Florida West Coast Woodworkers

Serving Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte Co

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General Meeting – May 2015

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


          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


            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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Tool Garage Sale

I know it is a very busy time of the year, but the members who participated in the clubs first annual tool garage sale had a break from the there hectic schedule. It was a great way to spend a Saturday morning and make a little money while clearing out some of your unwanted stuff.  That is, you made a little money if you didn’t turn spend it on something you just couldn’t live without. What a deal!

To put in three words ” We Had a Ball”. Our fearless leader, Mike,was lucky to get out alive after suggesting to every woman who came in that, he had a tool for her, a shop vac and a microwave. If she was with her husband he was quick to suggest that a shop vac would make a good mothers day present.

Susan and John  graciously had coffee and sweet roll for breakfast and wonderful sandwiches for lunch, Thanks.

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Dont forget , regular monthly meeting this Wednesday!


March General Meeting – Turning pepermills

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



Yikes strips

Yikes strips

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.IMG_0995 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.IMG_0994 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.

Club Business

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 :

John Philips—bowl and box IMG_0989Denny Wetter—bowl from a crotchIMG_0986

Matt Delaney—hand tooled side table IMG_0979

Joe Mathis—fretwork pictureIMG_0984

Terry Bair—basket IMG_0987

Susan Darovec—footed bowl

Fred Damianos—salad bowl/utensilsIMG_0985

Ed Fraser—keys

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.

Ed Goldberg—stand for cabinetIMG_0980

Ken Brinker—turned vessel & ornamentIMG_0992

Thelma Proctor—spoon wood burning IMG_0991

Reuel Detweiler–intarsiaIMG_0982

January meeting – tinny turnings

January’s presentation was by Steve Sherman, a micro-woodturning master. Steve used to be a flat boarder, but once he tried a lathe, he never went back. As he experimented with using the standard turning tools, he saw the value of some modifications. He worked with a tool and die maker to make some new tools, which they sold for a while. In his demonstration, he showed what he could do with a modified tool that is popular with woodturners today. He passed around examples of his jewelry, ornaments, and hollow forms that were exceptionally fine.IMG_0833 IMG_0839 IMG_0837 IMG_0836 IMG_0835 IMG_0834 IMG_0842 IMG_0841 IMG_0840


Dues are due.

Denny Wetter will have a Turners’ Meet on January 19. After Jan. turners’ meets will happen on Wednesdays, not Mondays

Terry Bair will host the Shop Meet on January 26, 7:00 p.m. Bring chairs.

State Fair table is February 15-16. John Darovec still needs some volunteers..

John and Susan Darovec, Denny Wetter, and Fred Damianos went to the American Association of Woodturners symposium in Lake Yale, FL last weekend. Many demonstrations there to attend and not too expensive.

Woodworkers Show in Tampa is March 20-22. Terry Bair still needs volunteers, who should wear their club shirts and name tags. He also needs us to bring examples of work that he can take to show there at our booth.

There is a man in Bradenton who is about to cut down 2 pecan trees and give us the wood.

Kimal Lumber will give us a discount on lumber and a very good price on cut offs.

Next meeting: February 11. This will not be a tool auction, but we can bring items to try to sell during the meeting.

Ask the Experts: Joe Mathis and Terry Bair fielded questions about scroll sawing—how to prevent fuzz from stacked cuts and what to use to make straight cuts.

Show and Tell:

Joe Mannke, Stanley #45 combination plane in great condition

Joe Mannke, Stanley #45 combination plane in great condition

Fred Damiano brought a rosewood bowl

Fred Damiano brought a rosewood bowl

Reuel Detweiler brought two intarsia pieces

Reuel Detweiler brought two intarsia pieces

Terry Bair brought in a cut out cheese and crackers tray

Terry Bair brought in a cut out cheese and crackers tray

Joe Mathis brought in seascape intarsia

Joe Mathis brought in seascape intarsia

John Philips brought a carrot wood bowl

John Philips brought a carrot wood bowl

John Slezak brought outdoor kitchen cabinet doors

John Slezak brought outdoor kitchen cabinet doors

Lowell Newland brought in some wood and knives

Lowell Newland brought in some wood and knives

December meeting – Christmas Party

2014 Holiday Feast and Fund Raiser on December 10

A lot went on at this meeting and hopefully this brief recount will bring back some warm memories to the attendees.  To those unable to attend, we missed you and perhaps you can attend next time.  Larry got us started on the food early, even though some people went backwards in line.

