Diablo Woodworkers

NOVEMBER 2015 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.

Mt. Diablo Woodturning Center's monthly meeting, speaker - Ron Kersey – SketchUp a 3-D Drawing Program. Note: Meet on 2nd Thursday
Nov 18 DW Meeting, Mark Tindley, Cabinet and Furniture Maker Note: Meet on 3rd Wednesday
Shop Tour, David Lipscomb's home shop.
43rd Annual Gifts ‘n Tyme Holiday Faire, Napa, CA.

Mt. Diablo Woodturning Center's monthly meeting, speaker - Ron Tinay – Open Segment Turning.
Mt. Diablo Adult Ed Craft Fair, 9am to 3pm.
Mt. Diablo Woodturning Center's monthly meeting, Finishing Techniques – Group Discussion
Jan 13, 2016 DW Meeting, Jack Clark, Photographer


1540 Marchbanks Drive, Walnut Creek, CA

Reserve December 9th 2015 on your calendars.

This is our festive end of year meeting, and friends and spouses are welcome.

The December club meeting, on Wednesday night the 9th of December, will be held at the Gardens at Heather Farms.

The function will be from 7PM to 9PM, however those members wishing to bring ‘show and tell’ items to exhibit should deliver them between 6:30 and 7:00 so that we can set them up. All items need to be removed at the end of the meeting.

Wine, beer, and warm cider will be served, but feel free to bring your favorite dessert or fruit dish to share.

As well as door prizes, the winning ticket for the 'shop tour Desk' will be drawn. Follow its progress at shop tours.

Come along, for the final Diablo Woodworkers get together for 2015

There is off street parking in front of the Gardens at Heather Farms facility.

The address of the Gardens at Heather Farms is...
1540 Marchbanks Drive, Walnut Creek
Marchbanks Drive is off Ygnacio Valley Road, very near the John Muir Hospital.

See map below.

Christmas Elf Our December 2015 Raffle is a Stylish Desk.
Tickets are on sale at:
      November 18th Club meeting
      December 5th, 9 to 3, Mt. Diablo Adult Ed Craft Fair 
      December 9th Club meeting

See Raffle Info and MAP top of right column==>^

Diablo Woodworkers December Raffle

The 2015 Shop Tour Project is a Desk (see picture below). The desk will be raffled at the December Club Meeting. Tickets may be purchased ahead of time. You do not have to be present to win. The desk top has a shellac ‘French Polish’ finish with a poly top coat. The legs and Drawer unit have a shellac finish. The desk is made of ash and walnut veneer on the desk top.

Ticket Pricing –
1 for $5; 5 for $20; 12 for $40; 32 for $100


Raffle Drawing Wednesday December 9, 2015

2015 December Raffle Desk
2015 December Raffle Desk.
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Directions/Map to the Gardens


JACK KELLY CLARK, University of California

By combining an interest in science with an eye for fine art, photographer Jack Kelly Clark built a distinguished 38-year career with the University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources delivering photos that educate and delight farmers and gardeners in California and worldwide. Jack will bring that world of experience to the Diablo Woodworkers in a presentation on how to best photograph one's woodworking projects. If you would like to see some of Jacks work go to ...


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MARK TINDLEY, Cabinet and Furniture Maker

Mark Tindley is a cabinet and furniture maker operating out of Penngrove, CA and recently completed the reproduction of a Stradivarius violin. He will show us how he researched the project and the techniques he used to create the complete instrument.


NEW 2015 Community Project - September 2015 news.

NEWLumberjack lives in Northwest
A shot of Peter Gruenwoldt from Seattle's Tree Cycle, working on a 100' Elm.

Pleasant Hill Library Cabinet Activity: The Diablo Woodworkers Display Cabinets have recently been moved to the Pleasant Hill Library. New photos will be coming shortly.October 30, 2015

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The Diablo Woodworkers would like to extend a hearty welcome to the following new members attending our November 18, 2015 meeting. We hope to see all you on a regular basis.

