Diablo Woodworkers

Diablo Woodworkers ACTIVITIES. Club meetings at PHEC are the 2nd Wednesday of every month, 7-9 p.m. Shop Tours are the 4th Saturday of the month, 10 a.m. to Noon. Just ZOOM in. There is no need for advanced registration. Just zoom in and join the fun.

Mar 9, 2021 Virtual Meeting on Tuesday Mar 9 - Not Wednesday March 10th - featuring Jeffrey Miller at 7 pm - 9:00 pm.




NEXT MEETING DETAIL

Tuesday, March 9th at 7 pm (Not normal March 10th) guest speaker Jeffrey Miller

Jeffrey Miller Please join us on Tuesday, March 9th for a conversation with Jeff Miller. Jeff is a furniture designer, craftsman, teacher, and author of woodworking books and articles (he's also a former classical musician, and a dad). Jeff's furniture has been shown in galleries and shows nationwide, and has won numerous awards. His furniture is in the Decorative Arts Collection of the Chicago History Museum.

Jeff's latest book is The Foundations of Better Woodworking, from Popular Woodworking Books. Jeff's first book, Chairmaking and Design, was republished in December of 2006 by Linden Publishing. The companion dvd, Chairmaking Techniques, is available from The Taunton Press. Both won the 1998 Stanley Tools Awards for the best "how-to" book and video. Jeff's second book, Beds was released by Taunton in the fall of 1999. And his third book, Children's Furniture Projects was released in 2002. Jeff is also a co-author of Storage Projects for All Around the House (Taunton Press, 2005), and Furniture for All Around the House (Taunton Press, 2007).

For additional information, you can visit Jeff’s site here: https://www.furnituremaking.com/

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ZOOM Instructions: Keep an eye out for the Zoom meeting link that will be emailed to you by Jeff Traeger.



Don’t let this virtual meeting and the software overwhelm you. It is really pretty simple –
• Download the application
• Save the link to the meeting that we will provide a few days before the meeting
• Click on the link just before the start of the meeting and then you’re all set to enjoy our first on line virtual meeting.

By the way, this will probably be our means of meeting for the next several months.

Go here to download the Zoom application: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/360034967471-Quick-start-guide-for-new-users.

In addition to the attachment, here are two links which will help you with Zoom: https://www.youtube.com/embed/ygZ96J_z4AY?rel=0&autoplay=1&cc_load_policy=1https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/360034967471-Quick-start-guide-for-new-users

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NEXT SHOP TOUR/SAWDUST SESSION DEMO DETAIL


Saturday, March 27th 2021 Shop Tour at 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Via Zoom.
Scott Smith's great-looking tool boxes

Scott SmithScott Smith began taking MDAE woodworking classes a few years ago when he retired from high-tech PR and marketing to start his own firm. He’s completed many of the Diablo Woodworking classes, but still considers himself a novice woodworker. When speed is necessary, he uses power tools, but prefers the personal connection of using hand tools. During the COVID-19 quarantine, he’s been taking Tim Killen’s SketchUp class in which he’s developing his first original design, a Krenov-inspired showcase to house to a Japanese doll and pieces of pottery that he collected while serving in the Air Force. He’s also building a Roubo workbench, which will be the topic of his workshop tour. He’ll focus on the problems and solutions that accompanied this effort to force his will on 300-plus pounds of unmilled hard maple.


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Saturday, April 24th 2021 Shop Tour at 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Via Zoom.
Tom Baily's Shop Tour

Tom BailyI was born in Sioux City, Iowa in 1947 and grew up in the Detroit area. After college (go Blue), I moved to the San Francisco Bay Area. I spent most of my career as an environmental consultant writing EIRs, EISs, and various permits for large industrial and infrastructure projects throughout the western United States, retiring in 2014.

