Monday Night Recap – January 14, 2019

Great meeting last night, Don McFarland treated the members to an awesome demonstration on FLOCKING.  Don ran through the correct techniques to properly flock a projected, the range of options to be flocked was quite large, ranging from turned projects to flat & scroll work to a wide assortment of items.  We’ll hope to have Don’s presentation up on our new web site shortly and we’ll see if we can get the video feed posted to our YouTube channel.  Thank you to Don for taking the time to prepare and present on the subject matter, it is greatly appreciated.

Chad Shaw has been working with the Back Door Mission at the church to help out with their food drive, he’s been doing an awesome job.  Attached is a list of items that the mission are accepting on behalf of their program, each week as you members come out to the Monday meetings, please feel free to drop off a donation in the bin as you pick up your badges.

Attached is a presentation from Gene Hutchinson on flattening a warped board, following Chris Lapine’s demonstration this past Saturday.

Just a reminder, we have a new enhanced web site, new calendar, as well as, memberships can now be paid on-line (yeah!).  Please check the web site for any updates. 


  • Tuesday night, open shop night
  • Wednesday night, open turning night
  • Thursday night, Kub Cars program with Calvin Perry, shop will be closed in the evening
  • Saturday morning, Heart shaped pendant seminar with  Chris Lapine (9:00 am to noon)

Have a great week!

Monday Night Recap – January 7, 2018

Rob will type info here.

Happy New Year

Terrific start to 2019 this past Monday night, no speaker this week, however, a lot of new and exciting things happening at the club.

Back in December, an email was sent to the membership with a request from the Simcoe Street United Church to help bring holiday for a number of families.  The executive agreed to donate $200 on behalf of the club and the membership, below is the email from the church, thanking the club

Hi Rob,

I wanted to say thank you so very much! All the help that you and woodworkers have provided went an extra-long way to making so many families happy this year! It was so heartwarming to me and such a blessing as the doorbell rang each time with another woodworker arriving with something in hand to help.

I personally give my thanks and want to let you know I am so grateful for all the woodworkers have done, but also, the community angels and all the families that received assistance want to express their gratitude as well, they will be forever thankful.

Please pass this along to the other members, as I do not have personal contact for those who so kindly lent a hand and filled others hearts with joy.

Thank you again, I wish for each and every one of you a blessed, healthy and happy New Year,


This coming Saturday, Chris Lapine will be hosting two demonstrations on how to straighten a warped board using a planner and jointer, start time for the first demonstration will be 10 am to noon, followed by a second demonstration starting at 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.  Chris has sent out an email to all members who have registered, if you’re interested please email Chris with your notification at  Please bring hearing protection, the equipment is very loud and can harm your hearing.  

As well, Chris will be hosting a poly resin demonstration on Saturday January 19th, participants will be instructed on how to create a heart shaped pendant with a poly resign fill.  If you’re interested in participating, please contact Chris via email.  Attached is a PDF file with heart shaped designs to select, you’ll need to secure a piece of wood to apply the design and to cut out the heart shaped design.

BTW, the club has a new web site, special thanks to Dan Kuzmicki, a lot of work has gone into the web site and Dan has more items to add in the future.  We should have access to on-line payments soon, Dan is just working out the details, it will be posted on the web site.  As well, a special thank you to Wayne Whitehead for all of his support as our web master.


·         We have an outside request for someone to make a half dozen “power” bracelets for a cancer patient, if you can donate your time, please let me know.

·         Wednesday night will be an open turning night hosted by Denis and Chris, start time is 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

·         Thursday night will be an open shop night hosted by Chad Shaw, start time will be 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm, as well, Wayne Pye will be working on the French cleat wall.

·         Next Monday night, Don McFarland will be demonstrating the use of “flocking”, please feel free to google the word for a description of the event.

Monday Night Recap – December 17, 2018

WOW, what a great night to end the year, we all had so much fun!  Thank you to all of the members that brought holiday treats, the serving table was completely full of cookies, cakes and snacks, I’m told that all were healthy.   The highlight of the night was Dan Alexanders hockey themed drink caddy, complete with a puck bottle openers, tissue dispenser and optional team logo which could be changed at a moment’s notice, depending on which bandwagon was rolling down the street.

Thank you to all of the participants in this year’s pen swap, what an amazing time.  Everyone brought a great pen to swap with, but also had great stories about the pen kit or the material used to make the pen.  Calvin was busy taking pictures, we’ll have those posted to the clubs web site.