New members:

  1. Max Shoka
  2. Patrick Hallahan
  3. Michelle McBee

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David Lipscomb's home shop at 3341 Springhill Rd, Lafayette, CA 94549
Phone:  (925) 283-8865

Today’s Tour:
How do you?

  • Build an organized and productive GARAGE shop in a space ~ 10' X 20'
  • Still get the cars in the garage
  • Have a little room to squeeze in for lumber storage

NOTE: Submariners, by nature, learn to work in small spaces.

Refreshments: Special Refreshments and Coffee will be served.


First house on left - third street from Pleasant Hill Road. Park on either side of road going up without blocking any driveways or street. Anybody physically requiring close parking can park in my driveway; there is room for 4-6 cars. Don't go all the way up the drive so people can have walkway access.

Address is 3341 Springhill Road, live on Brown Drive.

Take Highway-24 to Lafayette
Exit onto Pleasant Hill Road North (Exit-14)
Follow Pleasant Hill Road for approx. 0.8Miles to Spring Hill Road.
Turn left onto Springhill Road and drive about 0.3 miles to address.

Map to David Lipscomb's Home Shop


Saturday, January 16, 2016 Shop Tour, 10AM - Noon
John F. Mello, Luthier Shop at 437 Colusa Ave, Kensington, 94707.

John was our DWW July 2015 Wednesday night speaker. 

For the past 29 years John has built and restored guitars in his shop in Kensington. His goals have remained constant-to produce concert guitars with a broad tonal palette and wide dynamic range that both project well and respond sensitively to the mature player's varied touch.

The tour of his shop will provide us with not only the opportunity to view where he practices his craft, but also for us to learn more about his tools and techniques.

Refreshments: Coffee, cookies and donuts will be available


  1. Take Hwy 24 W toward San Francisco
  2. Keep right to merge onto I-580 W toward San Francisco
  3. Keep left to merge onto I-580 W
  4. Keep right on I-580 W toward Berkeley, I-80 E,
  5. Take exit 13A onto Buchanan St. toward Albany
  6. Turn right onto Buchanan St toward Albany,
  7. Turn left onto Santa Fe Ave,
  8. Turn right onto Thousand Oaks Blvd,
  9. Turn left onto Colusa Ave,
  10. The Shop, 437 Colusa is on right

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Mt. Diablo Woodturning Center’s Monthly Meeting Details

December 3, Turners Monthly Meeting, PHEC Room-108, 7-9 PM
speaker - Jim Rodgers – Open Segment Turning.

Jim Rodgers will demonstrate the jigs, fixtures and other processes needed for successful Open Segmented Turning.

Where: PHEC Room 108
When: Thursday, December 3, 2015
Time: 7:00 PM


January 7, 2016 Turners Monthly Meeting, PHEC ROOM-108, 7-9 PM.
Finishing Techniques – Group Discussion.

A group discussion on finishing techniques.

  • Preparation – Sanding process
  • Type of finish and application process
  • Curing time

Where: PHEC Room 108
When: Thursday, January 7, 2016
Time: 7:00 PM


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Diablo Woodworkers Name Tag

Lost your name tag or never received one? Just e-mail Jeff Traeger at and provide your name as you would like it to appear. Your new name tag will be available at the next meeting at the sign-in table.

Kirby Elvin
Kirby Elvin
- Three Drawer Box - Natural Edge, Walnut with Ambrosia Maple Pine Cone Pulls, General Finish.

Peggy Gipps
Peggy Gipps
- School Box, Red Oak, Polyurethane Finish- David Lipscomb's Hand Tool Class Project.

Kirby Elvin
Kirby Elvin
- Natural Edge Box, Manzanita, General Finish.

Duke Herrero
Duke Herrero
- Child's Stool, Canary Wood, Shellac Finish.

