FLORIDA WESTCOAST WOODWORKERS CLUB
serving Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte counties

Month: February 2014 (page 2 of 3)

October 2013 General Meeting–Toys

Featured at our meeting were Victor Reiling accompanied by his wife Nancy.  Victor could say he has been playing around with toys all his life.  He turned his interest into a position at Fisher Price and even now works to develop new toys for all ages.  He turned his interest into a collection by acquiring some very old and antique toys, which he was kind enough to bring to our meeting.

Victor and Nancy Reiling

Victor and Nancy Reiling

 

Old time sand toy.

Old time sand toy.

Wood with some key metal parts.  Sand was shoveled into the vertical column and would flow down a small opening onto the wheeled device and actuate the little man in an animated fashion, making it look like the little man was causing the action.  Below is a wooden jig saw puzzle in which pieces from three puzzles interchange to create fantastic animals.

Puzzle with interchangeable pieces.

Puzzle with interchangeable pieces.

 

Nesting boxes.

Nesting boxes.

Locomotive

Locomotive

 

Gravity ladder.

Gravity ladder.

Flying clowns.

Flying clowns.

 

Bill Ding's acobats.

Bill Ding’s acobats.

 

Contents of this post and original photographs provided by Andrew DiLorenzo.

November 2013 General Meeting Show and Tell

In addition to all the jigs and fixtures, various show and tell items were brought in by members.

Elegant bit holder.

Elegant bit holder by John Darovec in cedar from a fence post.

This elegant bit holder was brought in.  Will the creator of this step forward, as no name appears in the notes?

The next three photos are of Terry Bair’s scroll saw work.

Scroll saw work by Terry Bair.

Scroll saw work by Terry Bair.

 

Ornaments by Terry Bair.

Ornaments by Terry Bair.

 

Jigs used to make the ornaments.

Jigs used to make the ornaments.

Below is a mahogany bowl from a plank cut on the band saw brought in by Denny.

Segmented bowl by Denny Wetter.

Segmented bowl by Denny Wetter.

Monkey pod bowl.

Monkey pod bowl.

Above is Denny’s monkey pod bowl, definitely nothing to sneeze at (those who were there know what I am talking about.)  Finished with Oil and varnish.

 

Paul Anderson's Table

Paul Anderson’s Table

 

Paul said his table was finished with a 50/50 mix of shellac for a first coat and then varnish.  I am thinking he diluted ready mixed shellac 50% with alcohol, but I’m not sure.  Regardless, the table looks pretty good.

Wooden clock pieces.

Wooden clock pieces.

John presented progress on his wooden clock along with the templates we used to cut the wooden gears.  John also brought in some ice cream scoops, a spalted wood bowl, and a bowl made of red cedar.

Contents of this post and original photographs credited to Andrew DiLorenzo.

 

 

 

November 2013 General Meeting

Various members contributed by bringing in their jigs and fixtures, like an extended show and tell.  The photos do not follow the presentation sequence, but here are the ones that came out anyhow.

Joe Mathis constructed this sled with adjustable stop blocks that fit 45 degree angle cuts.  A solid wood block behind the miter junction protects the operators fingers from an exposed blade and dual miter gage runners underneath help maintain accuracy as long as the table saw top remains in the same position as when the sled was calibrated.

Table saw miter sled by Joe Mathis

Table saw miter sled by Joe Mathis

 

Curved form gluing jig by John Slezak.

Curved form gluing jig by John Slezak.

John built this radius specific jig to assist in forming and gluing bent wood for an arched doorway trim that will be glued from thin strips (visible in the left side foreground.)  Below, John also brought in a modified tapering jig for rip cuts on a beveled board.  In the same photo, at the right most is Mike Swart’s dowel splitter for use on the band saw.  In use, the dowel is placed in the angled part to prevent the dowel from moving or rotating and the dowel is ripped along the apex of the angle.

Jig for taper cuts on a board with a bevel angle, by John Slezak.

Jig for taper cuts on a board with a bevel angle, by John Slezak.

In the center of the photo above is Ed Goldberg’s dowel drilling jig.  The rectangular piece at the bottom acts as a fence to assure uniformity, the pre-drilled holes assure uniformity in the dowel spacing, and also help guide a hand drill at 90 degrees to the cabinet side.

Sheet carrier by Floyd Yoder.

Sheet carrier by Floyd Yoder.

Floyd uses this to carry heavy sheet goods by balancing the weight on the two wheels.  In his experience, the large wheels are much more practical on a job site since they can run over obstructions easily.

 

Floyd's table saw crosscut vacuum jig for small parts.

Floyd’s table saw crosscut vacuum jig for small parts.

In use, the small parts are placed on the jig which is used in a similar manner to a table saw sled.  The shop vac is out of the picture, but the hose from it is friction fit at the right side of the hollow box adjustable stop, seen here held in place by a small bar clamp.  The hose is visible on the left side of the photo.  The hollow box stop has an attached end piece with a series of through cuts to allow air to enter (and by vacuum force to hold the part in place.) The small part is placed against the series of cuts in the hollow box (sorry, they are not visible here where the suction holds them) and the part is cut.