The food was set up along one wall, and the pictures were quickly snapped before the hungry hordes descended.   Mike Swart stood guard over the desserts, so no pictures are available there!  The ham and turkey were both moist and tender, and the variety of other foods was diverse.  Members and spouses had their choice of salads and rolls and side vegetables and potatoes done three or four different ways, including sweet potatoes.  Needless to say, some people went back for seconds several times. Mike Swart’s mom made the centerpieces which were free for the taking after the party.

The real dessert however was the annual fund raiser.  Members donated two items they had made with the idea that one item was to be selected by the spouses and one item was to be auctioned off.   A few members brought in some extra items in case someone was too busy this year to contribute.  As usual, the spouses were assigned a selection order by chance to select their gift from the table and the auction followed.

Denny Wetter once again volunteered to be auctioneer.  It is amazing how Denny can keep counting up with the numbers, even when no one is bidding.  But that is no wonder, as a Vanna White impersonator (Mike Swart) was distracting the crowd by showing off the club’s handiwork.  Here, the variety of work matched the variety of food.  There were no losers in the bidding wars.  The auction donations will almost cover the cost of the meeting room for the next year, and help keep the dues amount low.  By the way, dues of $35.00 are due now for 2015.

Officer elections for 2015 were held after a roundup of the usual suspects.  Of course their names were changed to protect the guilty—who cares about the innocent. Good luck in performing your duties for the next year.


Officers elect are:

President:                           Mike Swart

Vice-President:                 John Darovec

Secretary;                           Susan Darovec

Treasurer:                           John Phillips

Librarian:                             Terry Bair

The annual party was a good time, and perhaps this tongue in cheek account brings back some of those happy feelings.

Pictures & text by Andy DiLorenzo

Party pictures below

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November meeting – jigs & fixtures

November 12, 2014 General Meeting and impromptu Picnic

The regular meeting room locks did not respond to any codes to unlock the doors so we sat at the picnic tables. Apologies in advance for any omissions, but working in the dark and changing locations made part of this report a bit disjointed. We had four guests who introduced themselves.

Mike spoke about the Christmas party, and promised not to eat all the food this year. He reports that Susan promised to spiral cut a ham on her lathe! He asked that all bring two gifts to share with club members—spouses usually get a gift and the remaining items are auctioned off.

Sue Darovec announced that February 15 and 16 is the Florida State Fair. Volunteer workers get free tickets, with extras available(for free) if desired.

The November’sTurners meeting will have a guest turner, featuring a talk on making pens.

A discussion was held about how to attract new members. Some found us from the display at Kimal Lumber. Some found us from an internet search.

360 Woodworking.com was reportedly started by three people that all left Popular Woodworking Magazine at the same time. No one was sure why they left or the circumstances surrounding their sudden departure.

Mike Swart announced shifts will be open at the Tool Show in March. Workers get free admission, so sign up for a shift at the club’s booth. The club has had two booth spaces for the past two years and filled the space with fine wood work and some outstanding 2 by 4 contest entries.

The general meeting theme was jigs and fixtures.

Mike Swart showed of his Rockler clamp table as it is Mike’s favorite. He makes a lot of pocket hole face frames.

Joe : A table saw cross cut sled was shown. Joe shares that one should use the Fostner bit first before the screw pilot bit.

Joe Mannke's crosscut sled

Joe Mannke’s crosscut sled

John Darovec: A one-time use jig was shown that fits a cup in his bathroom that was recently remodeled.

