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
    • 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
  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
    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 Dave talked about potential parking at the Seaport
    2. Woodworking Show Feb 17-19th in Somerset, NJ
  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

    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

    3. Dave will send out info on Society of American Period Furniture Makers (SAPF) to membership; 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

    5. Woodworking Show Feb 17-19th in Somerset, NJ

    6. Feb 24-26, American Craft Show at Baltimore (over 500 presenters):

    7. Fine Woodworking Live event in Southbridge, MA, Apr 21-23:

  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:
    3. Karl Kramer,, 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:
  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

May 2016

Total # of Attendees: 11



  1. Jim (President) opened the meeting at 7:30am
  2. John showed off his latest work, his wooden clock/gears
    1. Clayton Boyer designed
    2. Used Baltic Birch for material
    3. Got copy of plan, put wood on it, and used it to guide the cuts
    4. Used a bandsaw to cut out the teeth, with very little filing
    5. Used forstner bits to cut out (it had shamrocks on it)
    6. Used fret saw to finish up
    7. Numbered the teeth for both, then started running it – found out where it bound up
    8. Very consistent work – excellent
  3. Jim handed out flyers for Camden County Tool Library and bike-share in Blackwood NJ
    1. Almost entirely hand tools
    2. Small number of power tools
    3. Tools from donations – so lots of hammers
    4. Also have over 3,000 bikes
    5. Can join for free if you live in Camden County – but you can also join
    6. Inventory on web site
  4. Jim got a package from Freud, with saw blades and bits – based on his four (4) video presentations
    1. Router bits
    2. Saw blade
    3. Forstner bits
    4. General group discussion about the Freud opportunity (some folks are just using their phones to video), insurance requirements, etc.
  5. Discussion on Potential Trips
    1. Fazios
    2. Winthethur
    3. Batsto’s water powered lumber mill
  6. Summer picnic
    1. Do we do one? Anyone interested?
    2. Do that instead of meeting in Summer – turnout is pretty light for summer meetings
  7. Ideas for future meetings
    1. Mike’s 2 weeks at North Bennet school
    2. Mike said he has 4-6 people interested in presenting
    3. Fall “tool show” or tool auction
  8. Problem discussed; Front door had rounded top, molding on door is rotting. How can he cut the moldings
    1. Suggestion was to get moldings that can bend.
    2. Other suggestion was to get 3 pieces of wood, cut partial curves, joint them together
  9. Next Meeting Thu, June 2 (tentative Mario Rodriquez)
  10. Meeting closed at 8:34pm

February 2016

Hope you all enjoyed the meeting last week. We had a presentation by Freud about 5 years ago, at that time they had a truck loaded with Freud products and a setup for demonstrations. They have since decommissioned the truck, but kept the presentation level as it was when the truck was on the road. For those of you that did not make it to the meeting, Kevin Kauffunger and his entourage of Freud Reps, straight out of a training class at the Woodcraft store in Downingtown offered us a presentation on Freud and Diablo products.

Freud manufactures fine circular saw blades  and router bits (along with other products, check out their web sites, and under two names, Freud and Diablo. The Diablo products are sold by stores like Home Depot, while the higher quality Freud products are sold by the more upscale Woodcraft, Rockler, Highland woodworking, etc. Though I have never been unhappy with Diablo products, Kevin explained and demonstrated some of the finer points of the Freud products. One point that he made about Freud Glueline Blades was how quiet they are due to anti vibration groves being filled with a vibration damping material. He demonstrated this property by striking the blade with a hammer, where other blades will produce a loud ringing sound, the Freud blade produced only a thump, most impressive!

On the router bit front, the Freud Quad cutter bits with 4 blades tilted to make a shear cut into the material produced an incredibly smooth cut in an end grain profile. I have seen shear cutting demonstrated by Alan Lacer, a turner who only uses skew chisels when he turns, he is able to achieve smooth finishes equivalent to 400 grit sandpaper right off of the chisel.

Having spent a lot of time sanding routed edges, i think there might be some Freud bits in my future.

Additionally at the meeting, Mike Richter officially stepped down as our president. Mike has been president for the past 8 years since he founded the club. We are all appreciative for his work and devotion to getting us top notch speakers over the years, it will be tough to fill his shoes, (though i probably have enough sawdust to do it.) Though he won't be at the helm, we will continue to be graced with his presence as a member.

We did present Mike with a brass lie nielsen smoothing plane as a small token of our appreciation. Once we are sure that he likes it, we are going to have it engraved.

Several of us rode down to Timonium MD last Friday to attend opening day at the Woodworkers show. I didn't see anything that I would consider new, but as always, spending day amidst tools, wood, and people of like mind was most enjoyable. I only took one picture, the slab below. Some of the rings were labeled with historical events, to the right of Joe Woodworker's head is the year 800. My birthday is there somewhere towards the bark. This is the first time I have felt young in a while.

Ancient tree slab


Don't forget, Lie Nielsen at the Independence Seaport Museum  January 29 and 30. I plan on going on the 29th, and at the moment there is room in my car. For more info about the affair,

If you haven't seen the boat workshop at the seaport museum, you are in for a treat, and it's FREE

Don't forget the Somerset Woodworking show the weekend of Feb 26th (F-S-S)

Next meeting, Feb 4th at the UU Church in Cherry Hill, no planned speaker as yet, but we're working on it. We can always drink coffee, eat cake and talk about woodworking. We will be discussing the possibility of a couple of paid presenters during the year, so bring some ideas of who you might like to see.

We will also vote on new officers for the club i'm ok with staying VP, haven't talked with Dave Potts about Treasurer, but i know that we need a President and Secretary.

And don't forget to bring your dues. ($50 for the year, to WGSJ)

I will send out an official meeting notice in a week or so.

This is the most I've written since High School!

Looking forward to seeing you guys on the 4th