Bob Eslinger presented a jig he used for spacing hole in his Pi table.  Notes are here that he presented it, but no picture–can you help us out Bob?

Larry's saw horse for breaking down large panels.

Larry’s saw horse for breaking down large panels.

As most of us in small shops do, Larry struggles with large sheets and how to get them to manageable size.  Larry uses this platform by placing the sheet goods on top and sawing down through the center opening.

Larry show his slider push stick.

Larry show his slider push stick.

Larry demonstrates another one of his slider push sticks in response to questions from his ship meet.  One of his other push sticks was previously posted via a sketch-up drawing.  He says he does not know who posted that, but it was me Larry–along with my apology for the poor quality sketch!  You’ll have to sketch this one yourself.  In use the push stick is placed over the table saw rip fence and pushed along to guide the cut.  This “slider” so named because it slides along the rip fence also serves to hold the work  down and helps hold it parallel to the rip fence.  The handle keeps the operators fingers well away from the blade.

Contents of this post and original photographs credited to Andrew DiLorenzo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 2013 General Meeting

We were locked out, so we grabbed the picnic tables for a quick talk on planes.  Mostly just the plane truth!

Larry shows us one of h is planes.

Larry shows us one of h is planes.

 

Several people work to make the demonstration into a hands on by clamping some wood to the picnic tables.

Several people work to make the demonstration into a hands on by clamping some wood to the picnic tables.

 

Showing how a plane blade is sharpened.

Showing how a plane blade is sharpened.

Sue Darovec shows off a bowl she made.

Sue Darovec shows off a bowl she made.

 

 

 

 Content and original photographs provided by Andrew DiLorenzo.

 

March 2013 Show and Tell

Terry Bair with some of his scroll saw work.

Terry Bair with some of his scroll saw work.

 

A turned bowl.  How did he get the color on the bottom?

A turned bowl. How did he get the color on the bottom?

 

Denny with a large turned bowl.

Denny with a large turned bowl.

 

Some items are too large to bring in!

Some items are too large to bring in!

 

John Phillips with his three legged table.

John Phillips with his three legged table.

 

Relief carving.

Relief carving.

 

Paul Anderson with a small tug boat.

Paul Anderson with a small tug boat.

 

Mike Swart with a photo of a chest.

Mike Swart with a photo of a chest.

 

This is how it works.

This is how it works.

John show off his  work.

John show off his work.

 

Content and original photographs by Andrew DiLorenzo.

 

 

September 22, 2014 Shop Meeting at John Phillip’s

John was nice enough to host a shop meet and provided all of us with some tasty treats, many of them from his own fruit tress in his yard.  We look forward to his next shop meet.

The only action shot I could get of John.

The only action shot I could get of John.

 

 

 

 

 

 

With the great turnout, John's shop filled up quickly.

With the great turnout, John’s shop filled up quickly.

John's carved turtle.

John’s carved turtle.

 

Various bowls John has made.

Various bowls John has made.

A carving.

A carving.

Horse's head carved by John.

Horse’s head carved by John.

Let sleeping dogs lie!

Let sleeping dogs lie!

 

 

Dolphins playing.

Dolphins playing.

Carved figurine.

Carved figurine.

 

 

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Sail boat in glass display case.

Sail boat in glass display case.

Sail boat and rigging in glass display case.

Sail boat and rigging in glass display case.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

August 2013 General Meeting Show and Tell

This is the rest of the post for the August meeting.  It seems the software groans if there are too many photos in one post, so here goes with an addendum.

Below Mikes shows off his drawers.  He uses Carter stabilizers which are designed to work with only one bearing, thus allowing very tight radius cuts.  On this box, one pushes the bottom drawer to open drawers.

Below Mike is Joe’s intarsia.

 

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Joe Mathis's turtle hatchling.

 

 

John Phillips with his   nutcracker.

John Phillips with his magnolia bowl and nutcracker.  Brass fittings are available from Lee Valley-they have various types.

 

 

Raffle and door prize winners.

Raffle and door prize winners.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mike Swart with his raccoon.  Sorry for the blurred shot but I was trying to get a pix of the coon--next time.

Mike Swart with his raccoon. Sorry for the blurred shot but I was trying to get a pix of the coon–next time.

 

 

John gives up the secret of his bandsaw boxes.

John gives up the secret of his bandsaw boxes.

John says, after the outside shape is cut, to saw off the back of the box.  Next saw out the drawers and close up the entry kerf with glue at the drawers’ curves.  He suggests a 10 tpi 3/16″ blade for a smooth cut, and go slow to keep it from burning.  Cut off the front and back of the drawers, hollow out the drawer cavity, glue up the entry kerf on the drawers, then glue the front and back of the drawers back on.

