Diablo Woodworkers


APRIL 2019 Meeting Newsletter



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Diablo Woodworkers ACTIVITIES. Club meetings at PHEC are the 2nd Wednesday of every month, 7-9 p.m. Shop Tours are the 3rd Saturday of the month, 10 a.m. to Noon. The Mt. Diablo Woodturning Center meets in Room 208 at PHEC, 7pm the first Thursday of each month. Just drop in. There is no need for advanced registration. Just show up and join the fun.

May 8, 2019 DW Meeting, Berkeley Mills CEO and Founder Gene Agress


NEXT MEETING DETAIL

Gene EgressMAY 8, 2019 MEETING, 112 ROOM, 7-9 PM.
Berkeley Mills CEO and Founder Gene Agress

Gene Agress
CEO / Designer / Founding Craftsman / Partner

Gene Agress and Berkeley Mills are Bay Area icons. For the past thirty plus years Gene has built Berkeley Mills into one of the most successful and innovative custom furniture and cabinet shops in the country.  At the heart of Berkeley Mills' success are the very fundamentals of woodworking: beautiful design, solid joinery and exquisite craftsmanship. Indeed, Gene started his career as a woodworker, selling handmade wooden toys on the streets of Berkeley. This foundation of a business built on creating quality, custom made wares, remains to this day the guiding principle of Berkeley Mills.

Please join us for a special evening with Gene Agress, founder and CEO of Berkeley Mills as he shares his story of a woodworkers who turned his dreams into reality.



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PREVIOUS MEETING

Bill Ridings at Urban LumberAPRIL 10, 2019 MEETING, MULTI-USE ROOM, 7-9 PM.
BILL RIDINGS, California Urban Lumber


Bill Ridings, Operations manager for California Urban Lumber has been a true friend of the Diablo Woodworkers for many years, hosting a number of shop tours and milling demonstrations and donating wood to many of our community projects. He has always been available to members for good advice when selecting wood. California Urban Lumber mills local, urban timber into high quality lumber from over 25 different species. Bill will discuss his company's mission, the various milling services available and the variety of wood available.

You can see more at http://calurbanlumber.com.



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WHAT'S NEW
2019 Community Project - Girl Scout Woodworker Badge - updated March 21, 2019.

2018 Community Project - September 2018 Pleasant Hill Library Maker Faire Bird Houses.

Video of Emerson Elementary Project - July 16, 2017 news.
Flag Case History - February 2019

Show & Tell Cards - January 2017 news.

Diablo Woodworkers Google Groups Newsletter

Email Jeff Traeger and request to be subscribed or un-subscribed to the newsletter


A DIABLO WOODWORKERS WELCOME TO NEW MEMBERS

The Diablo Woodworkers would like to extend a hearty welcome to the following new members attending our April 2019 meeting. We hope to see all you on a regular basis.

New members:

  1. Dave Kwinter
  2. Jason Steinberg
  3. John Dzenitis
  4. Vitaliy Belevich


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Mt. Diablo Woodturning Center's Monthly Meeting Details

MAY 02, 2019 WOODTURNERS, ROOM-108, 7-9 PM.
John Hile Tricks in Turning Small Segmented Things.

John HileGreeting Woodturners:

Would you like to try turning small open segmented items?

John will discuss and demonstrate the special techniques he uses to create small open segmented objects. Objects included in the discussion are: a small baby rattle, a toy ball for entertaining cats, plus others.

Topics included in the discussion are:

  • cutting and gluing up the small segments
  • Types of wood to use
  • Types of wood to avoid
  • Using the Driskell jig on small projects

Come join us at the Woodturning Center for an informative discussion.

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JUNE 6, 2019 WOODTURNERS, ROOM-108, 7-9 PM.
Tony Wolcott Tree Identification

June Turners imgGreeting Woodturners:

Tony's presentation will include the following topics:

  1. Quick botanical information necessary for tree identification: root, stem, branches, fruit, flower, leaf, wood, and Plant Kingdom Classification - not boring
  2. Trees on the evolutionary journey - why Darwin would be appalled at seeing a pluot.
  3. Common trees in the area - identified by distinguishing characteristics - wood usefulness

Tony will also bring in physical samples of tree morphology - tree parts.

Come join us at the Woodturning Center for an informative discussion.

 

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SHOP TOURS/SAWDUST SESSION DETAILS

SATURDAY, APRIL 20, 2019 SHOP TOUR and SAWDUST SESSION, 10AM - NOON
Studio and Work Shop of Berkeley Mills, 2830 Seventh Street, Berkeley CA. 94710

Kaidan TansuSince 1988, Berkeley Mills has been designing and building high quality wooden furniture and architectural items at their state of the art shop in Berkeley.  The Berkeley Mills craftsmen take special pride in their wood selection and acquisition, including premium American cherry, Honduras mahogany and eastern white maple, often with accents of sapele, figured cherry and others. And what they do with that choice wood is stunning.  Their design style is eclectic, ranging from Japanese tansu and shoji to Craftsman, Arts and Crafts and Greene and Greene and on to Frank Lloyd Write-inspired Prairie-style and lots of others.  Check their website at berkeleymills.com for some real woodworking eye candy. 

We are looking forward to a tour of the shop floor, where some work may be going on, and of course the extensive show room.

Sorry, no pets or minor children due to liability issues.

Directions: Google Map

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Jack GiolittiSATURDAY, MAY 18, 2019 SHOP TOUR and SAWDUST SESSION, 10AM - NOON
Home Shop and Gardens of Jack Giolitti, 68 Fordham Court, Pleasant Hill 94523

Our shop tour for May will be at the home shop and gardens of Jack Giolitti. Jack is a long-time member and a woodturner. He has offered to put on a Sawdust Session discussing segmented turning which requires both precision joinery work and skilled turning, sometjhing for everyone. In addition, Jack has promised a tour of his extensive gardens which should be in full bloom.

