Monday night recap, February 24, 2020

Great meeting this past Monday night, our original presentation for the evening was postponed to a future date.  We had a good discussion and presentation and discussion on the Beal buffing system.  We ran through a brief video on the Beal buffing system, including set up and step by step run through, which we followed up with a review of the clubs Beal system located in the shop.  If anyone would like to use the Beal buffing system on their work, we have a container with the buffing pads located in the base cabinet of the library case.  

Next week we have Laguna Tools coming into the club for a live presentation, they will be bringing into the club four of their new lathes, along with a guest turner to demonstrate how to turn a pepper mill, it will be a fantastic night.  Not to mention, it’s the first meeting of the month, we’ll be serving coffee and treats.  Plan to attend early, check out the lathes, it will be a full evening.  Thanks to Alain Lanteigne for setting up next week’s event.


  • Tuesday night, Mike will be hosting the open shop night, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
  • Wednesday night, Denise will be hosting the other turning night, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
  • Thursday night, Chad will be hosting the open shop night, 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm
  • Shop clean up this Saturday, start time 10:00 am, if you can help out, please feel free to stop in

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

Have a great week.

Monday night recap, February 10, 2020

Great meeting last night, we had a terrific presentation from Ken Rude, the Canadian Vic Mar lathe and Carter & Son turning tools dealer.  Ken brought a number of products to the club, including all of the Vic Mar lathe accessories (chucks & jaws), as well as, a number of turning tool chisels from the Carter & Son selection.  Below are the links to Branches to Bowls (Ken’s web site) and the Carter & Son turning tools web site.  Ken’s contact information is also listed below.

Ken Rude, telephone # 403-830-3049.  Email –

Next week is Family day, there will be no meeting, we’ll start back on Monday February 24th with a guest speaker presentation on carving totem poles and birds.

Notice of by-law change to membership dues, effective immediately, membership dues are to be paid on or before January 1st of the membership year.  If membership dues are not paid, individuals will not be permitted to use the shop.  The reason for this change is due to insurance liability issues, the insurance company does not recognize individuals without a fully paid membership.  If someone were to be injured in the shop without a fully paid membership, there would be no liability insurance available.


  • Tuesday night, open shop night 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
  • Wednesday night, Kub Kars program, shop closed
  • Thursday night, open shop night 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm
  • Shop clean up scheduled for Saturday February 29th, start time 10:00 am
  • Lottery money is due no later than Monday February 24th, please see Rick Sullivan
  • We will have a table set up at the church this Monday February 17th for the Durham DIY showcase which will be located at the church hall, if you would like to participate, please contact Rick Sullivan, it’s an opportunity to showcase the club and the types of woodworking that we do
  • Food drive, we have a donation target of 115 lbs per week for the next six weeks, our goal is one ton of food for the back door mission food drive, please bring your donations to the Monday night meetings, the drop off box is located at the entrance to the meeting area

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

Have a great week, see you on the 24th

Monday night recap, February 3, 2020


Great meeting this past Monday night, our guest speaker was John Henry, Regional Chairman for Durham Region.  John reviewed several great initiatives that both the region and towns that comprise the Durham region are working on.  It was exciting to hear all of the great projects, but also a glimpse into the future and what’s instore for the region.  As always, great questions from the membership, fun evening.

Next Monday night, we’ll have a visit from Ken Rude, his company Branches to Bowls features turning tools by Carter Tools, dust collection by Oneida and lathes by Nova.  The last visit by Ken was not the best evening due to the snowstorm, hopefully, the weather is not an issue this time.

House keeping

  • Wednesday night, shop will be closed, Kub Kars program will be using the shop
  • Thursday night, open shop night 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm
  • Don’t forget about the Simcoe Street United Church fundraising campaign, check your past emails for more information
  • Next week will be picture day, if you have not had your picture taken, please be sure to stop by and see Calvin before the meeting starts
  • Lottery money is due to Rick before February 18th, please be sure to see Rick before the date

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

Additional Turning Resources

Below is additional contact information from Greg Wallace (Kilian Tools) regarding his discussion from this past Monday night.

