Diablo Woodworkers


Bob Hoellwarth
Bob Hoellwarth is a Diablo Woodworkers member and teacher at the Adult Ed school.

Bob will be talking about joinery and why some joints are impractical or not possible to build with power tools. As well as the importance of cutting to fit, rather than cutting to the plans.

Following a short lecture portion, there will be a live demonstration on cutting an angled shoulder half lap joint using hand tools, containing tips for accurate marking and cutting of joints.


HEATHER FARM "THE GARDENS", 1540 Marchbanks Dr, Walnut Creek,
(off of Ygnacio Valley Road, opposite John Muir Hospital)

It's our favorite time of year when we gather to enjoy friends and family, so bring your spouse and a friend! We'll have plenty of time to chat it up and check out amazing projects on display created by our members.

Social Hour 6:30 to 7:30
wine, beer, soda

Dinner and Celebrations 7:30 to 9:00
lots of food and desserts
bring your favorite side dish or dessert (enough for 6-8 ppl)

Tickets are only $15 per person

Let us know you are coming!

Send your registration slip (below) with payment to:
Duke Herrero
23 Fallen Leaf Terrace
Orinda, CA 94563

Show and Tell Projects
Please bring a project to show off and share. Let us know ahead of time so we can plan the space.
Contact Dave Wittenbrock: davidwittenbrock@gmail.com

Tickets will be sold for the Maloof Walnut Rocker drawing! Bring some cash!

Registration Form: Diablo Woodworkers Holiday Event
December 11, 2019

Fill out this form and mail with a check for $15 per person to Duke Herrero, 23 Fallen Leaf Terrace,
Orinda, CA 94563

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NOTE – our November shop tour is NOT on the usual third Saturday of the month.
Please take note of the time and date below.

FRIDAY, November 22, 2019, 1:00 - 3 PM
Design Workshops, 486 Lesser Street, Oakland, California 94601, 510-485-7901

Design Workshops is one of the oldest Architectural Millwork shops in the Bay Area, in operation since 1946. They are hired by General Contractors to work in conjunction with Architects and Interior Design firms to assist in the design development, manufacture, finish, delivery and installation of woodwork and related finishes of high rise interiors for corporate firms in downtown San Francisco. Acting as a job shop, the bulk of their work uses similar building themes but every project is unique. They have done an impressive list of projects, including Davies Symphony Hall, Oracle Headquarters and the DeYoung Museum.

Our host will be Tad Beach, one of three owners of Design Workshops. In his 41st year as a woodworker, Tad’s main focus is on day to day operations. We can look forward to high energy and abundant enthusiasm. Here’s Tad in his own words: “I love my job and still get excited when I smell sawdust – especially walnut. My favorite thing is sweeping up the shop. I plan on working until either my wife makes me quit or I stop loving it.”

For a Sawdust Session, Tad will discuss the progression of veneer use over solid lumber in their sector of the industry over the last 40 years, including a slide show of some of their work with an emphasis on veneer work. Tad will cover veneer sourcing, trends in species selection, layout and veneering techniques. He plans to leave time for Q & A and may be able to work in a demonstration.

Curved Ribbing

Figured Wall

Paneled Closet

Flush Door

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

Google Map: Design Workshops



November 7, 2019 WOODTURNERS, ROOM-108, 7-9 PM.
Richard Dietrich – Project Photography

Greeting Woodturners:

At our November Richard is giving a talk and demonstration on ‘How to Photograph Your Work’.

Items covered are:

  • Camera basics
  • Lighting
  • Color correction
  • Demonstration of digital processing

There should be ample time for questions.

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.

Nov 13, 2019 Bob Hoellwarth, MULTI-USE ROOM, PHEC, 7-9 PM.

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Wayne StolteAna 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.

Wayne Stolte's Sideboard Project

Wayne Stolte's Sideboard Project


Everyone was on the edge of their seat anticipating Wayne showing the next impossible detail on the Sideboard. It was a great presentation of a complex piece by a determined and skilled craftsman. It’s also inspiring to see Wayne adopt a museum piece, but then introduce his own personality into the work.

Thanks to Ana for choosing these challenging projects.

Also thanks to Mark for his energy in helping arrange (and provide perfect photos).

Tim Killen


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. See Rogowski Inlay Workshop Notes

Bob and James

David doing Inlay Banding

Demo by Gary on Prov

Gary being hunted?

Golden Ratio plans

Jim and Jim

Group Shot 3

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

New members:

  1. Ryan Evans
  2. Don Weston
  3. Gregg Langlois
  4. William Hansen
  5. David Osborn

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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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Kirby Elvin

Marvin Bargagliotti
Marvin Bargagliotti
- Peppermill; Redwood, lacquer.

Pete Nakatani
Pete Nakatani
- Ornaments, Pear, Silk, Oak.

Bruce Thom
Bruce Thom
- Japanese Gauges.

Nate Lunt
Nate Lunt
- Cutting Gauges.


Tim KillenTim Killen - Traditional Chair; Scotch Broom.

David LipscombDavid Lipscomb - Moser Beacon Box; Cherry Shellac.

Gregg Langlois
Gregg Langlois
- Arts & Crafts Footstool;
Cherry, Walnut, Oil, Urethane, Wax.

Morgan Strickland
Morgan Strickland

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Shops of George Lucido's, 1681 Harmony Street, Brentwood 925-493-0428

Our Shop Tour for October was at the home of long-time member George Lucido. George has a compact new shop where he creates period reproduction Windsor chairs, in more shapes, sizes and varieties than you can think of.

In addition to the necessary chair-building skills of design, carving, turning and assembly, George is also an expert chair finisher, specializing in layered and burnished milk paints to emulate the appearance of an antique masterpiece. As well as chair-building, cabinets and flat work, George is also a master bowl turner and was for many years a major participant in the annual Orinda Country Club Arts and Crafts Fair.

George demonstrated carving techniques for shaping the characteristically curvaceous Windsor chair seat, including the use of a hand-crafted (by George) English travisher. Think of a beefy two-handed, deeply-curved, heavy-duty spokeshave. Also on display was an amazing variety of George's chairs.

George Lucido shop
Wall-o-Tools has moved through 3 different shops.
George Lucido shopShop Sign
George Lucido shop
Planes and chisels used by George and his grandfather
George Lucido shop
Chair assembled before demonstration
George Lucido shop
Heppelwhite style Sideboard - Cherry with Tung Oil finish.
George Lucido shop
Some of George's chairs.
George Lucido
Wooden saw sign.
George Lucido
Chair after demo - with a little DNA left behind!

George Lucido shop
Good Chisels box.
George Lucido shop
George starts to sculpt the chair.
George Lucido shop
Wixey angle gauge used for drilling angled holes in chair bottom.
George Lucido
Checking out the back-up sandpaper supply


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John Lawson
John Lawson
- Platter with Marbling feature.

Mark Hannan
Mark Hannan
- Light string Pull Decoration.

Pete Nakatani
Pete Nakatani
- Plate.

Ed Steffinger
Ed Steffinger
- Pill Box with finial.

Carl Gentry
Carl Gentry
- Classic Drill Set Holders.

Joel Albert
Joel Albert
- Hollow Form with Finial.

Vern Stovall
Vern Stovall
- Platter with Marbling feature.

Pete Nakatani
Pete Nakatani
- Threaded Box with decorative Lid.

Pete Nakatani
Pete Nakatani
- Ornament - Egg Shell with Finials.

Ed Steffinger
Ed Steffinger
- Finger jointed Tissue Box.

Cindy Navarro
Cindy Navarro
- Boxes.

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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

Gordon Fry

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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