Diablo Woodworkers

AUGUST 2017 Meeting Newsletter

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Diablo Woodworkers ACTIVITIES. Club meetings at PHEC are the 2nd Wednesday of every month, 7-9 p.m. Shop Tours are the 3rd Saturday of the month, 10 a.m. to Noon. The Mt. Diablo Woodturning Center meets in Room 208 at PHEC, 7pm the first Thursday of each month. Just drop in. There is no need for advanced registration. Just show up and join the fun.

Sept 13, 2017 DW MEETING, CHUCK COTTRIL – Dual Presentation - Toxcities of Wood - Creating Bowl Sets.


CHUCK COTTRIL – Dual Presentation:
• Toxicities of Wood
• Creating Bowl Sets from a single piece of wood

Chuck CottrilToxicities of Wood Presentation: The presentation on wood toxicity covers various aspects of toxicities found in wood. Why are some people susceptible to certain woods and not others? Why did I have a reaction this time and I have used the same wood many times before? These questions will be answered and time will be available for discussion.

Coring Bowl Sets Presentation: Coring is how you get three or four bowls out of a large chunk of wood on the lathe. The bowls then sit inside each other like a set of bowls you might buy.

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BBQOur Annual Summer Social was again held at the Pleasant Hill Park, Gregory and Cleveland Streets. 6 pm to 9 pm, August 9th.

We had BBQ ribs and roast chicken plus vegetarian pizzas entrees.

participants brought a Salad, Side Dish or Dessert, enough for 6 people. Wine, beer, sodas, water and ICE CREAM was provided.

The buffet tables and set up was well organized. We moved pretty quickly through the food line. The picnic tables were all set up and ready for us when we arrived at 6 pm.

Flower on the tables!!!! Andrew Baxter outdid himself again. They are sought after raffle prizes. (Please return the vases to Andrew).

Aside from good food, you get to visit members and spouses. Sampling all the "sides" provided by members is the high point on the food side of the picnic. Lastly, Tom's humor throughout the raffle drawings always keeps everyone smiling.

It takes a team to plan and organize an event like this. We would like to thank Harold Mantle for organizing and leading the team. The volunteers prepared the site, set out the food, cleaned up afterwards and handled many other tasks. Thanks to all the volunteer workers.

The weather was on the cool side this year which was unusual.


NEW 2017 Community Project - July 01, 2017 news.

NEW Video of Emerson Elementary Project - July 16, 2017 news.

Show & Tell Cards - January 2017 news.
Flag Case History - August 2016

2016 Marquetry Seminar - August 2016 by Brian Condran.

2016 Community Project - December 2016 news.

Diablo Woodworkers Google Groups Newsletter

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The Diablo Woodworkers would like to extend a hearty welcome to the following new members attending our June 2017 meeting. We hope to see all you on a regular basis.

New members:

  1. Josh Fogerty, Danville
  2. Kirk Youngbauer, Concord
  3. Dennis Broderick, Danville
  4. Kevin Hennessy, Walnut Creek
  5. Andrew Friedley, Livermore

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Mt. Diablo Woodturning Center’s Monthly Meeting Details

September 14, 2017 Woodturners, PHEC ROOM-108, 7-9 PM.
Jim RodgersJim Rodgers - Old and New software from Woodturner Pro

Note: Meeting is the 2nd Thursday

Presentation Description: Jim will review the segmentation software from Woodturner Pro.com. New, simpler, easier program has just been introduced to make segmentation even more fun and easier. Jim will demonstrate the tools and review the basics of ring-segmentation techniques.


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Saturday, August 19, 2017 Shop Tour, 10AM - Noon
Len Sauer's Shop at 181 Emmons Canyon Lane, Alamo

Join us for a tour of Len's shop.

Len feels that his shop is pretty typical for a garage shop. Base setup takes 1 bay of a 3 car garage and can handle small projects. Expandable into the other bays as needed.

He is currently seasoning the walnut that he plans to use for a Maloof chair and for the Tour he is planning to have pictures of some of his projects.

When asked about whether pets were welcome, Len's response was "Any that will give my pet alligator a run for its money."

Refreshments: Coffee, cookies and donuts will be available.


