Diablo Woodworkers


DECEMBER 2018 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.

Jan 9, 2019 MEETING PHEC, 7-9 PM. Multi-Use ROOM, Laney College Scholarship recipient AND Morgan Strickland & Nate Lunt – Workbench Designs and More – plus an invitation for audience participation
Feb 13 2019 MEETING PHEC, 7-9 PM. Multi-Use ROOM, TIM KILLEN, COLONIAL WILLIAMSBURG ANNUAL CONFERENCE


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JANUARY 9, 2019 MEETING, MULTI-USE ROOM, 7-9 PM.
Laney College Scholarship recipient AND Morgan Strickland & Nate Lunt – Workbench Designs and More – plus an invitation for audience participation

This month we have an action-packed meeting with two sets of presenters: Our Laney College Scholarship winner will come to thank us for his award. In addition, we have two speakers from our own Mount Diablo Adult Education classes.

2019 - The Year of Ingenuity!

Woodworkers are an inventive lot! I asked January's guest speakers, Morgan Strickland and Nate Lunt, students in David Lipscomb's Emphasis Hand Tools class, to give me a few sentences on what they will be presenting, here is what they sent:

Woodworkers agree on very few things, but they can all agree on at least two: 1) wood moves, and 2) you can't do good work without first being able to hold your wood securely. Come hear the story about how two new woodworking enthusiasts discovered the most important hand tool was the workbench they didn't have. Nate and Morgan will share their journey of discovering the difference between today's manufactured workbenches and the secrets of the old masters. They'll discuss how they discovered the best workbench designs include classic joinery that could only be accomplished by hand. They'll dive into some of the fundamental principles they took from Christopher Schwarz and applied to their version of their Holtzapffel workbenches, including wood selection, vise selection, overall work-holding options and the cost/benefit of building your own bench at a fraction of the cost of commercially mass-produced reproductions.

And if a workbench is to hold your work, then a tool cabinet is to hold your tools. After completing their workbenches, Morgan and Nate turned their energies toward building matching hanging tool cabinets. If they can complete them in time, they threaten to bring those along too!

Thanks Guys, you are making my job too easy!

To continue this theme of ingenuity and shop made apparatus, we invite all members to bring along their own projects built to hold wood or hold tools. Everything from moxon vices to sliding deadmen, tool totes to shooting boards. We want to see them all at our January edition of show and tell. Share your ingenuity and inspire others with your creative solutions to everyday woodworking conundrums.

Don't have anything to show? There is still plenty of time to get out to the shop and build something.

Here is some inspiration just in case https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Th6Cu0sqhjs (extra points for building them exactly as Roy does)

See you all January 9th.

-Mark Olesko.


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Mark Olesko
Nates Bench
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Tool Cabinet interior
Mark Olesko
Morgan's bench w/vise side

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FEBRUARY 13, 2019 MEETING, MULTI-USE ROOM, 7-9 PM.
TIM KILLEN, COLONIAL WILLIAMSBURG ANNUAL CONFERENCE

After retiring from a 36-year career in the engineering and construction industry, Tim Killen has pursued a life-long interest in woodworking. He is particularly interested in reproducing 18th C museum pieces, and his home is already filled with dozens of furniture reproductions. In this pursuit, he utilizes a spectrum of old and new technologies which includes considerable hand-tool operations, along with a modern design in 3D computer modeling.

Tim is also involved in teaching woodworking at Mt. Diablo Adult Education in Pleasant Hill, CA, with classes in:
* SketchUp for the Woodworker
* Classic Furniture Finishes
* Classic Furniture Reproduction

Tim has written several articles on furniture making for Woodwork Magazine and Fine Woodworking including an article on SketchUp. He is a contributing author to Fine Woodworking involving the "Design. Click. Build." Blog on SketchUp.

Tim has authored two books published by Fine Woodworking and Taunton Press. The titles are Google SketchUp Guide for Woodworkers, and SketchUp Guide for Woodworkers, Traditional Cabinets.

