March 2015 Florida Westcoast Woodworkers Club
There were 30 members and 9 guests present. The guests were: Marvin Stoltzfus, Joe Czyprynski, Dennis Daudelin, Jevon Miller, Harold Berg, Richard J. M.,Lloyd Shaffer, Art Glasnisk (?), Joe Benkert, speaker
Joe Benkert showed us how he makes pepper mills from laminated woods. He chooses 4 boards of similar hardness, with color compatibility, that are 1” X 8′ Using a joiner and then thickness planer, he mills them to get them quite flat. He uses Titebond #2 glue, applied with a foam roller and clamps the boards every 6 inches or so, using cauls. After letting the glue set 24 hours, he cuts a 9½ “ blank for an 8” pepper mill. Using his band saw, he cuts this blank on the diagonal and shifts and glues the bottom wedge-shaped half to the top, so that the color woods cross on the diagonal. He completes the mill according to the directions that come with the metal inserts, except that he makes an internal tenon out of maple instead of his valuable blank. He finishes with 4 or more coats of brushed on lacquer, buffed with the Beall buffing system. He gets about $250 for these pepper mills.
Turners’ Meet March 17, Denny Wetter’s house
Shop Meet, March 23, Jeremy Williams’s house
The Woodworkers Show will be in Tampa March 20-22
We can offer tools for sale at the Darovec’s community garage sale, April 4
Next general meeting is April 8
The Spring Picnic will be April 19. Instead of 2X4, we’ll have a lidded box competition.
We need sponsors for more shop meets—May, June, September
Show & Tell :
Susan Darovec—footed bowl
Sid Mann—Showed a slide show of 300 old oak timbers that were discovered by a construction company at the Charlestown navy ship yard buried in the mud. They weighted about 10,000 pounds each and were placed there 150 years ago in the seawater and mud to preserve them as spare parts for wooden sailing ships. Sid’s son got a hold of some of them at his saw mill. The rest are being used to restore the Charles W. Morgan the only whaling ship left from that era.