Diablo Woodworkers

NEXT MEETING DETAIL

Saturday not Wednesday, December 12th virtual ZOOM meeting, at 10:00 a.m.,
Joshua Klein is speaker

Joshua KleinJoshua A. Klein is editor-in-chief of Mortise & Tenon Magazine, which celebrates the preservation, research, and recreation of historic furniture. He has been selected for the Early American Life Directory of Traditional American Crafts from 2015-2020 for his authentic approach to period furniture making, and has presented about historic craftsmanship at museums around the United States. He has written articles for Popular Woodworking and American Period Furniture, and is author of Hands Employed Aright: The Furniture Making of Jonathan Fisher (1768-1847) ( Lost Art Press, 2018), Another Work is Possible (Mortise & Tenon, 2020), and Joined: A Bench Guide to Furniture Joinery (Mortise & Tenon, 2020). Joshua, his wife, and their three sons also maintain an active and growing homestead on the coast of Maine.

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

Our meeting starts officially at 7 p.m. but if you’d like to sign in early to experiment with the Zoom connection, we will be online at 6:30. A few days before the meeting we will e-mail everyone a clickable link that gets you in to the meeting. Attached is a “cheat sheet” which will help you with the Zoom software. Additional on line links to “helps” are provided below.

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, Novembrer 21st Shop Tour at 10:00 a.m. - Noon.
Neil Kilcoin's Shop

Neil KilcoinWoodworking has been Neil Kilcoin’s passion for many years. His first formal training in the craft began in his grade school years where he was privileged enough to attend a school that offered shop classes. There he learned the basic safety rules and techniques, heard many gruesome stories about accidents, and gained confidence by completing age-appropriate projects. He still has the step stool and other projects he created as a boy. Later in life, he rejoined the craft by taking various Adult Education courses as he moved across the country for work. These classes made it much easier for him to produce furniture without actually owning any power tools. Having finally settled down (and bought his own power tools), his shop now occupies about two-thirds of a one car garage. When not pursuing his hobbies, Neil teaches Biochemistry and Chemistry courses at a local University.

Neil Kilcoin
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Have you been tuning in to the Zoom Shop Tours? Participation the last few months has been excellent. We are looking for members to host future tours. You don’t have to be a computer Wizkid, but a little experience with Zoom is helpful. All you need is a lap top computer with a camera or a cell phone.

The November Shop Tour is scheduled for November 21st. Sessions usually start at 10 a.m. and last an hour. Prior to the event there is a practice session with our club’s Zoom coordinators. If you are interested in hosting, please contact me at jefftraeger@comcast.net

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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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NEXT WOODTURNERS DETAIL



SCHOOL IS CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE


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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 11, 2020 Speaker is Rex Krueger. ZOOM MEETING - see instructions above


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PREVIOUS MEETING

Wednesday, November 11th virtual ZOOM meeting, at 7:00 p.m.
Rex Krueger is speaker

Rex KreugerRex Krueger is a woodworker and author based in Cleveland, Oh. He runs a popular YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/c/rexkrueger) where he focuses on affordable hand tool woodworking and helping new craftspeople get started. He also owns Rex Krueger Fabrication, which specializes in making custom objects out of wood, metal, and plastic. Rex is the author of two books, _One Week to Woodturning_ (https://amzn.to/3dJXPfC) and the forthcoming _Every Day Woodworking_ (Skyhorse Publishing). As a furniture maker, Rex specializes in pre-industrial, vernacular furniture of America and Great Britain, country carpentry, and tool-making. Find out more at www.rexkrueger.com.



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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 Newsletter

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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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Kris Wallace
Kris Wallace's Page
- Here's the bench I built this year while sheltering in place. In the pics you can tell I'm a lefty by where the vises are located. It's my first bench build and it was inspired/influenced by the workbench book from Chris Schwarz which he has since come out with a newer and free version on his website.

I built it using inexpensive home center doug fir 2 x 12s that were soaking wet (figuratively) when I bought them. I let them sit for about a month before getting started which helped a little, but I'm still noticing some movement especially after this hot summer we just had. The vise hardware is from Benchcrafted and that's what drove 70% of the cost on this project. If I did it again I'd only add a leg vise due to the amount of use it gets compared to the tail vise.

