Diablo Woodworkers



2015 Community Projects

Project Overview: The Diablo Woodworkers have been reaching out to non-profit organizations for woodworking opportunities. In addition, we get calls from others who have heard of our work.

Projects on the Horizon: We have been in contact with Shelter, Inc and Youth Homes, Inc. for projects we can work on, as well as the Veterans’ Administration and Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) to help train or provide scholarships for aspiring wood workers.

Index of Community Projects and Leaders:



Gordon Fry making a box to contain folding chairs for the Pleasant Hill Adult Ed.

Project Leader: Gordon Fry

Miscellaneous Projects for Pleasant Hill Adult Education: Some of our projects don’t get publicized in our newsletter, but they also qualify as Community Projects. We had a request from the school to build a box that would hold folding chairs and could be wheeled around. Gordon Fry (team of one) built the box shown below during a class at the school. It was recently seen in the Adult Education office. Click on image to enlarge

Project Leader: David Lipscomb

Completed Redwood BenchShelter, Inc. helps 5000 homeless people (half of whom are children) in the county by providing temporary and permanent housing. After a request to Diablo Woodworkers for volunteers to build a redwood bench, we received more offers than we could accept! Thank you, Diablo Woodworkers! Not only did we get builders, but a generous donation of redwood from Bill Ridings of Urban Lumber. Thank you, Bill Ridings! The team met in the woodworking classroom at Mount Diablo Adult Education for two days in early September and completed the bench. The bench will be delivered in September to their Martinez 90-day shelter.
The Bench pictured above was completed in September. The contributors toward the construction of the bench are: Gail Chesler, Gordon Fry, Dante Paullzio, and Wayne Shipman. Click on image to enlarge.

David Lipscomb and Peggy Gipps visited their 90-day family shelter in Martinez. Shelter Inc has more project ideas in the pipeline and as long as we have interested volunteers, we will continue to partner with them. If we have enough interested volunteers, we could be making “stuff” for Shelter Inc for many years, as they have many needs.

Other potential projects are planter boxes, table and chairs, chairs for their smoking section, or garages for their toy cars.

Peggy and David sitting on the new Shelter BenchShelter Inc Bench:  The colonial-style bench for Shelter Inc was built in early September at Pleasant Hill Adult Education school shop before classes officially began.  People who built the bench included:  Gail Chesler, Wayne Shipman, Wayne Stolte, Gordon Fry, Dante Paulazzo, and David Lipscomb, who was the project leader.  David and Peggy Gipps delivered the redwood bench to Shelter Inc’s short-term facility in Martinez in September, accompanied by sincere “thank you”s from the staff.  The residents of the home will put finish on the bench, also supplied by Diablo Woodworkers.  Shelter, Inc stated (again) that they have more need of our building talents, not only in Martinez but also in their longer-term homes in Pittsburg and Antioch.  We have “competition” (possible mentoring opportunities?) with Eagle Boy Scout candidates who also want to make items for the facilities.  We’ll generate a list of the project needs and pass it along to club membership.

 

Shelter Inc.
Table and chairs – painted redwood. Maybe they just need to be refinished.
Shelter Inc.
Smoking section.
Shelter Inc.
Existing planter boxes.
Shelter Inc.
Toy cars need a garage.

Welcome to Shelter, Inc.

We believe that every child should have a home.

Our Vision

With the generous support of the community, SHELTER, Inc. provides families life-long tools that allow them to transform their lives and the future for their children. http://shelterincofccc.org to learn how to support our mission. Thank you.

Far too many families are homeless and without hope. They struggle to keep a roof over their children’s heads. And the high cost of rental housing and the lack of fundamental skills, such as literacy and job skills, put even more families at risk.

SHELTER, Inc. gives families a safe place to live, meeting their most basic needs, while offering services such as education, employment development and counseling.

Shelter, Inc.

SHELTER, Inc. of Contra Costa County
(SHELTER, Inc.)
is a GuideStar Exchange Silver Participant

Project Leader: Alan Coyle

We received an emergency request from a state-funded pre-school to build two picnic tables with them buying the materials. The tables are 20” high x 36” in diameter. The team built the tables in one day, July 17 at Alan’s shop, except for finish work. Team members included Wayne Shipman, Margaret Craw, Wayne Stolte and Harold Mantle with Alan as the project leader. The tables were delivered early August.

