June 7, 2018

Number of attendees: 24

  1. Mike opened the meeting at 7:26 PM.
  2. New Folks
    1. Joe Ligardy – furniture
    2. Tom Kazer – 35 years of woodworking as an amateur
    3. Dusty – 10 years making furniture
    4. Sam – beginner, hoping to become artistic
    5. Ray – long time woodworker, retired remodeling contractor
    6. Jeff – boat builder, worked around the world
    7. Rick – old time, still fairly new woodworker
  3. Jeff Halden (Maple shade NJ)
    1. Started playing with chainsaws & loved it
    2. Got a Wood-Mizer chainsaw mill
    3. Got a lot of maple and red oak all the time
    4. Can do up to 34” wide, 20ft long, any depth
    5. Can go to folks houses and cut down their trees
    6. Also has a portable kiln he is starting to use
  4. David – principal of EM studio (small furniture company)
    1. Everything is designed & made by him
    2. Works with wood, but identifies as a designer more (wood is one of his media, like metal)
    3. Went through his design process – understanding how it will be used
    4. Also talks about details and how they make the design special
    5. Used practice, iteration, and improvement each time to make the design correct
    6. Takeaway – find a way to practice, learn the steps to work on making things better each time
    7. Most important thing is to love what you are doing and do not be afraid of the next thing you are doing
  5. Dave Potts (treasurer) talked about membership and money
    1. Working on email distribution, need to update the list
    2. $2,444.17 in the treasury
    3. We haven’t paid for the trees or defibrillator yet.
    4. Members on roll: 28 paid members
  6. Phil discussed his life in building bowls
    1. Friend passed away, and his widow gave his friends a large amount of bowl blanks
    2. Committed to the widow of his friend that they would make some beautiful bowls
  7. Jeff came to talk about boat building
    1. Working with wood since he was a teenager (carving walking sticks, etc.)
    2. Had 1500 square feet shop he had to liquidate, due to moving
    3. Got a job in Sydney building boats (everything’s curved templates, etc?)
    4. Talked about making a hollow mast, in order to reduce waste
    5. Walked folks through the jigs that he used to create it – very simple
    6. Used a shipping tube with some sanding paper on it to sand the mast shape
    7. Talked about sails (Junk sails, etc.)
  8. Mark had a couple of announcements
    1. Talked about Ponzio’s dinner (good beer, good times)
    2. Also talked about 18th century beer seminar in Colonial Williamsburg in November
  9. Next Meeting on Thursday, July 12th, as the result of a vote to postpone it by a week because of the July 4 holiday. Mark will be showing how to use the “spider” to sharpen large hand saws
  10. The meeting concluded at 9:20 PM.

May 3, 2018

Total # of Attendees: 23

  1. Jim opened the meeting at 7:31 PM.
  2. Dave Potts (treasurer) talked about membership and money
    1. $2,371.17 in the treasury
    2. Updated domain name for 2 years
    3. Members on role: 24 paid members
  3. Mark let folks know Delaware tool exchange just got in a shipment of 100 new woodworker books (see pictures for some of the selection)
    1. $5 apiece or less (the pictures show the $5 ones only)
    2. Salman will put up pictures on website
  4. Chuck Bender (from Acanthus workshop) came to give a class on Bermuda Dovetails
    1. Period furniture maker for last 40 years, Sr. Editor of Popular Woodworking Magazine, been on several TV shows, and taught at 360 Woodworking and Acanthus Workshop
    2. Currently living and teaching in Jim Thorpe, PA.
    3. https://acanthus.com/
    4. Bermuda dovetails, made in 18th century, on the island of Bermuda
    5. Philadelphia region had close ties to Bermuda. Many decorative elements made in Bermuda can be found here
    6. Hybrid through/half-blind dovetail
    7. Used patterns to cut out simple set
    8. Most of the furniture made in Bermuda cedar
    9. Chuck went through a live demonstration on how to do it, while the guild watched and participated
    10. Use marking gauge to mark pin board on both sides, and tail board on inside, then mark for half-blind ones
    11. Transferred pin layout on board to thin maple stock for pattern – then used gouges and chisels to create unique pattern
    12. Initially cut them out like half-blind dovetail, and then layout pattern on pins
    13. Use jeweler’s saw to cut out the Bermuda dovetail pattern on the front sides of the pin board
    14. Use file to fine tune to lines
    15. Layout pattern on tails, then chisel away to depth to match pin board
    16. Lie on top and hammer in, then mark where you need to make adjustments. Take apart, clean up and try again. As you do more of these joints, you’ll get better, and be able to finalize after 3-4 tries
  5. Next Meeting on Thursday, June 7th. Mark will be showing how to use the “spider” to sharpen large hand saws
  6. The meeting concluded at 9:20 PM.

April 5, 2018

Total # of Attendees: 23


  1. Dave opened the meeting at 7:38 PM.
  2. New People:
    1. Chris Sandy (violin player & nutritionist)
    2. Joe (Chris’ friend) plays the ukulele
      Rickold – retired and dabbles in woodworking
    3. Ray Rosen – remodeling contractor/trim carpenter; building furniture; club member in Maryland
  3. Dave Potts (Treasurer):
    1. 20 paid members for year so far
    2. Amount is $2771.49 (with the $100 tonight)
  4. Mark talked about the Traditional Small Craft Association – does a bid & buy (tool auction). Suggested that we auction off at low prices for new folks
  5. Also suggested we move dinner to Iron Hill Brew in Maple Shade (1/2 price beer on 1st Thursday). Just down King’s Highway, about a mile from church meeting place
  6. Matthew brought a cutting gauge that he made by hand – he bought some blades by Hock.
  7. Delaware tool exchange just got in 100 books in – some really good older ones
  8. Pam to talk about Violin construction
    1. From Oregon, started playing Cello. Studied in music in PA
    2. Captivated by idea of making Cello
      Four years in violin making school, then got job in Philadelphia (off & on for 30 years)
    3. Showed off some of the basics of creating the violin
    4. Get wood from supplier, will cut down middle and book match it
    5. Get block with tighter grain
    6. Use corner blocks for corners, end pieces, then tab of hot glue/hide glue
    7. Bend the ribs, using a piece of hot metal to warm it gradually, then shape it into the form you wanted
    8. Starting out, not that much theory - key was to get control of tools and get accuracy.
    9. Created their own workshop, to make instruments there to support their lifestyle
    10. Made what she was interested in, then sold them
    11. Talked about the portable Cello from World War I that fascinated her
    12. Interesting discussion on egg white, gum Arabic, sugar, honey etc. to let it soak in, then apply coat of varnish. This would help it absorb evenly
    13. Showed cute tool for marking inlay
  9. Mike mentioned the need to do wainscoting around the columns – needs helps. He will send a note around
  10. Next Meeting on Thursday, May 3rd at 7:30 PM. Chuck Bender will come down from Jim Thorpe to speak
  11. The meeting concluded at 9:00 PM.