Carving Stones & Supplies

Carving stones of various types, gem stones, and some tools and finishes

Jim Philip


Ramara, Ontario (Just South East of Orillia)

Woodslee Summercraft

Hampshire Sheen and Yorkshire Grit on lathe polishing and finishing waxes

Rob Summerlin (Rob also has a great YouTube channel)

Woodslee, Ontario (Windsor)

Kilian Tools

Carbide woodturning tools

Greg Wallace

Pefferlaw, Ontario

Simcoe Street United Church Fundraising Campaign

Dear Simcoe Street families and friends,

We have exciting news for you! For the next few weeks, our Church will be holding a Little Caesars® Pizza Kit Fundraiser to raise money for the Church Restoration! 

Our goal is to raise a minimum of $1500.00. This means that we must sell 250 kits at best. If we could have at least 25 individuals (adults, teens, kids) sell 10 kits each we will meet this goal! If we can get more then 25 SSUC family and friends selling 10 kits each or more and of course the purchasing a kit for your own household, we will surpass the minimum $1500 goal.  

Little Caesars Pizza Kits are fun to make and delicious to eat! You’ll want them on hand for quick dinners, tasty snacks, birthday parties or entertaining!

Facts about Little Caesars® Pizza Kit Fundraising Products:

  • Great quality and value! When purchasing Little Caesars Pizza Kit products you are getting great tasting products from a trusted brand name and a company that has been making meals special for more than 45 years!
  • The Kits are convenient! They contain all the ingredients to make wholesome and delicious pizza, specialty breads and cookies at home in minutes.
  • It’s fun for the whole family! Kids love to help prepare the kits, and you can make them for birthdays and special events. 

You can print off the attached order booklet and sales sheet (see attached PDF doc)

Order Online today from this link:

Group Name:  Simcoe Street United Church
Fundraiser ID:  380040

Thank You for your help, purchases and support!

Monday night recap, January 27, 2020

Great meeting this evening, super presentation from Doug Ricketts on bandsaw safety.  Doug reviewed all of the key aspects of running a bandsaw safely, as well as, the basics of setting up key components, including how to change and safely fold a blade for storage.  Great feedback from the membership, a number of great tips and take-a-ways.  Thank you Doug for a tremendous presentation.

Next Monday if the first meeting of the month, we’ll be serving coffee, please feel free to bring treats for the group.  Our guest speaker for the evening will be Regional Chairman John Henry, bring lots of questions, John is an awesome guest speaker.

A couple of shop notes, the drum sander is up and running, moving forward all members wishing to use the drum sander will be required to take an orientation session before using the drum sander.  The orientation course will greatly assist the club with future maintenance and keep the drum sander working for a longer period of time.  

As well, if anyone notices any issues with broken or damaged equipment, please send an email to the club’s maintenance committee, the email address is

This Tuesday evening, Mike Kellar and team will be hosting the Kub Kars program, the shop will be closed from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.  If you’d like to help out, please contact Mike directly, it’s a great experience helping out.


  • Open turning night, Wednesday with Denis Lalonde & Chris Lapine from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.
  • Open shop night, Thursday with Chad Shaw from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm.
  • Simcoe Street United Church fundraising program, email was sent to everyone last week, if you can help out, it would be great.
  • Brooklin Carving show, March 14th at the Brooklin Community Center, information posted on our web site.
  • Toronto Woodworking Show, February 7, 8 & 9th at the Toronto International Center, details will be posted on the clubs web site.  If you can car pool, please let me know.
  • Here’s a link to a wood turning app found by Wayne Whitehead, hit the link bellow to download

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

Monday night recap, January 20, 2020

Great meeting last night, our guest speaker Greg Wallace with Kilian Tools discussed the benefits of carbide woodturning tools, as well as, the various materials that he uses with his carbide tools.  Greg’s company, produces several carbide turning tools, which he brought several samples, it was a great discussion, the feedback was extremely positive.  If you’re interested in learning more about carbide turning tools, Greg’s web site is and his email address is  

Following our guest speaker, we had a good discussion regarding feather boards and methods to hold down material when using a table saw, bandsaw or router table.  Thanks to Noel Green for bringing in his feather board examples, as well as, his jig to cut 45 degree angles using a table saw and sled.  Great discussion and awesome tips from the membership.

