All pictures and much of the text by Andy DiLorenzo
First presenter was John Darovec
John introduced his friends who own the cars and live nearby. John’s friend Bill, has a two bay air conditioned shop in his backyard. John talked about replacing a cowling using a bandsaw to cut the curve that matched the curve of the glass. The lower part of the replacement parts deflects sand and small stones while helping to hold everything in place, and works at up to 85 mph.
Two pieces, left and right were required, and naturally both parts were slightly different. For a tight fit, plastic was placed on the car and small imperfections were filled with Durham’s water putty. After the water putty cured, the plastic was removed. A fabric membrane was placed between the replacement cowlings and the car body. John says he mixed the water putty with paint to impart color and help the new part blend in. The wood grain was well filled and some car buffs were unable to identify the material making up the replacement cowling.
Second presenter was Larry Simmons.
Using the computer/projector setup, Larry introduced everyone to various websites and television shows that we can use to learn woodworking skills. See Create TV for most of the crafty shows. On the web
TV shows :
The Woodwright Shop,
Rough Cut, Wood Smith,
The Woodturning Show,
Web Sites: some free and some paid, the free video from these sites are also on You Tube
Matt’s Basement Workshop
The Drunken Woodworker
Audio Pod Cast: listen to as you drive or work
Fine Woodworking’s Shop Talk Live
Modern Woodworkers Association.
Look for Larry to post information about these sites on the FWWC website.
Show & Tell
Denny Wetter: bowls and bracelets; A crotch piece of rosewood was turned into a “flame” bowl (Deft finish) and a smaller bowl from the cutoff. This month’s turner’s meet will be rings.
Fred Damianos: live center knockout; His lathe tool is an iron bar in a walnut handle with spar varnish finish. He spiraled some threads into the handle and has not been able to remove the bar yet. “When he gets it out he’ll use epoxy to make sure it stays in.”
Terry Bair: serving trays These were created with a router. Terry got practice repairing a small mistake but his experience with sassafras was not favorable he reports it does not machine well.
Susan Darovec: forks and bowl; Small cracks in the bowl were filled with sawdust and superglue, but this time she used 20 layers of wipe on polyurethane. The crack can still be felt she reports. She repaired a wooden fork after a dishwasher mishap. She refinished the fork with walnut oil and later found that the piece was stolen by a nefarious squirrel. They like nuts. The squirrel escaped without injury.
Jack Branson: Display case Photos brought in of a model boat display case. Small side columns were a working challenge, especially with a requirement of no visible fasteners. The plastic acrylic side pieces were fit into a narrow dado created with a slightly “wobbly” saw blade. He ordered his plastic panels prefinished. Just a reminder, that your project can be displayed with the projector if you copy your photos to a thumb drive.
Andrew DiLorenzo : Hot heat gun; Andy spoke of problems he had with a heat gun that Wagner is going to replace.
Joe Mathis: Scolled Plaques; Fretwork in unknown wood. The cutoff from the first piece became the raw material for the second piece. His slabs are cut on his friend’s bandsaw, and then sanded on a drum sander. The finish is Watco.
John Slezak: Cypress Door; Photos brought in of a clear and pecky cypress door from a commission piece he is working on.
Sid Mann: Visiting another workshop; Sid presented a slideshow of a visit to a Spanish speaking country. A visit to a workshop showed lathe work finished in four minutes of three coat rack pegs not yet cut apart from the blank. Sid also showed some other work from this workshop.