Florida West Coast Woodworkers

Serving Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte Co

Month: April 2016

April General Meeting – Compass Rose Inlay (part 2)

There were 34 members in attendance at the meeting and six guests (Bus Maslin, Anita Gary, Harold Berg, Lloyd Shaffer, Brent Meyer, and Andrei Ioroachesay).  Total attendance – 40.

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Our guest speaker was again Ed Goldberg, who completed his presentation on how to make an inlaid Compass Rose.  In this session he demonstrated how to cut the pattern from the substrate.  1. Score the outline. 2. Use a trim router to remove the wood from the central area.  3. Use a router plane to cut along the edges, finishing the points with a fine knife.  Use wood glue, sparingly, and set the inlay in carefully.  Press against a plastic wrapped block of wood until dry (about 2 hours).  Then use a card scraper to remove the veneer tape and sand to satisfaction.  Use a finish of your choice.

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Upcoming Events

                  April Demonstration Meet (April 18 at 7:00 p.m.) is at Terry Bair’s   house.  This is part 2 on scroll sawing.

April Shop Meet (April 25 at 7:00 p.m.) is at Fred Damianos’ house.

Show & Tell


Denny Wetter – 3 turnings from cubes with lids



John Slezak – Cigar display box



Joe Mathis – fretwork (framed grist mill)        IMG_1772

Fred Damianos – four salad bowls


Terry Bair – 2 X 4 table, scrollwork ornaments

Larry Simmons – plane, window mullion

John Philips – basket, 2 X 4 chair

John Philips – basket, 2 X 4 chair


Andy DiLorenzo – 2 X 4 wine and cheese set

Sid Mann – saw, spacing blocks, multi-tool


Reuel Detweiler – eagle intarsia



John Darovec – racing “trophy”


Daryl Walters – pens, pepper mills, fretwork



Marty Cole – charging station for computers etc.


Floyd Yoder – 2 X 4 step stool


Mike Swart – 2X4 treasure chest


Next Month – May 11, 2016  “If I ever do it again …”



Club Picnic 2016

About 26 members and spouses were present at today’s  picnic and 2×4 contest. As always the club supplied the barbecue  and drinks while all the rest of the delicious food was brought by members. This is a great social event and I wish more members participated, they don’t know what they are missing. I forgot to take a picture of all the food till it was almost all gone. IMG_1745 IMG_1743 IMG_1742 IMG_1741

There were 7 entries in the 2×4 contest.

  • 1st prize went to Mike Swart for his little mermaid treasure chest. -$75
  • 2nd  prize went to Reuel Detweller for his racoon  -$50
  • 3rd prize was for Terry Bear’s table -$25IMG_1740 IMG_1739 IMG_1738 IMG_1733

John Philips brought a basket full of the chair he made and then tried to sit in to test it, oops. Joe Channey made a tree of ornaments the made while practicing turning soft wood. Andy Dilorenzo brought some wine and cheese, all wood, and even a knife he made. John Darovec had pictures of the cup rack that is already hanging in his house. Floyd Yoder got as far a gluing up panels but because of family obligations he ran out of time. IMG_1732 IMG_1735 IMG_1736 IMG_1746

The beautiful bird in a tree turning was not entered in the contest because it was made from podocarpus wood, not a 2×4.  Marvin Stoltzfus made it but he is giving it away before the next regular meet and we all wanted to see it before it is gone.IMG_1737

Many thanks to Joe Mannke for his hard work putting it togeather.IMG_1744