John D's cup tool

John D’s cup tool

John Phillips: A jig with a strap was shown that holds a long log to be cut on the bandsaw. The jig keeps the log from spinning around when cut. John also showed a “go no—go” measuring jig sized to fir his lathe’s spiral scroll chuck. A guest mentioned that a Little ripper jig is a commercially available jig that can be purchased that does the same thing.

Larry Simmons: A handy dandy beader! A slotted head screw was inserted into a shaped 2 by 4. Then when the screw is flush, file the screw flat. The screw is withdrawn to the desired amount and when drawn along the work piece, the beginning of a hand-made bead is made. Another piece was made with two screws in the same manner, but the screws were spaced apart the width of a desired mortise by turning the screws in or out. Then when rubbed against a work piece, two lines are scribed at the same time, showing the outline of the mortise.

Show and Tell:

Denny Wetter: An open segmented vase with a floating bottom and a mahogany vase with a lid.DSC_0015

Denny's segmented vase

Denny’s segmented vase

Ed Columbo: A layered and segmented walnut salad bowl along with salad utensils made of cherry finished with arsenic and mineral oil.

Ed C's walnut segmented bowl

Ed C’s walnut segmented bowl

Raul Detweiler: A lighthouse intarsia along with a jig on a lazysusan with pegs sticking up. He positions his work piece on the pegs and then applies finish. He also brought in a wooden hammer to be given as a gift.

Intarsia light house

Intarsia light house

Mike Swart: A photo of a library shelf system and a rolling ladder with upper hooks. He worked hard to achieve a 12 degree pitch (incline from vertical) just right.

Mike S's library

Mike S’s library

John Phillips: A small watch making tool kit for which he rebuilt the box and the base. Also he showed us a small compartmented possum animal out of wood. John showed photos of an oval vanity mirror he made for his relatives. John promises he will never work on an oval again, as there is no reference point.DSC_0023

Fred Daimamos: A mahogany picture frame from cut –offs. Fred cautioned about using compressed air since it may contain compressor oil and water that can ruin a finish, causing him to strip and refinish a brand new piece. Note that air compressors use oil internally as a lubricant, which can get into the air stream, so be careful using spray equipment. Also, as the compressor works to put air under pressure, water vapor is compressed along with the air. That water vapor can condense inside the pressure tank, or in the air lines, as the hot compressed air leaves the tank and cools down as it gets to the spray equipment, sometimes coming out a sputtering mess. And thus the woodworks acronym for, “ Don’t Ask Me How I Know.”

Fred D's mahogany frame

Fred D’s mahogany frame

Andrew DiLorenzo: Showed a small bowl of hollyberry (he thinks) wood finished with water based stain and India ink.

Andy D's Hollyberry bowl

Andy D’s Hollyberry bowl

October Meeting – Saw Sharpening

General Meeting October 8, 2014
Set Your Teeth on Handsaws by Larry Simmons

Larry opened with some common definitions useful for the balance of his presentation.
PITCH: Teeth per inch.

Rule of thumb for saw lengths and pitch ( teeth per inch)

Rule of thumb for saw lengths and pitch ( teeth per inch)

RAKE Angle: Larry presented a chart showing the different rake angles based on whether a saw is a rip or cross cut saw, and also dependent on the saw’s use in either hard or soft wood. Zero degree rake angle means the front of the saw’s teeth are presented at 90 degrees to the surface of the wood, for instance.

Rake for different types of saws

Rake for different types of saws

FLEAM: The angle of the file when sharpening the teeth. Fleem refers to filing the back of one tooth and front of the other. Usually zero degrees for a rip filed blade, and ranging from 15 to 25 degrees on crosscut saws.IMG_0756
HANG: The angular relationship of the saw’s handle to the cutting edge. The handle needs some downward angle in order to transfer some power to the cutting edge. Aside from hang, many people purchase a saw based on how well it fits the individual’s hand. (If it feels good, it probably is, for you.)
RUN: This is the hand saw equivalent of runout on a machine tool. To demonstrate, draw a line to be cut and begin a cut by hand. After well underway, look away and continue sawing. If the saw does not follow the line, that is the run.
PPI: Points per inch.