March 8, 2013

Meeting pushed back a week due to inclement weather
Dave opened the meeting at 7:38pm.

Number of attendees: 13

New person:

Pam Anderson (Haddonfield)
Trained violin maker/repair
Working on a Cello

  1. Dave collecting membership fees. Remember $50 for club for the year
  2. Kevin and Dave worked to get Chuck Bender from Acanthus Workshop to come speak to the guild. Chuck will be here for the May meeting (May 3rd) and will be showing off the Bermuda Dovetail
  3. Note: Chuck is restarting the Acanthus Workshop school in Jim Thorpe, PA, after moving back here from Cincinnati
  4. Kevin going to The Woodwright’s School next week for a 5-day class. Anyone interested in old-time hand tools in excellent shape, let Kevin know, and he will pick them up from Ed Lebkin’s shop (above the Wood wright’s school). Contact Kevin at 856-630-2485 or kdrevik@yahoo.com, and give him your cellphone number so he can take a picture of the proposed tool and send it to you. You don’t need to provide advance money, Kevin can front you.
  5. Mike saw Dick Beckman over the weekend. Not doing as well, family going through some issues.  Mike gave him the guild’s best wishes
  6. Salman showed his scroll saw skills
  7. Not noisy, not aggressive, so good for beginners
  8. Blade is small, fairly safe. It’s not going to take a finger off. The worst is a cut on the finger.
  9. Recommends pin less blades, held in place by tension. Salman prefers #5 blades for general, everyday use
  10. The bigger/longer the piece, the easier it is to hold, but the depth of the scroll saw will determine how long you can create it
  11. Three types of scroll saw blades
    1. Single tooth orientation (cut on down stroke)
    2. Reverse (some of teeth go the other way) – cleaner cut, but more vibration, since it is cutting up for some of the teeth. Ultra-reverse: every 3rd teeth goes the other way (cleaner cut, less vibration)
    3. Spiral blade: twisted blade, cutting surface on all sides/directions
  12. Good source of blades
    1. Lesley's Patterns
    2. Mike’s Workshop (South Dakota)
    3. Scrollers
  13. Cost: $22 for six dozen (72) Flying Dutchman blades. Recommended replacement time is every 30 minutes of constant cutting, but can get away with replacing them every hour, instead
  14. Straight cuts are hardest – easy to see deviation. Curves are more forgiving
  15. Standard way to start is to print out a pattern, spray adhesive and put on the wood.
    1. Problem with that method is that the only way to remove  is with mineral spirits
    2. Salman prefers using painters tape before adhering the pattern as before, and then simply peeling it off after
  16. If you are doing something small, you will want to create a holding jig, to keep your fingers away from blade. Makes control a lot easier
  17. One of the key skills to learn is staying square in the cut (i.e. it isn’t wider at top vs bottom, etc.)
  18. Best way to do patterns, he suggests, is to use red outline for cut. Blade is black, shadow is black, so red line makes it easier to see
  19. Lots of free patterns on line (e.g., Steve Good). Google what you want, and see if it’s out there
  20. Cut out tree symbol on tablet stand. Once he saw it was chipping out in spots, he filled with epoxy. Looks great
  21. Discussion on tension to keep blade from wandering
  22. Various folks came up to try how to use the scroll saw
  23. Treasurer's Report (Dave):
    1. 18 paid members to date (counting the 3 checks he got tonight)
    2. Total in kitty $2,821.49
  24. Dave showed his sand shading and marquetry work (scroll saw technique). Top and bottom of tabletop. Used holly for leaves
  25. Next Meeting on Thursday, April 5th at 7:30pm. Mike R said he will have a speaker for the meeting
  26. The meeting concluded at 9:00pm. 

February 1, 2018

Total # of Attendees: 22

  1. Mike opened the meeting at 7:26pm. He was not recognized by the guild body
  2. Treasurer (Dave) was taking membership dues - $50
  3. Brian Menold’s wife (Pete’s Sister) passed away last week, and Jim passed around a card, as well as a a bowl to contribute towards a tree in honor of Brian’s wife
  4. Feb 8 & 9 (Fri & Sat) at Independence Seaport Museum, Lie Nielsen event in Philadelphia. Museum is worth the trip by itself. You can also pay $8 to visit the Olympia & the sub. Parking around $16 - $20
  5. Visitors:
    1. Scott visited in fall. Woodworker his whole life
    2. Matthew from Philadelphia, mostly hand tool work (boats, instruments, etc.) Originally from Canada
    3. Andy Dick, woodworker want-to-be, semi-retired, time on hand. Built stuff in back (cradles, bookcases, etc.)
    4. Bob Mathis, Pitman, retired teacher, working on wood for some time
    5. John, here with Scott. Retired now, trying to get reacquainted with his tools
  6. Matthew did a 17th century style chest, Quarter-riven oak, did some carvings around it. No glue on joints, its nailed, used planes he made to make the molding on side. Has done a lot of carving. With green wood, it comes off real fast. Each panel in about 45 minutes. Forged nails
  7. Mar 2 & 3rd for Woodworking Show in Secaucus NJ. Jim is driving up with folks
  8. Jim showed his band saw box. Glued it up, cut bottom off, clean out inside, then glue bottom back on (and wait for glue to dry). Great Valentine’s Day gift.
  9. The group discussed, talked about sources for inspiration like the website http://lumberjocks.com
  10. Introduced our guest instructor, Dave Potts
    1. Dave showed off banding, stringing and sand shading
    2. Banding can be cutting off little tiny squares from length (used band saw & regular fence)
    3. Discussion of other ways to do banding (45 degree cuts on band saw, etc.)
    4. To layout out, use a square and sharp knife to cut line, then laid banding on the line & put knife on other side. Remove banding, put square to knife, then use knife to finalize cut
    5. Use small router plane to rout out shallow depth in a controlled way, and then lay in banding.
    6. Banding can be slightly “proud” and then sanded down – but not too much (you don’t want to dig in)
    7. Stringing – he uses maple or for a white line.
    8. He often uses a band saw or table saw to cut it, even though it’s thin.
    9. Uses templates to help cut the string. Uses rotary tool (suchc as Dremel) to ride along template to cut for it, then inserts the stringing (1/32”) into place
    10. Uses a lot of mini-drill bits to make the cuts
    11. Make sure you go slow as you cut. If you go too fast, it may snap bit or burn out the wood.
    12. Uses Blue Spruce bits
    13. Uses simple jig (block of wood, band saw blade, screws) to scrap bottom and put small “V” in it, to assist it in getting into the groove
    14. Sand shading – used to help bring additional color to inlay
    15. Used curved gouge to make oval shape, partially dug out a ready to be put in
    16. Heat up sand in griddle, stick piece in, and use that to change the color of the wood
    17. Cleaned out, then used same gouge to cut overlay leaf, glued it up, and then placed it in
  11. Next Meeting on Thursday, March 1st at 7:30pm. Salman will be showing off scroll saw skills and work
  12. Meeting concluded at 9:02pm.

