Diablo Woodworkers


JANUARY 2019 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.

Feb 13 2019 MEETING PHEC, 7-9 PM. Multi-Use ROOM, TIM KILLEN, COLONIAL WILLIAMSBURG ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Mar 13 2019 MEETING PHEC, 7-9 PM. Multi-Use ROOM, Artist and Wood Sculptor Christopher B. Wagner


NEXT MEETING DETAIL


FEBRUARY 13, 2019 MEETING, MULTI-USE ROOM, 7-9 PM.
TIM KILLEN, COLONIAL WILLIAMSBURG ANNUAL CONFERENCE

After retiring from a 36-year career in the engineering and construction industry, Tim Killen has pursued a life-long interest in woodworking. He is particularly interested in reproducing 18th C museum pieces, and his home is already filled with dozens of furniture reproductions. In this pursuit, he utilizes a spectrum of old and new technologies which includes considerable hand-tool operations, along with a modern design in 3D computer modeling.

Tim is also involved in teaching woodworking at Mt. Diablo Adult Education in Pleasant Hill, CA, with classes in:
* SketchUp for the Woodworker
* Classic Furniture Finishes
* Classic Furniture Reproduction

Tim has written several articles on furniture making for Woodwork Magazine and Fine Woodworking including an article on SketchUp. He is a contributing author to Fine Woodworking involving the "Design. Click. Build." Blog on SketchUp.

Tim has authored two books published by Fine Woodworking and Taunton Press. The titles are Google SketchUp Guide for Woodworkers, and SketchUp Guide for Woodworkers, Traditional Cabinets.

On February 13th Tim will give a presentation on Colonial Williamsburg:

For the last thirteen years, Tim has attended the Colonial Williamsburg annual conference, "Working Wood in the 18th Century". Supported by photographs taken during the conference, Tim will show how the cabinetmakers and joiners demonstrate making reproductions of the subject examples. Their procedures of woodworking represent those used by the original craftsmen.

Colonial Williamsburg
Colonial Williamsburg Fifes and Drums


MARCH 13, 2019 MEETING, MULTI-USE ROOM, 7-9 PM.
Artist and Wood Sculptor Christopher B. Wagner

Christopher B. Wagner is a sculptor originally from Kentucky but now lives and works San Jose, CA. He received a B.A. in art history and sculpture from Georgetown College after which he studied Sculpture at Edinboro University, Pennsylvania from which he graduated in 2010 with an M.F.A.. Since then he has traveled the country making and exhibiting his unique figurative wood carvings.

His work focuses on recycled or reconstituted wood as the medium utilizing traditional carving skills in the creation of contemporary sculpture. The reclaimed lumber he predominantly sculpts in provides a sense of history that influences what he creates. Throughout his travels he allows the native materials and people he encounters to feed into his art.

Along with his own active studio he has worked as a Shop Manager for Eichinger Sculpture studio in Portland, OR; along with most recently as an Instructor and Instructional Technician at Mission College in San Jose, CA. His awards have included a Jurors Choice at Cherry Creek Art Festival, exhibitor at Smithsonian Craft Show, the Glean Artist Grant, and the Emerging Artist Award from Portland Open Studios.

I first heard about Christopher Wagner on a woodworking podcast. I was intrigued hearing his account of traveling around the country in an RV, carving wood sculptures out of reclaimed wood in his mobile workshop.

When I looked at his website and saw the sculptures he was creating I was an instant fan.

By creating beautiful, original works of art out of material many would consider scrap, Christopher truly embodies the spirit of ingenuity we are celebrating this year. Please Join us for a talk and presentation of Christopher's unique carved wood sculptures.

Mark Olesko

March Speaker Carvings 01
Speaker Carving 01
March Speaker Carvings 02
Speaker Carving 02



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PREVIOUS MEETING


JANUARY 9, 2019 MEETING, MULTI-USE ROOM, 7-9 PM.
Laney College Scholarship recipient AND Morgan Strickland & Nate Lunt Workbench Designs and More plus an invitation for audience participation

This month we had an action-packed meeting with two sets of presenters: Our Laney College Scholarship winner came to thank us for his award. In addition, we had two speakers from our own Mount Diablo Adult Education classes.