Larry’s interest started from the acquisition of a hand powered cast iron miter saw that is almost as heavy as a powered miter saw. The blade was caked with dirt and dull, so Larry decided to learn how to sharpen hand saws. Larry often omits a power saw on his jobs, instead just powering the saw by hand.

Miller Falls cast iron miter box

Miller Falls cast iron miter box and saw

Larry showed some various saw types. Ripping saws have teeth with a flat bottom (looking from left to right on the saw)and some set. Crosscut saws have teeth filed on an angle, and also have a set.

Several different cordless saws

Several different cordless saws

More saws

More saws

Disston hand saws have a distinctive emblem on one of the sex bolts or saw bolts. This brand is highly regarded and formerly they had 75% of the American market. More of the history of Disston hand saws is available on the internet.www.disstonianinstitute.com
Saws are measured by the blade length, and saws were sold by the inch. Commonly, rip saws were a little longer due to the angle the worker used, a lesser angle allowed a longer blade to be used without hitting the floor when using a saw bench.

Best angle

Best angle

Larry’s rip saw has 6 teeth per inch. Rip saws are ineffective when used in a crosscut manner.
Panel saws are so called because they are shorter than others and often were fitted into the lid (or panel) of a workers tool box. Aside from that, they mimic other saws.
Triangular files are used to sharpen saws. Larry presented a chart showing the size files used depending on the pitch of the saw. Try to avoid using more than ½ of the file buried in the teeth so that when one edge of the file wears out, it can be rotated 60 degrees and further used.

All the files you don't really need.

All the files you don’t really need.

Jointing saws does not refer to the current medical marijuana initiative, but rather to setting all the file teeth in the same plane. Larry showed a flat mill bastard file set into a short board, which not only holds the file, but also holds the file at 90 degrees to the blade. A few strokes will usually make all the teeth the same height.

Block of wood with a file in a slot, to joint the saw teeth square. The small slot is to hold a card scraper when sharpening.

Block of wood with a file in a slot, to joint the saw teeth square. The small slot is to hold a card scraper when sharpening.

5 steps to sharpen a really bad saw.

5 steps to sharpen a really bad saw.

To joint the saw, Larry fastened the saw in a saw vice he purchased.

Saw vise

Saw vise

He also showed us a board with a kerf cut in it that can be made as long as needed. Just take a board of sufficient length and cut a saw kerf in it. Now, slide the saw in the kerf lengthways, and that board will hold the saw when clamped in a vise. The shiny spots at the top of the blade prove the height of the teeth. Teeth with larger flat spots means that the files needs to be pushed more into the tooth with the smaller flat spots. To add fleam, Larry uses blocks of wood with saw kerfs cut at the desired angles to help guide the file during sharpening. He no longer believes that most saws need fleam, stating that Paul Sellars taught him that, and he tried it and feels it works just fine.

Guides to help align the file to the correct fleam

Guides to help align the file to the correct fleam

Larry feels most saws have too much set, and cut too wide of a kerf. These saws are even difficult to withdraw from a cut on the back stroke. The saw set tool has two pistons, one to grip the saw and one to bend the tooth. There is a number adjustment on the saw set, with 4 corresponding to four teeth per inch. Make this adjustment when starting and the set is introduced when the handle is activated.

Saw set

Saw set

After setting the teeth, joint the teeth again, but very lightly. Now sharpen again, perhaps only one stroke will remove the flat spot.
Dovetail saws are usually filled with a rip cut. Larry said Youtube has hours of videos showing how to sharpen hand saws. Search for Brit01425 on Youtube.

