DWC Celebrating 30 years (1987-2017)




Recent Meeting Programs

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Show and Tell Items for the meetings are located in the Members Gallery Section, please check it out as projects are added regularly.

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December 11th, 2017

Topic: Wayne Pedden - Dado's
Hi,

Great night last night, Wayne Pye did a fantastic presentation on the setup and use of a stack dado blade set.  Wayne brought in several examples of the various cuts used with the stacked dado set and his step by step explanations were top notch.  I’m sure we’ll be calling Wayne back for other demonstrations in the new year.  We should have the video uploaded to our YouTube site in the coming weeks.

This past Saturday, a group of members visited a gentleman on a lumber run, he was donating all of his wood.  When we arrived, we were all quite surprised at the amount of material in such a small garage, it felt like we were at Peacock lumber.  One of our newest members rented a U-Haul truck and we carted away as much material as the truck would hold, we barely made a dent in the gentleman’s garage. 

All of the material that we brought back is in the members garage, I’ve attached a photo of the pile.  There is a good cross section of material, a lot of moulding, solid pieces and scraps, we even brought back a cedar door and shelving grade material.  If you would like to pick up a load, please call Carrie (289) 685-1860 and arrange a time and day to stop by her garage.  Please consider making a donation to Carrie for the storage of the material, I’ll leave it to your discretion.

Other stuff,

  1. The shop will be open this Saturday from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm, please feel free to drop into the shop.
  2. We’ll be hosting the last meeting this coming Monday night, then we break for the holiday season.
  3. The first meeting for 2018 will be held on Monday January 8th, 2018.
  4. Day parking, for those members using the club during the day, please do not park in the three spaces north of the handicap space, these are reserved for the church staff.
Show and Tell:


December 4th, 2017

Topic: General Meeting - Elections

Monday night was a relatively quick meeting, elections were held for the 2018/2019 season.  Below are the newly confirmed executive and directors;

President – Rob Peros
Vice President – Chris Lapine
Treasurer – Keith Pateman
Directors - Wayne Hutchinson, Wayne Pye, Kade Bolger, Rick Sullivan, Mike Kellar, Calvin Perry

I’d like to thank Denis Lalonde for his thirty one years of service to the club as the President, the club has undergone numerous changes and his leadership has help to guide the club through all of the change successfully.  I look forward to the future of the club, I’m excited to work with the new executive, we have new faces as well as, dependable veterans.  Thank you to everyone for participating.

A few weeks back I had mentioned that an older gentleman was looking to empty the contents of his garage which was full of wood.  This gentleman use to build doors and worked with crown molding, he has a wide assortment of material that he is offering for free, we only need to pick it up.  We had a discussion on Monday night, there was interest from several members and I’ve received an offer to store the wood that I’m currently investigating.  If you are interested in helping to collect the material, please let me know, if I can coordinate our efforts, I would like to pick one day in which we send a team of people to pick up the wood and bring it back to a local area storage facility, were it can be sorted and everyone can pick up as much wood as they feel that they can take.  This would be a much better alternative than sending members down on their own to pick through the garage, it would be less aggravation for the gentleman.
If you can help, please email me.

Other stuff:

  1. Denis will be holding a woodworking forum this coming Wednesday night, this is a good opportunity to bring questions forward to Denis and Chris if you are having any sort of turning challenges.
  2. December 11th, Peter Lauricella will be demonstrating his segmented turning.
  3. December 18th, Wayne Pye will be demonstrating “how to set up a dado blade set”.
  4. December 18th will be our last club meeting for the year, we’ll be starting back up on January 8, 2018.
Show and Tell:

Andy Valliere - Wig Stand

November 27th, 2017

Topic: General Meeting

Show and Tell:

Calvin Perry - Child’s Stool.
Kade Bolger - Box: Dyed Birch Veneer with Acrylic Top.
Kade Bolger - Box: Honey Locust, Apple & Brazilian Cherry.
Chris Lapine - Ash Table Top.    



November 20th, 2017

Topic: Wayne Peden (Building Cabinets)
Great meeting last night, our guest speaker was club member Wayne Peden, Wayne did a great demonstration on building cabinets and doors.  For those that missed the demonstration, it should be up on the club YouTube channel in the next week or so.  If you have an interest in building your own cabinets, I strongly suggest you visit the club YouTube channel.  On behalf of the members that attended, thank you Wayne for a fantastic demonstration. You can view the video presentation here.

Denis brought up an extremely sensitive issue last night, effective immediately the club is not permitted to store bagged shavings in the immediate shop area, all bagged shavings must be brought outside and collected for pick up at the south side of the church property.  This decision was forced upon the club by direct order of the town fire inspector, who recently toured the club and noted several very serious concerns regarding dust and excess shavings.  This is a very serious issue, if we cannot overcome the objections of the fire inspector, we may be forced to shut down the club shop area.

That being said, this coming Saturday November 25th, we will be holding a shop clean up, we are asking for volunteers to show up at 10:00 am to help clean the shop and surrounding areas.  The more volunteers we have, the faster the clean will go, in the past we’re usually done with two hours.

