Monday night recap – May 27, 2019

Good meeting last night, although we had technical issues and could not review the video clip, it will be posted on the club web site, it was a really good overview of the miter saw.  We did have a number of good discussions to complete the end of our season, we’re now heading into our summer break, there will not be any new Monday night meetings over the summer until we start back up on Monday September 9th.  The shop will be open during regular shop hours, however a summer schedule will be posted on the club website, please check regularly to confirm that the shop will be open.  As well, the shop will be closed from June 10th to 14th, Wayne Pye and his team will be cleaning and painting the shop to give a fresh new look.


This will be the last week for the open turning nights for the duration of the summer, please check the club web site for any additional information.  This will also apply to the regular Tuesday and Thursday nights, check the club web site regularly, the shop will be open this Tuesday and Thursday night.

Have a great summer, see you in September

Monday night recap – May 13th, 2019

Fun meeting last night, unfortunately our guest speaker cancelled at the last minute, so we improvised. 

Calvin Perry reviewed the clubs next community project, we’re planning on building six benches for the “We Grow Food” organization.  A couple of their team stopped by the club a few weeks ago to review their program, it was very interesting and touching to see the work that this organization does within our community.  Leo Has has volunteered to donate some lumber, Calvin has asked the membership for donations of wood, please contact Calvin directly for additional information.
As well, Tom Moss is helping Calvin and the build committee, he has reached out directly to the “We Grow Food” group and they have identified a need for tools to help run their grow sites.  Below is a list of items that the “We Grow Food” team would like in the way of donations, if you have spare items per the list below, please contact either Tom or Calvin to let them know. 

List of items for donation 

  • wheelbarrows
  • battery operated hedge clippers
  • battery operated leaf blower or one that sucks up and mulches 
  • sledge hammer
  • rubber mallet
  • battery operated skill saw
  • screw drivers
  • a tool box ( we have one but we would like to have one per garden)
  • regular and needle nose pliers 
  • screwdriver bits for wood screws 

Next Monday, there will not be a regular club meeting, as it’s the Victoria Day long weekend, we’ll start back up on May 27th, which will be the last meeting before the summer break.

Important notice, Wayne Pye will be organizing a deep clean of the shop, as well as a fresh coat of paint.  The shop will be closed from June 10th to 14th, if the group gets done early, we’ll open the shop earlier than planned.  If you’d like to help out, please contact Wayne Pye directly. 


  • Wednesday night, open turning night with Denis and Chris, start time 6:00 pm.
  • Thursday night, library build night with Wayne Pye and team, don’t forget, Chad will keep the shop open from 3:00 pm to 6:30 pm for those that would like to work on a project.
  • The Simcoe Street United Church will be holding a “Paint Night Fundraiser” with wine and cheese on Saturday May 25th, start time will be 7:00 pm
  • Nova’s Ark will host an open house on Saturday May 26th, from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

If anyone has any questions, please feel free to call, text or email me anytime.

Have a great couple of weeks!

Rob Peros

Monday night recap – May 6, 2019

Fantastic meeting last night, great coffee & treats, followed by an awesome presentation from our Director of Community Relations, Calvin Perry. 

Calvin and his team of volunteers (Bill Melnychuk, Margo McNab, William Spekkens, Gene Hutchinson, Greg Nevin, Wayne Peden, Neil Fickling, Pat Mawhinney) presented their prototype “Turtle Basking Net” to the membership last night, it was a well thought out prototype, which inthe end will benefit the CLOCA (Central Lake Ontario Conversation Authority) greatly with their turtle program.  Special thanks to Calvin, who not only MC’d the presentation, but also invited several guest speakers from CLOCA to present their association, as well, Calvin also organized additional guest speakers to participate in the overall event.  This was an amazing event, further highlighting the level of community support by the membership of the DWC.  For those that could not attend last night, we will posted Calvin’s presentation on the club web site, as well, we’ll have links from CLOCA and hopefully a copy of their presentation for everyone to review.

Next Monday night, we will have a guest speaker from Sherwin Williams to discuss painting tips and products, so if you’ve had any questions regarding painting, next week will be a good meeting to attend.

  • Wednesday night, turning with Denis and Chris, start time 6:00 pm
  • Thursday afternoon, shop will be open from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm, hosted by Chad Shaw and the shop will be open from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm as an open shop night
  • Chris Lapine advised the membership that next week the cheese slicers will be in, please plan to pick up any orders that you may have placed with Chris, please do forget to bring cash 🙂
  • Clarington will be hosting their “Doors Open” event on Saturday June 8th, starting @ 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, additional details can be found @
  • Wayne Pye will be heading to Guelph on the 15th of this month, he’ll be stopping by William Woodwrite to pick up pen supplies, if you are interested in having Wayne pick up an order for you, please call William Woodwrite and place your order, let them know that your order should be ready for pick up by the 15th.  You’ll need to pay for your order directly to William Woodwrite.
  • Roy Coe mentioned that his daughter was selling her King table saw, if you’re interested, please contact Roy directly.
  • As well, William Munro is selling a jointer, planner and three routers, if your interested, please contact William directly
  • Kade’s looking for additional wig stands, please bring finished wig stands to the club.  If you’d like to learn how to turn a wig stand, please contact Kade directly.

