Diablo Woodworkers


APRIL 2018 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.

May 9, 2018 MEETING, PHEC SMALL GYM, 7-9 PM. JOHN COBB - Introduction to the wood lathe - demonstration.
June 13, 2018 MEETING, PHEC MAT ROOM, 7-9 PM. JOSEPH BRODY - Confluence Furniture.


NEXT MEETING DETAIL

MAY 9,2018 MEETING PHEC, SMALL GYM, 7-9 PM.
JOHN COBB - Introduction to the wood lathe - demonstration

John CobbJohn Cobb, a professional woodturner and one of the woodturning instructors next door, will wheel a lathe across the parking lot and give us an introduction on how to use a lathe and its application for furniture making. Many furniture projects require or can be enhanced with turned features so it's a good idea for us all to get comfortable with using the lathe as a tool.

John Cobb's project

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JUNE 13,2018 MEETING PHEC, MAT ROOM, 7-9 PM.
JOSEPH BRODY - Confluence Furniture.

Joseph BrodyFrom Mass Production to Hand Made. Joseph Brody spent 10 years in Asia sourcing furniture for American companies, but stepped away from that world to study traditional craftsmanship in Maine. He moved back to Walnut Creek last year and set up shop to produce his own designs.

Joseph Brody   Joseph Brody

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PREVIOUS MEETING

APRIL 11, 2018 MEETING, PHEC MULTI-USE ROOM, 7-9 PM.
BOB HOELLWARTH - Building a Japanese Hand Plane.

Diablo Woodworkers member Bob Hoellwarth went step by step through his experiences with building Japanese hand planes (kanna). The presentation included building the dai (body) of a smoothing plane, scraper plane, and block plane, using a pocket microscope to get a sharper blade edge, and using a micrometer to fine-tune the plane.

Bob Hoellwarth Japanese Hand Plane.   Bob Hoellwarth Japanese Hand Plane.

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WHAT'S NEW
2018 Community Project - March 2018 news.

Video of Emerson Elementary Project - July 16, 2017 news.
Flag Case History - August 2016

Show & Tell Cards - January 2017 news.

Diablo Woodworkers Google Groups Newsletter

Email Jeff Traeger and request to be subscribed or un-subscribed to the newsletter


A DIABLO WOODWORKERS WELCOME TO NEW MEMBERS

The Diablo Woodworkers would like to extend a hearty welcome to the following new members attending our April 2018 meeting. We hope to see all you on a regular basis.

New members:

  1. Folbert Reck


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Mt. Diablo Woodturning Center’s Monthly Meeting Details

MAY 3, 2018 WOODTURNERS, ROOM-108, 7-9 PM.
Michele Freeze – Sharpening Lathe Tools Preview

Greeting Woodturners!

Michele will demonstrate sharpening your woodturning tools, including how to set up your sharpening equipment. She will also use the equipment to sharpen a gouge and scraper. These demonstrations are a preview of her summer class on 'Sharpening Lathe Tools' where you get hands on experience sharpening your own tools.

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June 07, 2018 WOODTURNERS, ROOM-108, 7-9 PM.
Tony Wolcott – Looking for Wood in Our Own Backyard

Greeting Woodturners!

In search of more exotic and breathtaking wood we often neglect what is right there at our feet. This presentation is about the good and the bad of California native plants. At fairs and online folks often like wood from the very area we live in. There are some excellent woods for projects that grow naturally in California. Here they are, and here are some not worth bothering with. Plus, attendants will learn something about California plant families and communities, how to identify common native trees and shrubs.

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SHOP TOURS/SAWDUST SESSION DETAILS

SATURDAY, MAY 19, 2018 SHOP TOUR, 10AM - NOON
Gordon Fry at 4625 Candlewood Court, Concord.

Gordon is a long-time club member. He also serves on our Planning Committee and has been responsible for our December holiday party as well as the Flag Case project. Gordon has also taken on the Bicycle Safety Village project to reconstruct the village signs that teach kids safe bicycle habits. Gordon builds beautiful boxes, elegant furniture and a variety of useful objects. His backyard shop was constructed from prefab panels and trusses and was erected with the help of several club members. It is a good place to socialize.

Sorry, no pets or minor children due to liability issues.

Directions:

From Orinda or points west, take Highway 24 to east to Highway 580 north and follow the directions from Walnut Creek.

From Walnut Creek or points south, take Highway 680 north to exit 48 for Treat Boulevard. Turn right on Treat Boulevard for 4.8 miles. Turn right on Clayton Road. Turn left at the first signal, Thornwood drive. Drive approximately 5 blocks to Candlewood Court, turn right, and go 5 homes to 4625 on the left.

From Concord or points north, take Highway 680 south to exit 48. Turn left on North Main Street. Turn left on Treat Blvd. for 4.8 miles. Then follow the second paragraph of the Walnut Creek directions.