Other stuff

  1. Tom Loftus is looking for a Rockwell Beaver tailstock spindle (solid or hollow), if you have one or know someone, please contact Tom directly 905-725-1979 or t5o0m@yahoo.com.
  2. The early bird draw will be held December 4th, in order to be eligible for this draw, members must pay their membership dues by November 27th (next Monday).
  3. Nominations for the 2018 club executive will be held next Monday, with elections on December 4th.
  4. Woodworking 101 class starts this Thursday @ 6:30 pm, we have a full class, for those that have signed, please plan to attend, materials will be supplied, cost of materials is $20
  5. Next week, Wayne Pye will be demonstrating how to setup a stacked dado blade set for making cross cuts and adding strength to joints (not that kind of joint).
Show and Tell:
Dave Roberts - Ring Box
Doug Ricketts - Rustic Floor Lamp with Table

 

November 13th, 2017

Topic: Canadian Forces Presentation
We had a great meeting this past Monday night, our guest speaker was Sargent Brandon James, he is a parachute instructor with the Canadian Forces Advanced Warfare center, based in Trenton, Ontario.  Sargent James did a very impressive presentation regarding the activities of the forces paratroopers, he brought along footage of training jumps, as well as, several pieces of live gear that are currently in use today.  Thank you Sargent James for visiting the club and his service to our country, as well as, his grandfather Art James for the generous invitation on behalf of the club. You can view the video presentation here.

Side notes,

  1. Neil Fickling has access to safety glass (28”x68”), if anyone is interested in obtaining a piece, please contact Neil directly.
  2. Gerald Corrigan has excess pieces of melamine shelving (8-12”x60”, 7-assorted lengths), please contact Gerald directly if you are interested (905) 725-8625.
  3. Woodworking 101 will start Thursday November 23rd, I’ll be sending out notices to the next group directly, class is fully booked.
  4. Denis will be holding another woodworking forum on Wednesday November 6th.
  5. Election nominations will take place on November 27th, closing on December 4th, with elections being held on December 4th.
  6. The “early bird draw” will take place on December 4th, anyone who has paid their 2018 membership on or before December 4th will be entered in a draw to win their membership fees for the year.
  7. Attached is an invitation from Hearth Place for an appreciation lunch to be held on December 12th, for those members who have made a wig stand in the past, Hearth Place will be hosting an appreciation lunch, if you are interested in attending please contact Don McFarland before the December 4th meeting, Don will confirm attendance numbers on December 5th. 
  8. This coming Monday night, Wayne Peden will be hosting a demonstration on cabinet and door making, it will be a great night.
Show and Tell:

Otto Ference- Turned Christmas Ornaments (one and two)

November 6th, 2017

Topic: General Meeting
We had a good meeting last day, we watched a couple of good YouTube clips, one on how to read a tape measure and the other on five quick clamping clips.  Our web master should have the clips up on our YouTube channel later this week.

I brought in a utility cart that I built for my shop vac and I added a dust deputy, I found the plans in the Shop notes magazine, issue #109, I’ve attached the plans if you’re interested in building one for yourself.  As well, I added a link to a YouTube clip from a gentleman that built the exact cart and he provides a great step by step tutorial on the build, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_2cwVbNb8gs

Additional stuff

  • The shop will rotate between Thursday night and Saturday morning openings, please check the club calendar for dates and times.
  • Woodworking 101 will start November 23rd, I have one spot left for anyone interested.
  • The next woodturning forum will be on December 6th
  • Next week we will have a guest speaker, Art James grandson from the Canadian Forces will be in to talk about military life, should be a good discussion and presentation.
Show and Tell:

Rob Peros - Spalted Maple Bowl
Kade Bolger - Large Mixing Bowl, Lidded Box and Winged Bowl
Wayne Hutchinson - Church Mailbox
Chris Lapine - Pencil Crayon Pendant
Dan Alexander - Maple Bowl


October 30th, 2017

Topic: Turning an Acorn - Chris Lapine
Chris did a great presentation on turning a wooden acorn. Please see Chris's presentation VIDEO here.

Show and Tell:

Calvin Perry - Scrolled Key Chain
Peter Lauricella - Hickory Cutting Board and Maple Walnut Cutting Board
Wayne Pye - Cutting Board 1 and Cutting Board 2
Chris Lapine - Turned Acorn
Don McFarland - Pine Bowl

October 23rd, 2017

Topic: Painting Discussion - Wayne Hutchinson

We had a great meeting last night, Wayne Hutchinson was our guest speaker, he spoke about his passion for painting, we had a great discussion on several aspects on painting, a number of the members commented on learning something new last night. 
Wayne definitely earned his DWC coffee mug, thanks very much Wayne! Please see Wayne's presentation VIDEO here.

A couple of points from the meeting notes,

  1. Denis & Chris will be hosting the second turning forum on Wednesday November 1st, if you have any questions on turning, please feel free to stop by the shop in the evening and join the group, the first secession was invaluable!
  2. Check the club web site calendar for upcoming open shop days, the first Saturday shop opening will take place November 4th from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm.
  3. New member orientation will take place this coming Thursday October 26th, if you’re a new member and you’d like to use the shop, please plan to attend from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm.  We’re going to run through shop basics.
  4. Neil Fickling’s neighbour has a supply of safety glass 28" x 68",  if anyone is interested in picking up some of this stock, please contact Neil directly.

Next Monday, Chris LaPine will be demonstrating how to make an angel, should be a great night.

Show and Tell:

Neil Fickling - Wigstands
Gord Armstrong - Cane
Peter Lauricella - Laminated Bowls (one and two)

October 16th, 2017

Topic: General Meeting

Brief update from last night’s meeting, we reviewed a quick video from April Wilkerson on how to build a bird house and how to patina brass, we’ll have those clips added to the club web site for everyone to watch.  Denis and Chris brought in various samples of turned bird houses which are great gift and holiday decorations, Denis mentioned that he may dedicate an open Wednesday turning night to demonstrate how to turn a bird house.

Don McFarland brought in a few pieces of dog specific scroll figurines, patterns are available at www.woodcraftbyscott.com.  If you interested, I suggest that you visit the web page for more information.

