Diablo Woodworkers


2018 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. Please use the Index of Community Projects below.

Sleepy Hollow Elementary School Maker Faire

March 2018 

Maker Faire at Sleepy Hollow Elementary School, Orinda May 24 Duke Herrero, Leader.

Orinda's Sleepy Hollow Elementary School is having a Makers Faire on Thursday, May 24th. Duke Herrero is heading a team to man a woodworking station. Their plan is to build four park benches. There will be a work party before the event to precut and predrill the components. It is expected to have somewhere around 150 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders. The goal is to have the kids do as much as possible. They will cut wood to final dimensions, drill wood screws, shape with files and spokeshaves, and sand. The benches will then remain at the school. Anyone interested in helping before and/or on May 24th, contact: Duke Herrero , 510.332.7866.

He can use all the help he can get!



Pleasant Hill Library Maker Faire

March 2018 

Pleasant Hill Library Maker Fair Dave Wittenbrock, Leader.

Dave Wittenbrock is working with the Pleasant Hill Library to get kids 5-13 years old engaged in hands-on activities. Once again, Bill Ridings of Urban Lumber has offered a great discount for redwood for the project. In the late summer or fall, the kids will build simple bird houses from kits, taking about an hour of actual building time. He needs help with both making the kits (Team 1) and helping the kids to make them (Team 2). Each team should have 8-10 members. Dates and times for Team 1 will be set once the team is in place. The library is working on dates for Team 2. Please let Dave know if you'd like to be on one or both of the teams.



2016 December Raffle Maloof Rocking ChairMaloof Style Rocking Chair for Xmas Raffle

The 2018 Xmas Raffle Project is a Maloof Rocking Chair (click on image to enlarge). The rocking chair will be raffled at the December 2018 Club Meeting.























Scholarship – Laney College Woodworking Program
The Diablo Woodworkers Club has accumulated funds from members’ tool donations which are then sold, and from the annual Craft Fair. In an effort to encourage young men and women to continue woodworking, we are pleased to announce that we have started a scholarship program at the Woodworking Technology program at Laney College in Oakland. The scholarship is best described in the words of David Lipscomb, who worked with Laney on establishing the scholarship:

  • The scholarship will be named "The Diablo Woodworkers Bill Tarleton Scholarship" in honor of the founder of Diablo Woodworkers.
  • The primary objective of the Laney Wood Technology program is to help students obtain a career in woodworking.
  • Laney College would be responsible for choosing a student for a semester scholarship.  This will (in almost all cases) be a student who is in their first semester and has shown both a financial need, and the determination and aptitude to move to the next level of work.
  • Laney College will have the Diablo Woodworker application completed, and make a recommendation for who is to receive a scholarship.
  • The proposed amount of the scholarship is $500 per semester for a total of $1,000 (2 semesters).  
  • The second scholarship will be offered to the same student if they have demonstrated excellence in woodworking skills and business acumen (e.g. communications, team building, etc.)
  • The selected student will make a presentation on their project(s) to the Diablo Woodworkers at one of their regular monthly meetings.  Department Chair and instructors are welcome to attend.

Diablo Woodworkers plan to continue the scholarship in future years for additional students.  We will report progress in the Community Projects section of the newsletter.

 

Contra Costa County Bicycle Safety September News - Contra Costa County runs a free bicycle safety program for all ages. They have portable equipment which they take all over the county to set up a course with bicycle lanes, cars and buildings, anywhere in the county. One of the attached photos shows part of the setup.

The cars and buildings are in a sad state of disrepair and need to be replaced. Some of the buildings that will be replaced are shown in the attached photos. The existing buildings are built out of plastic, and are very expensive to buy. The County has asked if we could remake the buildings and cars out of wood, probably 1/4" plywood. We have space restrictions because all of the equipment including bicycles and helmets, fits into a 48" x 96" trailer.

The existing buildings have trouble standing up in the stiff Richmond winds, so the new design will need to take up wind resistance or allowance in the new design.

I'm looking for a few good folks to brainstorm ideas, and come up with a design, and build the buildings. Please contact Peggy Gipps, if you want to help out in this community project.

OCTOBER NEWS for Bicycle Safety buildings: We are looking for folks to help build our bicycle safety village, starting in January 2018. If you're interested, please e-mail Peggy Gipps PGippsy@gmail.com and let me know which days work best for you: mornings or afternoons, Mondays, Thursdays or Fridays. I'll find a day / time that works best for everyone. Monday mornings and Thursdays, the shop class will be available. For other times or days, we'll have to use a member's shop.

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