Preschool Redwood Picnic Tables Preschool Redwood Picnic Tables

Project Leader: Wayne Shipman

We had a request for 8" square chessboards for cub scouts. They will paint the squares and make chess pieces using ¼" x 20 bolts and different nuts. Two of our members stepped up to make the chess boards: Wayne Shipman and Duke Herrero. They used MDF and plywood already available in the classroom, and had the project completed in two days. Wayne worked in the classroom, while Duke took his boards back to his workshop at home. The original request was for 65, but the number kept growing. The final count was 120 chess boards for cub scouts this summer. See How Chess Pieces Will be made by scouts.



Duke and Wayne discuss the chess board design.
Duke and Wayne discuss the chess board design.
Wayne’s completed boards.
Wayne’s completed boards.
Duke’s pile of boards.
Duke’s pile of boards.

Project Leader: Gordon Fry

The Concord Historical Society asked the club to make a sign for their new location at 1700 Farm Bureau Road, recently the Concord Women’s Club. Gordon Fry met with the leaders of the Historical Society, procured donated wood from Urban Lumber, cut the wood to size and shape, arranged to have the letters cut (paid for by the Historical Society), and painted the signs. Enclosed is a thank-you from the Historical Society:

“Dear Gordon,

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for all of the hard work you put into our Concord Historical Society signs at the Resource Center. They look terrific and our Board of Directors and members are very appreciative of the Diablo Woodworkers donation of the wood and for you cutting the wood, having the letters routed, and painting them. We are grateful for all of the time and energy donated in order that our Resource Center is well signed in a very professional manner.

Thank you again for this gift of excellent craftsmanship.

Sincerely,

CONCORD HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Carole A. Kelsch
Board Secretary


The boards in Gordon's shop.
The boards in Gordon's shop.
The second board.
The second board.
One board adorns the left side of the building.
One board adorns the left side of the building.
The building with the boards installed.
The building with the boards installed.

Project Leader: Gordon Fry

Club members attended an Urban Farm event at Rodgers Ranch April 11. They exhibited member-made items, sold 16" long and 24" long planter boxes and demonstrated the assembly of the planter boxes. They made 40 boxes and sold 37. Watch for planter boxes at the Holiday Craft Fair and Sale!



Ed stacks up fronts and backs
In the shop, Ed stacks up fronts and backs that have been routed smooth.
Gordon, Alan and Stan demonstrate boxes and cabinet made by members.
Gordon, Alan and Stan demonstrate boxes and cabinet made by members.
Harold shows off his shave horse to make spokes and other cylindrical items.
Harold shows off his shave horse to make spokes and other cylindrical items.
Gordon is selling the planter boxes.
Gordon is selling the planter boxes.
Alan explains marquetry to Dave and Andy. Window boxes are stacked for sale.
Alan explains marquetry to Dave and Andy. Window boxes are stacked for sale
Cherry and spalted wood cabinet adorn the Diablo Woodworkers table.
Cherry and spalted wood cabinet adorn the Diablo Woodworkers table.
The planter boxes for sale.
The planter boxes for sale
Diablo Woodworkers banner and jewelry boxes and mitered tray.
Diablo Woodworkers banner and jewelry boxes and mitered tray.
Wouldn't you like a lovely redrood planter box?
Wouldn't you like a lovely redrood planter box?
Stan shows off a cedar jewelry box with an intarsia lid.
Stan shows off a cedar jewelry box with an intarsia lid.


Following a successful event at Rodgers Ranch in which Diablo Woodworkers club members demonstrated skills and sold planter boxes, the Ranch asked for more kits to sell on their own. The Ranch paid for the wood, and club members again donated time by cutting wood for the box kits.



Tom Burns marks the boards for cutting.
Tom Burns marks the boards for cutting.
Ami King cuts the decorative holes.
Ami King cuts the decorative holes.
Gordon Fry wraps the kits, including nails!
Gordon Fry wraps the kits, including nails!

Project Leader: Jim Rodgers and Jan Blumer

Ron Davis, shop teacher at Foothill Middle School, asked Diablo Woodworkers for our help with wood turning. He has 6 lathes in his classroom, but doesn't know how to make anything besides pens. Ron Kersey approached the Wood Turners and asked if they'd be willing to do some demonstration classes for the middle-schoolers. Jim Rodgers and Jan Blumer agreed to contact Ron Davis. Peggy gave Ron's contact information to Jim, who will take care of the shop class.