Pictures and text by Andrew DiLorenzo

Show & tell

Terry Bair brought scroll work—a deer puzzle, some letter openers and a sleighDSC_0001

Fred Damianos made a walnut desk name plate

Denny Wetter made an open segment bowl and a turned box

Larry Simmons brought in an old plane

Andrew DiLorenzo cut some metal into knife blanksDSC_0012

Mike Swart brought in what he called a unicycleDSC_0016

Thelma Proctor brought examples of her pyrography on a platter and spoon and forkDSC_0014

Ed Colombo brought in another spice rack/cabinet with secret compartmentsDSC_0019 DSC_0018

John Philips brought in an eagle and a horse head he had carvedDSC_0007

Joe Mathis brought in an intarsia eagle and a fretwork fairy

Joe Mathis intarsia fretwork fairy, look at the face amazing.

Joe Mathis intarsia fretwork fairy, look at the face amazing.

Joe Mathis brought in an intarsia eagle

Joe Mathis brought in an intarsia eagle

Ed Fraser brought in some micrometers and locks

Alan Penn brought in some miniature Kachina dolls and an amazing carved dog

Another view of miniature Kachina doll

Another view of miniature Kachina doll

Guest, Alan Penn brought in some miniature Kachina dolls he carved.

Guest, Alan Penn brought in some miniature Kachina dolls he carved.

John Slezak brought jigs for helping set cross pieces repetitively

September Meeting – Harps by Doug Fay

By way of introduction, Douglas Fey harps on us about when he got laid off and decided to make something.  He apprenticed to a cabinet maker and then moved on.  He later found a connection to someone who wanted a harp made.  There was a learning curve but many skills were a crossover from cabinets to harp instruments.  He brought a harp with him and at this point, Laura Kiley was introduced and played the harp for us.  Words do not describe!  Thanks Laura.Gen meeting 010

The harp is a very old type of instrument; some purported to be over 3000 years old.  They range in size from over six feet tall to one that fits on a lap.  Doug would like to expand on the range of harps that he makes.  The main vertical (more or less) part is called the sound board and is made of laminated veneers to withstand many thousands of pounds of stress.  He builds his harps on a form—a skeleton, and then attacks the wood with a duplicating router.

Gen meeting 015He uses six layers of veneer formed in a vacuum press glued all at once and his favorite for a soundboard is spruce cut so that the grain lines run perpendicular to the edge.  The soundboard ranges in thickness from top to bottom because there is more stress at the bottom than at the top.  He has just started using carbon fiber in the sound board, but has made 70 harps that were all veneer.  The veneer quality is very important.

He has also experimented with using epoxy, mostly West System from West Marine, but it can bleed through the veneer hampering any possible stain, which he prefers not to use.  He likes the look of the maple for an outside veneer.Gen meeting 017

The top structure is piano pin block and is called a neck.   In appearance, this part resembles a premium laminate like plywood.  Previously he glued this up himself and had problems with glue cold creep, and thus the upgrade to the piano neck block.  He uses a jig to cut the hand holds in the back of the soundbar and the holes influence the sound of the instrument.  He estimates he uses 15 routers to build one harp!  Once he has a bit fine-tuned as to placement in the router, he tends to leave it exactly there.

He uses an upgraded 1970’s Shopsmith to drill a very important structural hole in the bottom of the soundboard which must be parallel to the bottom the soundbar.  He uses Woodhaven screw blocks in his router insert plates to level his routers (they are available at http://www.woodcraft.com.)

Some harps have small levers that change the pitch of the strings, as opposed to a pedal harp.  His harps use seven levers for this purpose.

Gen meeting 007So far he has little competion to hand build harps in the way of factory building and like any woodworker, he wishes he could charge more for his work.  He attends harp shows to attract customers and some harpists sell or recommend him to others.  He is also on Facebook .  Go like him!

On the web at www.Douglas HarpCo.com  Email available at: dharps@juno.com

 Thanks for a nice presentation Doug.