Final dimensions are 2' wide by 7' long with a 4" thick top, and is 36" tall. So far I haven't noticed any drawbacks other than something that is likely due to my lack of craftsmanship. As for best features, the thing is a tank and has some many means with which to hold work in place. I've since built a moxon vise to go with it, and continue to add and refine it as needed. I really don't know how I managed prior to having it considering I was using a shaky drafting table, but we always seem to find a way. October 2020 October 2020.



Morgan Strickland
Morgan Strickland Page
- Morgan’s first of six chairs to go around the teak table he recently completed. The first chair came together pretty quickly. Anyone want to make book on when the sixth one will be done? See Teak Lawn Chair in PDF format. October 2020.


Gary Johnson
Gary Johnson
- Telegraphers in the early 20th century benefited from a new invention, the semiautomatic key, or “bug". These instruments allowed them to send faster—dots are made automatically at an adjustable speed—and with less fatigue. In contrast, conventional straight keys with their up-and-down motion frequently caused “glass arm syndrome” which we now know as repetitive strain injury. Some telegraphers worked at multiple job sites or had more than one employer, and they needed to protect their expensive and sensitive bugs when in transit. Vibroplex, among others, offered a nice carrying case as an accessory.
Today, many hams like me enjoy using bugs on the air and we often have collections of various models, some quite rare and valuable. So I whipped up a couple of bug boxes to house my 1928 MacElroy and 1963 Vibroplex keys. The design is a clone of a Vibroplex case, though I didn’t apply a leatherette cover as was the custom of the time. These are made of walnut and mahogany which was resawn to about 1/4 inch. I also tuned up my finger joint jig. Hardware is from Lee Valley. Each is lined with felt, and carefully fitted to each bug. That should keep the dust off.
If there are any other hams in DWW, I’d love to hear from you.

Gary Johnson, NA6O
gwj@wb9jps.com
October 2020.


Neil Kilcoin
Neil Kilcoin
- This is a 16 ft. boat primarily made from Western red cedar with Claro walnut and Alaskan yellow cedar accents; the trim & seats are made from White ash. The lumber is covered with fiberglass and epoxy. The boat is primarily intended for beginners on flat water lakes but does have scuppered gunnels to help drain the water that will inevitably collect in the hull.
Plans and inspiration came from the book Building a Strip Canoe by Gil Gilmartin (2nd ed.), a number of YouTube videos, and my friend Ken Koscik, a prolific builder in Wisconsin. I leaned a lot in this build - from making many, many jigs, to fairing curves with hand tools, to adapting to work outdoors due to the size of my small shop (~220 sq. ft.). The most challenging part of the build was the varnishing - clouds of gnats one week were determined to thwart my best efforts!
Regards, Neil Kilcoin. See Neil's page. October 2020.


Bob Hoellwarth
Bob Hoellwarth
- just finished this video about how to do basic furniture design in SketchUp. It goes over some fundamental design concepts and shows how to make usable woodworking plans from your designs.

This is a good tutorial for beginners at SketchUp or people who are new to designing their own furniture.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xuf6GM65hKo
October 2020.





George Lucido
George Lucido
- This is a Boston fan-back side chair, my 41st. Windsor chair made with a pine seat and ash components with a black over red milk paint finish. This was made for one of my seven great-nieces. October 2020.


Ryan Evans
Ryan Evans
- I wanted to share the Dog Bowl Stand that i just completed for my dog, Didymus (reference from the David Bowie movie, The Labyrinth). In addition, I created a lid for it to keep my one-year-old son's hands out the water and the dog food. So far, it's paying off. Overall, this was a fun, quick project and my first time cutting bigger circles. I used scrap red oak, cherry stain, and polyurethane. October 2020. See with lid in Ryan's page.


Gregg Langlois
Gregg Langlois
- Hayrake Table; Reclaimed redwood 4x4s were used for everything but the curved end cap and the tabletop (had to use lumber yard 2x6s for these). The mismatched colors of the different-aged redwood led me down the path of trying to figure out how to use transtint dyes (for the much lighter end caps and top).


Wayne Shipman
Wayne Shipman
- Footed Natural Edge Bowl; For those of you that are interested in natural edge bowl turning, here is an article written by Wayne Shipman. If you have questions or comment, please contact Wayne directly at wayne.shipman@comcast.net


David Lipscomb
David Lipscomb
- Dovetail Jig, Pdf of Dovetail Jig directions. October 2020.