January 4, 2018

No public funeral service has been announced for our friend and former treasurer Ken Lehr. The club will donate $100 for the planting of 25 trees in a national forest in his memory.

Mike Richter has asked for volunteers to put wainscoting on the pillars of our meeting room in the UU Church. Date to follow...

Mike Richter proposed the club donate $500. towards the purchase of an Automatic Electronic Defibrillator (AED -- full price ~$1500) for the church building: the proposal was unanimously passed.

John showed us a model of a horse drawn cart he made.

Salman demonstrated a program he authored that generates a detailed cut list based on sized material needed, and stock available. Quite a handy program. If is available for use on our website at http://wgsj.org/cutlist-generator. Thanks Salman, nice job.

Bill Pflug  demonstrated  the sharpening of cabinet scrapers. Thanks to Bill, Jim's cabinet scrapers are now sharp; he learned that he was applying too much pressure to the burnisher, a lighter touch made all the difference.

The Woodworkers Show is coming to Secaucus March 2-4, tickets go on sale a month prior to the show and are available at the door. ($2 discount on line)


Jim plans on driving up on Friday and has room for4 3 more bodies in his car.

Lastly, since the meeting Jim received the following information:

Joe Coleman's son, an architect, is  involved in the design of a kitchen for a client. The design requires a bench/cabinet. The bench/cabinet would be approximately 156" wide x  24" deep x 17" tall sitting on a standard 4" plinth. It has some book storage on the left but under the cushions would be a couple hinged doors that would open up for a kid's toy storage.  
General carcass is color match white paint on cabinet grade ply. The detail areas at the book storage is Ash veneer ply.

Although a general contractor is involved with the project, Joe's son would entertain an outside party building this piece. If anyone is interested in building this for him, contact Joe directly merryoldcole@gmail.com.

November 2, 2017

Total # of Attendees: 26


  1. Mike opened the meeting at 7:15pm
  2. Introduced our guest speaker, Adam Cherubini (pic 1, 2, 3)
    1. Introduced himself and his particular brand of work -- hand tool woodworking, with an emphasis on the tools and techniques of the 18th century.
    2. Not trying to proselytize, but says it would be nice if folks had a hand tool way to do things, instead of just a power tool
    3. Talked about his early history, projects, studies, and what led him to study and utilize the tools and techniques of the early period
    4. Hand tools are typically cheaper than top-of-the-line power tools, you get a real feel for the work. His jointer plane was $6 at a flea market. Can furnish a whole shop for $300
    5. Very interested in tools & techniques, more than finished projects
    6. Hand tools are like musical instruments -- you can play with them pretty quickly, but to be really good takes time & practice
    7. Why does he wear colonial clothes? 18th century woodworking is a system, and if you take a part of the system out, it starts to break down. Use period tools (chisel) and period materials (not kiln dried rock maple), sharpened with Arkansas stone on bench, in order to work like them. He wears the clothes in order to "represent the system" Furniture was status symbol in the 18th century. Families would post the highboy in parlor, so people would see it and make a judgement on the family Had Rosemary come up with to show how to plane use hand tools -- specifically a square, Striking knife and handsaw
    8. Demonstrated a lot of other methods for hand tools (sawing, measuring & marking, etc.)
    9. Showed off his Tryplane, with concave/curved blade
    10. Discussed cost of tools then and compared them to prices now. Carpenters back then were similar to auto mechanics now. Specialized tools, can make equivalent of $50K/year -- more if he owned the shop
    11. Discussed sawing technique of 18th century saws
    12. Walked through planing techniques and types -- how he flattens and prepares boards
    13. Talked about using mineral oil, 3-in-1, for the Arkansas Oil Stones
    14. Discussed sharpening method
    15. Ended the night with some Roy Underhill stories
  3. Next Meeting on Thursday, Dec 7th at 7:30pm
  4. Meeting concluded at 9:20pm

October 4, 2017

Total # of Attendees: 20

  • Mike opened the meeting at 7:36pm
  • Two new folks
    • Aaron from Marlton; roboticist, jack of all trades, just getting into woodworking
    • Karen: retired from Lockheed Martin, father was a cabinet maker. She has done some work in vocational schools, but is doing work in her apartment now. Currently working on a bowl without a lathe
    • Rosemary was also back (attended last meeting). Working up her plans for furniture for her house, then may need help figuring out how to build
  • Mike introduced Keith Lockerbee (pic 1)
    • Fabrication in Philadelphia
    • Philadelphia Inquirer article on his work
    • Started in Architecture and Design, but eventually got degree in finance and became accountant/controller
    • Did woodwork on side, but after 10 years, chose to embrace it full time
    • Company has grown slowly, but steadily. Works on some high dollar projects (a lot of cabinetry) in order to fund projects they really like
    • Big specialty is custom speakers
    • A lot of customers in NY and California
    • Key was to have good relations with Designers/Business owners and to do work for folks who have influence and a network (so your work gets seen)
    • There was over a half hour of good discussion and questions with Keith after his initial presentation – a great deal of knowledge being passed (pic 2)
  • Mark talked about his workbench build (pic 3)
    • A long road. Bench has been in the works for the guild for years
    • Showed pictures of bench he built for his own shop
    • Process involved making two parts of top (so they could run through jointer) then gluing them together
    • Set up a jig to rout dog holes with 2-degree pitch
    • Routed out tail vise on router table (a lot of passes)
    • Flattened top with router and special jig
    • Glued up aprons after squaring off
    • Installing vises was a real challenge. Took a lot of hours to fit exactly
    • Top has 5-6 coats of waterlox (oil/varnish blend); rest of piece has 3 coats
    • Safety feature: vise pieces can come apart & be stored, and vises locked with pin – so it can be kept in church basement without being concerned about kids hurting themselves
  • Next Meeting on Thursday, Nov 2nd, at 7:30pm
  • Meeting concluded at 9:25pm