On February 13th Tim will give a presentation on Colonial Williamsburg:

For the last thirteen years, Tim has attended the Colonial Williamsburg annual conference, "Working Wood in the 18th Century". Supported by photographs taken during the conference, Tim will show how the cabinetmakers and joiners demonstrate making reproductions of the subject examples. Their procedures of woodworking represent those used by the original craftsmen.


Colonial Williamsburg Fifes and Drums



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PREVIOUS MEETING

Happy Holidays            Happy Holidays            Happy Holidays

DECEMBER 12, 2018 MEETING, GARDENS at HEATHER FARM, 7-9 PM.
1540 Marchbanks Drive, Walnut Creek, CA.

Our festive end of year meeting was at "The Gardens at Heather Farms".

This is our favorite meeting of the year; spouses and friends were encouraged to join us.

There was plenty of room for Show & Tell projects. Plenty of food was available and guests brought their favorite side dish or dessert. Wine and beer was served.

December Raffle

2018 Dec  Raffle ProjectThe 2018 December raffle project was a Rocking Chair. It was finished with the Sam Maloof Poly/Oil and Oil/Wax finishes. It is a beautiful work of art.

The raffle winners were: Ed & Mary Ralston.

See the Holiday Party Photos

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WHAT'S NEW
2018 Community Project - September 2018 Pleasant Hill Library Maker Faire Bird Houses.

Video of Emerson Elementary Project - July 16, 2017 news.
Flag Case History - August 2016

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 October 2018 meeting. We hope to see all you on a regular basis.

New members:

  1. Jeff Graham
  2. Mike Booth


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January 10, 2018 WOODTURNERS
Tim Killen – Woodturning for Furniture Makers

Greeting Woodturners!

Tim builds mostly 17th & 18th C. Period Furniture. His most recent project is a Sheraton 4-Poster Field Bed, circa 1790. Other recent pieces include a Rod-Back Windsor Side Chair, a Sheraton Work Table, and a Chippendale Tripod Table. All of these incorporate turnings.

Tim will describe his turning methods used in reproducing these museum pieces.

Time and location details will be provided at a later date.

You can see more of his work on his YouTube Channel…. www.youtube.com/c/Killenwood:

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FEBRUARY 07, 2019 WOODTURNERS, ROOM-108, 7-9 PM.
Jim Rodgers – Designing Techniques for Woodturners

Greeting Woodturners:

Jim will discuss and demonstrate tips and techniques used in designing hollow vessels and other turning forms.

Some items that will be discussed are:
How do you determine the most successful proportions?
How do you decide if the shape is "OK"?
A simple way to make a project drawing (no computers)
Color, texture, proportions, what works?

Do you have a favorite shape/form? Why does it work? Be prepared to share and discuss this and other ideas in an open discussion.

See Jim's new web site at: www.jlrodgers.org for the latest videos or turning tools.

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SHOP TOURS/SAWDUST SESSION DETAILS

SATURDAY, January 19, 2019 SHOP TOUR, 10AM - NOON
Shop of Chuck Cottril, 1687 Suncrest Court, Walnut Creek.

Chuck Cottril and his son built their woodshop at his son's house. (1687 Suncrest Ct, Walnut Creek in 2002-03.) The just less than 500 square foot shop is heated for the winter with an underground dust collection system. Chuck does flat work and turning. Chuck has offered to give an introduction to his technique of bowl coring on the lathe. Please no pets or children for safety and liability reasons.

Chuck is going to clear out some of the excess lumber and whatnot for attendees to take home. A few items may be priced to sell.

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

Directions:

  • From South 680 take the Treat exit. Turn left onto Treat, turn right onto North Main. Take a left at first light onto Sunnyvale. 3/10 of a mile turn left on Suncrest Ct.
  • From North 680 take the Treat exit (scales area), turn right (no traffic onto Sunnyvale), go one block, make a U-turn and return to the same light you were at when you got off the freeway. Turn right onto Sunnyvale. 3/10 of a mile turn left on Suncrest Ct.

The shop is located at 1:00 o'clock on the court. You will not see the shop until you are in the driveway. Park on the left side of the driveway, or head in on the circle at the end of Suncrest Court, so access is not blocked to leave the house. Parking is somewhat limited on the court.

