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.

Monday Night Recap – October 15th, 2018

Great meeting tonight, thank you to Chris Lapine for a terrific presentation on the use of epoxy resins on woodworking projects. You will find a copy of Chris’s presentation here.  As a follow up to the resin presentation, I may try my luck at wood stabilizing using a vacuum system, stay tuned.

We had a great discussion regarding the clubs new constitution and by-laws, please review a copy of both the constitution and by-laws.  We’re going to hold an open vote on Monday October 29th, if anyone has any questions or recommendations regarding the constitution or by-laws, please send me a written email with your feedback prior to the meeting, it will be collected and brought forward on the 29th for review and discussion.

As well, attached is the latest membership list, I’m working on adding images of all the members to the list for future use.

Next week, Wayne Peden will be discussing how to build cabinets, basis joinery, basic build concepts and finishing tips.  I highly recommend that if you have any interest in building a cabinet in the future, you attend next week’s meeting.

Attached is a registration to the 8th annual fundraising funspiel sponsored by the Oshawa Senior Citizens Center, if you’re interested in participating, please feel free to sign up.  The registration fee is $50 per person, four members per team, Mike Kellar and I will be participating, we’ll need two more members to complete our team, should be fun.  The event runs on Saturday November 17th at the Oshawa Curling Club.

The Grey Bruce Woodturning Guild will be holding their TurnFest event on Saturday October 20th and Sunday October 21st at 1225 Wellington Street, Port Elgin, Ontario.  Please feel free to check their website for more details.  I’ve also attached a quick snapshot of the event.

Also, the WGO and the TWG will be hosting a turning demonstration featuring Michael Hosaluk on Sunday October 28th at Humber college, entry fee is $50 per person.  If you’re interested in attending, please let me  know, I’ll add your name to the list.

Show and Tell:

Tom Loftus – Turned Liddex Box
Wayne Schroder – Christmas Nut Cracker