #2 or #3 blade, depending on whether he is cutting a single puzzle or stack cutting.  For toddlers aged 1-3, he prefers to use a #5 blade Puzzle because the larger kerf makes it easier for them to assemble.   Puzzle patterns and instructions are available in an e-book from Steve Good for $7 at: https://www.stevedgood.com/estore/estore.html

Denis Muras’ presentation was not about working on small parts but working a big part to be later cut down to small parts. Denis proceeded to explain that he plans his work to make long pieces with a specific profile, properly sands them to perfection before using a table saw to precisely cut them to length, having the pieces falling away from the blade. There are some parts that will require the part to be handled as small parts, but those parts are mainly sanded by hand.


Dave Vadewerker explained  his techniques for working with small parts. 
Download Dave's write-up, "Sanding Small Pieces."

March Projects 

Alex Peal - Doberman chair of sapele and hard maple. Dave VanDewerker - Trays of various woods. Edward Holtgraver - Wood prints and frames finished in shellac. Dan Schmoker - Bowl finished with five coats Waterlox.  
Tom Blanco - Chisel and box. BillTeague - CNC paper plate holders of pine. Norm Nichols - Kitchen tools of cherry and maple. Mike Seale - Sculptures made of bass finished with acrylic.  
Stvve Wavro - Mandarin duck of purple heart, aspen, lacewood, yellow heart, and, bloodwood. Rick Spacek - Pictures made of "Wink" wood. Dan Fogg - Boxes of various woods.    
Mike Hardy - Conductor podiums of cherry and white oak.
David Janowitz - Box of cedar elm (spalted) and cutting boards of cedar elm, hickory, and, wine press oak.


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