Diablo Woodworkers

April 2008 Meeting Newsletter

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Diablo Woodworkers ACTIVITIES. Club meetings at PHEC are the 2nd Wednesday of the month, 7-9pm and Shop Tours or Sawdust Sessions are the 3rd Saturday of the month, 9am-Noon.

Meeting Schedule

Turning SIG, Bowl Turning, Rodgers
Metal SIG
Router/Shop Tips SIG
High School Woodworking Meeting
Shop Tour, Chuck Cottril, Walnut Creek
Turning SIG, Lathe mounts, Accessories
Router/Shop Tips SIG
Randy Angella, Classical Guitar Luthier

Metal SIG
Shop Tour, Andy Ferguson, Orinda
Router/Shop Tips SIG
Jim Marieiro, Wood carver
Turning SIG
Shop Tour, Roger Giles, Richmond
July and August Metal SIG not schedule


Our May meeting will feature student projects submitted for judging by the eleven High Schools involved in our High School Woodworking Competition. The students will be present to discuss their projects and receive awards. A teacher's award will be presented to the High School woodshop program with the most winning entries.

Be sure and bring your Show and Tell items to share with the High School students.
A BIG THANKS goes to the following Favorite Suppliers and Friends for their support for the Awards for this 1st Contra Costa County High School Woodworking Competition:
  • Eames Hardware, Pleasant Hill
  • MacBeath Hardwoods, Berkeley
  • Dolan Lumber, Concord
  • Woodcraft, Dublin
  • Arakelian/Westoff, Investment Advisors, San Ramon
  • Retired Clayton Valley High School Teachers
  • Anonymous Donor
  • Diablo Woodworkers
Another BIG THANKS goes to Dick Ellis and his team that put this project together, David Wittenbrock, Frank Stratton, Jeff Traeger, Rich Schwerin, Mark Saake, and Gordon Fry.


Randy Angella started studying classical guitars in 1970 and began his career as a Luthier in 1975. In his 30 plus years of building, Mr. Angella has established relationships with, and provided instruments to, many of the prominent performers and teachers of our time. Randy currently builds guitars in Concord, California, is instructing two apprentices, and is active providing guitars for performers, students, collectors, composers and Classical Guitar enthusiasts all across the United States and Canada. He has also been asked to teach classes in French Polishing at a number of fine woodworking shops in the Bay Area. You can learn more about Randy and is art at www.angellaguitars.com.

May 17th SHOP TOUR, 9 AM -NOON

Chuck Cottril's shop is truly a family affair. The whole family built and work in this shop. Everything has a home so that the next family member that comes along knows where the tool he or she needs can be found. This shop is constantly evolving. There is always something new to see. It may be a new project or a jig that was used on the last project.
Directions: Northbound I-680 take the Treat/Geary off ramp.Turn left over the overpass turn right on North Main. Drive to the first light and turn left onto Sunnyvale Dr. Drive about a third mile and turn left into Suncrest Ct. Go to end of the court on the right side.

Southbound I-680 take the Treat/Geary exit. Turn right onto North Main. go to the first intersection and make a "U" turn.drive on the right and turn right on to Sunnyvale and go about a third mile to Suncrest Ct. Turn left into Suncrest Ct. and go to the end of the court on the right.


This is an outstanding shop and not to be missed. The shop is over 600 hundred square feet and designed to mimic the look of the house. Construction is 2X6, vaulted ceilings, and dormers. The large power tools are all first class including Powermatic Cabinet Saw and 20 inch Planer. Andy has the biggest Agazzani Band Saw I have ever seen at a residential shop. Base cabinets and wall cabinets line one long wall. These cabinets were beautifully built by Andy using excellent joinery and wood working techniques.
Directions: From Hwy 24 take the Orinda off ramp and travel East on Moraga Way. Turn left onto Ivy Drive and go three blocks up the hill to Crown Ct. Turn left into the court. Andy's shop is behind the house off of a private road. Parking is somewhat limited so you may want to car pool.