2019 - The Year of Ingenuity!

Morgan Strickland and Nate Lunt, new woodworkers and students in David Lipscomb's Emphasis Hand Tools class, shared their journey in making durable, knock-down, benches, tool cabinets, and stools for their shops. Below is a description they wrote to describe their talk. Their slide presentation can be viewed here workbench-talk-moran-nate.pdf.

Their presentation was so well received that 9 other woodworkers are planning to build new or updated benches, and are working with Nate to get 500 bf of wood for their own benches.

Woodworkers agree on very few things, but they can all agree on at least two: 1) wood moves, and 2) you can't do good work without first being able to hold your wood securely. Come hear the story about how two new woodworking enthusiasts discovered the most important hand tool was the workbench they didn't have. Nate and Morgan shared their journey of discovering the difference between today's manufactured workbenches and the secrets of the old masters. They discussed how they discovered the best workbench designs include classic joinery that could only be accomplished by hand. They dove into some of the fundamental principles they took from Christopher Schwarz and applied to their version of their Holtzapffel workbenches, including wood selection, vise selection, overall work-holding options and the cost/benefit of building your own bench at a fraction of the cost of commercially mass-produced reproductions.

And if a workbench is to hold your work, then a tool cabinet is to hold your tools. After completing their workbenches, Morgan and Nate turned their energies toward building matching hanging tool cabinets.

Here is some inspiration just in case https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Th6Cu0sqhjs (extra points for building them exactly as Roy does)

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Mark Olesko
Nates Bench
Mark Olesko
Tool Cabinet interior
Mark Olesko
Morgan's bench w/vise side

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WHAT'S NEW
2018 Community Project - September 2018 Pleasant Hill Library Maker Faire Bird Houses.

Video of Emerson Elementary Project - July 16, 2017 news.
Flag Case History - August 2016

Show & Tell Cards - January 2017 news.

Diablo Woodworkers Google Groups Newsletter

Email Jeff Traeger and request to be subscribed or un-subscribed to the newsletter


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 2019 meeting. We hope to see all you on a regular basis.

New members:

  1. Phillip David
  2. Pamela Peacock
  3. Vicki Morse


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Mt. Diablo Woodturning Center's Monthly Meeting Details

FEBRUARY 07, 2019 WOODTURNERS, ROOM-108, 7-9 PM.
Jim Rodgers Designing Techniques for Woodturners

Greeting Woodturners:

Jim will discuss and demonstrate tips and techniques used in designing hollow vessels and other turning forms.

Some items that will be discussed are:
How do you determine the most successful proportions?
How do you decide if the shape is "OK"?
A simple way to make a project drawing (no computers)
Color, texture, proportions, what works?

Do you have a favorite shape/form? Why does it work? Be prepared to share and discuss this and other ideas in an open discussion.

See Jim's new web site at: www.jlrodgers.org for the latest videos or turning tools.

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MARCH 07, 2019 WOODTURNERS, ROOM-108, 7-9 PM.
Gerald (Jake) Jakubowski Bottle Coasters and Non-Traditional Stoppers

Speaker Gerald (Jake) JakubowskiGreeting Woodturners:

Speaker Gerald (Jake) JakubowskiTraditional Bottles Toppers, Non-Traditional Stoppers, Coasters and a "T-Top Stopper" I assume most woodturners have turned at least one traditional bottle stopper where the stopper itself is external and exposed to the turning. A non-traditional stopper is where the stopper is hidden inside the turning. A step-by-step process for making non-traditional bottles stoppers will be presented. Making bottle coasters will also be discussed. See right photo.

Traditional Bottles Toppers, Non-Traditional Stoppers, Coasters and a "T-Top Stopper". See left photo.

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SHOP TOURS/SAWDUST SESSION DETAILS

SATURDAY, February 16, 2019 SHOP TOUR, 10AM - NOON
Shop of Adam White, 908 Windward Drive, Rodeo, CA 94572.

Adam has a hybrid metal/woodworking shop in his two car garage. He's currently working to finish a kayak built out of dog ear fence pickets that he started probably 9 years ago. It has been appropriately named "Decade". Adam plans to show us how he is using Home Depot materials to build this stripper kayak. He also has a large Powermatic drill press on which he replaced the 3ph motor with a 1ph motor, but hasn't installed a mag switch yet. Many of us will recognize long-term projects and improvements in process.

