FLORIDA WESTCOAST WOODWORKERS CLUB
serving Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte counties

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November General Meeting – Hand and router cut dovetails

There were 43 members in attendance at the meeting on November9, 2016  and 10 guests (Alan Brown, Mike Christman, Bob Travers, Ken Ambrey, Ron Plank, Rosa Plank, Bryan O’Mchaney, Chip Bowlin, Betty Walters and Stan Nikkel) for a total of 53 people in attendance.

Presentation

Club membersEd Columbo and John Slezak showed us how to cut and assemble dovetail joints.  Ed used hand tools to create a dovetail and then a half dovetail joint.  Then John used a router and metal jig to show us how to cut a dovetail and half dovetail.img_2305 img_2306 img_2307

Business Meeting and Announcements

Holiday Party/Meeting: December 14, 2016     A SIGN-UP sheet was passed around and members are asked to bring side dishes according to the beginning letter of their last name.  Joe Mannke is handling the details.  Members coming to the party are also asked to make two wood gifts to bring to party (do not wrap them). One gift will be used as a “spouses” gift and the other will be auctioned off.

Online Auction: Several tools had been donated to the club to be auctioned off.  Larry Simmons, the club Webmaster, listed the items and their pictures online and held an online auction that ended on November 8.  The club made $1,155 on the auction, the members got some good tools at a great price, and the lady donating the tools was glad to get them out of her deceased fathers garage so she could sell the house..

Need Club Vice-President: The Club is still looking for someone to volunteer to be this coming year’s Vice-President.  The Vice-President is also the President-elect for the next year.

A reminder –

  • Club DVD library – see Terry Bair if you would like to check out any how-to DVDs.
  • Club shirts for sale – see Tony DAlberto

Upcoming Events:

November demonstration Meet and Shop Meet:

Shop Meet: November 14 (7:00 p.m.) at John Philip’s place, 660 Percheron Circle, Nokomis, FL 34275. Topic – How to choose the wood for and set up a turning project.

Demonstration Meet: November 21 (7:00 p.m.) at Rick Borovicka’s place, see member list for location.

  • FL State Fair:February 9-20, 2017 (Need volunteers for the last weekend.)
  • Wood Working Show(FL State Fairgrounds): March 17-19, 2017 (Need volunteers.)
  • Picnic:April 2017 (Remember the 2X4 contest.)

A mahogany veneer headboard was donated to the club to be auctioned off.  There were no bids made at this time.

 Show & Tell

  Joe Mannke – An airplane propeller shaped key/ tie holder.

Denny Wetter – turned bowl

Fred Damianos – turned wood bowl

Terry Bair – 2 Cypress tables and scrollwork Christmas ornaments

Dennis Daudelin – Man jewelry (shark’s tooth and fish hook necklaces)

Steve Christoffers –Unusual brace (drill)

Thelma Proctor – black walnut table, woodburned owl and woodburned wolf

George Norton – Angle cutting jig

John Philips – rosewood bookends, turned rosewood bowl, turned dip bowl and turned segmented bowl

Joe Mathis – Intarsia Native American woman

Mike – carved elephants picture frame

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 Next Month’s Meeting/ Christmas Party– December 14, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at Advantage Lumber.

May General Meeting – “If I had to do it again I would….”

Florida Westcoast Woodworkers Club

May 11, 2016

 

There were 27 members in attendance at the meeting and four guests ,Total attendance – 31.

Several Club members gave short talks about “If I Ever Do It Again…”.

  Presenters were:

Dennis Daudelin – A whistling top that didn’t whistle.

Terry Bair – A table made from a two by four that developed a cupped top.

John Darovec – A wooden towel rack that wasn’t water resistant.

Susan Darovec – Turned bowls that developed cracks and when glue applied to cover the crack a black circle was left around the crack.

Larry Simmons – Made a replacement handle for a plane, but when put together it didn’t line up right so the handle had to be reworked.

Mike Swart – Made a head and footboard for a bed, but when it was tried out…it squeaked.

Denny Wetter – Turning a bowl and turned the bottom off of it.

John Philips – Remodeled the inside of a 1935 Rolls Royce – wouldn’t do it again.

Sid Mann – Sharpened and replaced blades on a planer.  Accidentally left the wrench in the planer and started it up.

Ed Goldberg – Created an inlay, but should have used a different technique for gluing.

Business Meeting

  May Demonstration Meet (May 16 at 7:00 p.m.) is at Advantage Lumber.

May Shop Meet (May 25 at 7:00 p.m.) is at Ed Columbo’s house. (Bring a chair)

Show & Tell

            Joe Mathis                intarsia clown

Fred Damianos        magic beads

Denny Wetter           display cases for miniatures

Dennis Daudelin     laminated bowl

Mike Swart                butterfly box

Ed Goldberg              inlay

Andy DiLorenzo       bowls

Thelma Proctor         wooden scoop and spatula

Art Stadlin                 band saw box

Ed Fraser                   door lock

John Philips             flag display, bat house

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March General Meeting – Compass Rose Inlay- part1

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General meeting February – Maja Chaszar’s furniture

Generial Meeting November – John Philips Clock

There were 29 members present and 1 guest, Tom Zarse.

Presentation

John Philips was our presenter. He had made a tall box clock out of wood. He explained that there would be 3 ways to make a clock: You can buy a ready made kit and assemble it; you can find an old clock and refurbish it; or you can work from scratch from directions (such as the gear ratios). The kit he purchased was composed of a cord, the few metal parts, templates, 2 DVD’s (which he had to print out, about 160 pages) and the pin router. Even the gears were made by John out of wood. As he made this piece, he corresponded with the designer, Wayne S. to work out the problems. So he drew it, cut it, smoothed it and assembled it, in stages. Thinking he was an experienced participant in the State Fair, the judges awarded John second place. He put about 4 months of work in this. John’s comment: To make a clock, you must have a screw loose.

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Club Business

Turners’ Meet November17, Denny Wetter’s house

Shop Meet, Marvin Stoltzfus’ house, November 23

Next general meeting is the Holiday Party, December 9 at Advantage Lumber, 6:00 p.m.

Terry Bair: Wood and Tool Show, March 19-21

John Slezak: Missing in America Project, see photos of celebration

State Fair: another category (guitars)

 

Show & Tell

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Terry Bair—Christmas ornaments

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Fred Damianos—walnut corner shelves, modified

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Denny Wetter—walnut bowl

Joe Mathis—intarsia rose and bud

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Thelma pyrograph

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Andy DiLorenzo

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Marvin Stoltzfus

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Reuel Detweller

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October General meeting – Phil Bakers Saws

There were 29 members present and 2 guests, our speaker, Phil Baker, and Gonzalo Suarez.

Presentation

Phil Baker was our presenter. He collects historic hand saws (not power). His favorite type is the back saw, and he brought some examples. One was made in 1760 and another in 1835. Some tidbits: Most saw makers began as file makers. All back saws of less than 12 inches have the same angle (hang) to the handle. The tapered blade gives you a chance to see what you are sawing. The gauge saw had been designed to set the depth of cut with a metal piece, but these are no longer made. A 6” saw was made to cut dovetails, clock parts or miniatures. Saws that cost $2.50 then are selling for $600 now. And he spoke of the process of restoring old saws. He  showed us several examples of his saws including the oldest know saw made in America around 1760.IMG_1415 IMG_1414 IMG_1413 IMG_1412 IMG_1412

Club Business

Turners’ Meet October 20, Denny Wetter’s house

Shop Meet, October 26, also at Joe Manke’s house

Next general meeting is November 11, and will be held at Bee Ridge Park

Holiday Party, December 9 at Advantage Lumber, sign up

Terry Bair: Wood and Tool Show, March 18-20

John Slezak: Missing in America Project, needs urns and/or wood

Third Quarter Show & Tell Drawing Winner: Denny Wetter

Show & Tell

Terry Bair—tawny eagle/dryad puzzle

Fred Damianos—floating corner shelves

John Philips—turned vase

More Phil Baker

I had the pleasure of driving Phil to the meeting and home last week and he told me some interesting stories. I also visited his house and shop several months ago and I have attached some pictures.

I first heard about Phil on Youtube when he was interviewed by Josh Farnsworth at a Midwest Tool Collectors meeting. Here’s that video.

Phil told me he is 87 years old. He is still restoring historic homes. His latest is the Higel house in Venice which he just finished.IMG_1438He made all 30 window for it from scratch. Here are some of the window parts in his shop.IMG_1148 IMG_1147 IMG_1149 IMG_1153Here are some of the sashes stacked up and waiting to be installed in the house.IMG_1441    And, here are the ones that have been installed.  IMG_1440

I also saw some of his 690 back saws while I was visiting.

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Phil told me that he once restored an old church, I dont remember where it was, that had a 172′ tower. The architect ask him why  the chandlers were swaying when the wind blew. He put up some scaffolding and removed some trim to find that the beams that were supporting it could be scooped out with his hand. They complete redid that old church to it’s original design  with out the tower falling down .

Phil is a fascinating character and I hope I will be able to visit him some more!

Larry

General Meeting Sept. 2015 Advantage Lumber

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There were 26 members present and 11 guests. Many of the guests were from the Sarasota Turners group.

Presentation

          David James, General Manager of Advantage Lumber, opened the meeting. This company has been in business 23 years, is located in 4 states and Brazil, mostly imports exotics, and specializes in decking, siding and molding.

Jason Peters told us about the types of wood they market. He presented slides showing the appearance of each wood and its Janke hardness number, from African mahoghany to zebra wood. He explained how they are careful to import only sustainable woods. Then he took us on a tour of the facility, showing us the storage yard and the milling facility.

Club Business

Turners’ Meet September 15, Marvin Stoltzfus’ house

Shop Meet, September 21, also at Marvin’s house

Next general meeting is October 14, and will be held at Bee Ridge Park

Denny mentioned that people could register for the AAW Florida Symposium, to be held   Feb. 5 to 7 in Lake Yale, Florida

Show & Tell

Terry Bair—sandpaper tray

Fred Damianos—framed art

Marvin Stoltzfus—spheres

Dennis Daudelin—travel coffee mug

Denny Wetter—profile turnings

 

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Can you beleve the prices?

John Philips—vase

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Where are the nuts?

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Elijah Bolle’–bowl

Art Stadlin—box

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General Meeting August – Fab Center

Meeting Location

Suncoast Science Center/Faulhaber FAB Lab

4452 S Beneva Road

Sarasota, FL 34233

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There were 26 members present and 3 guests. The guests were

Rolf Ebert,Kerry Glenn, Lissa Ledbetter

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Presentation

Andrew Wiles and Greg Shroder were the presenters. Greg told us about the center. “Equipped with state-of-the-art machines and materials, the Faulhaber Fab Lab can be used to fabricate your own inventions with the support of knowledgeable staff. Activities in fab labs range from technological empowerment to peer-to-peer project-based technical training, to local problem-solving, to small-scale high-tech business incubation and to grass-roots research.” The Faulhaber’s donated these machines. There is a 3D printer,

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CNC milling and routing machines, metal lathes and mills, embroidery and sewing machines, an electronics lab, and a large format printer. Andrew is there making a boat, using the CNC routing machine to cut the pieces.

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His first boat had been made with hand tools. He is part of a Sarasota Meetup group called Suncoast Makers.

 

Club Business

Turners’ Meet August 18, Denny Wetter’s house

Shop Meet, August 24, John Philips’ house

Next general meeting is September 9, and will be held at Advantage Lumber

Show & Tell

Fred Damianos—bowl

Fred's bowl

John Philips—vase, bowls

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Joe Mathis—fretwork, plaque

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Marvin Stoltzfus—baseball

Andrew Wiles—parts of a boat

Sid Mann—mobile base

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Thelma Proctor—frog box, handle

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Bill Thompson—wine bottle toppers

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Larry Simmons—laptop table

 

Raffle won by

Sid Mann and Steve Kandel

General Meeting – May 2015

There were 26 members present and 2 guests. The guests were: David James, Jason Peters

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          Matt Delaney brought in his spring-pull lathe.IMG_1111 He had constructed it out of yellow pine and maple in just a half day, spending about $70. He talked about the way the “spring” is constructed, the way the “pull” cord needs to be vertical, and the design of the foot “pedal”.IMG_1108IMG_1109IMG_1107 He demonstrated the cut, only on the down swing, and said he could use the tool’s bevel to burnish the wood on the up swing. You can’t be in a hurry, he said, and you’ll lose weight. He uses a plane or draw knife to prep the wood, getting more of an octagonal shape before placing it between centers.

Club Business

Turners’ Meet May 19, Denny Wetter’s house

Shop Meet, May 25, Matt Delaney’s house

Next general meeting is June 10

Announcements

            Our guests, David and Jason, are from Advantage Lumber, 7524 Commerce Place. They donated several pieces of wood to the door prizes.

Mike Swart will be bringing ash and red oak back from a trip to Ohio, by the July meeting. Let him know if you want any.

John Philips still has some black walnut from his son’s trip.

The SunCoast Science Center is now open. It has some computer driven wood-working tools.

Show and Tell

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