Show and Tell Photos From April Meeting.
Andrew BaxterAndrew Baxter answered a teacher's call and made an Apple headed gavel and base. Oliver ClewsOliver Clews sent in a photo of a Bubinga table he finished recently.
Bruce ThomBruce Thom showed a photo of the finished desk that we have seen parts of for several past meetings. Bob BarnettBob Barnett showed a walnut silverware table to add under the wall hanging display cabinet he showed last year.
Dan PachecoDan Pacheco showed one of the two beds he made for his twin grand children. Bill TarletonBill TarletonBill Tarleton showed 2 bowls. Left bowl is Carob from Ruth Bancroft's Garden in Walnut Creek. The right bowl is Big Leaf Maple from Oregon with a blue epoxy trim.
Frank StrattonFrank Stratton showed a lovely oak and walnut side table. Harold MantleHarold Mantle showed a terrific Shave Horse and a carving chest Protector which many of us had never heard of.
John LawsonJohn Lawson showed a turned hollow ornament and just to show he does remember how to make square things a memorial box. Stan CaldwellStan Caldwell showed a scrollsawed duck and rabbit.
Randolph TorresRandolph Torres showed some more of his remarkable coopered, turned and segmented projects, a large horn, child's low chair with table, and some unique forms.  


TOY Special Interest Group: Bring your finished toys to the meetings.

A Big Thanks to the volunteers to build toys for the 2008 Toy Program. For those Toy Makers who were unable to sign up at the Wednesday meeting, a sign up sheet will be available at coming meetings.

Wood Available from Ron Kersey: Walnut, each piece is approximately 19" x 5-1/2" x 2-1/4". Kits sized to make a large car, a medium car, and a leaping frog. Kits will be at next months meeting or toy builders can make arrangements for individual pickup from Ron.

Ron also has a variety of hardwood from MacBeath. This is available for any type of toy.

Toy Project Goals The Toy Makers are Diablo Woodworker volunteers. They participate in two ways.
  1. As individuals making toys in their home work shops.
  • Build from your own plans or use plans available from the Toy Group
  • Use your own materials or we provide the materials
  1. As members of the Toy Group in weekly sessions.
  • A group of about 12 volunteers
  • Usually meets at the Mount Diablo Adult Education School
  • Build toys on a production basis.
What happens to the toys? All donated to charitable organizations. We are currently building for:
  • Monument Crisis Center
  • Christmas for Everyone
  • Foster a Dream
To volunteer or for additional information contact: Ronald Kersey, , 925 944-5471

Router/Shop Tips Special Interest Group - Meetings at John Summers' Shop, 1672 Clayton Way, Concord, 925-681-1407, the Monday before Wednesday DW meeting. Don't forget your hearing protection!

TURNING Special Interest Group: - Meetings in room 207 of the Woodshop at Pleasant Hill Adult Ed. at 7pm the first Thursday of each month. To join in the Turning SIG call George Lucido at 925-254-3659.

Metal Special Interest Group (Metalheads): The meetings will be held at the Ygnacio High School Metal Shop the 2nd Thursday of each month, 7-9 pm. Anyone interested in adding metal work to their hobbies and join the Metal SIG needs to contact George Hawks, 510-222-1408, or email .

We have Memorial Flag Cases, for a donation of $35 to the club, to families that have received a Military or Public Service Memorial Flag after the passing of a loved one. These cases will also be given out free to any local Fire or Police family member that is lost in the line of duty. Plans for these cases are on our club web site. Gordon Fry, 925-685-1676 is the Chairperson for this project. Call him if you know of someone that would like a Flag Case or would like some help building them. Flag Case
Flag Cases were given to several local police and fire fighting families in the last couple of years. It is our honor to help in memories of these men who lost their lives in their community's service.

Sign Up for Wooden Name Badges and Reminder: If you don't have a Name Badge, contact John Stout 925-676-7271 and get one. They will be very important in getting discounts at local lumber yards and other stores in the area. While we are on the subject of discounts, if you can, the next time you find a convenient supplier ask if the club can get a club discount. We will gladly add them to our Favorite Supplier's list and mail them a Newsletter. Wooden Name Badges sign up is ongoing. Contact John Stout to get on the list. The Wooden Name Badges will cost $5 each. Please contact John Stout at 925-676-7271.

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. Call Bill Tarleton 925-939-8052 or email to get it in the Newsletter.

Diablo Woodworkers Library - See Andrew Baxter before or after the meeting. No videos will be given out during the meeting unless there are break periods. There is a $1 charge for borrowing a video or book. The videos and books must be returned at the following meeting.

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Book list:


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FOR MORE ABOUT THE DIABLO WOODWORKERS Phone Bill Tarleton at 925-939-8052 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.