2015 Raffle Desk
- This desk will be raffled off at the December 9th Meeting.

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October 2015 Shop Tour at Neal Rose's Shop in Alameda
October 2015 Shop Tour at Neal Rose's Shop in Alameda

October 2015 Shop Tour at Neal Rose's Shop in Alameda
October 2015 Shop Tour at Neal Rose's Shop in Alameda

October 2015 Shop Tour at Neal Rose's Shop in Alameda
October 2015 Shop Tour at Neal Rose's Shop in Alameda

October 2015 Shop Tour at Neal Rose's Shop in Alameda
October 2015 Shop Tour at Neal Rose's Shop in Alameda

Don Gouveia
Don Gouveia
- Staved Maple Bowl with Lid.

Andrew Baxter
Andrew Baxter
- Insideout Christmas Ornaments.

Vern Stovall
Vern Stovall
- Tea Pot.

Jim Rodgers
Jim Rodgers
- Christmas Ornament with Hollow Walnut Globe and Finials.

Don Gouveia
Don Gouveia
- Staved Bowl with Decorative holes.

Joel Albert
Joel Albert
- Maple Natural Edge Bowl with Tung Oil Finish.

Dave Wittenbrock
Dave Wittenbrock
- Natural Edge Bowl - Walnut.

John Hile
John Hile
- Driscoll type open segmented Glueup Jig.

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Pleasant Hill Library Cabinet Displays
"Craft items from various classes at the Pleasant Hill Adult School. October 30, 2015

New projects are put in the cabinets every 2 months so be sure and stop by to see the current displays.

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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


Starting with the 9/11/2001 tragedies, we are proud to have provided flag cases for many families. It is a small token of our appreciation for the great risks police and firefighters take to keep our communities safe.

In 2001 and 2002 we sent approximately 160 flag cases to families of firefighters, police, and military who lost their lives at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. This was done in cooperation with a number of other woodworking clubs across the country who also provided many flag cases.

Closer to home, in 2001 we provided a flag case to the family of an Oakland Police officer who lost his life while on an undercover narcotics stakeout.

In 2002 we honored a Norcal firefighter who lost his life in a forest fire.

In 2004 flag cases honoring two police officers were donated. One officer was with the SFPD and the other with Oakland. The SFPD officer died when a suspect pulled and fired an assault rifle at the officer and his partner.

In 2005 three police officers were honored. These men worked for the San Leandro, Pittsburg and Daly City Police Departments. One was shot while attempting to arrest two robbery suspects and another was shot in an ambush attack at a residence.

2006 resulted in four local police and firefighters losing their lives. One was a firefighter from Santa Clara who was electrocuted while fighting a fire. The other three were police officers from San Francisco and Palo Alto. One of the SFPD officers was killed while pursuing robbery suspects who used their van to ram the police car. In Palo Alto an officer was shot while trying to break up a fight.

We were fortunate to not have to present any flag cases in 2007.

In 2008 two flag cases were given to families of officers from Richmond and Martinez. While the Richmond officer died in a car wreck, his organs were donated to a man in San Francisco “who had 24 hours to live”. As the Richmond police department said “ the last thing he did was save a life”.

In 2009, five flag cases were presented. Four Oakland police officers lost their lives this year all resulting from a traffic stop where the suspect opened fire and killed the two investigating officers. In the resulting manhunt the assailant killed two more officers when he was cornered in a building in Oakland. The fifth officer was from SFPD.

In 2010 one Richmond Police officer lost his life in the line of duty.

2011, however, found one police officer and two firefighters giving their lives to protect us. Both firefighters were critically injured during an explosion while bravely fighting a house fire in the Diamond Heights neighborhood. The Vallejo police officer used his patrol car to cause a suspect's SUV to spin out. The suspect then fled on foot and was pursued by the officer. The suspect hid behind a fence and when the officer closed on him he shot the officer.

One Concord Police Officer lost his life in the line of duty in 2012. He was shot during a traffic stop.

In 2013 we were fortunate that again only one local police officer lost his life. He was with the Santa Cruz police.

Thus far in 2014 we have provided flag cases to the families of three policemen. Two CHP officers were killed in a vehicle crash while responding to a 911 call. The third officer was with the BART police and the victim of an accidental shooting by another officer.

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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 Traeger 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.

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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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