A couple of points from the meeting for everyone,

  1. The table saw, jointer and planner will not be available on Tuesday October 24th from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm, please plan your trip to shop around the equipment down time.
  2. Don McFarland has confirmed that the scroll class will take place on Tuesday October 24th, first secession from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm, second secession from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm, if you’re interested in participating, please contact Don directly.
  3. New member orientation night will be Thursday October 26th from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm, this will be a quick update for new members to tour the shop and get an orientation on how the shop runs during the day, if you are planning on using the equipment, please plan to attend.
  4. We have three key holders confirmed that will be available to open the shop on a Saturday, so the first Saturday opening will be on Saturday November 4th from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm, please check the club calendar for the next dates.
  5. Next week, Wayne Hutchinson will be demonstrating painting tips, it should be a good discussion.
Show and Tell:

Denis Lalonde - Wigstands
Neil Fickling - Wigstands
Kade Bolger - Saturn Style Box and Large Bowl
Doug Ricketts - Pens
Don Mcfarland - Dog Puzzles (Boston Terrier, Pug and Kerry Blue Terrier)

 

October 2nd, 2017

Topic: General Meeting - Tips and Jigs

Great meeting last night, a number of fantastic tips & jigs brought forward by the members in attendance.  We watched a couple of really good clips from the web, one was forwarded by Mike Kellar on a nifty jig to make perfect dado cuts and the other was on planning a warped board, flat.  Our web master will have the clips on our web site shortly, for those that were not able to attend, check back on our web site.

We received word on Monday night that one of our fellow members has taken ill, Al Coolidge, please keep Al in your prayers.

A couple of points from the meeting for everyone to review,

  • This Wednesday night Denis & Chris will be hosting the first turning open forum night, if you have any questions about a turning project or turning in general, the shop will be open from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm, just drop in.

  • For new members, we’ll be hosting an orientation night on Thursday October 26th to review the shop basics, if your new to the club and you want to use the equipment, please plan to attend, start time will be 6:30 pm, we should be done by 8:00 pm.

  • Don McFarland will be hosting a scroll saw seminar, date to be confirmed with Don, if you’re interested, please contact Don directly.
  • Woodworking 101 will start up in early November, there are two people confirmed, we have room for two more, please let me know.

  • A few weeks back Don McFarland did a demo on scroll saw patterns, if you’re interested in ordering a custom pattern, I’ve attached the information, please review the attachment.

  • The feedback for opening the shop on Saturday’s was very positive, we’ll have an update for everyone shortly, stay tuned.
Show and Tell:

Denis Lalonde - Wigstands
Neil Fickling - Wigstands
Rob Peros - Vase
Kade Bolger - Cedar Bowl

 

September 25th, 2017

Topic: General Meeting - Fire Extinquisher

Wayne Hutchinson discussed the proper use & storage of a fire extinguisher for your shop. The video of the presentation is now online, please view the video here.

Show and Tell:

Mike Kellar - Reusable Push Stick
Oliver Holstock - Remebrance Day Plaque
Andy Valiere - Wigstands (one and two)


September 18th, 2017

Topic: General Meeting
A quick recap of tonight’s meeting, we ran a couple of video’s regarding push sticks when using the table saw, I hope to have them posted on our web site or YouTube site shortly. 

Ron Whitbread will be servicing the table saw Tuesday September 26th  from 9:00 am to noon, the table saw will not be available to the membership until Ron has completed the maintenance, please plan your work around the maintenance schedule.

Oliver Holdstock kindly passed along information regarding the sale of rough cut lumber, below is the contact information and supply.  Please feel free to contact the gentleman directly to complete the transaction.

Material available, oak, white pine, bass wood, slabs & 4x4 blocks
Contact: Bill Mills, 905-623-7980

We had a great discussion regarding opening the club on Saturday’s for those members who work full time and would like to use the club equipment for projects.  Below is a list of options, I would appreciate feedback from the membership as to which option best suits your needs regarding the club’s hours.  Please respond with the appropriate option that best represents your needs.

Option “A” - Open one Saturday per month from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm (full day).
Option “B” - Open on Saturday, twice per month from 9:00 am to noon (half day)
Option “C” - Open on Saturday, twice per month alternating mornings (9:00 am to noon) then afternoons (noon to 3:30 pm) (half day).
Option “D” – I will not use the club equipment on a Saturday.

Next week Wayne Hutchinson will be discussing the proper use & storage of a fire extinguisher for your shop, it should be a great presentation.  I’ll be away on business next week, if I’ve missed anything or you have a questions, please feel free to call, email or text.

Show and Tell:

Kade Bolger - Catalpa Bowl1, Catalpa Bowl2 and Hard Carved Cane (1 and 2)
Don McFarland - Veterans Scrollsawn Ornament
 

September 11th, 2017

Topic: First Meeting of the Season
Welcome back everyone for our fall 2017 secession, this is our first recap of the season.  We had a full meeting, below are a number of the topics covered from this past Monday night.

  • David Lawrence’s wife will be a volunteer at the upcoming Invictus Games, she was kind enough to stop by the club and briefly talk about the importance of the games, if you are interested in learning more about the games, below is a like to their web site with all of the information.

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  • Don McFarland had a brief presentation regarding Steve Good scroll saw patterns, I’ll be sending out the information on a follow up email, this will give you all of the details on ordering for your specific requirements.
  • We reviewed options for opening the shop on Saturdays, we discussed a couple of options, the first option would be opening one Saturday per month from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm or option two, opening once every two weeks from 9:00 am to noon, with the possibility of rotating from mornings to late afternoons.  Feedback is welcome and greatly appreciated.
  • Denis reviewed blade sharpening, the information is posted on our web site, you’ll need to arrange getting your blades to Denis for pick up.
  • Denis will be hosting open turning nights every Wednesday, if you’re interested in turning or would like to use the lathes in the evening, please feel free to stop by the club from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm every Wednesday. 
  • Denis also discussed having a turning forum night, once a month to discuss a wide range of turning issues, the first open forum is scheduled for October 4th.
  • We’ll be starting up our woodworking 101 course, date to be confirmed.  If you’re interested, please let me know.
  • Below is information from Woodchuckers regarding a finishing demonstration, if you’re interested in attending, you’ll need to make your own arrangements per the email.
  • Please email any suggestions or recommendations you have for speakers and demonstrations.

"Osmo" product information & demonstration: 
Topics covered will be - Wood Wax Finish, Polyx and TopOil on furniture and flooring as well as maintenance - custom colours, mixing, effects ect. We will also be introducing the new Polyx 3031/3043.

RSVP: RESERVE your FREE Attendance Please

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The Demo will be held at The Unplugged Woodshop / Saturday September 23rd 10 am until 12 or 1pm as needed.


Have a great week, we’ll see you next Monday night.

Show and Tell:

Wayne Pedden - Shaker Style Door

July 5th, 2017

Topic: Last Meeting of the Season

Show and Tell:

Chris Lapine - Cherry Rolling Pin
Dale Coolidge - Deck Nail Puller
Wayne Schroder - Mosaic Tray


May 29th, 2017

Topic: General Meeting

Sorry for being a bit late with this update. We had a great meeting this past Monday night, Peter Lauricella did not disappoint, his latest version of an engineered bowl was amazing.  Peter has promised to hold a class in the fall to demonstrate a hands on class, it should be good.  Our webmaster hopes to be caught up in a couple of weeks, for those that missed it, Peter’s demonstration will be on our YouTube site shortly.  Thanks again Peter!!

This coming Monday is our last regular club meeting of the season, we’ll be taking a break over the summer.  Please note that the shop will be open during the summer, I’ve posted the revised shop hours on the club calendar

For the last meeting, David Lawrence will be selling and holding a raffle for an assortment of his plants, below are the details.  I’ll be away for the last meeting, have fun, have a safe summer, see you all in the fall.

 

Show and Tell:

Rob Peros - Maple Bowl, Walnut Bowl one and Walnut Bowl two
Kade Bolger - Live Edge Pine Burl Bowl, Spalted Maple/Cherry Finial Music Box and Spalted Maple/Walnut Finial Music Box



May 15th, 2017

Topic: Sense of Calm Naturals
Great meeting tonight, we had a great guest speaker, Steve Grenier from Sense of Calm Naturals talk about bees wax and the various methods of using a wax finish with woodworking projects.  I’ll have our web master post the PowerPoint presentation on our club web site.  Steve has web site, www.senseofcalm.ca, I would encourage everyone to visit web page and browse the site, a lot of good information tonight.  Steve’s email address is steve@senseofcalm.ca and his phone number is 905-259-0499 if you would like to speak with him directly.

A special thank you to David Lawrence for bringing in his Dahlia plants to sell to the club members tonight, we still have three Dahlia plants to sell as well, if you look back at my previous email, on June 5th, David will be selling a number of other plants.  All of the proceeds go directly to the club, please come to the June 5th meeting to purchase a plant and support the club.

A couple of quick notes,

May 18th – Woodworking 101 course starts, course is full for this secession.
May 22nd – Victoria Day, club will be closed, meeting cancelled.
May 29th – Peter Lauricella will be demonstrating his turnings.
May 30th – Dave Fletcher will be hosting a “how to” seminar showing how to make a Longworth chuck, I’ve attached the plans.  If you’re interested in attending, please send me an email, start time 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm, there will be specific details involved with this demo and I’ll be sending out a separate email in advance of the date.
June 3rd – Rick Sullivan will be hosting a chip carving class, if you’re interested, please let me know.
June 5th – Last meeting before the summer break

Show and Tell:

Rob Peros - Maple Bowl and Hollowform Bowl
Chris Lapine - Lidded Box one and Lidded Box 2
Kade Bolger - Live Edge Bowl and Credit Card Holders
Doug Smith - Walnut Wigstand
Don McFarland - Racoon Bird House


May 8th, 2017

Topic: Freud Presentation

Great meeting last night, we were fortunate to have Luciano Iaboni & Marco Di llio from Freud Canada present their product line to the members, there was a lot of great information presented on table saw blades, router bit and a number of their new products, for my money the best presentation of the year.  The presentation was captured by our AV team, Wayne should have it posted to our YouTube channel for everyone to view.  There are extra Freud catalogues at the club, if you’re interested in obtaining one, I’ve placed them on the shelf in the library.
If you didn’t make it out to the meeting and you have questions about saw blades and router bits, I would definitely recommend viewing the meeting on YouTube.  As well, for the next two week, if you are looking to purchase a FREUD saw blade or router bit, Freud have arranged to give all DWC members a $10 discount when your purchase their product at Peacock, just mention that you are a member of the DWC, show your membership card and tell them Luciano Iaboni sent you (seriously)!  As well, Freud brought t-shirts for everyone, if you didn’t get on, come see me on Monday night, I’ll also have XL with me to hand out.

David Lawrence has been actively preparing for summer by growing an assortment of plants, this coming Monday night David will bring the Dahlia plants to the club, which he will sell and donate all of the money to the club, which is awesome!  The price for the Dahlia plants will be $15 per plant, compared to the larger retail grow houses, David’s price is a bargain, if you’re thinking about summer plants, please support the sale.  David will be holding a follow up sale on June 5th selling Begonias, Black-Eyed Susan and his Mallard-in-the-marsh plants, images of the Dahlia are below.

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A couple of follow up notes,

May 15th – Sense of Calm Naturals (Wax) will be demonstrating and selling pure wax, this will be another good demo, plan to attend.
May 18th – Woodworking 101 course starts, course is full for this secession.
May 22nd – Victoria Day, club will be closed, meeting cancelled.
May 29th – Peter Lauricella will be demonstrating his turnings.
May 30th – Dave Fletcher will be hosting a “how to” seminar showing how to make a Longworth chuck, I’ve attached the plans.  If you’re interested in attending, please send me an email, start time 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm, there will be specific details involved with this demo and I’ll be sending out a separate email in advance of the date.
June 3rd – Rick Sullivan will be hosting a chip carving class, if you’re interested, please let me know.
June 5th – Last meeting before the summer break

Ron Whitbread will be tuning up the table saw on Thursday May 18th, the table saw will not be available the morning (9:00am – 1:00pm)  of the 18th, please plan to work around the saw down time.  As well, we have a club member who would appreciate assistance from an experienced member on using the thickness planer and the jointer, if you can help out, please let me know and I’ll get you in touch with the member.

Show and Tell:

Yairn Stern- Mandolin
Dave Roberts - Segmented Bowl Rim Maple and Walnut



May 1st, 2017

Topic: Beall Buffing System
Great meeting last night, special thanks to Chris Lapine for his demonstration on the Beal buffing system.  Our web master should have the demo up on our YouTube channel in a couple of weeks.  We also spent a couple of minutes discussing alternative methods of sharpening an Ellsworth bowl gouge, attached is a PDF file with a bit more information (thanks to Denis for the PDF file).

Peter Lauricella will be displaying his work at Scugog Studio Tour, site #3, at the Utica Memory Hall on Goodwood Rd on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00am to 5:00pm.   There is no admission to view the studio tour, for further information visit the Scugog Studio Tour web site,  www.scugogstudiotour.ca

The club calendar has been updated, there are a number of events coming up, please check the web site if you’re interested in any of the upcoming events.  Below is a quick recap,

May 8th – Representative from Freud will be at the club for a demo, we’re going to be discussing router bits and table saw blades, plan to come early, I’m sure seating will be at a premium.
May 9th – Don MacLean will be hosting a router seminar (demo) from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at the club, if you’re interested in attending, please let me know.  If you have already sent an email, you will be confirmed.
May 15th – Sense of Calm Naturals (Wax) will be demonstrating and selling pure wax, this will be another good demo, plan to attend.
May 22nd – Victoria Day, club will be closed, meeting cancelled.
May 29th – Peter Lauricella will be demonstrating his turnings.
May 30th – Dave Fletcher will be hosting a “how to” seminar showing how to make a Longworth chuck, I’ve attached the plans.  If you’re interested in attending, please send me an email, start time 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm, there will be specific details involved with this demo and I’ll be sending out a separate email in advance of the date.
June 3rd – Rick Sullivan will be hosting a chip carving class, if you’re interested, please let me know.
June 5th – Last meeting before the summer break

Ron Whitbread will be tuning up the table saw on Monday May 15th, the table saw will not be available the morning of the 15th, please plan to work around the saw down time.  As well, we have a club member who would appreciate assistance from an experienced member on using the thickness planer and the jointer, if you can help out, please let me know and I’ll get you in touch with the member.

Show and Tell:

Don Gaudet - Scrollsawn Native American and Horses
Rob Peros - Cherry Bowl, Maple Bowl1, Maple Bowl2, Maple Bowl3, Maple Bowl4


April 24th, 2017

Topic: Finishes
Fun and informative meeting last night, although our guest speaker was not able to attend, Denis did a great presentation on a wide assortment of wood finishes.  Great questions from the membership, which opened up an opportunity for an upcoming presentation from Chris Lapine on the Beal buffing system.  It seems quite fitting that after all the questions on finishes, how to effectively use the Beal buffing system is a natural, so for the next meeting, we’ll be showing how to use the Beal system to get a great finish for your bowls and pens and various other turned projects.

Laura Vaillancourt, Executive Director for the Ontario Philharmonic spoke to the membership regarding the Durham Region Mayors’ Gala and the Random Acts of Music | Teddy Bear Series. 

Laura’s group are looking for donations from our membership to supply the silent auction to raise funds for their Random Acts of Music | Teddy Bear Program.  As a group, the membership were very engaged, so it was decided that we would pool and collect our individual donations on behalf of the club by the end of July, the event will be running on September 15th and Laura’s team will require time to prepare for the evening.  If you’re interested in donating a project, such as a turned bowl, pen, scrolled plaque, or any other project, please let me know and we’ll add your name to the list.  Also included the image that shows details of the Mozart concert, April 29th, at UOIT’s Regent Theatre.  Tickets are available at ontariophil.ca or 905-721-3399 x2.
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A couple of follow up notes,

  • * Last call for woodworking 101 course, I have three people signed up, we’ll be starting the last course shortly, if you’re interested, please email me.
  • * The last club meeting for the season before the summer break will be June 5th, summer club hours will be posted on the calendar.
  • Busy Bee will be holding their annual garage sale, I’ve attached the details, there are a few deals to be had.
  • * We’ll be holding a router class in the month on May, if you’re interested, please email me, I’ll firm up the date next week.
  • * Dave Fletcher will be leading a group build to make a Longworth chuck, it will take place on a Thursday evening, if you’re interested, please email me.
  • * Just a reminder, Freud tools will be holding a demo on May 8th, we’ll be talking about router bits and saw blades, it should be a great night, plan to attend.
  • * Rick Sullivan reminded the membership that lottery dues are required no later than May 15th, $20 payment through to September.As well, Rick will be holding a chip carving class, if you’re interested, please let me know and I’ll add your name to the list.

    * Wayne Pye found a great local resource for pure wax, the company is called Sense of Calm Naturals (www.senseofcalm.ca), I’ve attached the gentlemen’s card with his contact information.  I’m working on having Steve come into the club for a presentation, as well as, to sell his product before and after a club meeting. 

    * I also forgot to mention that Roy Coe’s daughter has a King table saw for sale, if anyone is interested, please give Roy a call, his contact information is available on the club web site.  Roy will have the particulars of the saw and the asking price.

Show and Tell:

Chris Lapine - Butternut Bowl with Inlay
Dave Fletcher - Barbecue Scrapers
Don Gaudet - Scrollsaw Butterfly
Kade Bolger - Ash Music Boxes (one and two) and Phone Speaker (Amplifier)
Mike Kellar - Spalted Maple Bowl
Wayne Pye - Cheeseboards (one and two)
William Spekkens - Toy Tow Truck


April 10th, 2017

Topic: Tips and Jigs
Good meeting on Monday night, although there was no guest speaker, we took time for “tips & jigs” and we reviewed a number of social media sites to find woodworking “tips & jigs”.  The top sites that we reviewed included Facebook, Pinterest, YouTube, Lumberjocks & the Canadian Woodworking Magazine forum, I have included links for each site below.  For those that may not be aware, we have a DWC Facebook page, which is locked, so you’ll need to request joining our page, as well as, we a YouTube channel that members can go and view past guest speakers and demos.  Thanks to Wayne Whitehead and the many volunteers that help keep our various pages up & running.

Please note, if you want to use any social media site but your worried about receiving a ton of unwanted email notifications or you don’t want the world to see everything you’re doing, you can protect yourself through the settings tab for each of the social media sights.

Last week we had a great presentation from the abrasive company SIA, for those that wish to purchase their products, Jeff from SIA has spoken to Peacock lumber and they have agreed to carry the SIA abrasives.  I’m in the process of coordinating with Peacock to see which of the products their going to carry, as soon as I have confirmation, I’ll post a note to everyone.

Scott Lee found a great knife sharpening person in Oshawa, Pro Sharpening, I’ve attached the gentlemen’s card, if you’re interested, I would suggest that you give him a call directly.  As well, I found a great place to pick up pipes & supplies in Whitby, the company is call Howell Pipe & Supply, card is also attached.

As well, I received confirmation today that Freud tools will be coming to the club for a presentation on Freud router bits, table saw blades and abrasives.  I’m just in the process or coordinating the date, it will definitely be within the next four weeks, I’m very excited to have the team from Freud come by the shop and meet everyone.  I would strongly suggest that if you have any questions on router bits or table saw blades, that you come to the meeting.

  • The shop will be closed for Good Friday and Easter Monday, the club will be reopen on April 18th.
  • We have a guest speaking coming on April 24th to review adhesives, be sure to attend.
  • If anyone is interested in taking the woodworking 101 course, please let me know.
  • Rick Sullivan will be hosting a chip carving class either on April 29th or June 23rd, he’ll confirm the date.

Social media sights
www.facebook.com
www.pinterest.com
www.youtube.com
https://forum.canadianwoodworking.com/forum
http://lumberjocks.com/

Show and Tell:

Andrew Davis - Box Elder Fairy House, Turned Ornament and Wigstand
Chris Lapine - Spalted Sugar Maple Bowl
Mike Kellar - Knife Handle

April 3rd, 2017

Topic: General Meeting
Great meeting last night, our guest speakers from Sia Abrasives  http://www.siajjs.com (Brett Stachel & Jeff Braun) had a wonderful presentation on abrasives and sandpaper, they brought a good cross section of their unique products and the highlight of the night was their showing of the Kovax line of abrasives.

We had a full house, all of the members enjoyed sampling the various abrasives and the questions were fantastic, it was a great discussion.  If you received a sample last night, please bring your feedback to the next meeting, I know that Brett & Jeff would like to hear your comments.  The entire Sia presentation will be up on our YouTube channel in the next couple of week, keep checking.

Another highlight from last night’s meeting came at the end of the night during our show and tell segment, Dave Fletcher presented his Longworth Chuck “Cole Jaws” that he made from plans downloaded from the internet.  Dave did an amazing job, the feedback was very positive, Dave was kind to forward the PDF file with the plans for everyone to view, I’ve attached them to this email.  You should see the actual image on the club web site shortly.

As well, Don McFarland has a great sign “Beer time” that he did on the scroll saw, Don passed along the web address, it’s also attached, you can click the link and go right to the web page http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com/free-pattern

Next week, we’ll be showing “tips & jigs”, please bring in your personal jigs that you use in your own shop, it’s always a good way to learn something new.  As well, we’re going to spend time surfing the web, Pinterest, YouTube, Facebook looking for tips & jigs, if you have a personal web site that you visit, please let me know before Monday’s meetings or mention it during our web surfing discussion.

Show and Tell:

Alan Coolidge - Cutting Boards (one and two) and Segmented Bowl
Dave Roberts - Walnut Bowl
Don McFarland - Scrollsawn Sign
Doug Ricketts - Bowl and Winged Bowl
Ed Campbell - Costume Hanger for Lynde House (one and two)
Kade Bolger - Playing Card Holder and Ring Holders (one and two)
Kris Lapine - Biscuit Cutters


March 27th, 2017

Topic: 1st Annual Pen Swap

For some members this may be the first email that you may have received from me, I’ve update the club email list for all new members and those who may have had a recent email change.  The goal of this email is to recap the last Monday night meeting and to keep everyone informed of any upcoming events.  I do my best to get emails out the night of or the following night depending on my schedule.

This past Monday we had a great meeting, thirteen members took part in a pen swap where members made pens, which were exchanged with other club members.  It was a fun event, a lot of great pens were made and given away, both novice and experienced pen makers participated.  We’ll have another pen swap in the fall, it will be posted on the club web site.  Also, don’t forget to visit the club web page to view all of the great “show and tell”, images are updated weekly.

Upcoming events

  • 2017 Kawartha Carving Competition will take place on September 9th in Bobcaygeon, for additional details visit their web page www.kawarthacarvingcompetiton.org.
  • We have a guest speaker schedule for April 3rd, the presentation will be on abrasives, specifically sandpaper and the various new products out in the market, it will be a great discussion.  Thanks to Wayne Massey for passing along the information.
  • We’ll also have a guest speaker on April 24th, a manufacturer rep will come to the club and present their line of glues, it should be a good discussion.
  • If you’re interested in learning how to use a router, we’re looking to hold a class or seminar in the future, please email me if you’d like to participate.
Show and Tell:

Chris Lapine - Live Edge Bowl
Ed Campbell - Bird House
Kade Bolger - Hollowed Vessels (one, two, three and four)
Rodney Peddle - Dish and Platter


March 20th, 2017

Topic: 30th Anniversary of Durham Woodworking Club




March 13th, 2017

Topic: General Meeting
We had a good meeting this past Monday night, we watched a great video from Wood magazine on how to cut dovetails using a standard jig, we’ll have it posted to the clubs web page shortly.  Denis did a segment regarding various glues outlining the benefits and features.

We also have a new router and router table at the club, if anyone has any questions on how to properly use the router or would like a tutorial, please email me and I’ll set up a time.  As well, we received a generous donation from a neighbour of Andy Valliere of router bits for very specific uses, these new bits will be in locked  storage, if you would like to use them, you’ll need to sign them out with a deposit.

The week previous, Chris Lapine did a great presentation on hollow turning, the digital clip should be on our YouTube site by the end of the week.  Chris prepared a PowerPoint presentation, if any would like a copy, please email me directly.

Just a couple of housekeeping notes below for the upcoming week.

  • - Monday March 20th will be the club’s 30th Anniversary, we will be having cake & coffee, as well as, we’ll have special guests in attendance, everyone is welcome.
  • - A shop cleanup is scheduled for this coming Saturday March 18th, start time is 9:00am, if you’re interested in helping out, please feel free to drop in.
  • - The club will be closed on Monday March 20th, in preparation for the anniversary event.
  • - The Baldwin Carving club will be holding their annual show at the Whitby Haydenshore Pavilion, start time is 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, admission is free.
Show and Tell:

Dave Fletcher - Step Stool
Mike Kellar - Router Bit Holder
Otto Ference - Bird House
Wayne Hutcheson - Scrollsawn Pickup Truck


March 6th, 2017

Topic: General Meeting

Show and Tell:

Bob Kitchen - Scrollsawn Watermill
Chris Lapine - Sugar Maple Bowl
Ed Campbell - Wig Stand for Child
Kade bolger - Laminated Birch Cup and Ash Mulberry Lidded Bowl and Black Walnut Bowl
Neil Fickling - Chestnut Bowl, Wigstand 1 and Wigstand 2
Shari Frost - Bowl
Wayne Pye - Sugar Maple Bowl


February 27th, 2017

Topic: General Meeting

Show and Tell:

Andy Valliere- Multi-Color Pen
Bernie Visor - Vase, Goblet and Lidded Box
Chris Lapine - Easter Egg(s)
Doug Smith - Spalted Birch Bowl
Kade Bolger - Juniper Mini Bowl, Purple Heart Mini Bowl and Red Oak Mini Bowl
Wayne Hutcheson - Bald Mans Comb
William Spekkens - Tulips


February 20th, 2017

Topic: General Meeting

Show and Tell:

Chris Lapine - Bowl
Neil Fickling - Wigstand


February 13th, 2017

Topic: General Meeting

Show and Tell:

William Melnychuk - Wig Stand
Shari Frost - Bowl 1, Bowl 2 and Step Stool
Don McFarland - Valentine Card (Scroll Saw)
Calvin Perry - Valentine Tea Light and Toy Cars
Chris LaPine - Bowl
Neil Fickling - Maple Lidded Bowl – lid converts to Candy Dish
Otto Ferenc - 642 Game (Oak)
Mike Keller - Hand Made Tools
Kade Bolger - Catalpa large Live Edge/End Grain Bowl and Honey Locus large Bowl


February 6th, 2017

Topic: General Meeting

Show and Tell:

Dave Roberts - Spalted Curly Maple Bowl
Duncan Vipond - Beech Winged Bowl
Peter Bell - Library Book Exchange
Wayne Schroder - Scrollsawn Tulips


January 30th, 2017

Topic: General Meeting

We had a great meeting this past Monday night, we viewed a YouTube clip on how to turn a soda can pen.  It was very interesting, I’ve attached the link if you want to view it at home,https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZMd5p-sLn68.   There were a number of great show & tell items, you can view them on the club web site. 

We reviewed a couple of articles from the latest Woodwsmith magazine, I’ve attached them for your interest.  As well, I’ve attached the clubs guidelines for using the library, please take a minute to review. 

A couple of notes to mention, 

1.     Membership for 2017 is due by February 14th, if you’re not paid by then, you will not be able to use the club facilities or participate in the club meetings until your paid up.

2.     Kade will be hosting a live edge bowl demonstration on Saturday February 18th, starting at 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, if you’re interested, please let Kade know.

3.     Next shop clean up Saturday February 25th@ 10:00 am, volunteers are welcome.

4.     The pen swap is under way, we’ll be swapping pen on Monday March 6th, if you have any questions, please ask Denis or Don McFarland.