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SATURDAY, February 16, 2019 SHOP TOUR, 10AM - NOON
Shop of Adam White, 908 Windward Drive, Rodeo, CA 94572.

Adam has a hybrid metal/woodworking shop in his two car garage. He's currently working to finish a kayak built out of dog ear fence pickets that he started probably 9 years ago. It has been appropriately named "Decade". Adam plans to show us how he is using Home Depot materials to build this stripper kayak. He also has a large Powermatic drill press on which he replaced the 3ph motor with a 1ph motor, but hasn't installed a mag switch yet. Many of us will recognize long-term projects and improvements in process.

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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Dave Wittenbrock
Dave Wittenbrock
- Low Chest of Drawers - Sapele, Claro Walnut & Maple Burl - Poly & Oil - Design inspired by Green and Green.



Jeff Traeger
Jeff Traeger
- Marking Knife in a Presentation Box - High Speed Steel & Padauk - Oil and Wax - Made during the summer seminar with Yeung Chan.



Dante Paulazzo
Dante Paulazzo
- 17th Century English Jacobean Bench - Modesto Ash, with Ebony & Maple Inlays - Poly.



Tim Killen
Tim Killen
- 18th Century Rodback Windsor Chair - Ash - Linseed Oil & Shellac.



Tim Killen
Tim Killen
- 18th Century Queen Anne Side Chair - Walnut - Linseed Oil & Shellac.



Sam Altshuler
Sam Altshuler
- Pie Crust Table - Black Acacia and Plum - Gel Poly - 3 of 3.



John Lawson
John Lawson
- Hollow Vessel - Black Acacia.



Dominique Charmot
Dominique Charmot
- Snare Drum - Walnut & Maple - Lacquer.



Morgan Strickland
Morgan Strickland
- Rogowski Stool - White Oak - Rosewood Oil.



Kirby Elvin
Kirby Elvin
- Backgammon Game - Various woods and Acrylic pieces with U S currency.



Jeff Traeger
Jeff Traeger
- Lidded Box - Maple with mahogany trim - Wax finish - Made from a highly twisted piece of maple as a lesson on how you can straighten a badly twisted board.



Bob Hoellwarth
Bob Hoellwarth
- Wooden Bananas - Fir - Latex Paint and polyacrylic.




Duke Herrero
Duke Herrero
- Sheraton Work Station - Cherry with 5 different veneers and banding - Shellac.


Harold Mantle
Harold Mantle
- Boy's Head (or) Inner Child with Inner Demons - Walnut - Shellac seal coat with Tung Oil top coat - Showing graft union between Claro root stock and English Walnut fruit stock.



Sam Altshuler
Sam Altshuler
- Pie Crust Table - Plum and Claro (Calif Walnut) - Gel Poly - 2 of 3. The wood pieces on the table top are the design pieces that are mounted on top of each leg.



Sam Altshuler
Sam Altshuler
- Pie Crust Table - All Claro (Calif Walnut) - Gel poly - 1 of 3.



Doug Sleeter
Doug Sleeter
- Serving Tray / Coaster Set - Jarrah & Rosewood - Spray Shellac - Surfaces of the coasters dressed up with laser-cut Australilan Animal Coasters.



Doug Sleeter
Doug Sleeter
- Woven Straw Bench.



Hank Hanig
Hank Hanig
- Shaker Table with Shelf - Red Oak - Grain filled with plaster of paris, Minwax Sedona Red wiped stain - tung oil & semi-gloss Poly.






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Chuck Cottril
Chuck Cottril
- Serving Dish - Black Locust with Tung Oil finish.



Carl Gentry
Carl Gentry
- Classic - Starrett 'Oilgager' Steel Tape - used to measure the depth of petroleum in tanks.


Andrew Baxter
Andrew Baxter
- Collection of Drop Spindles.


Pete Nakatani
Pete Nakatani
- Drop Spindles for spinning yarn and Ornament.



Wendy Lacy
Wendy Lacy
- Drop Spindle with pyro decoration.






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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.


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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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FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE DIABLO WOODWORKERS Phone Bob Barnett at 925-933-2339 or email. Please let us know if you move out of the area, or are no longer interested in the club activities so we can take you off the mailing list.









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