Florida West Coast Woodworkers

Serving Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte Co

Month: January 2017

January Shop Meet – Jeremy Williams

A big crowd showed up  for  Jeremy’s shop  meet. It might be because he had some free tools to give away or it might be because we wanted to see what a dream shop  looks like. At any rate it was lots of fun, good company and some great eats. Jeremy talked a little about his shop, and tools and his latest project; a beautiful split top Rubo work bench with Benchcraft  vise hardware. He made it out of beach and cherry; it’s just too pretty to work on. His kids were great fun; they were in charge of selling off surplus tools, and they didn’t miss asking anybody. Hope you didn’t miss a fun time.IMG_2496 IMG_2507 IMG_2506 IMG_2505 IMG_2504 IMG_2503 IMG_2502 IMG_2500 IMG_2499

January General Meeting – Safety

There were over 56 people in attendance at this month’s meeting. That number included 42 club members as well as guests.
Scott Montgomery, with the Sarasota County Emergency Management Services, presented a program on the basics of First Aid. If you were working around your shop or home and an emergency occurred would you know what to do?  Mr. Montgomery said our safety is #1 and knowing what to do could save our life or the life of another person. He went over CHECK – CALL – CARE, survey the scene and check the victim, call 911 if it’s a life threatening situation and care for the victim (ask permission) to the level of your first aid training. If in doubt as to whether or not to call, call 911.

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Business Meeting and Announcements
Our new club president is Joe Mannke. He said his goal for the year is to increase the club’s membership.

Several “Sign-up” sheets were discussed and passed around in relation to –
working the upcoming Florida State Fair in February 9-20 (need people on Sunday and Monday, Feb. 19 -20),
working the Wood Working Show in March 17-19 (contact Terry Bair at 941-925-2242) and
Monthly Shop Meets and Demonstration Meets.
We need our members’ support for these activities and events.

New Password for website – Our Club website is located at – http://floridawoodworkers.com.  Anyone can access the site, but only club members can access the membership list.  With a new Club president comes a new Membership list password.

Our Club has received several requests for people to do, or help with, woodworking projects.  Some recent examples –
Joe Mathis, with the help of John & Susan Darovec and John Philips, are making Skimmer decoys for Mote Marine Science Center.  They were asked to make about 85 decoys. Mote supplied the wood and will do the painting of the decoys. The decoys will be used to encourage shorebirds such as skimmers to stop and nest in areas that are safer nesting habitats.
John Philips is working with an individual that needed to have a table top built.

Upcoming Programs:
Bob Eslinger will demonstrate how to use a software program called “Sketch Up”.
Joe Mathis will demonstrate – Intarsia, how to do it.

January 23: This month’s Shop Meet is at Jeremy William’s house – 5971 River Forest Circle, Bradenton, FL at 7:00 pm.

Show and Tell:

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Joe Mannke – Screen sifter
Joe Mathis – scrolled and carved fish plaque
Terry Bair – sled and noise maker
Rick Anderson – Draw knife case/ knife sharpener
Ed Colombo – Curved stuff
Reuel Detweiler – intarsia
Dennis Daudelin – belt buckles/ Star Trek emblem
John Philips – 3 bowls/ 4 piece set (vase, pie cutter)
Larry Simmons – Shaker box
Thelma Proctor – black walnut scrollsaw bowl
Andy DiLorenzo – Bowls (walnut & camphor & cedar/maple)
John Darovec – hall tree finial
Fred Damianos – vessels
Ed Fraser – tools, what is it?
John Peasley – intarsia “New Shoes”
Mike Swart – dust collector separator
Floyd Yoder – Planer base
Denny Wetter – Chalice
Mathew Wilburn – wooden box

Next Month’s Meeting – February 8, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at Advantage Lumber, but we will meet in a different building, the one next door to the main building.  The presentation will be by Ralph Bagnall, of Consulting Woodworker.com, on “Handtools and Scratch Stock”.