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

Directions: Google Map

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SATURDAY, MARCH 16, 2019 SHOP TOUR and SAWDUST SESSION, 10AM - NOON
Shop of Jim Fleming, 11 Snow Court, Orinda CA 94563 and Bandsaw Box Making Demonstration by Paul Mueller.

Jim has a dedicated shop and adjacent studio for which he is building cherry cabinets and bookcases, along with numerous other unfinished projects, including a kayak named Millennium that is even older than Adam White's unfinished kayak named Decade. Jim also has a few new machines to show off and one or two old ones that he wants to get rid of.

In addition, for a Sawdust Session, Paul Mueller will have a display of bandsaw boxes made with methods explained by Michael Cullen in several Fine Woodworking articles. Paul will show us how it is done, along with his bandsaw set-up, glue-up, carving and painting tricks.

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

Directions: Google Map

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Diablo Woodworkers Name Tag

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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Duke Herrero
Duke Herrero
- Votive candle holder, Birdseye Maple & Walnut, Linseed oil finish.


Duke Herrero
Duke Herrero
- Fish, Basswood, yet to be painted.


Paul Mueller
Paul Mueller
- Sailboat Book Ends, Various scraps, shellac finish.



Peggy_gipps
Peggy_gipps
- Jig for hand dovetails, 3/4" Plywood, no finish.



Tim Killen
Tim Killen
- Stool, Ash legs, Monterey pine seat, linseed oil finish.



Nate Lunt
Speaker -- Nate Lunt
- Workbench, Maple with linseed oil finish.



Duke Herrero
Duke Herrero
- Jewelry Box, Koa and eucalyptus, finished with linseed oil.


Don Husslein
Don Husslein
- Teen Jewelry Box, Orange agate, maple, finished with buffed wax.


Don Husslein
Don Husslein
- Pens/Pencils, Various, buffed wax finish.


Ben Townley
Ben Townley
- Moxon Benchtop bench, Maple, unknown finish.



Ben Townley
Ben Townley
- Workbench, Maple, raw linseed oil finish.



Morgan Strickland
Speaker -- Morgan Strickland
- Workbench and tool cabinet, Maple with linseed oil finish.






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June 2018 Shop Tour Photos

Shop of Chuck Cottril, 1687 Suncrest Court, Walnut Creek.

Chuck Cottril and his son built their woodshop at his son's house. (1687 Suncrest Ct, Walnut Creek in 2002-03.) The just less than 500 square foot shop is heated for the winter with an underground dust collection system. Chuck does flat work and turning. Chuck gave an introduction to his technique of bowl coring on the lathe.

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Chuck Cottril
Chuck Cottril



Chuck Cottril's Shop Tour
Soon to be 3 bowls



Chuck Cottril's Shop Tour
3 Bowls from one chunk of wood



Chuck Cottril's Shop Tour
Chuck Cottril's Shop Tour



Chuck Cottril's Shop Tour
Chuck Cottril's Shop Tour



Chuck Cottril's Shop Tour
Chuck Cottril's Shop Tour



Chuck Cottril's Shop Tour
Chuck Cottril's Shop Tour



Chuck Cottril's Shop Tour
Chuck Cottril's Shop Tour



Chuck Cottril's Shop Tour
Chuck Cottril's Shop Tour



Chuck Cottril's Shop Tour
Chuck Cottril's Shop Tour



Chuck Cottril's Shop Tour
Chuck Cottril's Shop Tour








Chuck Cottril
Chuck Cottril
- Serving Dish - Black Locust with Tung Oil finish.



Carl Gentry
Carl Gentry
- Classic - Starrett 'Oilgager' Steel Tape - used to measure the depth of petroleum in tanks.


Andrew Baxter
Andrew Baxter
- Collection of Drop Spindles.


Pete Nakatani
Pete Nakatani
- Drop Spindles for spinning yarn and Ornament.



Wendy Lacy
Wendy Lacy
- Drop Spindle with pyro decoration.






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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
FLAG CASE PRESENTATION HISTORY

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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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