Diablo Woodworkers



Ana saw it...
Ana wanted it...so we needed it.
Thus, began a 14-month adventure

In this presentation I’ll discuss my 18th century sideboard project, the differences between my version and other reproductions of this piece, the planning required, and some of the design choices I’ve made.



SATURDAY, September 21, 2019, 10AM - NOON
California Urban Lumber, 4901 Pacheco Boulevard, Martinez

Host: Bill Ridings, Operations Manager (and fellow Diablo Woodworker)

California Urban Lumber mills and sells lumber from trees cut by local municipalities or tree service companies in Northern California. All trees were removed when necessitated by natural mortality, disease or insect damage, new construction, root damage to sidewalks or foundations, wild fire control and storm damage.

Currently there is a strong movement throughout the United States to better utilize urban lumber. California Urban Lumber is proud to mill local, urban timber into high quality lumber, from over 25 different species.

Instead of sending beautiful and unusual logs to be chipped and dumped in a landfill, this company slabs, seasons and sells them for tables, counters and bar tops. Their ingeniously recycled products grace many of San Francisco’s finest restaurants and lounges. The California Urban Lumber team also takes on tasks that exceed the capacity of most of our hobbyist shops.

Our host, Bill Ridings, is the founder and owner of California Urban Lumber. Bill is a good friend of the club and an accomplished woodworker in his own right. He built the substantial and attractive redwood bench that was one of the first items picked off in the raffle at our annual summer picnic.

Many of Bill’s client projects are much larger than the bench we saw. That kind of work requires power tools on steroids. Look for Bill to demonstrate them by slabbing out a log or doing something else cool during our visit.

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

Google Map: California Urban Lumber



September 12, 2019 WOODTURNERS, ROOM-108, 7-9 PM.
Cindy Navarro – Boxes

Greeting Woodturners:


I will be talking about box construction. Since this is a short session I will give the basics and discuss some tips. I will have a handout that you can take with you. Making boxes allows one to use small pieces of wood and to be creative with texturing, pyrography, inlays, etc. I will show examples and rough out, and finish if there is time, a small box. I make both large and small boxes which can have many uses.”


Come join us at the Woodturning Center for an informative discussion.


Jim Rodgers – Ron Kersey – 3-D Stuff

Greeting Woodturners:

All of you know how to turn a pen. You grab a pen blank, go to the drill press and drill a hole, then cut it into two parts and turn it on the lathe. Then you assemble the pen.

Creating a pen with a 3-D printer is a bit different. You need a 3-D printer instead of a lathe and software to create a drawing of the pen. The 3-D drawing is then transferred to the printer and the pen is created.

You can also draw balls, vessels and other useful normally turned objects which can then be printed. Jim will bring other things he has printed that are useful to turners such as a Morse taper cleaner, an alignment Cone, etc.

Jim Rodgers and Ron Kersey will demonstrate how to use SketchUp to create a 3-D drawing and then use the 3-D printer to create the pen body.

Come join us at the Woodturning Center for an informative discussion.


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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.

Sept 11, 2019 Diablo Woodworkers Meeting, Wayne Stolte, MULTI-USE ROOM, PHEC, 7-9 PM. .

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Image result for picnic imagesOur Annual Summer Social was again held at the Pleasant Hill Park, Gregory and Cleveland Streets. 6 pm to 9 pm, August 14th.

The club provided the main dishes and beverages, and guests brought something special from their kitchen (like a side dish, salad or dessert) enough for 6 people to share with the group.

We are had delicious moist Tri-tips, Roast Chicken and Veggi-Lasagna entres. After the meal we had a rip roaring raffle led by Tom Meyers for items displayed on the raffle table. I saw many happy smiles from the winners.

Wine, beer, sodas, water and ICE CREAM was provided.

See photos below. Also On display was a Sam Maloof rocker that was made by the raffle committee. Tim Killen provided the design. No raffle winners for the rocker at this time. It is to be raffled off at the December Holiday Party.


August 10th & 11th, Gary Rogowski Summer Seminar,
Pat DiMaggio’s shop in Walnut Creek, CA, 8AM-4PM.

Gary Rogowski Summer Seminar Workshop The Art of Inlay

Bob and James

David doing Inlay Banding

Demo by Gary on Prov

Gary being hunted?

Golden Ratio plans

Jim and Jim

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Huddle up

Golden Rose plan

Len and Dante

Shellac Demo - Day 2


2019 Community Project - Girl Scout Woodworker photos - updated 06/10/2019. Flag Case History - June 19, 2019 - Officer Tara O'Sullivan lost her life while serving her community,as a police officer. The Diablo Woodworkers provided a Memorial Flag Case to the Sacramento Police Department, for the family of Tara. Thank you for supporting the many programs we do, to make a difference.

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The Diablo Woodworkers would like to extend a hearty welcome to the following new members attending our July 2019 meeting. We hope to see all you on a regular basis.

New members:

  1. 1. Don Lindley
  2. 2. Corey Boudreau

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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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SATURDAY, JULY 20, 2019 Two-for-One SHOP TOUR and LUNCH, 10AM – NOON +
Shops of Dale Chorney, 742 Trinity Hills Lane, Livermore (510-432-1842) and Phil Duncan, 1000 Shotwell Court, Pleasanton (925-426-0066) with Lunch by RSVP

The shop tour for July was a little different - a two-for (or a three-for, depending on how you count).

First, we started with coffee and donuts at Dale’s shop at 10 am. At about 11 am, we went to Phil’s shop, also in Livermore.

At Noon, Phil served a light lunch to the first 25-30 members to RSVP via email at pdun@comcast.net. The attendees at last year’s event report that Phil is a pretty good cook. Salads and sandwiches were served this time.

Big thanks to Dale and Phil for hosting this special event.

Dale Chorney's Projects


Phil Duncan's Shop

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Carl Gentry
Carl Gentry
- Classic Tools: Floor Layer Saw - Teeth on both sides at tip.

Vern Stovall
Vern Stovall
- Set up for Stitching with a Biscuit Joiner.

Vern Stovall
Vern Stovall
- Bowl with Stitching.

Joel Albert
Joel Albert
- Spalted Maple Burl Platters.

Mike Vergino
Mike Vergino
- Pen Tubing Cutting Jig.

Vern Stovall
Vern Stovall
- Vase with Stitiching.

Vern Stovall
Vern Stovall
- Platter with Stitching.

Pete Nakatani
Pete Nakatani
- Spalted Box Elder vase.

Mike Vergino
Mike Vergino
- Pen Tubing Cutting Jig Specs.

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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.


As you all know, the Diablo Woodworkers provide a terrific community service program,
The Memorial Flag Case, for fallen first responders. Our program reaches out to the men, and woman, who have died in the line of duty. We have been involved in this program, since 911, when our club and many other wood clubs accross the USA, provided over 3000 memorial
flag cases to those who were killed at that disaster.
Well, our supply of flag cases, that we keep on hand, has been depleted, and as the coordinator of this program, needed to make up more cases. I was able to get a great team together, who I want to thank for their expert support.
We spent 3 1/2 days to build, and, what a great job, they did !!!.

 Thanks to;
Joe Arnoth
Butch Brear
Chuck Cottril
Andy Ferguson
Margaret Lyman
Wayne Shipman
David Whittenbrock


Flag Case

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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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