Gordon Fry
Gordon Fry
- Liquor Cabinet. I always wanted to build a bar unit for small places.... something that could hang on a wall. Also, wanted to try my hand at a curved front. I used 3/4 walnut cut 3" x 24". Beveled the edges to create the curve I wanted. Then came the work: I planed it down to smooth out the curved front! (Didn't have a need for a bar, just wanted to try it! Good COVID lock down project ). It's design lends itself to being hung on a wall or perched on a table. See Gordon'e page for closed view. Gordon September 2020.



Kathleen Corrigan
Kathleen Corrigan
- Bonsi Stand, See the write-up on Kathleen's page. - September 2020.



Paul Mueller
Paul Mueller
- An architect from Atlanta posted a photo of a small side table to the Modernism Facebook group. "A Homage to Rietveld", he called it. I decided to make one for myself.

The base is 1-1/2 inch oak boards doweled at the corners. It is painted with black milk paint with a touch of gold leaf. The top assembly is walnut from a board I picked up free in Berkeley. It has a poly finish.

Rietveld was an artist, an architect and a furniture builder. His first modernist chair, the Red and Blue Chair (1917) is on the cover of FINE WOODWORKING, No.68. Rietveld built his furniture with wood. Soon after him the modernist Bauhaus artists switched to building chairs with steel tubing, leather, and canvas.

Building this table was not easy. For the top assembly to balance on one leg, and for it to be level, each corner in the base has to be exactly on the mark. Should I ever make another table like this I will build the base with welded metal tubing instead of wood.

Over the last several months I built three Rietveld chairs: his crate chair, a zig zag chair, and a Steltman chair. There are free plans for each chair on the internet and each is easy to build. All three are still in production in Europe and are marketed as works of art. Each sells for over a thousand dollars.

It is nice to have a work of art in your own home--especially one you made yourself. My favorite is the Steltman chair which is not really a "chair" at all. It is a modernist sculpture in oak. October 2020.


Michael Jesse
Michael Jesse
- Tool Cabinet [drawer set], Walnut with wenge pulls. Made to fit over a piano dolly so it can roll around. Drawers are quartersawn oak with Baltic birch bottoms. October 2020.


Wayne Shipman
Wayne Shipman
- Balusters. This was a request from one of Jeff’s emails. He couldn’t find one so needed someone to make it for him. October 2020.


Ryan Evans
Ryan Evans
- My son's first birthday is today (Monday, 2nd). Here's a tractor I made for him from scrap red oak. I turned the four wheels and the two axles. The chassis was template-routed. I created the template based on 1:16 scale of exact dimensions from a John Deere 7330 Premium Hi Crop. Finding those dimensions online was not easy. I painted it using authentic "John Deere Green" which is an actual color. That wasn't easy to find in non-toxic paint either. Finally, I coated it in polyurethane. October 2020.


Jim Wharry
Jim Wharry
- I finished my cabinet that was started at the time of the COVID-19 lockup. May have to start another long term project in the near future. The cabinet is made up of leftover pieces of Cherry from my days taking the Master Series classes. The shelves are made from Ambrosia Maple and the handles are Cocobolo.


David Traversi
David Traversi
- A simple maple Shaker drop leaf table.
The joinery is hand cut mortise and tenon with draw bore pegs. The drop leaf mechanism are traditional shaker spinners.


Mike Mays
Mike Mays
- Coffee Spoons. Hi All, decided to make A coffee spoon; but kept on till I had six designs. Turned from Wenge and white oak, except the curvy one. ( and thanks to Gary Rogowski for a lesson). I think one had an Asian flair to it. October 2020.


Vicki Morse
Vicki Morse
- Cherry dresser. October 2020.


Bob Barnett
Bob Barnett
- Barnett's Jigsaw Jig. October 2020.






Video of Chainsaw Carving
- Shared by Jim H Fleming, September 2020.




Gordon Fry
Gordon Fry
- Cuckoo Clock - I was going nuts being cooped up and needed a project! My wife has always liked the idea of having a cuckoo clock and suggested I try making one. After some digging I found a "Klockit" movement, but designed and built the case from walnut and used cedar shingles. It was trial and error to create the look, allow the right dimensions for the parts but still keep it down to a reasonable size. I cut out the people with my scroll saw, then painted them. Was a very fun project! September 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 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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