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SATURDAY, June 16, 2018 SHOP TOUR, 10AM - NOON
Doug Sleeter, 7950 Hillsboro Court, Pleasanton, CA 94588.

Doug is a relatively new member, so this is a great opportunity to get to know him.

Here is Doug's description of his shop:

Last year, I turned an old detached "shed" building on the side my house into a 500 sq ft workshop. We poured a foundation slab, added a 50amp sub panel, dust collection system, sheetrock, barn doors, and re-roofed to make it a very nice space for a workshop. It has a separate entrance from a side gate on the house, and I'm still adding new features all the time. So it's definitely a work in progress. The tools so far include a Sawstop 36" table saw, Powermatic jointer, Jet surface planer, and a Laguna 14bx band saw.

Sorry, no pets or minor children due to liability issues.

Directions:

From the north:

  • Take 680 south, exit Stoneridge Drive
  • Turn right on Stoneridge Drive
  • Left on Pleasant Hill Rd.
  • Right on Hillsboro Court (at the end of the cul-de-sac)
From the south:
  • Take 680 north, exit Stoneridge Drive.
  • Turn left on Stoneridge Drive
  • on Pleasant Hill Rd.
  • Right on Hillsboro Court (at the end of the cul-de-sac)
east or west:
  • Take 580 towards Pleasanton, exit to 680 south, then take first exit at Stoneridge Drive
  • Turn right on Stoneridge Drive
  • Left on Pleasant Hill Rd.
  • Right on Hillsboro Court (at the end of the cul-de-sac)

Cell Phone: 925-200-6365

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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.





Kirby Elvin
Kirby Elvin
- Backgammon Game, Bamboo & Assorted Veneers, General Finish, "Want to play a game?"



Dave Wittenbrock
Dave Wittenbrock
- Bird House, Redwood, No finish, For Pleasant Hill Library Kids Project.



Brian Condran
Brian Condran
- KOA Entry Cabinet, Koa/Katalox/English Sycamore, Libirian Finishing Oil.



Duke Herrero
Duke Herrero
- "Used" Grounds Container, Walnut/Maple, Wipe on Poly.



Tim Killen
Tim Killen
- Sheraton Work Table, Mahogany & Various Veneers, Shellac, Copy of Seymour Piece 1900 Boston.



Sam Altshuler
Sam Altshuler
- Pie Crust Table Top - 1 of 4, Walnut/Plum/Black Acacia, No finish, Work in progress.






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March 2018 Shop Tour Photos
Shop Tour at Gary Fulcher's Shop of Lafayette.
Shop Tour at Gary Fulcher's Shop of Lafayette.



Shop Tour at Gary Fulcher's Shop of Lafayette.
Shop Tour at Gary Fulcher's Shop of Lafayette.



Shop Tour at Gary Fulcher's Shop of Lafayette.
Shop Tour at Gary Fulcher's Shop of Lafayette.



Shop Tour at Gary Fulcher's Shop of Lafayette.
Shop Tour at Gary Fulcher's Shop of Lafayette.



Shop Tour at Gary Fulcher's Shop of Lafayette.
Shop Tour at Gary Fulcher's Shop of Lafayette.



Shop Tour at Gary Fulcher's Shop of Lafayette.
Shop Tour at Gary Fulcher's Shop of Lafayette.

Gary Fulcher of Lafayette

This is the Craftsman-style shop of Gary Fulcher in Lafayette. Gary is a friend of several long-time club members, an accomplished boat-builder and a generous community supporter. With the help of volunteers from the Lafayette Rotary Club, Gary builds woodworking projects for fundraising raffles. Gary and his teams have used his shop to build and raffle off several sailing canoes, as well as a tear-drop camping trailer, raising thousands of dollars for charitable causes. Gary graciously invited us to tour his open and well-planned shop.






John Cobb
John Cobb
- Assorted Hollow Vessels.



John Cobb
John Cobb
- Assorted Hollow Vessels.



John Cobb
John Cobb
- Assorted Hollow Vessels.



Bob Nolan
Bob Nolan
- Mystery wood Dish with Square edges.



Rich Nelson
Rich Nelson
- Black Acacia Serving Dish.



Rich Nelson
John Lawson
- Cradle.



Jack Giolitti
Jack Giolitti
- Segmented Hollow Vessel.



Jack Giolitti
Jack Giolitti
- Pine Hollow Vessel.



John Cobb
John Cobb
- Assorted Hollow Vessels.



John Cobb
John Cobb
- Assorted Hollow Vessels.



Bob Nolan
Bob Nolan
- Bowl-in-a-Bowl.



Don Gougeia
Don Gougeia
- Compound Miter Bowl with pyro decoration.



Bob Farnell
Bob Farnelll
- Salt and Pepper Grinders.



Andrew Baxter
Andrew Baxter
- Sculpted Liguid Amber Bowl.



Jack Giolitti
Jack Giolitti
- Segmented Vessel.






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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
FLAG CASE PRESENTATION HISTORY

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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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