According to the teacher, Foothill's shop program is thriving, with a waiting list that exceeds the students' tenure there. He teaches not only wood working, but basic home and auto repairs, making it valuable for any adult!

 

Project Leader: David Lipscomb

Disabled Vets in class
The disabled veteran in class with Diablo Woodworkers, 5/3/2013.

February 2014 Veteran's Projects - Update

With what began as a boot strapped dual sawhorse effort in 2011 has now turned into an ongoing class in the Open Shop Projects for the disabled veterans associated with Martinez VA Hospital. And the small beginning of building a few Shaker Boxes (with hand tools of course) has evolved to constructing some of the most challenging projects we build. So here's what the vets have started doing in this winter's course:

Noah Bailey & Jason Deitch - Maloof Lowback Chairs out of silver maple

Bobby Hopkins - a refined and upgraded Shaker Table out of Modesto ash

Again, the majority of work will be with hand tools, and that includes a copious amount of shaping for the Maloof chairs. It should be a fun class for both students and teachers. And thanks for all those who willingly help out here - Ron Kersey, Harold Mantle, Dan Salter, Tim Killen.

~~~ David Lipscomb

5/3/2013. This afternoon we had an Independent Projects Open Shop in which our two vets - Jason Deitch and Noah Bailey - started work on their Shaker Tables. Both were very enthusiastic, and quickly adapted to the shop atmosphere, some noise and all. When we talked about safety and said we do not want any untoward events to occur on our watch, they quickly (and with some humor) responded they had had enough of those in their lives - so no more is their mantra.

We started the session with planing of the four table legs, getting them prepared for mortising. We used the instructor's work bench so only one vet was planing at a time; the other was practicing doing hand chiseling of mortises on a practice piece of oak. Great support was provided by Ron Kersey - he provided a very complete package of S/U drawings with detailed dimensions; Harold Mantle who worked on both the hand mortising and the planing; Dan Salter - got a good head start on making the knobs for the drawers.

Also to be thanked (which I'll do) is MDAE who has made this possible in a pretty magnanimous way: - Disabled Vets have to pay $0 for their classes - that's right $0. - They eased the registration process so all they have to do now is show up.

It's been a rather long and arduous road, but we're finally moving down it, and based on the first session with the vets, I think it's going to be a great trip.

6/3/2013 photos follow:

Harold Mantle's Demonstration
Harold Mantle's Demonstration
Dry Fitting Table
Dry Fitting Table

Fit Dovetail
Fit Dovetail

Glueing and Clamping  Disabled Vets in class
Gluing and Clamping (L)           David Lipscomb and Veteran Ron Amis (R)

Project Leader: Peggy Gipps

Concord Community Youth Center Planter BoxThe Diablo Woodworkers are presently working with the (Concord) Community Youth Center to build planter boxes and compost bins for their after-school program.

The team met February 21 to cut wood for four 2’ x 6’ boxes and cut enough wood for 3 more to size. On February 28, three team members from Diablo Woodworkers delivered the first box and built the other three planter boxes. The Community Youth Center also procured donated wood for 4 additional boxes which will be assembled at the Center on April 1. Attached are photos from the two building projects. March effort.



Bob and Melissa supervise Duke
Bob and Melissa supervise Duke
Our watcher seems excited by our progress
Our watcher seems excited by our progress
One box is almost done at Duke's house
One box is almost done at Duke's house
The students appreciate our hard work.
The students appreciate our hard work.
Bob and Duke assemble the boxes at the CYC.
Bob and Duke assemble the boxes at the CYC.
Peggy shows how to lay out the screws.
Peggy shows how to lay out the screws.

Thank you to everyone who participated in a Community Project for 2015! There were a lot of you, and you helped a lot of people to make their lives better, or to help a non-profit improve its service to others.

Projects completed in 2015 included: Raised planter beds for the Community Youth Center in Concord, signs for the Concord Historical Society, planter boxes for Rodgers Ranch (twice), chessboards for Cub Scout camp, redwood tables for a pre-school in San Francisco, a bench for Shelter Inc’s homeless center in Martinez, and the PHEC craft fair, which provides funding for these community projects.

Community Project requests come from inside and outside the club. We assemble a team from volunteers, who work together to build the item(s). The club often helps pay for the wood for the project. One request of the team is for pictures! At our December meeting we present a slide show of our Community Project teams in action.



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