Diablo Woodworkers



JANUARY 2016 Meeting Newsletter

Table of Contents.  Click to scroll down to:

Follow us: Follow us on Twitter   Follow us on Facebook




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.


Mt. Diablo Woodturning Center's monthly meeting, Jan Blumer Natural Edge Bowls
Feb 10 DW Meeting, Clare Hess - Marine Modeler
Shop Tour, Jim Fleming’s Home Shop.

Mt. Diablo Woodturning Center's monthly meeting, Jim Rodgers – Tools and Handles
Mar 09 DW Meeting, ROBERT BEAUCHAMP - Furniture Maker and Urban Logger
Shop Tour, Tim Killen’s Home Shop.


NEXT MEETING DETAIL


FEBRUARY 10, 2016 MEETING, PHEC MULTI-PURPOSE ROOM, 7-9 PM.
CLARE HESS - Marine Modeler

Model ship by Clare HessI'm a lifelong model builder, but have been building wooden ship models for just over 20 years. Many of my models are based on kits, but I have done some scratch building. Two of my completed scratchbuilds won awards in the 2015 Nautical Research Guild's photographic ship model competition. I'm currently active in the NRG and with the model group at Hyde Street Pier as well as the South Bay Model Shipwrights. I've written several articles that have appeared in Ships in Scale magazine as well as the Nautical Research Journal.

Most recently, my part Japanese background has led me to become interested in the modeling of traditional Japanese watercraft, and this year I have started setting up temporary model displays in San Francisco's Japantown of traditional Japanese wooden ships and boats. I have built several kit of traditional Japanese watercraft and am now researching to start a couple scratch building projects.

Meanwhile, I also do occasional repairs and have taken commissions and occasionally have a model for sale at Frank's Fisherman on San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf.

Check out some of Clare's work at http://www.marinemodelartist.com/Clare_Hess/Home.html

Click for Directions to Meeting:

=========================


MARCH 09, 2016 MEETING, PHEC MULTI-PURPOSE ROOM, 7-9 PM.
ROBERT BEAUCHAMP, Furniture Maker and Urban Logger

Robert BeauchampRobert works out of Davis, California and has been making commissioned furniture for 29 years. He logs and mills his own lumber but tries to concentrate on dead or diseased trees consistent with his philosophy of keeping trees alive as long as possible. Robert strives to make furniture that is simply elegant using an exquisite array of domestic woods available. You can read more about Robert and view his portfolio of work at www.robertbeauchamp.com.

Click for Directions to Meeting:

=========================



Section divider


PREVIOUS MEETING



JANUARY 13, 2016 MEETING, PHEC MULTI-PURPOSE ROOM, 7-9 PM.

Our January speaker had to cancel his speaking engagement with us and so we had two special events in the speaker’s place. No change of venue – we will meet in the Multi-Purpose Room as usual.

Event #1: Woodworking Tool Swap and Sale:
Bring in your surplus tools and sell or trade them with fellow members. Make a New Year’s resolution NOW to clear out all those tools in your wood shop that have gathered saw dust from lack of use. Maybe it’s grandpa’s old Stanley plane that you were going to resurrect and never got around to the task or maybe it’s a set of carving tool that you bought but never got around to using. Whatever the reason, bring your no longer needed woodworking treasures and sell, trade or give away to fellow Diablo Woodworker members. Bring pictures, if you have big stationary tools you want to sell. Remember, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure!

Event #2: Plane Shaving Contest:
Every year in Japan there is a plane shaving contest to see who can make the longest, thinnest shaving. We had our own version of that contest during the January meeting. We supplied a long flat piece of wood for you to plane and a micrometer for measuring the shavings. You brought your favorite plane and took a shot at making the longest, thinnest shaving. Fun was had by all.

=========================




WHAT'S NEW
NEW 2015 Community Project - December 2015 news.

NEW 2016 Community Project - January 2016 news.





Pleasant Hill Library Cabinet Activity: The Diablo Woodworkers Display Cabinets have recently been moved to the Pleasant Hill Library. New photos will be coming shortly.October 30, 2015

Diablo Woodworkers Google Groups Newsletter

Subscribe    Unsubscribe


A DIABLO WOODWORKERS WELCOME TO NEW MEMBERS

The Diablo Woodworkers would like to extend a hearty welcome to the following new members attending our January 13, 2016 meeting. We hope to see all you on a regular basis.