I've been interested in woodworking as long as I can remember but work and family took up most of my time until I retired. I was lucky enough to come across the club and the fine adult education courses on woodworking just before I pulled the plug on work. Until that time, I had no idea of how to use hand tools like a plane, spokeshave, or cabinet scraper. The great classes taught by members of the club gave me many new skills, as well as great assistance in putting together complex woodworking projects.

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Saturday, May 22th 2021 Shop Tour at 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Via Zoom.
Kevin Olson

 

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Saturday, June 26th 2021 Shop Tour at 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Via Zoom.
Dante Paulazzo

 

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Saturday, July 24th 2021 Shop Tour at 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Via Zoom.
Morgan Strickland

 

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Saturday, August 28th 2021 Shop Tour at 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Via Zoom.
Dave Wittenbrock

 

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Go here to download the Zoom application: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/360034967471-Quick-start-guide-for-new-users

Here are two links that will help you with Zoom: https://www.youtube.com/embed/ygZ96J_z4AY?rel=0&autoplay=1&cc_load_policy=1

https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/360034967471-Quick-start-guide-for-new-users

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PREVIOUS MEETING

Wednesday, February 10th  2021 virtual ZOOM meeting, at 7:00 p.m.,
George R. Walker is speaker about his work.

George Walker George has been an avid woodworker for more than 35 years, and then while doing research on the world of pre-industrial design, his approach to woodworking took a sudden and dramatic turn. Today, after three books, scores of magazine articles, instructional videos, and workshops, he feels as though he’s just getting started.

Books and publications include: By Hand & Eye, By Hound & Eye, Truth to Tools, co-written with Jim Tolpin and published by Lost Art Press, Unlocking the Secrets of Traditional Design and Unlocking the Secrets of Mouldings DVDs, published by Lie-Nielsen Toolworks. He has also penned the Design Matters Column for Popular Woodworking Magazine for over ten years. In addition, he’s written for Mortise & Tenon Magazine, American Period Furniture, and Fine Woodworking. Currently George is back working with Jim Tolpin on a fourth design related book for Lost Art Press focusing on the building of a set of design and layout tools for furniture builders. For more information you can log onto www.byhandandeye.com.

George’s wife Barb is an artist, so that means he also serves as part time Sherpa, toting her easel and paints across the countryside in Ohio.


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WHAT'S NEW
2019 Community Project - Girl Scout Woodworker photos - updated 06/10/2019.

2020 Community Projects

Flag Case History - Officer David J. Neece, Sergeant Is 10-42, End of Duty 9/31/2019. That was the call that went out to his fellow officers, as, San Jose Lost one of their officers. Thank you for supporting the many programs we do, to make a difference.

Show & Tell Cards - News.

Diablo Woodworkers Google Groups Website

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


A DIABLO WOODWORKERS WELCOME TO NEW MEMBERS

The Diablo Woodworkers would like to extend a hearty welcome to the following new members attending our February 2020 meeting. We hope to see all you on a regular basis.

New members:

  1. Greg Mix
  2. David Libby


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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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John Dzenitis' son
John Dzenitis
- A photo of my son wet-sanding the top he made. This little slab is a longitudinal slice of a short walnut log, ripped in half and sort of slip-rearranged so the live edges are interior and face each other. The gap is then filled with epoxy with it all in a mold. In this case the epoxy is colored with a blue mica powder. There are pros who make huge versions of these things from big slabs.



Gary JohnsonGary Johnson My old step stool was getting dangerously wobbly. This one is like a rock. Should have made this years ago! Made of odd scraps of mahogany, varnished. Non-skid tape is yet to be applied.



Ron EdwallRon Edwall Here’s a rocking horse I built for my 2 year old nephew for Christmas. Bloodwood, sprayed poly urethane finish.



Bob Hoellwarth
My latest project is a case for storing and transporting Japanese saws safely and damage-free.

The box is made of pine (dyed with aniline dye) and joined with box joints, and the lid is made of teak and joined with mortises and tenons. The clear panel is acrylic, and the saws are held in place using kaizen foam.