Sorry, no pets or minor children due to liability issues.

Directions: Google Map

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Diablo Woodworkers Name Tag

Lost your name tag or never received one? Just make a note next to your name on the sign in sheet at the next meeting. Your new name tag will be available at the following meeting at the sign-in table.



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Morgan Strickland
Morgan Strickland
- SHAKER TOWEL RACK JOINERY DETAIL; AFRICAN MAHOGANY; WIPE-ON POLY.



Ed Steffinger
Ed Steffinger
- QUERCUS GIGANTUS HUMUNGUS ACORN; WALNUT, LIQUID AMBER; AQUA COAT/SHELLAC.


Kirby Elvin
Kirby Elvin
- QUARTO GAME; VARIOUS WOODS; GENERAL FINISH.


Kirby Elvin
Kirby Elvin
- ANCIENT GAME OF UR; MANY WOODS; GENERAL FINISH.


David Howe
David Howe
- BOX; IPE AND MAPLE; BEESWAX MIX.


Morgan Strickland
Morgan Strickland
- Shaker Towel Rack; African Mahogany; Wipe-on Polly.



Pete Nakatani
Pete Nakatani
- CLOCK; CHERRY, MAPLE.



Tim Killen
Tim Killen
- SHERATON BOWED CHEST; CHERRY & VARIOUS VENEERS; RAW LINSEED OIL, SEEDLAC, FRENCH POLISH.



Tim Killen
Tim Killen
- SHERATON BOWED CHEST; DRAWER DETAIL.






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June 2018 Shop Tour Photos

SATURDAY, MARCH 16, 2019 SHOP TOUR and SAWDUST SESSION, 10AM - NOON
Shop of Jim Fleming, 11 Snow Court, Orinda CA 94563 and Bandsaw Box Making Demonstration by Paul Mueller.

We had a very well-attended shop tour at the home shop of Jim Fleming. The usual refreshments were complemented with lemons from Jessica's trees for all comers. Paul Mueller demonstrated techniques for cutting, carving and finishing decorative bandsaw boxes. Paul's creativity is inspiring. In fact, several attendees were inspired to volunteer to host shop tours. Any other interested hosts or Sawdust Volunteers like Paul should contact Jim at jameshfleming@gmailcom.

At our shop tour on Saturday at Jim Fleming's house, Paul Mueller demonstrated the art of making band saw boxes. His technique is drawn from Michael Cullen. If you saw the demonstration and want to make band saw boxes, such as the one below, click on the first two video links. If you want to know more about Michael Cullen, click on the third link.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-MSOcU6VrgY

https://www.finewoodworking.com/2016/06/07/episode-1-introduction-make-beautiful-bandsawn-boxes

http://michaelcullendesign.com/

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Band Saw Boxes at Jim Fleming's Shop Tour
Band Saw Boxes at Jim Fleming's Shop Tour



Jim Fleming's Shop Tour
Jim Fleming's Shop Tour



Band Saw Box at Jim Fleming's Shop Tour
Band Saw Box at Jim Fleming's Shop Tour



Band Saw Box at Jim Fleming's Shop Tour
Band Saw Box at Jim Fleming's Shop Tour








Rich Nelson
Rich Nelson
- Marriage of Two Bowls - Walnut & Liquid Amber.



Chuck Cottril
Chuck Cottril
- Camphor Wood Bowl with Tung Oil Finish.



Vern Stovall
Vern Stovall
- Ash Teapot with Multi-colored Dye finish.


Don Gouveia
Don Gouveia
- Compound Miter Pine Vase with Basket Illusion Decoration.


Gary Seybold
Gary Seybold
- Classic Tools.


Jim Rodgers
Jim Rodgers
- Popular wood Basket Illusion Bowl.


Jim Rodgers
Jim Rodgers
- Small Vases and Dyed Bowls.


Pete Nakatani
Pete Nakatani
- Walnut Box - Threaded with home made tool.



Joel Albert
Joel Albert
- Bowl Blank - Artifical Spalting Experiment.


Joel Albert
Joel Albert
- Bowl Blank - Artifical Spalting Experiment.


Joel Albert
Joel Albert
- Pen Selection.


Joel Albert
Joel Albert
- Cross Grain Bud Vases.


Joel Albert
Joel Albert
- Cross Grain Bud Vase.


John Langen
John Langen
- Lathe Top - Tool Storage Rack.





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Memorial Flag Case Project

Since the 9/11 tragedy, the Diablo Woodworkers have channeled some of their woodworking passion into compassion for the families of fallen firefighters and law enforcement officers - the survivors of those who have given their last full measure in protecting others.

We honor those families with memorial flag cases that have been crafted from California (Claro) walnut and accented with silver maple corner splines. Each case is finished with Danish oil and buffed out to a smooth finish.

These memorial flag cases are provided to all law enforcement and firefighting units in the San Francisco Bay area. We are proud to have worked with over 100 families in the past 10 years and will continue to honor the fallen.

Gordon Fry, 925-685-1676 is the Chairperson for this project. Plans for these flag cases are on our club web site.


Flag Case
FLAG CASE PRESENTATION HISTORY

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TOOLS FOR SALE/SWAP, JOBS, WANTED: - Here is a place to advertise a job or your need to get rid of that little used but beautiful tool or supply or ask for something. Email Jeff Treager to get it in the Newsletter or emailed to members.

Marlene's Embroidery & Designs - The place to get your embroidered Diablo Woodworkers' shirt and many other embroidered designs. Please call to make an appointment: 925-682-3919


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