Club Business

 The annual Christmas Party is coming so plan your gifts for the club fundraiser.  Every year, club members are encouraged to make two gifts for the fundraiser.  Too busy to make a gift?  Attend anyhow, as there is enough good cheer to go around.  Last year, spouses were awarded one gift, and the other gifts were auctioned off.  Last year, the club provided the main dishes and members brought in side dishes to make it a meal.  Here is your chance to show off your culinary art.  Mike Swart is the organizer this year and he promises there will be another announcement next month.
John Phillips announced that  Kimal Lumber on Fruitville Road has our 2 by 4 contest display board in support of the club.  This is a brand new store for them.  There web site is:  http://kimallumber.com/.   John asked if someone would modify the display to make it more general and not just limited to the 2 by 4 contest, to broaden the appeal to more woodworkers.  He also notes that the contest entries are not permanently attached to the board, so that anyone who volunteers their contest entry will get their entry returned to them.
The next shop meet will be at Ed Columbo’s and a map will follow on the web site. Jigs and fixtures will be the topic for November’s meeting.
John and Sue Darovec went to Tampa for a meeting about the State Fair.  Fair workers can get unlimited tickets this year, and entries can be constructed in any year as long as it was not previously entered.  The club has numerous winners at this event.

Show and Tell


1 Cabinet:            David White;                      David showed us his cabinet that featured some unique construction that originated when Europeans when to Asia and found that their furniture came apart due to humidity.  To combat moisture changes, this cabinet’s top is frame and panel construction and the doors move on dowel hinge pins instead of conventional hinges.  David was encouraged to enter his work in the state fair.

2. Jewelry Box: Ed Columbo        (Photos on USB) Walnut with through dovetails and hidden compartments and decorative touches from his wife.  He used torsion hinges purchased from Rockler.  These hinges are designed for a specific weight lid and he says they can go anywhere.

3. Lamp:               John Phillips;     John drilled the bottom of a ceramic vase and fitted both a cap and foot out of rosewood to the vase with an eye to making a lamp for his wife.

4. Wooden plane:  Mike Swart brought in a cordless plane made out of mahogany with a Sheffield iron.  He also brought photos of his own design of a Kreg table on locking swivel casters.

5.  Junque wood:  John Slezak;  These pieces came from the large bin of Woodcraft’s wood by the pound.  He glued the two pieced of black and white ebony together and then bookmatched them.

6. Lidded Bowl:  Fred Damianos;  From crotch rosewood that ended up a bit smaller than he wanted due to a catch while he was turning resulting in him losing center.  We would not have known had he not told us.

7. Table:  Larry Simmons;  Larry met Jeff Miller on his latest trip to Chicago and had some slides of him and some of his furniture. He showed us photos of a dining table he made for his sister out of walnut and curly maple.  Photos on USB.

8 Tall Goblet:  Denny Wetter;  Denny showed a tall goblet along with a much smaller one that seems impossibly thin.

9.Tools:  Sid Mann;          First was a  square from the Starrett company from his home town, followed by a protractor and a caliper.

10 Portable lamps:  Ed Frazier     Ed made a portable lamp clamped on some blocks of wood for use in his shop.

Text and pictures by Andy DiLorenzo


August 2013 Meeting – finishing

Joe Mathis was first and his method of choice is to finish project pieces individually before assembly.  He uses Old Masters Gel Stain and pickling white applied with a foam brush and wiped off.  He says usually three coats does it and he does not sand between coats.  This product is thinned with mineral spirits, which means one should remember to soak used rags in water to prevent spontaneous combustion as the finish oxidizes.


Joe spends some of his quality time as a volunteer at Mote Marine
Joe spends some of his quality time as a volunteer at Mote Marine







Larry Simmons selects shellac as a finish.  He favors Zinsser Seal Coat as a universal sealer.  Locally available in cans, the ready mix product is a two pound cut that has already been dewaxed.  New layers burn in to previous coast and dry quickly.  Rub out with steel wool.  For an extensive story on the production of shellac, consult Fine Woodworking’s index page: http://modules.taunton.com/apps/magazine_index/fww/headline/1/100?keyword=shellac

and refer to the Nov/Dec 2010 issue’s article, “Shellac’s Amazing Journey.”

Also consider the private blog at:http://foldingrule.blogspot.com/2008/09/episode-71-shellac-can-you-make-cut.html which provides a handy chart for modifying cuts of shellac and saves me creating a table for you as originally intended.  And as any chemist can tell you, once one starts modifying shellac cuts the actual cut you  end up with will be close to the desired cut and not exact.  However, it should be close enough!

Larry says he likes shellac more and more for a finish.
Larry says he likes shellac more and more for a finish.

Shellac is not suitable for bar tops, as the solvent is alcohol.  Also please note that if one mixes their own shellac cuts for sealer coats, then once the shellac dissolves, the wax needs to be poured off as it interferes with adhesion of the top coat.

John Slezak included a demonstration with his presentation of Watco Danish Oil.

John power sands Watco to create a slurry.
John power sands Watco to create a slurry.










Bandsaw Box finished with Watco.
Bandsaw Box finished with Watco.









Ed Goldberg’s favorite finish is Hydrocote made by Hood, with information available here: http://hydrocote.com/about-us.html

For the jewelry box project, Ed selected a water based lacquer in High Gloss.  He says there are no fumes and he applies 3 to 5 coats and allows several days before rubbing out the finish.  He says the finish is non-yellowing.

Ed's Hydrocote finished jewelry box in high gloss.
Ed’s Hydrocote finished jewelry box in high gloss.










John Phillips presented his favorite, Odie’s Oil, a food safe wipe on finish that is an alternative to some solvent based finishes.  More information is available here: http://www.odiesoil.com/ .

John with salad bowl finished with Odie's Oil.
John with salad bowl finished with Odie’s Oil.

Sue Darovec presented another food safe finish, Walnut oil.

After a coat of walnut oil, Sue applies Minwax wipeon poly, which is regarded as food safe after it dries.
After a coat of walnut oil, Sue applies Minwax wipeon poly, which is regarded as food safe after it dries.










Natural edge bowl finished top coated with wipe on poly.
Natural edge bowl finished top coated with wipe on poly.










Denny featured the Beall Buff System.  In sort, this finishing method is a series of cloth buffing wheels that are charged (loaded) with Tripoli (fine) and white diamond (very fine) abrasives.  More information is available here: http://www.bealltool.com/products/buffing/buffer.php

Anyone who is familiar with this system can explain to my significant other why I consistently mispronounce the name of the local department store.

Denny used the Beall Buffing system to finish this bowl.
Denny used the Beall Buffing system to finish this bowl.

Denny says the buffer should spin no faster than 1725 rpm and the work Is brought to the spinning wheel.  He purchased three bars of finishing compound and in his experience, they will last years.  The three wheels are 1. Linen ; 2. linen cotton mix; 3. cotton.  He cautions that the buffs can dig out soft portions of open grain wood.  The buffing system will also polish metal but he suggests a new buff for that use.






John Darovec show cased a product called Polyseamseal, which is a caulk.  It can be worked (smoothed) with water and turns clear when dry.  It is also useful as a glue.


Polyseamseal on boot.
Polyseamseal on boot.










Contents of this post provided by Andrew DiLorenzo.  Original photographs pr

August general meeting – scroll saw for beginers

Terry Bair and his amazing DeWalt Scrollsaw

Price range from $100 to $1000 for a saw.  Start with simple projects like refrigerator magnets to build experience.  The next most critical consideration is the blade.  Terry likes Olsen blades precision ground so it is tempered first then ground; these blades are aggressive in size 5, 7, and 9.  After that he likes a mock 3.  The lower the number on the blade, the more teeth per inch.  Some blades are reverse tooth that also cut on the bottom to prevent tearout.

tch the blade to the work, so for ¾ “ wood use a more aggressive (higher number blade.)  Speed also affects the quality of the cut.  Terry will sand the back of the blade to make tighter turns easier while scrolling Terry sands the wood with 120 and then 220 sandpaper before he saws. Either plane the wood or turn it so the center is down and the cup is up to minimize rocking while sawing.