You can see the video of the build here: https://youtu.be/0_zXE9lG-1I

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DECEMBER
Tom Baily
Tom Baily
- Small Sheraton Chest - to hold silverware. See Tom's page for full description of Sheraton Chest.



Heather Stewart
Heather Stewart
- Claro Walnut Rocking Horse.


Heather Stewart
Heather Stewart
- A bench made of Gabon Ebony.



Heather Stewart
Heather Stewart
- Canarywood Cabinet.


Heather Stewart
Heather Stewart
- Teak Table made for a friend.


Ryan Evans Ryan Evans
Ryan Evans
- The first ring was black walnut, orange wood, and three layers of .01" brass sheet metal. The second "X" ring and the fourth were also black walnut and orange (no brass). The third was madrone burl and paduak. I had one more (not pictured) that I made out of basswood.

I saw people online using CA glue as finish. That was a surprise to me. The guy at Rockler confirmed it makes a great finish for pens too. I used it and i was very satisfied with the results... except the occasional piece of towel stuck to my finger.


John Dzenitis
John Dzenitis
- Part 1. I finally completed the piece that took me down the many new roads of bent lamination, steam bending, wood-drying kiln, aluminum-based L tenons, shop-sawn veneer (including drum sander), and fine-woodworking-level hinges, catch, and glass pane! I have reported on several of those over the last year, but not yet the final product. This is for displaying some nice carved chess pieces (NOT by me). I wanted it to have an arch or some kind of curve because a rectilinear box didn't seem right for these pieces. See Part 2-3 on John's page.


Paul Mueller
Paul Mueller
- Small Occasional Table.


Dante Paulazzo
Dante Paulazzo
- Photo Essay of Dante Paulazzo's Project.


Kevin Hennessy
Kevin Hennessy
- Redwood Picnic Table. See Kevin's page for more information.


Phil Duncan
Phil Duncan
- Just finished this garden chair designed by Michael Fortune. Great learning experience with first time doing bent laminations for the arms, seat, and back slats. African mahogany with spar varnish finish as it will be outside year round. I’ll be adding a matching ottoman soon.


Mike Mays
Mike Mays
- Cabinet made in Brian Condran's Master Series Class to hold Judo sashes and awards. Front view with cabinet doors closed. See Mike's page for more views. March 2020.


Don Husslein
Don Husslein
I started making Christmas gifts. This year I tried something new using the Rockler Wireless Speaker kit. The lighter one is Spalted Tamarind just buffed and waxed. The darker is Lacewood finished with Maloof 3 coats of Poly/Oil and 2 coats of Oil/Wax.


Paul Mueller
Paul Mueller
An Elm Mantel


Ed Steffinger
Ed Steffinger
- I decided to start the new year with the stars in alignment. Here are my latest turnings (maple and walnut) with the stars aligned.



Morgan StricklandMorgan Strickland - Teak Side Chair - I’ve completed the first of six side chairs (see attached slide show). The other five are awaiting back slats. To shape the back slats, and fine tune the chair, plus finishing takes me about 8hrs. So, I’d say I should have the remaining five completed in about 10 days or so.



Heather StewartHeather Stewart- Rocking Horse - this is a rocking horse I built for a friend’s daughter who painted it and donated it to a children’s hospital. Contact Heather at heatherdawns@comcast.net if you have questions or comments.



George LucidoGeorge Lucido - Hobby Horse.



Paul Mueller
Paul Mueller
- A modern chair. I can't help but observe that many of the chairs built by our club members were designed almost three hundred years ago. To balance the scale I am building a modern chair designed by the young Dutch architect Garret Rietveld. His revolutionary Red and Blue Chair was designed in 1917: a time when architects and artists were designing homes, furniture, and art for working people, not for the rich. I am at the stage of lining up the dowels to connect the parts. It shouldn't belong before putting a finish on the chair. Modern furniture was not supposed to take forever to build.