Now glue the back on and sand the drawers to fit.  Some people use a suede or felt texture on the inside of the drawers to eliminate some sanding.  John teaches a class on this technique, and of course uses a lot more words than this brief explanation.

 

 

 

Terry Bair's heartfelt tribute to the fallen Heros of 911.

Terry Bair’s heartfelt tribute to the fallen Heros of 911.

Guitar puzzle by Terry Bair.

Guitar puzzle by Terry Bair.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contents of this post by Andrew DiLorenzo.   Original photos by Andrew DiLorenzo.

 

 

February 2013 General Meeting and Tool Auction

Every woodworker needs more than one router, maybe three or six!

Smooth talking Denny Wetter served as auctioneer.

Sue Darovec shows off an old tool.  Is this a precursor to the ratchet wrench?

Sue Darovec shows off an old tool. Is this a precursor to the ratchet wrench?

 

 

 

 

 

 

We had the usual medley of raffle and door prizes.  Some winners are listed below:

Prize subsidized by Woodcraft.

Prize subsidized by Woodcraft.

Tony won a new vise and indeed is known as a man of many vises!

Tony won a new vise and indeed is known as a man of many vises!

 

Silicone glue brush awarded to Mike Swart, who has been known for his "stick to it ability."

Silicone glue brush awarded to Mike Swart, who has been known for his “stick to it ability.”

This month's prizes included a sharpening aid and screw lubricant.

This month’s prizes included a sharpening aid and screw lubricant.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The contents of this post and original photographs were provided by Andrew DiLorenzo.

Shop Meet October 2013 at Ed’s Shop

Ed was generous enough to provide an ample supply of treats at his shop meet.  He was equally generous enough to provide his wife with her own corner of the shop where she pursues her own creative endeavors.

Ed reports that this size shop was a size reduction for him compared to what he had up north and he says most of his time has been spent working on his home’s interior and now, maybe he can carve out some shop time.  He certainly had enough jealous guests!

 

Ed and Terry discuss workshop problems.

Ed and Terry discuss workshop problems.

 

Reluctantly Ed posed for a photo.

Reluctantly Ed posed for a photo.

Ed shows off his shop made push stick.  Thanks for hosting Ed.

 

April to June 2012 Posts

Florida Woodworkers History

These posts were salvaged from our previous website before it went dark and in general were the work of Gene Mathis.  Please note the software complains about half-way down and the pictures will not come in–I’ll try again later.

April – June, 2012
(Last update )

These pictures progress from top to bottom


 

APRIL PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

We had a very good meeting in March with great attendance. All enjoyed the presentation “Carving by Tony Minio. It is hard to believe it is April all ready. Our next meeting is April 11. The presentation will be “relief carving” by Rick Vannan. Rick has shown some of his work at a previous meeting and his presentation will be a good one that you will not want to miss.
Our “spring picnic” is May 6 at Twin Lakes. Come to the meeting and sign up to attend or call Susan Darovec @ 752-1760. I hope everyone is working on their 2 x 4 project to enter at the picnic. Please adhere by the rules for the contest.
Our membership is getting close to normal. I encourage every club member to bring in a new member. Our club is one of the best with some of the most talented woodworkers around. Anyone that works with wood would find our programs of interest.
Thanks to Mike Swart for all the work he did in running our participation at the Tampa Wood Show.
There are a number of club members that have not been to are meetings this year. Please plan to attend as there is so much information you can get at our meetings.

Terry Bair


April 11 – Main Meeting

Main Program

          President Terry Bair called the meeting to order with 24 members present.

 

   
The main program was by our member Rick   Vannan. Rick’s specialty is early American reproduction furniture. His demonstration was on the relief carving that goes into his   furniture and he showed how the carved objects are raised from the   background.

 

   
           Rick   showed how a rosette is laid out to carve.            And how   the carving is done.

 

   

 

All of the work he does is with the same hand tools that were   used to do the original furniture. No power tools are used.            This   leg style blacksmith’s vice is his favorite holding device

Show & Tell

John Slezak showed pictures of the progress on the Cyprus wood   ceiling. Denny Wetter brought in the turned goblets that were done at the   March turners meeting.
   
Mike Swart showed the box joint jig and boxes he had at his shop   meet for everyone to work with. Joe Mathis brought in an incredible scroll sawn French pattern   basket in Red Oak. There were over 1000 inside cuts and Joe estimates it took   about 60 hours to complete.

 

   

 

          

John Philips has been busy in his shop. He showed pictures of an   antique chair repair, turned Rosewood bowls, Norfolk Island pine bowl, and relief carving samples.

    

Larry Simmons has been doing some re-saw work on his band saw and found a great blade for it.

 

 
           David   White brought in a couple neat little boxes that were copies of grease boxes   used by early British furniture makers.

Prize Winners

           The   raffle winner was Barry Taylor. He took home a set of plywood sized router   bits.