Florida West Coast Woodworkers

Serving Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte Co

Month: July 2017

July 2017 Shop Meet – John Philips

John talked about various things. He showed us about a  drum sander he has and  showed the good results he got with it. This sander can be used in place of a surface planer. but you can not remove much wood with each pass through the sander.
He  mentioned his Tormek sharpening machine and the cost. 
He also described his shop vac system and how much he liked it. The motor/saw dust collection portion is outside the shop because it is too noisy and takes up too much space. All his major power tools are connected to the vacuum system, and the system can be turned on automatically when you turn on the power to any machine. So you don’t have to turn on the vacuum and then go to the machine you want to use. You just turn on the tool you want to use and the vacuum system starts automatically.
Then he took us to see the grandfather clock he recently won in a club drawing.  He has installed the movement which was working and giving the right time, but he has not been able to get the chimes working yet. He  has a clock expert coming to help him with them. The two doors  are out having glass installed in them. After this work is done he will put the finish on it.
Next he took us inside his home and showed us the slant top desk he built using black walnut that he got from his son recently died. The desk had a slant top and when you opened it, there are little drawers and compartments inside.  It is a very impressive piece of work . He built it for his wife as a remembrance of their son. He built it with the help of Mike Dummett, another club member.
Next came the goodies,  two kinds of home made cookies as well as a cake. Very good stuff, all made by Fay.
Special thanks to Ed Goldberg for supplying me with this Information since I was unable to attend John’s meet.

July 2017 General Meeting – Sid Light – Mohawk Finishing

There were 32 people present, 28 members and four guests, at this month’s meeting.

Kim Jones, of Advantage Lumber, gave information on wood sale prices for this month. A handout listing the wood prices was provided.   


Sid Light, Sales Representative for Mohawk finishing products, gave a presentation on “Stains and Finishes”. He showed us examples of some stains and finishes and explained how they are applied. He also provided us with handouts about their products. Mohawk products can be purchased online, or locally at Sarasota Paint. For more information about their stains and finishes, go online to – www.mohawk-finishing.com

Business Meeting and Announcements

Demonstration Meet: Monday, July 17, at 7:00 p.m. – Tool Auction at Denny Wetter’s shop – 2306 141st Street East, Bradenton, FL. The balance of the Estate of a furniture builder and wood turner will be auctioned off. Some of the items that will be in the auction are – tools, hardware, Delta lathe, shelving and routers. Bring a chair.

Election of New Officers takes place in December. Two nominations have been received for the position of Vice-president – John Peasley and Jim Bassett. Still looking for nominations/volunteers for Club Secretary. Contact Joe Mannke, Club President, with your suggestions.

 Terry Bair made a presentation to Mike Swart of a scroll sawn armadillo. It was given in honor of Mike’s “armadillo stew”. 😊

Show and Tell:

John Philips – Lady’s desk made of black walnut

Terry Bair – two scroll sawn armadillos

Sid Mann – thin piece of western red cedar & picture of cedar lantern

Al Brown – band saw box with flocked drawers

Fred Damianos – Cuban mahogany turned bowl with lid

Mike Swart – side panel made of coffee wood

Barry Meyers – cutting board, tray and coasters