Diablo Woodworkers

June 2016 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.

Marquetry Seminar by Brian Condran - 9 - noon-SOLD OUT
Marquetry Seminar continued by Brian Condran - 9 - 5 -- SOLD OUT
Woodturners, John Lawson – Winged Bowls.
Aug 10 DW MEETING, ANNUAL BBQ at Pleasant Hill Park on Gregory Ln and Cleaveland, 6-9 PM.
Sept 14 DW Meeting, Open.


AUGUST 10, 2016, Annual Summer Social,
6-9 PM at Pleasant Hill Park on Gregory Ln and Cleaveland.

BBQOur Annual Summer Social will again be at the Pleasant Hill Park, Gregory and Cleaveland Streets. 6 pm to 9 pm, August 10th.

Food choices include ribs, chicken and a veggie offering for those who are vegetarians. The ribs will be from the Original Hickory Pit as well as the beans, potato salad and dipping sauce. There is ice cream for dessert as well as an assortment of soft drinks, beer, wine and plenty of cold water.

Also, as usual, we will have a raffle after dinner. Tom Myers will be circulating before the dinner bell rings to offer his 'guaranteed winner tickets' for gift certificates from our preferred suppliers and some fabulous one-of-a-kind prizes.

There will be a special table to display your 'show-and-tell' projects before the dinner starts.

Each attendee is requested to bring a Salad, Side Dish or Dessert, enough for 6 people. - home-made specialties are always a hit.

The cost is $12 per person. Friends and family are welcome. Make your checks payable to Diablo Woodworkers and send them to Harold Mantle, 3980 Cowan Road, Lafayette, CA 94549. If you have a menu choice other than ribs, please indicate on the lower left corner of your check.


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July 13, 2016 MEETING, Room 112 which is off the rear parking lot near the Adult Education office, 7-9 PM.

Kevin Glen Drake – Glen-Drake Toolworks – toolmaking, woodworking, and education.

Kevin DrakeKevin Glen Drake owns and operates the Glen-Drake Toolworks (http://www.glen-drake.com) in Fort Bragg, CA where he combines toolmaking, woodworking, and education. Having been an avocational woodworker all of his life, Kevin finally took the plunge in 1999 and attended the College of the Redwoods to study with James Krenov. Kevin’s previous careers as a musician and a programmer helped pave the way for the toolmaking business he founded after graduating from that program. His tools are now recognized throughout North America and several foreign countries as must-haves for fine woodworking. He has written for Popular Woodworking, a magazine that named his Tite-Mark marking gauge as one of the “best 12 tools ever” and has taught at the College of the Redwoods, the Marc Adams school, and the Northwest Woodworking Studio among others. He exhibits at tool events around the country and has a long list of tools that are waiting to be made.

Kevin Drake   Kevin Drake
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2015 Community Project - December 2015 news.

NEW 2016 Community Project - June 2016 news.

Pleasant Hill Library Cabinet Activity: The Diablo Woodworkers Display Cabinet has recently been moved to the Pleasant Hill Library. New photos posted June 27, 2016

Diablo Woodworkers Google Groups Newsletter

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

New members:

  1. Jay Bako
  2. Phong Pham

Returning members are:

  1. Robert Nisbett

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Mt. Diablo Woodturning Center’s Monthly Meeting Details

July 14, 2016 Woodturners, PHEC ROOM-108, 7-9 PM.
Joel Albert & Michele Freeze– Advanced Pen Turning

Note: The meeting is the second Thursday

Thursday, July 14th, Joel Albert and Michele Freeze will co-present a number of techniques for creating stunning and unusual pens. Michele will kick things off with a discussion on how to stabilize pen blanks. Joel will follow-up with demos including creating a Celtic Knot, creating a custom band for a Slimline pen, and several variations on making a Segmented Pen.


August 4, 2016 Woodturners, PHEC ROOM-108, 7-9 PM.
John Lawson – Winged Bowls

John Lawson - Winged Bowl
John will discuss the techniques he uses to re-create the Winged Bowl Designed by John Beaver. During the discussion he will explain the methods used to turn the bowl and the cutting jig used to insert the wings.


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Saturday, July 16, 2016 Shop Tour, 10AM - Noon
Brian Condron’s Shop, 12 Dickson Lane, Martinez, CA

Join us for a tour of Brian's shop.

Due to recent knee replacements, Brian doesn’t have any current projects to view, but he does have some old ones in progress in the shop.

He built his shop with an inside and outside wall like a sound studio, resulting in a very quite outside. He has full dust collection on machines and some heavy duty equipment - Felder 16" planer/jointer combo, a Delta Table saw 5hp 3phase with interchangeable arbors 5/8 & 1", a Laguna 5hp re-saw master blade saw. He also has Krenov style hand planes and assorted chisels, and a large work bench that he built years ago.