  • Follow I 680 S toward San Jose,
  • Take Exit 42A for Stone Valley Rd East,
  • Turn Right onto Stone Valley Rd,
  • Follow Stone Valley Rd for 4 miles, continuing past Monte Vista High School and the unoccupied Whitegate Guard Station,
  • Turn on 2nd left after the Brian Ranch sign onto Emmons Canyon Lane,
  • To #181 at the end on the left,
  • Plenty of street parking available

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Saturday, September 16, 2017 Shop Tour, 10AM - Noon
Sturgeon's Mill, 2150 Green Hill Road, Sebastopol, CA

Bring your wife, husband, or neighbor and join us in the Redwoods for lunch and a docent guided tour of a historic steam powered sawmill.

Founded in 1914, Sturgeon's Mill has been restored to operate as a working museum. All of the equipment, tools, and steam engines are original. This sawmill is an authentic time capsule of late 19th - early 20th century saw-milling and logging in Western Sonoma County. Admission is free, donations gratefully accepted.

For more information about the Mill go to their website at www.sturgeonsmill.com, and if you search Youtube for "Sturgeon's Mill" you will find several videos of the Mill in operation.

Car pooling is encouraged. The Mill opens at 10 AM. Let's meet in the Mill Parking lot at 11, and we will walk from there to where we will meet up with our tour guide.

The Mill shuts down at Noon for lunch. A light lunch is available for purchase at the Mill or if you prefer bring a picnic lunch and enjoy lunch in the redwoods.

Dogs are not welcome.

The Mill is about 75 miles from Pleasant Hill, and the drive could take an 1 1/2 hours.

  1. From HWY 101 in Santa Rosa take Hwy 12 exit toward Sebastopol
  2. Follow Hwy 12 for 3.4 miles,
  3. Turn Right onto Fulton Road for one block,
  4. Take the immediate next left to continue west onto Occidental Road, 
  5. After 7 miles turn right onto Green Hill Rd
  6. 1/2 mile down the hill on Green Hill Rd to the parking lot on left

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Diablo Woodworkers Name Tag

Lost your name tag or never received one? Just make a note next to your name on the sign in sheet at the next meeting. Your new name tag will be available at the following meeting at the sign-in table.

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July 2017 Shop Tour Photos
June 2017 Shop Tour at Dale Chorney's and Phil Duncan's Shop
July 2017 Shop Tour at Paul Mueller's Shop

June 2017 Shop Tour at Dale Chorney's and Phil Duncan's Shop
July 2017 Shop Tour at Paul Mueller's Shop

June 2017 Shop Tour at Dale Chorney's and Phil Duncan's Shop
July 2017 Shop Tour at Paul Mueller's Shop

Don Gouveia
Don Gouveia
- Compound Miter Lidded box - Zebra wood.

Andrew Baxter
Andrew Baxter
- Napkin Rings.

Andrew Baxter
Andrew Baxter
- Hollow Vessel.

Andrew Baxter
Andrew Baxter
- Napkin Rings and Coaster Set.

John Lawson
John Lawson
- Dishes with pyrography decoration.

Hugh Bevan-Thomas
Hugh Bevan-Thomas
- Square Plate.

Pete Nakatani
Pete Nakatani
- Miniture turnings - Goblet, Vase and Glass with coasters on a full sized coaster.

John Lawson
John Lawson
- Turn & Burn - Vase with pyrography decoration.

John Lawson
John Lawson
- Bowl with pyrography decoration.

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Memorial Flag Case Project

Since the 9/11 tragedy, the Diablo Woodworkers have channeled some of their woodworking passion into compassion for the families of fallen firefighters and law enforcement officers - the survivors of those who have given their last full measure in protecting others.

We honor those families with memorial flag cases that have been crafted from California (Claro) walnut and accented with silver maple corner splines. Each case is finished with Danish oil and buffed out to a smooth finish.

These memorial flag cases are provided to all law enforcement and firefighting units in the San Francisco Bay area. We are proud to have worked with over 100 families in the past 10 years and will continue to honor the fallen.

Gordon Fry, 925-685-1676 is the Chairperson for this project. Plans for these flag cases are on our club web site.

Flag Case

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TOOLS FOR SALE/SWAP, JOBS, WANTED: - Here is a place to advertise a job or your need to get rid of that little used but beautiful tool or supply or ask for something. Email Jeff Treager to get it in the Newsletter or emailed to members.

Marlene's Embroidery & Designs - The place to get your embroidered Diablo Woodworkers' shirt and many other embroidered designs. Please call to make an appointment: 925-682-3919

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Diablo Woodworkers SUPPLIERS

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE DIABLO WOODWORKERS Phone Bob Barnett at 925-933-2339 or email. Please let us know if you move out of the area, or are no longer interested in the club activities so we can take you off the mailing list.


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