5.     The Hamilton woodworking show is upcoming, I’ve attached the link to the web site if you’re interested in attending.  http://woodshows.com/ 

Show and Tell:

Dave Fletcher - Turned Bowl and Blub Planting Tool and Ring Holder
Denis Lalonde - Wigstand
Don McFarland - Hockey Ribbon Rack
Doug Smith - Beech Bowl
Kade Bolger - Ireland Black Thorn Cane
Michel Bellerose - Wigstand
Mike Kellar - Lidded Box
Wayne Pye - Drill Press Table
Wayne Schroder - Baseball Bat Rack


January 23rd, 2017

Topic: General Meeting


Show and Tell:

Chris Lapine - Birch Bowl
Duncan Vipond - Segmented Bowl
Kade Bolger - Lidded Box and Tagua Nut Minatures
Mike Kellar - Live Edge Bowl
Morgan Dever - Wigstand
Peter Lauricella - Segmented Bowl
Rob Peros - Spalted Maple Bowl
William Spekkens - Step Stool


January 16th, 2017

Topic: General Meeting


Show and Tell:

Chris Lapine - Turned Cherry Platter
Denis Lalonde- Wigstand
Kade Bolger - Turned Butternut Bowl and Turned Platter
William Spekkens - Toy Truck Carrier and Wigstand


January 9th, 2017

Topic: General Meeting

Good meeting last night, no speaker, just lots going on.  We did watch a YouTube video on how to apply CA on a pen as a finish coat, I’ve attached a link for the video so you can watch from home if you missed it.   The YouTube channel that this clip was found is on RJB Wood Turner, you can also check out Steve French.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zRwuPq71fYA&list=PL2q8_d7EICrSf5mVQzsFSvBAcWuJ__XuE 

Upcoming events, 

1.     Woodworking 101 starts this Thursday night, everyone in the group have received an email tonight, if you received the email, you’re on the list.

2.     Our friends at Woodchuckers will be at the club next Monday night January 16, Marc will be reviewing a new finish and they will be selling product at the club, I would suggest that you come early.

3.     I sent a note out last week regarding the DIY showcase, it will take place on Family Day, February 20th.  If you’re interested in displaying any antique tools, please let me know, we’re also going to have the shop open and a few members will be working on a few pieces of equipment to show any guests our club, maybe get a few new members.

4.     Peter Lauricella will be demonstrating his “crazy bowl” design on January 23rd, should be a good presentation.

5.     Any interested in joining the pen swap, please get back to me via email, I’ll have all the details next week.
If anyone has any questions or would like to recommend topics of discussion for our regular club meetings, please let me know.

 


January 2nd, 2017

Topic: DIY Showcase

Welcome back fellow wood clubbers to a new year!!

We had a great meeting last night, we had a brief speaker last night Glen McKnight who discussed the upcoming DIY Showcase which will be held in the church auditorium on February 20th (Family day).  This showcase will bring together a number of key elements such as drones, ham radio, woodworking, computers & victory garden.  The showcase starts at 10:00 am and runs through to 4:00 pm.  I’ve attached a copy of the brouchure, it sounds like an interesting event, let me know if you have any questions.

  1. Pen Swap – we’d like to run a pen swap to coincide with our donation to the Pens for Peacekeepers program. Each member who participates in the swap will turn a pen (details will be provided at the next meeting), and in return each member will receive one pen made by another member. If you’re interested in participating, please let me know via email.
  2. We’re in the process of finalizing the 2017 paid membership file, all membership dues are to be paid by the first business meeting in February (February 6th), we have 94 paid members. If you plan to stay with the club, please pay your membership due, if you do not plan to return, please send me a quick email so that I can take your name off the list. Any questions, please let me know.
  3. The club web site will be updated shortly, our web master has been busy with the Christmas holiday season, as well as, moving his family into a new home, congrats Wayne!
  4. Woodworking 101 will begin January 12th @ 6:00 pm sharp, the class secession is full, I will send out a separate email shortly to the next grouping of students.
  5. It came to the attention of the membership that the planner was moved from the shop to one of the smaller rooms, please note that under no circumstance is the equipment to be moved from the shop floor by any member, any violation will result in disciplinary action, if you need me to explain further, please email or call.
  6. The club has arranged a deal with Fleetwood Sharpening, a local sharpening service that provides quality work to sharpen your saw blades, planner blades & router bits. The cost to sharpen a saw blade will be $0.35 per tooth (example, 24 tooth blade x $0.35 = $8.40 per blade), the cost to sharpen a planner blade will be $0.65 per inch (example, 12” planner blade x $0.65 = $7.80 per blade), router bits will be estimated prior to work being done, due to the speciality nature of the sharpening. All blades and bits will be dropped off Denis Lalonde’s home (797 Eastbourne Ave, Harmony & King Street) or brought to the club during the Monday meetings, please ensure that your name is on the blade that you are handing in to be sharpened. The expected turnaround time will be one week, cash only and no tax will be applied. If you have any questions, please let me know.
  7. A paid opportunity was brought forward by the Oshawa Senior Citizens Center, they are in need of a woodcarving instructor to teach two classes per week one on Tuesdays (12:45 pm – 2:45 pm) for 11 weeks starting January 10th and one class on Thursdays (8:15 am – 10:15 am) for 12 weeks, starting on January 12th. If you’re interested please let me know, payment is $23.00 per hour.
  8. One of our members is looking to purchase a Oneway strong hold chuck, if you have one that your thinking of selling, please let me know.
  9. Lastly, I had an enquiry from the web, a couple would like a rustic bedframe and headboard built for their king bed, if you’re interested in a paid opportunity, please let me know.
Show and Tell:

Pat Mawhinney - Wigstand
Wayne Hutchinson - Pepper Mills, Scrollsaw Rooster, Gag Item Quarter Pounder
Rob Peros - Segmented Bowl, Personalized Christmas Ornament, Bowl
Doug Ricketts - Wig Stands
 

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