Parking on street is OK even though it says no parking, can fit 6+ in driveway.

Refreshments: Coffee, cookies and donuts will be available


  • Exit 680 N at Burnett Ave in Concord
  • Turn Left onto Diamond Blvd,
  • Turn left onto Concord Ave,
  • Take Concord Ave under freeway and it becomes Chilpancingo Parkway
  • Follow Chilpancingo which becomes Morello Ave to Vine Hill Way
  • Left on Vine Hill Way to Dickson Lane
  • Turn right to #12

Click for Google Maps Directions

Saturday, August 20, 2016 Shop Tour, 10AM - Noon
Jeff Traeger’s Home Shop, 6 Daisy Lane, Orinda

Join us for a tour of Jeff’s shop in his garage, which serves several masters, namely: woodworking, metalworking, old woodworking machinery restoration and the restoration of a 1946 GMC pickup truck.

Jeff’s principle woodworking focus is box making which will be displayed in the shop for the tour. His metalworking tools support his restoration work where he has restored over 70 woodworking machines since his retirement about 20 years ago. Some of the machines he has restored are:

  1. Delta Long Bed 6” jointer on an Art Deco cast iron stand [1959]
  2. Delta 15” floor model Drill Press [1972]
  3. Delta 20: Band Saw [1961]
  4. Parks 12” all cast iron planer [late 1940’s]
  5. Delta Unisaw [1997 – the only machine in my shop that I bought new]

The manufacture dates are based on the machine’s serial number.

He also has a large collection of hand planes plus several shoulder planes and wooden planes. Another item of special interest is a large left hand version of a European bench that he built. The wood is Jarrah, a dense native Australian wood with a rich mahogany-like color.

Refreshments: Coffee, cookies and donuts will be available

  • Exit Route 24 at the Orinda exit and head south on Moraga Way
  • Turn Left onto Diamond Blvd,
  • Go about 2 miles and then turn left on to Ardor (Before coming to Ardor you will go through a traffic light, then see two churches on the left and a small fire house and then come to a right hand bend in the road where there is a left hand turn pocket – that is Ardor).
  • Turn left and go to the second street on the right which is Daisy Lane
  • Jeff’s house is the first house on the right.
  • Note - Daisy Lane is a narrow private road with no parking. He can accommodate about eight cars in his driveway. If the driveway is full, please park on Ardor, an adjoining street.
Click for Google Map Directions


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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.

Kirby Elvin
Kirby Elvin
- Fly Rod Cases, Padauk and Bamboo, General Finish.

Ed Steffinger
Ed Steffinger
- Compound Mitered Lidded Vessel, Claro Walnut, Shellac and Lacquer.

Jack Giolitti
- Wine bottle, Various pieces of wood, Poly.

Ed Steffinger
Ed Steffinger
- Morris Chair, White Oak and Figured Maple. Old Master's Gel Wipe-on-Poly.

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July 2016 Shop Tour at Brian Condran's Shop in Martinez
July 2016 Shop Tour at Brian Condran's Shop in Martinez

July 2016 Shop Tour at Brian Condran's Shop in Martinez
July 2016 Shop Tour at Brian Condran's Shop in Martinez
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Joel Albert
Joel Albert
- Celtic Knot Pen.

Dave Wittenbrock
Dave Wittenbrock
- Small Vase - Pink Melaleaca wood - carved features around defects.

Jim Rodgers
Jim Rodgers
- Small Redwood Burl Vase with Feature ring.

John Hile
John Hile
- Pen.

John Hile
John Hile
- Pen with case.

Carl Gentry
Carl Gentry
- Home made Honing Device.

Jim Rodgers
Jim Rodgers
- Platter - Camphor crotch wood - epoxy and lamp black used to fill voids.

Andrew Baxter
Andrew Baxter
- Small Fluted Vase with Screw Top Lid.

Don Gouveia
Don Gouveia
- 13 inch Platter with feet and feature ring.

Jim Gallagher
Jim Gallagher
- Small Redwood Burl Vase with Feature ring.

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Pleasant Hill Library Cabinet Displays
Craft items on display by Diablo Woodworkers
at the Pleasant Hill Library. June 27, 2016.
New projects are put in the cabinets every 2 months so be sure and stop by to see the current displays.

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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


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 wreak, 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.
In 2014 we 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.

We honored two police officers killed in the line of duty in 2015.  In San Jose, an officer  was shot and killed as he and other officers responded to a suicide threat at an apartment.  In Hayward, an officer was shot and killed while conducting a traffic stop by an occupant of the vehicle.

To date in 2016 we have presented a flag case to the family of an officer of the Richmond Police Department whom was slain at his home.

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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.

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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.


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