Wikipedia gives a link to a PDF of chair plans in mm. The Red and Blue Chair appeared on the cover of FINE WOODWORKING (No.65, 1987). Oddly a search of their inline index turns up empty for Rietveld. Have the reactionary editors cancelled Rietveld? It is time to fight back, comrades. January 2021










DECEMBER
Virtual Christmas Party - Wednesday, December 9th at 6:30 p.m.

Come and join us for our Christmas Party on Zoom. Although we won’t be able to be together in the same room, we can still raise a glass and share some festive spirit. Cocktail hour begins at 6:30 sharp, followed by our annual Show and Tell slide show at 7pm, featuring member projects built during 2020. Oh, and did we mention prizes for the best festive attire and the most outrageous holiday drink? So put on your party hat, pour your favorite holiday beverage and click the Zoom link for our December Christmas meeting, Wednesday December 9th at 6:30pm.

A day or so before the meeting you'll receive an e-mail with the meeting link. Spouses are invited, too. Let’s have some fun together and usher out a difficult year and enjoy seeing fellow woodworkers’ beautiful projects.

Cheers! See you on the 9th at 6:30.

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Heather Stewart
Heather Stewart
- Sushi and Saki caddy I built these for a couple of friends who love Sushi and Saki. Made from Bubinga, Ebony, and Figured English Sycamore.

Heather Stewart
Heather Stewart
- Walnut Rocking Horse.


Heather Stewart
Heather Stewart
- Curly Cherry Dresser.


Heather Stewart
Heather Stewart
- Canarywood Cabinet. This is a cabinet I made in Brian's class from Canarywood with a Padauk base. Back is Pyinma.


Heather Stewart
Heather Stewart
- Teak Bench. I built for a friend's Steam Room.


Heather Stewart
Heather Stewart
- Shop Cart.


Gary Johnson
Gary Johnson
- Machinist chest derived from a classic Gerstner model 2610. 26 x 17 x 11. Made from some planks of goncalo alves that I bought at Handloggers on their very final day of existence (I hope Tim is doing well; it was my favorite lumber yard for many years). Everything was resawn and the grain wraps around the chest. Finger joints on the main cabinet and lil’ thru dovetails on the side-hung drawers. Finish is wipe-on poly to resist oily fingers. Blue felt liners. I found some nice self-adhesive acrylic felt (Benco, from Woodcraft) that was easy to apply and is pretty tough. After 40 years without such a toolbox, all my little precision tools finally have a comfy home. See more photos of this on Gary's page.


Ed and Mary Ralston
Ed and Mary Ralston.
- Oven Helper. See more detail on their page.

Duke Herrero
Duke Herrero.
- Home Gym Organizer. With the gym closed, my home gym was expanding. Jill was very tolerant for awhile, then the subtle hints about the family room turning into a gymnasium began. With the help of Tim and my developing skills on sketchup, I designed an organizer (kept in my study) that I can wheel to the family room or outside depending on the weather. Cherry plywood back which allowed me to glue everything for strength and rigidity. Oil/poly finish.

Jerry Lambden
Jerry Lambden.
- Puzzle. Christmas gifts for the great great grandchildren. Bubinga and maple with a lacquer finish.

Jerry Lambden
Jerry Lambden.
- Puzzle. Christmas gifts for the great great grandchildren. Bubinga and maple with a lacquer finish.



Bob Hoellwarth
Bob Hoellwarth.
- I've made another video in my Hand Plane Parts series. This one is entitled All About the Lever Cap. It goes over some of the basics of how a lever cap works, and how to tune and hone it.



Bob Hoellwarth
Bob Hoellwarth.
- My latest project and video is a leaning planter box. It uses one 8-foot redwood 2x6 and three redwood fence boards. The boxes are housed in dado joints in the legs. Video: https://youtu.be/tK93oWPhNmA. March 2020.






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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.


09/08/2019

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

Gordon Fry

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 website 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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