Wayne Pye had a terrific idea, the club would like to collect everyone’s receipts from the following retailers, Canadian Tire, Home Depot, Lowes and Lee Valley.  The purpose of collecting the receipts is to validate to each of the retailers that the DWC membership has some significant purchasing power, with that, we’re going to ask for donations from these retailers to support our club.  We’re going to keep boxes in the shop that you can drop your original receipt or a photo copy, the receipts can be for any purchase, a fridge all the way down to a package of screws for a project.  Great idea Wayne, thank you.


·        Shop hours will remain the same this week, however, please note the following changes during the Christmas break, shop closed December 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th, open 28th.  Shop closed December 31st, January 1st, 2nd, 3rd, open 4th.  These updates will be available on the club calendar on our web site.  The club will start back up again on January 7, 2019, 6:30 pm sharp.

·        This Tuesday, open shop night with Mike and team, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

·        This Wednesday, open shop night for turning, hosted by Denis and Chris, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

·        This Thursday, open shop night with Chad, starting from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm

·        Chris Lapine will be hosting a live demonstration on Saturday January 12th, topic, “how to straighten a warped board”, there will be two secessions, one in the morning and one in the afternoon

·        Chris will also be hosting a live demonstration on Saturday January 19th, project “heart shaped pendant with epoxy”, additional details at the first meeting of 2019, which is January 7th, 2019

·        Calvin will be hosting a live demonstration on Intarsia, details will follow in the new year

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

Merry Christmas everyone, have a safe and happy holiday season, we’ll see you in January.

Monday Night Recap – December 10, 2018


Great meeting this past Monday night, we were treated to a fantastic guest speaker, Steve Grainer from Sense of Calm.  Steve’s company produces an array of natural products, however, from the clubs perspective, Steve has a line of bees wax products that are perfect for finishing cutting boards, natural live edge serving boards and more.  Steve has a web site with all the products that they produce, please feel free to take a tour,  Thank you to Steve for taking the time to visit the club and answer all of the questions from the membership.

This coming Monday night is the last meeting for the year, we’ll be hosting our pen swap and we’ll be offering coffee and treats as our way of getting into the Holiday season.  If anyone would like to bring in treats for the group, please feel free, everyone is welcome.


·        Tuesday night is open shop night (I know, I’m a bit late, sorry)

·        Wednesday night is open turning night (yes, I’m late with this, sorry)

Monday Night Recap – December 3rd 2018

Terrific meeting last night, Dale Coolrige ran though part two of his sharpening demonstration, highlighting how to sharpen both a chisel and a plane blade.  Great discussion on the “how to” portion, lots of questions from the membership.  Thank you Dale for taking the time to present to the membership, it was a very insightful presentation.

The new Oneway lathe is set to arrive in the shop on Wednesday morning, Denis will be holding a tutorial for members on how to use the new Oneway lathe during the Wednesday night turning forum.  If anyone is planning to use the new lathe, please plan to attend the tutorial.

Please be advise that the daily shop hours are from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, members must exit the shop at 3:00 pm sharp.  Please plan to clean and pack up your projects at 2:45 pm and leave the shop at 3:00 pm.

Housekeeping notes

  • Wednesday night, Denis and Chris will be hosting the turning forum, this will be the round table Q & A, start time is 6:00 pm.
  • There are a number of plastic containers containing in the spare shop room with free wood, if you’re interested in picking up some wood, please feel free, please leave the plastic bins.
  • Thursday night Calvin will be hosting a CLOCA meeting, the shop will be closed for Calvin’s group.
  • Reminder, the pen swap will take place on Monday December 17th.

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

Have a great week.

Monday Night Recap – November 19, 2018

Great meeting last night, thanks to Mike Kellar for chairing a great discussion on the making of homemade paste wax.  We’ll be posting on the club YouTube channel a short video clip that Mike brought along, showing a safe method to melt the bees wax.  For those not in attendance last night, the most common methods to melt bees wax are by double boiling (boiling a pot of water, then adding a second pot which will melt the bees wax) or by using a slow cooking crock pot.

Wayne Pye also suggested using a glass mason jar and placing it in a pot of boiling water to melt the bees wax.  The most important safety tip when making your own homemade past wax, do not leave the stove top unattended when melting the bees wax, if left unattended it could potentially start a fire.

Additionally, throughout the discussion, the group had a number of great tips, it’s best to use light weight mineral oil, which can be purchased at any local drug store.  Chad Shaw mentioned that he last purchased a gallon of light weight mineral oil from Rona, I believe the brand purchased was “DVL”.  It was also mentioned that we had a presentation last year from a gentleman who sells bees wax and we’re going to ask him to come back and visit the club and to sell his bees wax products.  All in all, it was a great discussion, a lot of great information.