If anyone has any questions, please do not hesitate to call, text or email.
Have a great week!
Rob Peros

President, Durham Woodworking Club

Monday night recap, April 8, 2019

Great meeting last night, Dan Kuzmicki our web and social media lead discussed all of the new changes to the club web site, as well as our new Instagram page.  Dan has done a great deal of work to improve everyone’s experience when surfing our website for general information, as well as, meeting highlights and gallery images.  As you review the updated web site, I would encourage everyone to click on all of the various links and tabs, you’ll be taken directly to any number of new pages.  Don’t forget, you can now pay your membership dues on-line using the new secure web site.  All of the gallery images will be posted to the new Instagram page, you have the option to view on your computer or on your mobile phone, if you choose your smartphone, be sure to upload the Instagram app.  Thanks to Dan for all of his hard work, the improvements are greatly appreciated by all.
During last nights meeting, Chris Lapine and Don McFarland we discussing another group buy of cheese slicer components, Don has advised that the company which produces the components is closed for vacation, but will be re-opening April 24th, so the order will be placed after the 24th, if anyone is planning to be in the US around this time frame, please let Chris or Don know, if someone could potentially pick up our order from the US, it would be greatly appreciated.
House keeping

  • Wednesday night Denis and Chris will be hosting the open turning night, 6:00 pm sharp.
  • Thursday night, Wayne Pye and Wayne Peden will be working on the new library cabinets, if you’re interested in learning how to build cabinets or in this case, doors for cabinets, be sure to come out.
  • Don’t forget, Chad will have the shop open from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm, so if you want to get a bit of time in the shop, be sure to drop in.

If anyone has any questions, please feel free to call, text or email me anytime.
Thank you,
Rob Peros – President, Durham Woodworking Club

Monday Night Recap – April 1, 2019

Outstanding meeting last night, it was our second coffee and treats night, Chad did a great job making the coffee and the membership brought in awesome treats for the group (my compliments to the member who brought in the banana chocolate chip cookies, they were great).  

The gallery was awesome as always, a number of great projects, as well as a few really good jigs that would be useful in any shop.  For those members that use Instagram, the club has a new Instagram site, under the search bar, look up “Durham Woodworking Club”, Dan will be posting images from the gallery on a weekly basis (Thanks Dan).

Following the gallery segment, we held our first Annual General Meeting (AGM), on the agenda, review and vote on our update constitution and by-laws.  We had a great discussion regarding both documents, a number of terrific suggestions were added to the final version which passed unanimously, attached is a copy of both documents for everyone, we’ll also post copies on our web site for future reference.  I like to acknowledge Paul Kidson and the sub committee members that worked to produce both documents, Noel Green, Mike Beeton & Doug Ricketts, thank you to all of the sub committee members, your support is greatly appreciated.

As well, attached are two drawings, one from Dale Coolidge on a cool project to hang a towel or a piece of paper, Dale found the item in a retail store and thought that the membership might find it handy, it was a good item during the gallery. 

Also, Chris has passed along a detailed diagram for the upcoming cheese slicer demonstration being held this Saturday, start time is 9:00 am, if anyone has any questions, please feel free to contact Chris directly.


  • Tuesday night, open shop night
  • Wednesday night will be the turning forum, hosted by Denis and Chris.  The topic for this month will be wood burning and the tools used, start time is 6:00 pm.
  • Thursday afternoon, Chad will be in the shop from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm, shop will be open, followed by Wayne Pye and Wayne Peden working on the library build, if you’d like to learn or help, come on down.

If anyone has any questions, please feel free to call, text or email me anytime.

Have a great week!
Rob Peros
President – Durham Woodworking Club

Monday night recap -March 18, 2019

Great meeting last night, Kade Bolger did an outstanding presentation on how to prepare logs for turning, as well as, flat work.  Kade went through the steps on how to mark up and prep a log before cutting, as well as, a PowerPoint presentation on the different types of cuts. 

We hope to have Kade’s presentation on the club web site in the short term and we’ll post Kade’s demonstration to the club YouTube channel for those who were not present on Monday night.  Thank you to Kade for putting together a terrific presentation!


