Monday Night Recap, April 24, 2023


Shop clean-up May 6 @ 9:30 am Looking for volunteers

2×4 Challenge is May 14

Ongoing Education

TURNING 101 with Chris L has started, so has Kade’s Turning 101.

For September classes see Chris or Kade.

Doug’s Spring Paddle Making seminar is full. There may be another in the fall.

Woodworking 101  is being taught By Wayne, Noel and Paul Kidson

Contact Paul to register

Don McFarland Scroll Saw course. See Don to register

Community Activities

Chad Shaw – the BackDoorMission FOOD DRIVE will continue weekly

WIG STANDS program continues, wood is available in the shop!


Scroll Sawn Baskets with Don McFarland

displayed and discussed some of the baskets (bowls) he has made on his scroll saw including- stacked bowls, Twisted Basket, Romanian Baskets

Had a draw for a couple baskets he made filled with chocolate.

Gallery, Show & Tell

Kade– Boston Cream donut. Cherry with paint

Captive ring goblets – Eastern Red Cedar with ash ring

Wild grape vine goblet

Yellow Birch goblet

Pinwheel Bowl

Guy May -Bread Boards

Walnut , cherry maple  

material cost worked out to approx $9 per board.

Paduk Bowl

Dan Alexander

Garden Dibbers.Oak for seeds and bulbs

Cell pack dibber maple. Great for planting flowers

Chris Lapine

Sign – Eastern Red Cedar 

CNC by Al Lanteigne and Andy did the set-up

Gabby Boileau

Wood burning on stool

Kade also showed his Traditional Wood Bow for hunting.

Made in Germany, Cocobolo, Walnut, maple, olive, Black Fiberglass and Ebony

Next Meeting: 2023-05-01


Monday Night Recap, April 17, 2023


Fire exits and defbrillator location were reviewed. Badge check!

Mike B. – Financial Report: Income Statement and Balance Sheet were reviewed in detail for the quarter ending March 31 2023. $19 683 in bank.

Special Interest Groups – we have had NO insurance in the past while working with any outside groups…we are now going to make such people join the DWC as ‘provisional members’ for a day so that they can ‘belong’ and thereby meet insurance requirements. (bylaw changes and const. changes will be reviewed in near future).

SHOP IS OPEN. Use, Clean up. Wednesday turning only nights 6 till 8 start this week!! Chris Lapine present.

PLEASE take care of the tools! Let us know if something goes wrong. ‘RED Tag’ any damaged or malfunctioning tools, and contact the exec so the maintenance team can be informed about the issue!!

CALVIN is progressing on floor C5. Visitors appreciated.

Chad Shaw standing in as community relations director while Calvin is away.

We will ask to get an updated membership list distributed soon.

We may attempt to get the news reporter back to cover us being re-opened.

Shop cleanup likely to be restarted next month, starting Saturday, May 6th at ten a.m. Exec may set a schedule for pre-arranged monthly cleanups!

Free walnut and vine-wood from Gord T.

Ongoing Education

See Chris about turning 101 course.

Kade will do a turning 101 course 3 Thursdays Apr 27, May 4, May 18. Kade will be calling people.

Let Kade know if you want Flatwork 101 or scrolling 101 or turning 101.

Assisting instructors are NEEDED!!

Community Activities

Chad Shaw – the BackDoorMission FOOD DRIVE will continue weekly

WIG STANDS ongoing – kits available in shop.

Pens For Peacekeepers will be restarting soon!



Dale C. – pop-up tent hold down device, wood insert to screw handle into, case made from ABS pipe, filled with sand

Doug R. – jig for truing up pen blank with brass insert, a drill bit set at 90 degrees to sanding disc face, pen blank slides over the drill bit.

Tom M.- a saw shaped push stick with long bed to be on the board, handle up high, good stability. Also a collapsible plywood table for project layout and tool rest area.

Kade B. Plywood and wood strip piece to hold a round/curved log or piece before cutting on the bandsaw. Never cut into endgrain on a chopsaw, only cross-cutting.