September 7, 2017

Number of attendees: 27

  1. Jim (President) opened the meeting at 7:30pm
  2. Carl introduced David & Wade from Delaware Tool Exchange (pic 1)
    • Two friends were looking for a way to get a business going
    • Inherited some tools from fathers
    • Grew, now in 1,300 sf building
    • They work on consignment – you provide them tools, they sell, you get money, they take a cut
    • Open Sat/Sun (they both have regular jobs)
    • Invited the guild to come down and see what they’re selling, and talk with them
    • You can call ahead and see if they have something you want, you can also give them a “wish list” and if your tool comes in, they will contact you
    • Difficult for them to hold an item – they will sell it to who gets their first (only fair)
    • They have shipped at times
    • Close to Woodcraft store so you can shop at both
  3. Jim introduced some new People
    • Jeff saw us on our website. Trying to do some woodworking, has a circular saw, drill, etc.
    • Rosemary – inexperienced, wants furniture in her living room
  4. Tom Calisario (pic 2)
    • Director of Urban Boatworks, in existence since 2009 in Camden
    • Small school, less than 200 kids from kindergarten to high school
    • Talked about challenges and objectives of school (a lot of hands on classes)
    • Used watercraft & boat building to teach other skills
    • Working on a lot of shop skills & tech skills for them (woodworking, welding, pipe fitting, etc.)
    • Used “stitch & glue” technique to build, and then fiberglass & epoxy
    • A lot of discussion on techniques, safety, and kids
    • Demo on putting on fiberglass & epoxy
    • Further information is located at http://urbanpromiseusa.org/boatworks
    • He asked folks to please come visit!
  5. Dave Potts (Finance): Two expenditures leaving $3,854.49 in account
  6. Salman asked guild earlier about clear glue, got ideas from guild members,  so he made a chessboard(pic 3)
    • Provided example of using clear glue (from idea guild member provided).
    • The glue was very viscous (like glycerin). Aleene's Original Clear Gel Tacky Glue.
    • Scroll sawed a lot of pieces
    • Salman also talked about his inkjet printer that lets you print on PVC cards. He can make a batch for anyone, $30 for a card
    • Salman asked if anyone uses software to create cut lists. He found an online paper written by some Iranian PhDs who described a software system to make guillotine cuts efficiently. Minimized costs, cuts, etc.
    • Available on http://wgsj.org/cutlist-generator
  7. John provided examples of spoons, spatulas and other items that he carved (pic 4)
    • Plan is to make Christmas gifts for everyone
    • Based on watching Paul Sellers
    • Used machines to get basic form, then carved by hand
    • Used Maple
  8. Mark built a workbench for the Guild (pic 5)
    • Bench has cabinet below (for storage stuff)
    • Idea is for it to live here in the church's basement
    • Entire Guild was very impressed
    • It was built to be used, but also to sit to the side when not in use and to look nice for the church when resting to the side
    • He’ll go over it in more detail in next month’s meeting
  9. Mike talked about plans for the church to put wainscoting around the columns for the church basement. He is looking for volunteers to help on a Sat & Sun in October
  10. Next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Oct 5th at 7:15pm. Mark will go over his workbench and Mike has another speaker
  11. Meeting concluded at 9:35pm

August 3, 2017

Total number of attendees: 15

Jim (President) opened the meeting at 7:31pm
Dave Potts (Finance): Couldn’t provide finance numbers this month

  1. Two new attendees
    1. Scott -- worked as a carpenter his whole life, still interested in woodworking
    2. John (was at last meeting): Completed shelves to start, was hooked. Now working on farmhouse table
    3. Discussion on different slabs and lumber and where to get it
    4. John: Just doing handyman work, looking to learn some stuff
    5. Ryan: Woodworking for 3 years, got his own business (framed signs, etc)
  2. Phil talked about turning [pic 1]
    1. Took trip to Tuscon for gem show, visited flea market
    2. Got the chance to buy some iron wood
    3. Turned it into a lazy Susan, but regular tools dulled immediately, and carbide had trouble. Definitely a challenge
    4. Showed a birdseye maple lazy Susan
    5. In his backyard, he got an oak tree burl, and turned a nice bowl
  3. Harry showed off his shaker boxes, he’s made about 15 years (has made over 250 of them). [pics 2 & 3]
    1. Went up to Peter’s Valley for a course by Wilson, where they made about 6 boxes, couple of trays.
    2. When he went home, he tried to repeat it, and was able to, so he kept at it
    3. Did sketches on the lid; takes a photograph, scales to fit, traces outline, inks it in, then does the lettering
    4. Issue with inking is the special pen that marks on everything
    5. Showing off quartersawn cherry
    6. Uses a copper tray, maybe 48" long. Puts in water 180 degrees or more, soaks the wood for a period of time, then takes it out and wraps it over a form for the curved pieces
    7. Drying forms on the inside to help it keep its form while the wood dries
    8. Uses spray lacquer when its done for a finish
  4. Dave did a demo on half-blind dovetails [pic 4 & 5]
    1. Used a 5/8" face and 1/2" side
    2. Scribe with a marking gauge (he used a wheel gauge)
    3. You need 1/8" at least for the front piece for a router cut half-blind, so if you make it thinner, it shows that it is hand cut
    4. Used a divider to layout/step off the tails
    5. Sawed with rip cut dovetail saw. He also noted that sawing is the key, don’t try to clean up with chisel later. Saw it right to begin with
    6. Doesn’t use fret saw -- uses chisel to chisel out remainder
    7. Transcribed the tails to the pins
    8. Cut the pieces at an angle to get some of it out
    9. Used chisels to clean out the joint on one
    10. Great job!

Next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Sep 7th at 7:15pm, where Tom Callistaro will present his cedar plank canoe.

In November, Justin DePalma will show his Cabriole leg cutting method.

Meeting concluded at 9:07pm.