New members:

  1. Tessa Roe
  2. Cameron Johnson
  3. Neil Kilcoin

Returning members are:

  1. Larry Geiger
  2. Herb Koss



Section divider

SHOP TOURS/SAWDUST SESSION DETAILS

Saturday, February 13, 2016 Shop Tour, 10AM - Noon
Jim Fleming’s Home Shop, 11 Snow Court, Orinda, CA.

Come join us for a tour of Jim’s home shop where his major tools are Austrian and a bit different from the more common American ones. He is in the process of integrating and automating his dust control system. All of the big machines are ducted in and he is working on getting the system to auto start up and shut down when he starts and stops a machine. He will be ready to demonstrate the system and to share his thoughts on the topic with any interested folks.

Refreshments: Coffee, cookies and donuts will be available

Directions:

  • Highway 24 to Orinda,
  • Exit southbound toward Moraga on Camino Pablo which becomes Moraga Way.
  • Proceed south past McDonald Nursery, the Glorietta Blvd stoplight, two churches and a fire station.
  • After the fire station turn right on Valley View Drive and proceed to the PGE substation where the road turns right and becomes Lost Valley Drive.
  • Follow Lost Valley Drive to Snow Court on your right and drive uphill to 11 Snow Ct on your left.
  • The shop is in the single rollup door on the right.

Parking should not be a problem

Click for Google Maps Directions

=========================

Saturday, March 19, 2016 Shop Tour, 10AM - Noon
Tim Killen’s Home Shop, 57 La Campana Road, Orinda, CA.

Join us for a tour of Tim’s shop where he creates museum replicas of traditional pieces mainly in American18th Century and Shaker styles.

Tim, a retired electrical engineer, has been designing and building furniture for more than 36 years. His home is furnished with hundreds of handcrafted antique reproductions. His construction techniques are traditional. He uses power tools but leans heavily on the utilization of hand tools such as handsaws, chisels, and planes. His finishing techniques are also traditional and mainly involve French Polish with shellac, or milkpaint.

Refreshments: Coffee, cookies and donuts will be available

Directions:

  • From Highway 24 take Exit 10 onto St Stephens Dr. going North up the hill,
  • At end of the road (St Stephens Church), turn left onto Las Vegas Rd.,
  • Las Vegas turns into La Espiral,
  • Take a slight right turn onto La Campana Rd.,
  • 57 La Campana is on the right.
  • Parking is limited - Car pooling is encouraged.

Parking should not be a problem

Click for Google Maps Directions

=========================

   


Section divider

Mt. Diablo Woodturning Center’s Monthly Meeting Details

February 4, 2016 Turners Monthly Meeting, PHEC ROOM-108, 7-9 PM.
Jan Blumer Natural Edge Bowls

Turning a natural edge bowl is one way to make good use of a burl, or other interesting pieces of wood. The process, however, can be somewhat confusing and intimidating. Join Jan Blumer as he explains his process of turning natural edge bowls - a beautiful way to give your pieces a one-of-a-kind look.

=========================

March 3, 2016 Turners Monthly Meeting, PHEC ROOM-108, 7-9 PM.
Jim Rodgers – Tools and Handles

Jim Rodgers will demonstrate the process of turning pieces of steel and wood into a woodturning tool. 

  • Types of steel used for the blades
  • Sources for the steel
  • Machining requirements
  • Types of wood for the handle
  • Mounting technique

=========================



Section divider


Diablo Woodworkers Name Tag

Lost your name tag or never received one? Just e-mail Jeff Traeger at and provide your name as you would like it to appear. Your new name tag will be available at the next meeting at the sign-in table.











Section divider



January 2016 Shop Tour at John Mello's Shop in Kensington
January 2016 Shop Tour at John Mello's Shop in Kensington
.


January 2016 Shop Tour at John Mello's Shop in Kensington
January 2016 Shop Tour at John Mello's Shop in Kensington
.


January 2016 Shop Tour at John Mello's Shop in Kensington
January 2016 Shop Tour at John Mello's Shop in Kensington
.


January 2016 Shop Tour at John Mello's Shop in Kensington
January 2016 Shop Tour at John Mello's Shop in Kensington
.







Chuck Cottril
Chuck Cottril
- Hollow Vessel.