The Simcoe Street United Church will be holding their annual Christmas market on Saturday December 1st from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, it is a free admission and there will be a number of great activities, as well as, holiday gift items for sale.


  • Wednesday night, open turning night hosted by Denis and Chris.  If you have any turning questions or need a helping hand, please feel free to stop in to the club, anytime from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.
  • Bernie Visser let the membership know of the upcoming Brooklin Carving Club annual show, this year the club will be hosting the event at the Brooklin Community Center on March 9th, 2019, more details to follow.
  • If anyone is interested in learning how to re-finish furniture, Kade Bolger will be hosting a “how to” seminar in the near future, we’ll post the information shortly.
  • Chris Lapine advised the membership about a group buy of cheese knife blades, if you’re interested, please contact Chris directly.
  • Don McFarland passed along a note from Hearth Place inviting anyone who has participated in the wig stand build of a luncheon on December 11th, if you’re interested in attending, please contact Don.

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

Have a great week.

Monday Night Recap – November 12, 2018

Great meeting last night, we have a fantastic open forum hosted by our very own Calvin Perry discussing possible meeting topics for the future.  Don’t let Calvin fool you, he’s a natural at the mic, great participation from the membership, a lot of strong suggestions from meeting topics.  The executive will get to work planning out future meetings and load all of the dates on the club calendar.


  • Wednesday night is open turning night with Denis and Chris, start time is 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.
  • Next week we’ll be taking names for this year’s pen swap, if you’re interested, please email me if you would like to sign up.
  • This coming Saturday November 17th will be a scheduled shop clean-up, start time is 10:00 am, all volunteers are welcome to come help out.  The more volunteers we have, the quicker the clean-up the shop is cleaned

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

Have a great week.

Rob Peros

Monday Night Recap – November 5, 2018

Great meeting tonight, both the new club constitution and by-laws were voted upon and both passed unanimously.  We now officially have a club constitution and set of by-laws to run the day to day business of the club.  Overall, we had a great discussion before voting, it was decided that a subcommittee would be set up in the next week or so, in order to prepare for any possible updates to the constitution and by-laws at the first annual general meeting.  For those that would be interested in providing feedback, please reach out to Paul Kidson, he will be the chairperson for this subcommittee, please volunteer, your voice matters.

Housekeeping notes

  • Wednesday night will be the monthly turning forum, all welcome, hosted by Denis and Chris.

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

Monday Night Recap – October 22nd, 2018

Fantastic meeting last night, full house to see Wayne Peden discuss cabinetry, everything involved in the build to adding hardware and final finish options.  Lots of great questions from the membership, both during the discussion and after the meeting.  Wayne has volunteered (well, sort of, more like I volunteered him) to hold a seminar in the shop to show members the actual build process.  We’re just firming up the date and will advise everyone as soon as it’s confirmed.  We’re hoping that we can lock down a Saturday, so that everyone can make the seminar.  Thank you to Wayne for the presentation and the additional seminar.  We hope to have the discussion posted on YouTube shortly.

In memory of Mack Cameron, the club will be accepting donations that we will be using in the future to honour Mack.  If you are interested, please speak with Paul Kidson and he will take care of the funds.  Additionally, Mike Kellar had a great suggestion, when we set up the new library in the workshop, it will be named after Mack in his honour, Mack was the clubs first librarian.


  1. This Wednesday will be the open turning night, hosted by Denis and Chris from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm, if you would like to turn or have any questions, please feel free to drop in.
  2. Reminder, last week I sent out the registration from the Oshawa Seniors Funspeil curing event, if you’re interested in submitting a team, complete the registration form and collect the entry fee.
  3. Early bird draw, if you pay your 2019 membership due before the end of November, you will be entered into a draw to win your membership fee, the draw will be held the first week of December.
  4. Calvin will be sending out notices to all of the members that offered to help out with the community projects, tentative meeting date will be Thursday November 1st.
  5. This Sunday the Toronto Woodworking Guild will be hosting Michael Hosaluk turning demonstration at Humber College, start time is 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, cost is $50 per person.
  6. If you have any plywood scraps, we can use them at the club, Wayne Pye will be building new racks on the wall using a cleat system and the scraps will come in handy.
  7. I had originally planned to discussed the constitution and by-laws next week, unfortunately, I need to push this out a week, so, we’ll be voting on the new constitution and by-laws on November 5th.  If anyone has any suggestions or recommendations, please send them to me in writing prior to the meeting.
  8. Just a heads up, we are looking a group buy of cheese slicers for cheese boards, as well as, a potential group project build, we’ll notify everyone when the dates are set and the cost.