Note, the shop will be closed this Wednesday evening as Mike Kellar will be hosting the Scouts Kub Kars program.  If you can help out, please contact Mike directly.  Additionally, Mike has requested on behalf of Sopher Creek Animal Rescue that should anyone have any gently used clothing that is not being used, please feel free to donate it for the Sopher Creek program (drop off to the club), deadline is February 10th.

I’ll be sending out a separate email from the Simcoe Street United Church, they are fundraising for repairs to the church roof in conjunction with Little Caesars Pizza.  It’s a great way to support the church and eat great pizza.

We have several dozen metal magazine holders that the club is no longer using, members can pick them up free of charge at the club, they are sitting on a table outside the entrance to the shop (in the hallway).  Please note, that the magazine holders will be donated to the Oshawa library by next Monday, if you would like any, please pick up before the next club meeting.

Please note, due to church regulations, the club is not permitted to store wood with bark in or around the shop.  If you have any barked material in the shop, please remove it immediately.  That being said, several pieces have been found in one of the rooms without any identification, it is available for pick up on the same table as the metal magazine holders. 


  • Brooklin Woodcarving show, March 14th, Brooklin Community Centre & Library
  • Tuesday night open shop night, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
  • Wednesday night, shop closed, Kub Kars program with Mike Kellar
  • Thursday night, open shop night with Chad Shaw 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm

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

Monday night recap, January 13, 2020


Great meeting last night, presentation by yours truly regarding the making of picture frames.  We went through the basics of cutting, routing, clamping and mounting a picture for a handmade picture frame.  Great feedback from the membership, awesome tips and tricks from everyone.

Next week, Greg Wallace from Kilian Tools will be at the club, Greg makes and sells Nanograin carbide woodworking tools.  As well, from our conversation last day, we’ll also be taking about feather boards, everyone is encouraged to bring in your feather board or if you have another method, bring it in so everyone can see it.

Attached is an article found in the current issue of Wood magazine (issue #266, March 2020) regarding 3-D illusion cutting boards, I thought it might be an interesting read for the membership.

The Scouts are back this year, Mike Kellar is looking for volunteers to help with the Kub Kars program, current dates booked are January 22nd, January 28th, February 5th, February 12th and February 18th.  If you can help out, please contact Mike directly.  Note, when the Scouts are in the shop, the regular open shop night or turning night will be cancelled, the calendar will be updated.


  • Tuesday, open shop night with Mike Kellar, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
  • Wednesday, open turning night with Denise Lalonde and Chris Lapine, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
  • Thursday, open shop night with Chad Shaw, 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm

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, January 6, 2020

Happy New Year all,

Welcome to a new decade, we’re excited to start a new year.  We had a great meeting last night, a number of awesome gallery items brought forward by the membership, they’ll be posted on our Instagram page, as well as our web site.

We had a great kick off meeting with our new programme director, Gert Rosenau.  There were several great ideas for meeting topics, club projects and project specific seminars, Gert is going to take all of the great ideas and start working on our 2020 calendar of events.  If anyone is interested in helping Gert and would like to volunteer on the programme subcommittee, please feel free to reach out to Gert directly.

Mike Kellar reviewed with the membership a few of the ongoing community projects and several new additions to the club library.  Thanks Mike for the update.

A quick note from Rick Sullivan, payment for the next round of lottery play is due by February 18th, please be sure to speak to Rick.


  • Tuesday, open shop night, 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
  • Wednesday, open turning night, if you would like to learn how to turn with Denis and Chris, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
  • Thursday, open shop night, 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

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

Have a great week

Rob Peros

President – Durham Woodworking Club