  • April 6th, Chris Lapine will be hosting a demonstration in the club shop on how to build a cheese cutting board, with cheese slicers.  If your interested in attending, please be at the shop for 9:00 am on Saturday April 6th, no need to sign up, attendance is open.  Please bring with you a hardwood board (5 ½” W x 9” L x ¾” thick), along with the cheese slicers that Chris was selling a few weeks ago, there will be a limited supply available during the demo, on a first come first serve basis.
  • Wednesday night turning with Denis and Chris, start time 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
  • Thursday night, shop will be closed
  • April 1st will be our AGM, I’ll be sending out the agenda and additional material in preparation for the meeting.

If anyone has any questions, please do not hesitate to call, email or text.

Please note that effectively immediately, I have a new email address.  Please forward all correspondence to the new address listed below.

Rob Peros, President

Monday night recap – March 11, 2019

Great meeting last night, a tremendous offering of gallery items from the membership, images will be posted on our web site, definitely a must see.  Congratulations to Kade Bolger for taking first place in the turning competition (intermediate category) with a couple of pieces at the Brooklin Carving Show this past weekend, as well as to Chris Lapine for first place in the novice category, followed by myself with a second place showing, a number of the pieces were shown at the gallery.

Thank you to Rick Sullivan, Don Gaudet and Dave Roberts for staffing the clubs table at the show, they spoke with perspective members, answered questions and represented the club.

As well, we had a great presentation from Chris Lapine on the techniques for gluing boards, attached is a PDF copy of the presentation by Chris, which will be posted on the club web site.  There were a number of great questions from the membership, which the entire group enjoyed the discussion.  Thanks to Chris for taking the time to pull together a great PowerPoint slide show and presenting to the membership.

Mike Kellar brought forward an issue with one of the Talon chucks used for turning last night, unfortunately, one of the jaws has fallen out of the chuck, leaving it unusable with only three gripping arms, if anyone might know if its whereabouts, please email or text me with notification.  As well, Mike brought a great jig diagram, which is attached as a PDF file, which shows how to build a miter jig, a definite must for cutting angles on your table saw.

We’ll be hosting our first Annual General Meeting (AGM) on April 1st, the purpose will be review our overall plans for 2019, as well as, to vote on any changes to the current constitution and by-laws.  As this will be the first Monday of the month, we’ll also be hosting our coffee and treat night.  I’ll be sending out a copy of the agenda in the coming weeks, so members can prepare for any questions.


  • Tuesday night will be open shop night, along with the CLOCA team.
  • Wednesday night Denise and Chris will be hosting the open turning night, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
  • Thursday night, Chad will be in the shop from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm, if you want to come in to work on a project, come on down.
  • After 6:00 pm, Wayne Pye and Wayne Peden will be building the clubs new library cabinets, if you would like to learn how, I would definitely recommend coming down to the shop.

If anyone has any questions, please feel free to call, text or email me anytime.

Have a great week!

Monday night recap – March 4th, 2019

Great meeting last night, our casual coffee night was a huge success, thank you to everyone for bringing in all of the fabulous treats.  We had a great follow up discussion around the Toronto Woodworking Show, as well as a number of terrific questions on a number of topics. 

The number of pieces brought forward during the gallery was awesome, please keep bringing in your projects, everyone picks up something from each of the gallery submissions.

Next week, we’ll be hosting a demonstration and discussion on glue up techniques, Chris will be leading the discussion.  As well, Dan will be taking a few minutes to talk about our new web site.


  • Wednesday night is open turning night, start time is 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.
  • Thursday night the shop is book for Wayne Pye & Wayne Peden, they’ll be discussing cabinet builds for the new library, start time 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.
  • As the shop will be booked on Thursday night, Chad will keep the shop open from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm, if you would like to use the shop, please feel free to stop in any time before 6:00 pm.
  • The Brooklin carving show will be coming up this Saturday, March 9th.  The event will be held at the Brooklin community center, start time 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, admission is free, donations accepted.

If anyone has any questions, please do not hesitate to call, text or email me anytime.

Have a great week!

Monday night recap – February 11, 2019

We had a good meeting last night!  Our gallery segment is turning into an awesome show and tell, the number of pieces being brought forward and the quality of work is amazing.  A quick shout out to Otto Ferencz for bringing in his home made vice, it was made back in Otto’s high school days, it was quite impressive. 

As well, a call out to Wayne Schroder, Wayne made a replica of the Hockey Night in Canada logo, it was stunning.  His replica was so good, Wayne was commissioned to produce a Maple Leaf’s logo by Rick Sullivan, our die hard leaf’s fan.

We capped off the evening with “tips and jigs”, we had a few great jigs brought forward by Chris Lapine, Kade Bolger and Dale Coolidge, images will be posted on the club web site.  As well, Dale and Andy Wintonyk will be producing grinding jigs for the turning group to help with specific grinding angles for sharpening turning tools.  As soon as everything is ready, I’ll send out an email to membership with all of the details.


  • It’s Tuesday evening and the winter storm front is upon us, the shop will be closed this evening.
  • Wednesday evening, open turning night, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.
  • Thursday evening, open shop night, shop will be open from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm.