Florida West Coast Woodworkers

Serving Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte Co

Month: March 2015

March shop meet – Jeremy Williams

We were all blown away by Jeremy’s shop. I have never seen so many top of the line tools at one shop; Festool, Sawstop, Powermatic, Luguna. His has a power tool users dream shop.I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves:

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Doesn’t everyone have three large band saws?IMG_1011IMG_1014   IMG_1015  IMG_0996

Just to prove he really does use them, this beautiful rocking chair.IMG_1006

Did I mention the lumber: Cherry, Maple, Walnut, Wenga, Zebra wood, just to name a few.IMG_1009  IMG_1012

We hope it didn’t take Jeremy too long to clean up all the droll off the floor after we left.


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

February – Fred Damianos shop

Fred’s shop occupies the area at the end of his garage. Everything is on wheels. He has top of the line powermatic  table saw, band saw, joiner, dust collector.IMG_0956

He took us inside to show us the mantel that he made from a solid piece of mahogany. IMG_0955

He told everybody to come a little hungry, but he should have said a lot hungry; he put on quite a spread.

IMG_0957You’ve set the bar pretty high for the rest of the shop meets Fred.

February’s Turners meet – branch bowl

Denny came up with something I have never seen or heard of for February’s turners meet. The object was to start with a  fork in a branch and end up with this.

IMG_0931 IMG_0941 First you have to create a flat spot to mount the face plate. You start by leveling out a templet with wedges then use a router to make a flat level spot through the bark

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Now your ready to mount the face plate and start turning.

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Better watch you fingers. With some of the weight gone you can take some off the back and then hollow out the bowl,

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You end up with lots of shavings and a most unusual bowl.

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