July 6, 2017

Total # of Attendees: 9


  1. Jim (President) was not able to attend, so Dave Potts (Finance) opened the meeting at 7:32pm
  2. Dave Potts (Finance): $4,054.49 in treasury (after $316 back in the day)
  3. Dave discussed the SAPFM event last month
    1. Adam Cherubini presented. He’s been in England for the last 2-3 years. Gave a 2 hour speech on 17th century drawer construction. Brought ½ dozen drawers. Good presentation
    2. Adam said he would be interested in speaking (Sep/Oct/Nov)
    3. Another speaker on molding planes with single & double irons
    4. Another one had turning with springpole lathe
    5. Cost of SAPFM membership is $60/year
    6. Meets 4x a year
    7. National meeting in Williamsburg Jan/Feb each year
    8. Website is http://www.sapfm.org
    9. Some of the benefits they list on their website include
      1. Access to the Member area of the SAPFM website, which contains furniture plans, articles, woodworking class schedules, antiques databases, tool manuals, furniture books, and links to hundreds of furniture-related videos.
      2. Attending regional Chapter meetings and events
      3. 'Birds of a feather' opportunities to network with others having similar interests
      4. Eligibility to register for and attend SAPFM conferences
      5. Participating in SAPFM exhibitions
      6. Receiving the quarterly e-Zine 'Pins & Tails'
      7. Posting videos about making your furniture on the SAPFM YouTube Channel
      8. Having your furniture displayed in the online Gallery on the SAPFM website
      9. Networking with other members via SAPFM's Twitter and Facebook social media
      10. Access to the Price4Antiques Reference database
  4. Kevin talked about Pennsbury Manor
    1. 15 Min north of Philadelphia
    2. The first Sunday of every month they have craft day
    3. Site has woodworking shop with 3-5 workers, using old style hand tools to make 16th century furniture
  5. Discussion of Philadelphia Furniture Workshop
    1. New teacher
    2. Working on new master’s level program
  6. Dave discussed the possibility of changing meeting date
    1. Difficult to get speaker at short notice, would give us more time to setup speaker
    2. General discussion on the history of meeting date/day decision
    3. Discussion on drop off in attendees for history
    4. Dave talked about having 400 cutting boards in his shop that he can’t sell
    5. Discussion of Etsy’s sales
  7. Advertising
    1. Flyers/brochures -- bring in copy of old flyer
    2. Business Cards
    3. Tools section on Craig’s list
    4. Use of meetup group
  8. For new people/beginners -- what would the club offer
    1. What tools to buy
    2. Live demonstration
    3. Instruction on what to do
    4. Go to house and they’ll teach you
    5. How to class?
    6. Rita talked about her experience with the group and how much it helped (advice, woodcraft, etc.)
    7. Newcomer’s packet/group? -- welcoming group
    8. Sources of materials, tools, etc.
  9. Other ideas for group
    1. Going to a person’s shop to do certain power tools stuff?
    2. Limitations of site force us to only do small power tools and hand tools, and show off finished projects
  10. Next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, August 3rd at 7:15pm. Dave will do a demonstration on half-blind dovetails
  11. Meeting concluded at 8:52pm

June 1, 2017

Total number of attendees: 14

  1. Jim (President) opened the meeting at 7:41pm
  2. Dave Potts (Finance)
    • $4,370.49 in treasury
  3. Jim Parise spoke about Center for Art in Wood (Philadelphia, PA)
    • Jim was less than impressed with Center for Art in Wood, in terms of woodworking
    • A lot of turned items or “mangle boards”
    • The demo on coopering was not very impressive. He arranged items/sculpted items, but the barrel was really just decorative
    • Lathe work was good
    • Whiskey was very good
    • Parking was ample
  4. Rita gave a presentation on wood tool for making lace (Pic 1 & 2)
    • Art teacher in Russia before she came here
    • Introduced to lace making guild – they had problem finding good tools
    • She had woodworking knowledge from her grandfather
    • Shell inlays, made of veneer
    • Steam & glue together
    • Bend them with clamps
    • Take carving knife and carve inlay on it
    • Struggling with finishing the tools
    • General discussion on ways to do build process by group
    • Suggestion was made to use TransTint aniline dye
  5. Art talked about Hearne Hardwood in Oxford PA (southwest of Philadelphia) (pic 3)
    • Open house Sep 29th & 30th
    • Big bandsaw will run (the one they bought from the US Navy yard)
    • Lots of wood species to buy
    • Contact Jim if you’d like to carpool
  6. Kevin showed pictures of his training class at the Woodwright’s School in Pittsboro NC (pic 4)
    • School is in Pittsboro NC (near Raleigh)
    • Class was 3 days, and you learned to take beech blank and make a fully functional molding plane (Kevin made a cove plane)
    • First 2 days you are shaping the plane (cutting profile & scraping it to shape, cutting mortise, shaping the wedge, refining it)
    • Day 3 you are tempering, shaping and hardening the iron, before sharpening it
    • By end, you are cutting profiles in wood trim with your new plane
    • Excellent experience. You could come away from the class and start making multiple molding planes as you move forward on it
  7. Mark talked about sharpening of draw knife (pic 5)
    • Jig was created to sharpen one side, back & forth
    • Second edge of jig cuts the exact angle you need on the one side
    • Variety of diamond and sand paper sharpening edges
    • Benchmade is making them, based on Galbreth’s design
  8. Jim was asking for folks to do demo on sharpening scrapers
  9. Tom Calistereo will bring boat and do presentation for class (25 ft canoe)
  10. Next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, July 6th at 7:15pm
  11. Meeting concluded at 8:43pm

May 4, 2017

Total # of Attendees: 12



  1. Jim (President) opened the meeting at 7:39pm
  2. Dave Potts (Finance)
    • Center for Art in Wood (Philadelphia PA) giving discounts to the club members
    • With tonight, 24 paid members,
    • $4,470.49 in treasury, after paying $150 for hall rental
  3.  Jim Parise spoke about some items
    • Suggested we buy item identification tags for the tools, with guild name. Membership agreed
    • He brought up the idea of creating a prize for local school students that did shop/woodworking. Can Mike ask if the church can have a show and give a prize
    • Mike talked about getting some local PR (newspaper, etc.)
  4.  Jim showed the Technical school & design shop safety video
    • Funny video of safety items for woodworking shop in a school setting
  5. Bill Pfluge talked about the cost of a Cherry Cherry Table
    • Prior planning prevents poor performance
    • Had cherry tree come down in front yard (24” in diameter, 10ft long)  used chainsaw & guide to make into planks
    • Two years to dry wood, and to do design of table
    • Went over tools, shed (for drying), drill press for holes, etc.
    • Total cost $8,826 (ha ha)
  6. John discussed how he forgot to pick up sharpener last month; he’ll get it tonight
  7. Dave went to Winterthur and SAPRM (Society of American Period Furniture Makers) meeting earlier in the week.
    • They were looking for information on what type of program the club would like to see.
    • Program was Fri/Sat, four groups of ten;
    • First session was research library at Winterthur
    • Second session was in conservation laboratory
    • Third session was a review of antique cabinetry, with the ability to look in depth at each piece (pull out drawers, turn over on its top, etc.)
    • Fourth session was in an organic chemistry lab for sampling, determining finish, etc.
  8.  General discussion of upcoming visits by some members to Colonial Williamsburg, and the three woodworker intensive site there (Furniture making shop, Wheelwrights, Joiners)
  9. Next Thursday, May 11th at the Center for Arts for Whiskey ‘n Wood
  10. Next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, June 1st at 7:15pm
  11. Meeting concluded at 8:43pm

March 2, 2017

Total # of Attendees: 22


  1. Jim (President) opened the meeting at 7:28pm
  2. New folks:
    1. Gus: Retired steam fitter and amateur, just getting started in the craft
    2. Jim: Got interested recently, looking for basic understanding on tools, wood, etc. Current goal is to make an arcade cabinet
    3. Rebecca- she is with Jim
  3.  Dave Potts (Finance)
    1. With tonight, 23 paid members,
    2. $4,570.49 in treasury, not counting checks tonight
  4.  Meeting of executive board a couple of weeks back
    1. Brainstormed a lot of ideas
    2. Want to emphasize our members as speakers
    3. Need to get a more formalized idea of programs; i.e., plan for certain number of things (presentations, trips, etc)
    4. Site tours to museums, lumber yards, etc. 1-2
    5. Picnic at outdoor site/campground
    6. Organization has funds, so we can pay for speaker travel, hotel, etc.
    7.  Dave's chair is done and he was going to bring it around
  5. Website is great - been a real boom
  6. Meetup has gotten us 1-2 new members at events. We'll continue to test
  7. Discussion of odd wood we’ve seen sitting around (ebony, purpleheart benches, ironwood, etc.)
  8. Thoughts on Esherik museum in PA, Nagashima in New Hope, Winthertur, other ideas
  1.  Events events
    1. Mark and Phil talked about Woodshow in Somerset (Feb 17-19)

                                                               i.      Peachtree was biggest vendor

                                                             ii.      Lumber companies, 4-5 vendors

                                                            iii.      Carter Bandsaw guy was there

  1. Jim got some wood from Brian (Maple Burl) that he turned (pic 1)
    1. Made a series of bowls out of it
    2. Its made from Maple, but it certainly doesn’t look like Maple.
    3. Used center-sabre system (series of bent chisels) you can use to make bowls. Jim liked the side grain bowls
    4. Discussion of Bush Oil (largely made out of Linseed Oil?).
  2. Greg talked about his coffee table (pic 2 ) Sorry Greg, my other pictures of your presentation didn’t come out
    1. Likes cabinet type projects (right angles, straight lines, etc.) so this is new for me. Always wanted to do a natural wood piece of furniture
    2. Started three years ago, with a great piece of ambrosia wood/ghost maple (9ft in length)
    3. Gave slide show of build process
    4. Used templates out of particle board, heavy cut on bandsaw and then finalized with router table
    5. Used doweling jig and dowels to connect leg pieces to frame
    6. Used router templates to make legs and grooves in legs
    7. Used biscuits to tie some of it together
    8. For bottom shelf, used black walnut, cut in half, then used router patterns to make hole for “football” inset. Then used biscuits and glued it back up
    9. Used angled cauls/blocks to clamp the legs together, due to angles
    10. Did a lot of pre-finish before assembly, and then blue tape to keep glue squeeze out from getting on finished wood
    11. For top, natural edge removed all the bark, then sanded to 1200 grit finish. Cut ends to final length with circular saw
    12. Greg closed by showing his shop (1 bay of garage)
  3. Phil talked about his spheres (pic 3)
    1. Phil turned a variety of balls from the same log that Jim made his bowls from, or other burls that he had
    2. Cutoffs from Canadian blackwood and Hawaiian Kona, so he turned another pair and glued them up
    3. Burnished them with a wire brush
    4. Used cutoffs from Jim’s cutting board to make circle stands for the balls
    5. Discussion on use of “negative rake” scraper to make difficult cut
  4. Next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, April 6th at 7:15pm (Salman's birthday)
  5. Meeting concluded at 9:18pm

February 2, 2017

Total # of Attendees: 18



  1. Jim (President) opened the meeting at 7:23pm
  2. Planned speaker never called back (from Philly furniture show) so no speaker tonight
  3. New folks:
    1. Chris: Chris has been coming since November, so we welcomed him again
  4. Dave Potts (Finance)
    1. Paid up
    2. $4,120.46 in treasury, with checks tonight gets us around $4,700
  5. Upcoming events
    1. Feb 10-11, Lee Nielsen in Philadelphia, Independence Seaport https://www.lie-nielsen.com/hand-tool-events/USA/103. Dave talked about potential parking at the Seaport
    2. Woodworking Show Feb 17-19th in Somerset, NJ http://www.thewoodworkingshows.com/somerset.html
  6. John brought up his Jefferson lap desks (two of them) (pic 1)
    1. From article in fine woodworking. Plans aren’t much good
    2. Top folds out for large desk (covered with felt)
    3. Drawer pulls out from side to hold writing materials (pen, ink, paper, etc.)
    4. Use slotted holes for dowels on breadboard ends
    5. Slots for the stand to fold into
    6. Polyurethane finish
    7. John said he would offer the plans & info for free if you’d like
  7. Tony talked about his true-divided light chest of drawers (pic 3)
    1. Create half-laps for the mullions, using the tablesaw and dado blade
    2. Blade was angled with regular blade
    3. Then rabbeted it
  8. Greg made Box for his niece for graduation (pic 2)
    1. Wife liked it, so he scaled it down for a Christmas present
    2. Woodcraft was base plan, but
    3. Epee and figured maple
    4. Took base plan and reduced by 1/3
    5. Finish was quick (up Christmas eve) so laquer finish
  9. Chris created a shadow box (a lot of time using for people retiring) (pic 4)
    1. Put stuff folks used for their career (flags, medals, etc.) for them to remember
    2. We had guy retiring from shop
    3. Maple with base and splines of walnut
    4. 45 degree corners with splines
    5. Chopsaw for the 45 degree edges, then tablesaw for splines
    6. Plan to finish with 3 coats of tung oil
  10. Jim talked about some videos online for sharpening with Norm, GuitarWorks, and safety video. He will send out links
  11. Mike talked about Triton
    1. Australian company getting into US. They have a good reputation
    2. Got track saw, sharpener, and dowelmax (similar to Festool Domino)
    3. Brian will have these items in our tool library. Items up for grabs
  12. Ken Lehr is an original member of the guild, and back in the hospital again. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers
  13. Jim demonstrated the Triton sharpener (similar to the Tormek)
    1. Doesn’t spray much water
    2. Water level fill up, but then you’ll have to refill, because the stone sucks up the water to start
    3. Use jig to hold tool, then use marker to set angle/height of jig
    4. Once you get adjusted right, turn on and run blade over stone evenly
  14.  Meeting broke up into smaller discussions of woodworking topics and projects
  15. Next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Mar 2nd at 7:15pm
  16. Meeting concluded at 8:44pm
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January 5, 2017

Total # of Attendees: 15



  1. Jim (President) opened the meeting at 7:23pm

  2. Planned speaker never called back (from Philly furniture show) so no speaker tonight

  3. New folks:

    1. Jay: Found out through Meetup; likes woodworking, lives in a condo, does some carving. Favorite tool is spokeshave

    2. Bill: Learned about it from John (from work); always had love for using his hands. Retired, started handyman; more into hand woodworking

  4. Upcoming events of interest

    1. Woodworking show in Baltimore this weekend,  Jan 6-8 http://www.thewoodworkingshows.com/baltimore.html

    2. Colonial Feb 2-5 in Colonial Williamsburg with Fine Woodworking and Society of American Period Furniture Makers. Theme is Chairs. Great event for historical  furniture https://www.colonialwilliamsburg.com/plan/calendar/working-wood/

    3. Dave will send out info on Society of American Period Furniture Makers (SAPF) to membership http://www.sapfm.org/; cost is $50/year. Annual high quality newsletter at Christmas, plus three electronic newsletters each year

    4. Feb 10-11, Lee Nielsen in Philadelphia, Independence Seaport https://www.lie-nielsen.com/hand-tool-events/USA/103

    5. Woodworking Show Feb 17-19th in Somerset, NJ http://www.thewoodworkingshows.com/somerset.html

    6. Feb 24-26, American Craft Show at Baltimore (over 500 presenters): https://craftcouncil.org/shows

    7. Fine Woodworking Live event in Southbridge, MA, Apr 21-23: http://www.finewoodworkinglive.com/

  5. Phil talked about turning events and work

  6. Mike R spent time on phone with Triton tools to get donations from the company

    1. Dowel driller (2 dowels at a time) similar to the Festool domino

    2. Triton sharpening wheel

    3. Track Saw (Salman used it)

      1. Very good, but you have to consider material

      2. Slides on melamine, sticks well on Baltic Birch

      3. Clamps slide into groove, but forces the straightedge at an angle. Need to figure out better way to clamp

      4. Can do scoring cut as well without having to reset depth of cut

  7. Discussion of Guild library (tools, DVDs, books, etc.)

    1. Brian Menold has the library and some of the tools

    2. If folks want them, please contact Brian or Jim to ask for

    3. Salman will talk with Brian about updating library list on website

  8. Frank

    1. Talked about creating raised panel glass doors

    2. Took two bits for rails and stiles

    3. Bought extra bit to cut out groove for dado

    4. To make mullions used woodline bits for interior mullions

    5. Went through process on how to use the rail and stile bits and a jig to cut the mullions

    6. Got info on YouTube

  9. Mark announced that Delaware tool exchange has just received items from an estate sale. Priced at about 50% of retail

  10. Dues for 2017 are due: $50

  11. Next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Feb 2nd at 7:15pm

  12. Meeting broke up into smaller discussions of woodworking topics and projects

  13. Meeting concluded at 8:45pm

November 3, 2016

Total # of Attendees: 23


  1. Jim (President) opened the meeting at 7:46am

  2. Mike booked Christmas Dinner, Dec 1st, at Pasta Pomodoro, 6PM (Voorhees)

    1. $25 a head

    2. Appetizers + entrée

  3. New folks:

    1. Brian: got married in July, made a few things for wedding, wants to learn more and gain experience

    2. All thumbs, wants to learn

    3. Joe Velden, retired recently so he’s got more time, tool selection is more construction grade, here to learn

  4. Discussion of “Bench Dogs” video series (Kirk as host) and Brian’s new book

    1. Shop tour of Brian’s shop

    2. Shop is small, small tools (4” jointer, etc.), small strips of wood

    3. Uses Bandsaw to break down stock

    4. Drum sander, other sanders, Dewalt planer

    5. Tablesaw is workhorse

    6. Good dust collection

    7. Discussion of all the species of wood going into a puzzle (18 for one)

    8. Went through puzzle production process (strips 24” long, 9/16” or 5/8”, cut to length, break down for that puzzle by part, build like a production line)

    9. Showed “live cubes” to see how he builds the puzzle

    10. Demonstrated how he builds them (tablesaw cuts, bevel with disc sander and jig, assembly, etc.)

    11. Brian got an offer from Taunton books for a book about  - puzzles

    12. Brian went through timeline on how it went from article to book offer, and how he ended up writing the book (took him maybe 8 weeks, including photography)

    13. Recommends building small projects out of exotics – you can charge 2x to 3x as much

  5. Auction was held

    1. Mark & Carl’s wood

    2. Various hand tools, jigs and clamps

    3. Large collection of chisels

    4. A great deal of fun was had by all

  6. Meeting concluded at 9:29pm

October 6, 2016

Total # of Attendees: 19



Jim (President) opened the meeting at 7:31am

Introduced new folks: Chris (works for DOD at McGuire) – working on wood since early 90s.

Kevin D talked about the earring chest he made

  1. Magazine article from 1995

  2. Art Deco look, with 7 panels, barrel hinges & magnets

  3. Made with maple and dowel construction

  4. Used jig to mark out holes for earring holders

  5. Finished with several coats of lacquer

 The earring chest

The earring chest

Jim brought in two bowls made of

  1. Beautiful wood, Horse Chestnut

  2. Cracked a lot, filled with aluminum oxide powder

 The bowls

The bowls

Bok Read presented on his woodworking craft,

  1. Background; grandfather gave him a gouge, in the family for 100 years; father made the furniture in the house

  2. Been 41 years in the woodworking business

  3. Taught science for 40 years, visited MIT afterwards & attended lectures

  4. Liked to make different shapes of items (lamps, tables, etc.) No straight, more sculptural

  5. Passed a lot of pictures around the meeting attendees (variety of furniture & items, including Danish modern, Asian influenced, etc.)

  6. By making the variety of shapes, the light plays of a lot of different angles and is more interesting. Alternating shadow lines

  7. In order to cut out for large lamp.

    1. Cut in half, Rout out hole for cord, then glued back together

    2. Put wood on block to tilt wood, then cut it out

    3. Band saw is 26 inches and over 100 years old

    4. Made out of Cherry, 10” wide, 1-3/4” thick

  8. Got wood in Chichester, just across Commodore Barry Bridge, Delaware Valley Supply. Good prices of hardwood

  9. He said that he believes that if you make a mistake on something, you just sell it at a lower price

  10. Used Watco finish, about 5 coats. Seals it pretty well if it is a closed-pore wood. If open-pore, it won’t seal it enough

 Bok Read

Bok Read

Mike talked about a widow – husband had incredible collection of tools

  1. Giant dust collector

  2. Large Compressor

  3. Eight routers (3 of them trim)

  4. Tons of supplies (sandpaper, router bits, etc.)

  5. In conjunction with tool sale in Nov, Mike will price & bring them

Jim wanted to talk about a tool sale next month (November)

  1. Should be a tool auction

  2. Salman said Mark Showers suggested maybe bring some of the wood up for auction that the email sent out discussed

  3. Mike has volunteered to be the auctioneer

  4. 10% of profit to the club

  5. People bring tools and mark minimum price on it (i.e. where the bidding will start)

  6. Open discussion on whether to invite other clubs to participate

  7. Decision not to open to outside clubs for this month (maybe future tool sales)

Voted to invite the turners to sometime in the future for our Fine Woodworking presentation

Kevin D asked for permission to put chapter on Meetup. Group approved. Some folks did not want to be emailed or included on the site. Salman will send out email requesting who wants to be included on site

Treasurer (Dave) $4349.49 in treasury; 28 current paying members

Holiday party Thursday December  1st – Pasta Pomodoro (Voorhees)

Meeting concluded at 9:04pm

September 2016

Sep 1, 2016

Total # of Attendees: 21


  1. Jim (President) opened the meeting at 7:31 PM

  2. Introduced some new folks

    1. Rory

    2. Sean

    3. Mike

    4. Carlos

  3. Welcome to all

  4. Dave was talking about his lawn chair

    1. No glue in it, held together with screws or joinery (mortise & tenon)

    2. Sapele wood

    3. Planning to cut all the curves, then decided to laminate the pieces

    4. 1/8” cut off table saw and squished into forms, glued up

    5. For finish, thinking of tung oil or boiled linseed oil. Not planning to have it outside

    6. Folds up to 9 inches thick

    7. Two pieces are critical, holding up back support & seat

    8. Used barrel hinges on the key pivot points

    9. Thought about cutting in star on top, but went through the reasons why he decided against it

Dave's lawn chair being studied by various members of the guild


  1. Kevin D presented on Woodwright’s shop 5-day benchwork class in Pittsboro

    1. Five day class held in Pittsboro NC (near Raleigh)

    2. Focused exclusively on Hand Tool skills

    3. Did hand tool joinery (dovetails, through mortises, etc.)

    4. Use of specialized molding planes

    5. Hand tool store upstairs

    6. Kevin will email out presentation to group

  2. Jim brought up the idea of a December meeting for auction for tools. We will have an auction and give away then

  3. Jim put out feelers to Philly Ship Preservation Society, for a tour of the ship; he is waiting for their response (Saturday tour)

  4. Meeting at Independence Seaport Museum in Philly. Not sure if they are going to charge us (Jim will be in touch with them, and will report back). Potential Saturday meeting for November

  5. Mike has someone for the October meeting

  6. If you haven’t gotten on Salman’s email list, you won’t get email. Especially important for new folks

  7. Treasurer $4449.49 in treasury; 28 current paying members

  8. John discussed Lee Valley Veritas Mark II sharpening system

  9. Hearne Hardwoods Open House Sep 30 – Oct 1

  10. Jim talked about the club tools & materials (Worksharp, DVDs, books, etc.)

  11. Meeting concluded at 8:50pm

July 2016

Total # of Attendees: 17


  1. Jim (president) opened the meeting at 7:33pm
  2. Bill Nyberg’s service is 3pm on Saturday at his home in Marlton
  3. Mike brought in thousands of small wood parts (dowels, blanks, wheels, etc.) that he had warned folks about.
    1. He got a call from an individual who had a business which was a manufacturer rep’s for wood product lines.
    2. They were moving the business and Mike was willing pick up their excess items for free.
    3. Mike asked for a donation to the Humane Society.
    4. The group took the opportunity to look through and see what they could use.
  4. Mark & Carl visited from the TSCA, Delaware River chapter of Traditional Small Craft. 
    1. They found our organization from an advertisement on Craigslist (Mike placed it there).
    2. Website for their group: http://www.tsca.net/delriver/
    3. Karl Kramer, karlksr@comcast.net, 856-935-4564
    4. 2nd Friday at Bivalve for oysters & program
    5. A week from Saturday (July 16th) for Maritime festival (Bivalve, NJ)
    6. Delaware consignment shop, tool exchange: http://delwaretoolexchange.com
  5. Jim proposed to provide donation to Bill Nyberg’s family charity - $100. Club agreed
  6. Mike spoke about the North Bennet Street School in Boston
    1. Trade school for woodworking, been around for over 100 years
    2. Fundamentals of fine woodworking (2 weeks); mostly sharpen & tune your tools
    3. Seven in class, instructor was graduate of 2 year program
    4. Provided list of tools you need, or you can buy them there
    5. The sort of course Mike believes he should have taken 20 years ago
    6. Did a variety of projects -- by hand -- to work through your hand tool skills
  7. Dave discussed the 4-door chest he brought in
    1. Master class at Philadelphia Furniture Workshop
    2. Turned out well, fun class
    3. Impressive work
    4. General discussion on Philly workshop after Mario’s presentation in June
 Chest made by Dave Potts

Chest made by Dave Potts

  1. Jim discussed his work with Urban Promise
    1. Worked on rowboats with young students
    2. Showed video of Bill Nyberg on the boats during the launching
  2. Jim discussed his Freud videos and his 3D cutting boards
    1. Freud video: tumbling block cutting board
    2. Used Walnut, Maple & Cherry
    3. Made a special jig for clamping during glue up
    4. Need slow-setup glue, because it takes a long time
    5. Used router & jig to flatten, because he did not have a wide-belt sander
    6. Looks better with edge all the way around (instead of just on its own)
 Cutting boards (coffee cup for scale)

Cutting boards (coffee cup for scale)

  • Problem discussed; John had a question on finishing oak
  1. Jefferson desk/table
  2. Open grained, so you won’t get smooth unless you close the pores
  3. One suggestion was sanding sealer, then tung oil
  4. Polyurethane also has been effective, or oil/varnish mixture
  • Next Meeting Thu, August 4th
  • Meeting closed at 8:47pm