Curtis Maxwell
Curtis Maxwell
- Walnut Wooden Ball on Stand.



Curtis Maxwell
Curtis Maxwell
- Cherry Wooden Ball on Stand.



Jim Rodgers
Jim Rodgers
- Small Lidded Vessel with Finial.



Don Gouveia
Don Gouveia
- Anapola and Chechen.



Bob Nolan
Bob Nolan
- Bowl with Beaded Rings.



Bob Nolan
Bob Nolan
- Markup for a Basket Illusion Hollow Vessel.



Chuck Cottril
Chuck Cottril
- Covered Bowl.



Chuck Cottril
Chuck Cottril
- Bandsaw Blade Straightening Jig.



Hugh Bevan-Thomas
Hugh Bevan-Thomas
- Walnut Base Bowl with Maple feature Ring.



Vern Stovall
Vern Stovall
- Hollow Vessels with Wave Pattern.



Jim Rodgers
Jim Rodgers
- Small Lidded Vessel with Threaded Lid.



Pablo Vendrell
Pablo Vendrell
- Scroll Saw Bowl with Feature Strips.



Bob Nolan
Bob Nolan
- Basket Illusion Bowl.



John Lawson
John Lawson
- Bowl with no finish.






Section divider

Pleasant Hill Library Cabinet Displays
"Craft items from various classes at the Pleasant Hill Adult School. October 30, 2015

New projects are put in the cabinets every 2 months so be sure and stop by to see the current displays.


Section divider

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

Starting with the 9/11/2001 tragedies, we are proud to have provided flag cases for many families. It is a small token of our appreciation for the great risks police and firefighters take to keep our communities safe.

In 2001 and 2002 we sent approximately 160 flag cases to families of firefighters, police, and military who lost their lives at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. This was done in cooperation with a number of other woodworking clubs across the country who also provided many flag cases.

Closer to home, in 2001 we provided a flag case to the family of an Oakland Police officer who lost his life while on an undercover narcotics stakeout.

In 2002 we honored a Norcal firefighter who lost his life in a forest fire.

In 2004 flag cases honoring two police officers were donated. One officer was with the SFPD and the other with Oakland. The SFPD officer died when a suspect pulled and fired an assault rifle at the officer and his partner.

In 2005 three police officers were honored. These men worked for the San Leandro, Pittsburg and Daly City Police Departments. One was shot while attempting to arrest two robbery suspects and another was shot in an ambush attack at a residence.

2006 resulted in four local police and firefighters losing their lives. One was a firefighter from Santa Clara who was electrocuted while fighting a fire. The other three were police officers from San Francisco and Palo Alto. One of the SFPD officers was killed while pursuing robbery suspects who used their van to ram the police car. In Palo Alto an officer was shot while trying to break up a fight.

We were fortunate to not have to present any flag cases in 2007.

In 2008 two flag cases were given to families of officers from Richmond and Martinez. While the Richmond officer died in a car wreck, his organs were donated to a man in San Francisco “who had 24 hours to live”. As the Richmond police department said “ the last thing he did was save a life”.

In 2009, five flag cases were presented. Four Oakland police officers lost their lives this year all resulting from a traffic stop where the suspect opened fire and killed the two investigating officers. In the resulting manhunt the assailant killed two more officers when he was cornered in a building in Oakland. The fifth officer was from SFPD.

In 2010 one Richmond Police officer lost his life in the line of duty.

2011, however, found one police officer and two firefighters giving their lives to protect us. Both firefighters were critically injured during an explosion while bravely fighting a house fire in the Diamond Heights neighborhood. The Vallejo police officer used his patrol car to cause a suspect's SUV to spin out. The suspect then fled on foot and was pursued by the officer. The suspect hid behind a fence and when the officer closed on him he shot the officer.

One Concord Police Officer lost his life in the line of duty in 2012. He was shot during a traffic stop.

In 2013 we were fortunate that again only one local police officer lost his life. He was with the Santa Cruz police.

Thus far in 2014 we have provided flag cases to the families of three policemen. Two CHP officers were killed in a vehicle crash while responding to a 911 call. The third officer was with the BART police and the victim of an accidental shooting by another officer.



Section divider

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 Traeger 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.


Section divider

Diablo Woodworkers SUPPLIERS




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.









Back




flower
Web Site By