Newsletter December 2021

Fellow woodworkers,

It hasĀ  been a lock-down year with restrictions on almost nearly everything - except for woodworking.

During the year most of our meetings were on-line but they were very interesting, if anything even better than usual, everybody had time to do their woodwork and to prepare excellent presentations.

We had guest speakers from all over the country including:

Rolland Johnston: How to colour wood
Darrel Peart: Greene and Greene furniture
Tom Gaston: Marquetry
Mike Bray: Spoon Carving
Paul Schurch: Master furniture maker and teacher
Patrick Edwards: Old Brown Glue
Jason Foreser: Japanese Woodworking

Paul ran Virtual Workshops throughout the year which resulted in dozens of members' presentations on different aspects of their workshops.

Vases, Saws, Jigs, Sanders, 3D printing, Tool Steerage, Lathes.......

We had lots of Show and Tells including:
Lloyd's Jefferson Writing Desk
Dennis's Cherry Console
Paul's Walnut Hall Stand
Neil's Pennsylvanian Spice Cabinet
Harry's Small Boxes

We had our first ever BAWA Picnic.

Then there are still our old Newsletters, a trove of interesting things to go back to on a winter's evening.

Enjoy the Holidays and I wish you a great 2022

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November 21st 2021 BAWA Hybrid In-person / Zoom Meeting

The meeting was called to order by President Frank Ramsay


Jon Kaplan stated that we have 11 members who have paid membership dues for 2022. A number of them paid more than the required $60.

If you have not yet renewed your membership you can mail you check to Jon at the address below

c/o Mr. Jon Kaplan,
682 Georgia Ave.,
Palo Alto,
CA 94306.

or you can click on the PayPal DONATE link below:

Next Meeting:: Sunday 16th January starting at 6.00 pm
It will be a hybrid in-person /Zoom meeting

Lloyd will speak at our January meeting.
Neil White will speak if we can get him.
Scott Wynn is scheduled to speak at our February meeting.

We announced the sale of 2 boards of Padauk boards and 1 of Cocobolo that have been very kindly donated to BAWA by Maury Ostroff who has been storing for a few years

Paul asked the attendees for suggestions on how to attract new and younger members to join us. He would like to see bimonthly single day classes held at member's workshops.

He mentioned hand-cut dovetails and biscuit joinery as examples of classes that should be of interest to members. He also wanted to have field trips, as we have done in the past. Then he asked if someone would take on social media.

Laura suggested James suggested forming a committee to look into social media.


Show and Tell

A Show and Tell of new projects plus a closer look at some we saw on Zoom earlier this year

Bruce Powell

Bruce showed a photo of an armoire that would not fit up the stairs to the new home of one of his acquaintances.

He asked if anyone wanted to tackle the job of dismantling the armoire so it could make it up the stairs.

Advice given was saw it in half as this is the way big wardrobes used to be built
They used to be made with in 2 parts with wooden screw-on batons on the top, side and back so they could be easily dismantled for moving. They also had some small center fan or similar that would cover the joint on the front tol bar, on the doors would be taller than the carcass.

Ken Napior

Ken showed photos of the sewing table he made for his wife.
It has veneered surfaces and ogee feet.
The top is mahogany and the drawers are furniture grade plywood with box joints instead of dovetails.

Bill Henzel

Bill showed photos of his cutting boards that he made as holiday gifts.
They all had waves in them. The waves were cut through, not just inlaid. He likes the Whiteside router bits.
He uses Titebond III to glue the pieces together and has not had problems with delamination.

Burt Rosensweig

Burt brought in his maple detergent stand made from wood recovered from an abandoned bed frame.
Mortise and tenon joints were used throughout.

Jon Kaplan

Jon showed off his three tapered boxes with hand cut dovetails.
They were meant to hold food scraps, but two were deemed too nice for food scraps.

He also brought in a topper for a filing cabinet made from oak flooring that he got from a friend.

Jon then showed us slides of an old wooden swivel desk chair that needed to have the legs rebuilt. He successfully restored the chair by cutting off the worn portion of each leg and grafting on a new piece to fit into the cast iron center hub.

Paul Krenitsky

Paul brought in the tall narrow stand he made from walnut.
He used the Malouf oil/poly blend finish on it and it looks great.

On the stand is a 3D printed dust collector adapter he designed and made for his jointer/planer.
It goes from 6" to 120mm.
It uses cleverly placed rare-earth magnets to hold it in place,
so it can be attached and removed without tools.

Pictures of the production team im action showing Paul's adaptor for the benefit of our Zoom participants

Bruce Powell

Bruce holding his Walnut board
while balancing a blue stick on his head

The Walnut board was cut from a tree that had a grafted portion.
Bruce plans to make it into a table top at some point.

Bruce also brought in two triangular wine table tops with veneered inlays.
One used commercial veneer (.040" thick) and the other used thicker home made 1/8" thick veneer.
The thin veneer piece has butterflies inlaid, but when he sanded the top smooth,
he sanded through some of the butterfly veneer, so he will have to repair that area.
The other table top had koi fish inlaid.

We had 7 people in-person at the meeting with the atmospheric river contributed to the low turnout.

Minutes by Burt Rosensweig