Thinned down white glue is used to attach the pattern, allowing some repositioning.   Alternately, use contact cement, which does not allow the pattern to be repositioned.   Sometimes Terry uses clear packing tape to hold down the pattern which means NO adhesive residue to clean off, and he says the tape lubricates the blade despite the glue holding tape on.

Before you saw, you must drill a 1/16” hole in every place you will cut using a drill press. Terry drills all the holes at the beginning

To set up the saw, use a square to square the blade to the table, follow saw manufacturer’s instructions.  This is very important.  To test, mark a piece of wood and cut it, put it back together to test for squareness.  Adjust the blade tension for a happy balance between what will prevent flexing and what is so tight it breaks the blade.  He pings on his blade for a sound.  He select the fastest speed at which he feels gives a smooth cut.  Select a starting point on the inside and work out, maintaining strong wood  all around the outside.  To back out of a cut, he eases off from pushing the wood in, and maintains a small amount of side pressure, and then turns the work around to back out of the cut.

Always think of the blade as cutting only on the front and not on the sides (using the blades’ kerf.)  Too much force means either the blade is dull, or the speed is incorrect.  Beware of stamped blades that are off-center affecting any straight cut. When they are stamped, they are stamped from one side and are off balance.

For stack cutting, Terry can cut four to six at a time, but even then only a small section of blade is used and the rest is wasted.  Watch out using plywood, as it will chip out, but the plywood is durable.  The solid wood, he says, if people drop the piece, it will break.  He will glue his stack cutting layers with a drop of glue at the corners to keep his accuracy.  Keep the Table top clean-he uses an old paint brush.  Also keep offcuts off the table, and keep the table top waxed.  He wears a dust mask.

Terry’s saw is mounted on rollers and he adjusted his to that the table slants toward the front, which give him a better view.  Give yourself good lighting.  Also he uses a vacuum to help keep things clean.  Terry says this work requires a good deal of concentration, so he breaks up his work sessions.  Terry has also modified his say with a remote on/off switch.

He purchases wood from Sloan Woodshop, and he buys his blades by the gross.

Terry the scroll saw expert.

Terry the scroll saw expert.

Rosewood duck scene.

Rosewood duck scene.

Another duck from oak

Another duck from oak

 Wood Auction

The wood auction was lively, with Denny officiating. John reports$ 142.00 income from the wood sale.

 Show and tell;

Larry Simmons: power tool box from Woodsmith TV with free plans on internet.  He says the directions were very good, but must be followed closely.  Finished with Danish oil

Lid of Larry's box, Cherry with Maple and Walnut inlay.

Lid of Larry’s box, Cherry with Maple and Walnut inlay.

Inside of Larry's box.

Inside of Larry’s box.

Denny Wetter:  Segmented bowl with spire lid and snowman from mahogany.

Denny's snow man made at the July turners meeting (see separate post for more pictures)

Denny’s snow man made at the July turners meeting (see separate post for more pictures)

Fred:  lathe work unstained with spar varnish.  A fireplace tool.

Terry Bair:  Thank you for your service to be donated to American Legion.  Walnut tool models.

Cool letter openers from Terry's scroll saw

Cool letter openers from Terry’s scroll saw

Terry will donate this to the American Legion.

Terry will donate this to the American Legion.

Ed Columbo:  burnisher with a lathe turned handle.

Andy:  toolholder project on Lumber jocks.  Search on Lumberjocks to find the web site.  It is free to join and post.

Mike Swart:  Storage device for open rafter ceilings.  As one raises the device, the trays pivot, but remain flat and are secured by turnbuckels.

John Phillips:  A bowl for Hong Kong Orchid tree, finished with Odie’s oil.

John Philips bowl from green Hong Kong Orchid

John Philips bowl from green Hong Kong Orchid

John Slezaks brought in photos of a mold made for a curved wall surrounding a hot tub.

All pictures by Andy DiLorenzo. Text by Andy DiLorenzo and Ed Goldberg
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