Jig using a donut chuck will allow you to turn off the end nib or pointy egg end.

Billiard ball or bowling ball jig for cutting the ball in half (to make a box/bowl.

Guy M. Egg turning. Tape a paper egg shape to lathe bed then use a light to project a shadow to fine-tune your egg shape.

Wayne Peden – oily rags will combust if left bunched up… don’t leave them!! dry them out or soak in water. Storing oily rags in water, outside, is wise. Gord T. – using flat bench pins/dogs to hold work for planing

Mike B. – whistle making, not using a 4 jaw chuck, using a spring loaded centre instead.

French’s mustard bottle will take many different lids for various gluing applications.

2X4 CHALLENGE – any 1.5 by 3.5 inch by 8 feet long. Any type of wood may be used. Get Creative!!! see ideas on the internet. Winners in 2014: John Donkers, Don McFarland, Duncan Vipond, Stacey Thompson, Roy Coe, Mike Lanthier, Denis Lalonde, Roy Coe.

Entries to be submitted on May 15th 2023.

Prizes from: Peacock Lumber, William Wood-Write, Burlington Exotics, Woodchuckers.

Gallery, Show & Tell

Don McF. – two scrolled gnomes; one Leafs, one Whitby wildcats baseball.

Steve H – scroll saw blades 0.013 inches thick

Next Meeting: 2023-04-24

Monday Night Recap, April 3, 2023


OPEN!!!! SHOP IS NOW OPEN!  regular 9am to 3 pm hours for now, more to come soon.

Calvin still in Oshawa hospital, on C5, – progressing, appreciates the visits.

Code to shop entrance downstairs is 142. the inner shop door will no locker be locked. We may be instituting a scanner fob system to get into the shop and track who uses the shop when.

If you know of any past members you can let them know that the shop is now OPEN, and they may consider re-joining.

Membership cards are available from Brian Hicks.

Discounts are available (5% or 10%) from Peacock, Woodchuckers, Burlington Exotic Wood, Busy Bee, Markham Industrial, NorthDog Wood.

The old men’s bathroom has been completely refurbished!!!  Yahoo!!

SHOP will be CLOSED this Friday and next Monday (Easter), NO meeting Easter Monday.

2X4 Challenge is up and running details sent by Kade this past week., and attached.

Ongoing Education

Watch the DWC website and your emails for sign-ups for courses

Community Activities

Chad Shaw – the BackDoorMission FOOD DRIVE will continue weekly. Thanks for your contributions!


CARVING SOAPSTONE (a Canadian perspective) with Mike Beaton

History and development. Bone/tusk carvings. Registered original hand-made art -sticker. Some artists make similar art without claiming to be Inuit or First Nations. Soapstone is a metamorphic talc based rock, various hardnesses. Various files and riffles and saws used. Mike usually sources his stone from Curve Lake reserve (Sandy Cline). Some comes from Quebec, Newfoudland… (Lee Valley also sells some) Mike uses wet sandpaper with piece in water, 300 grit up to 800. Put into the oven heated to 250-300, then rub beeswax into it, buff it. Could use oils instead.

All filed/sawn parts will need to be sanded then waxed and buffed.

There are some fake pieces out there – mass produced! Don’t be fooled. Real art pieces should be signed and dated. Fakes are less expensive and can look convincing.

Gallery, Show & Tell

Dale C. – old rejuvenated maple bowl, shellacked.

Chris L. – jar and wood (curly maple) coffee grinder, tung oil.

Kade B. – hollow form bird mouth live edge bowl, honey locust. Eggs- some coloured, goose egg- tulip poplar, with pedestal. Live edge crabapple bowl.

Steve H.- scroll sawn- 4 leaf clover decorative painted piece, Christmas tree wreath spray varathane, display stand, 2 people embracing.

Mike B. – wooden whistles, Whittling knife kit from Princess Auto.

Next Meeting: 2023, April 17. NO MEETING on Easter Monday