Newsletter August 2023

BAWA Zoom Meeting August 20th. 2023

The meeting was called to order by President Frank Ramsay.

Program Announcements – Paul Krenitsky

Paul reminded us that the September 10th meeting will be a pot luck picnic at Twin Pines Park in Belmont.

September 10th: BAWA Annual Members Picnic

BAWA will be supplying Hamburgers
Hot Dogs and none alcoholic
drinks (alcohol is not permitted in the park)
Plus plates, napkins and tableware and condiments

Members are asked to bring a Side dish or a dessert
for sharing with the group

We also have will have our first Planing Challenge
Who can draw the longest shaving from a plank of Poplar
Bring your own, freshly sharpened, planes
Details will be emailed.
Spouses and guests are encouraged to attend.

The October meeting will feature Neil White talking about Kumiko.

Bruce mentioned that he would like to sell one of his two Hegner scroll saws.
(details will be sent out shortly)

October 15th: Our Guest Speaker: BAWA Member Neal White about antique furniture or white Kimiko work


Featured Speaker
Dominique Charmot

Dominique told us a little about himself
including the fact that he is an avid cyclist and musician
in addition to being a superb woodworker.

He then presented three very distinct pieces of furniture.

Art Deco Showcase

SketchUp design

It had curved clear acrylic front and sides enclosed in Mahogany frames.

He used SketchUp to make full size templates and forms in order to create the curved laminated Mahogany "branches".

Curly maple strips were glued to the Mahogany. CA (cyanoacrylate) was used to glue the strips to the Mahogany.

He did mention that he glued his fingers to the piece more than once -- a result of the instant curing of the CA. The curved sides of the acrylic windows were heated in his oven over a form.

The curved fronts of the acrylic windows were just hand formed and held by the frame -- because the acrylic was flexible enough for the mild curve.

Lamination form

Drawing inlay templates

Structure assembled

Art Nouveau Bookshelf

He used 12/4 Sapele (Mahogany) lumber. SketchUp was once again used for making full scale templates and figuring out the joinery. He made a jig for cutting mortises. The piece has wood framed glass front doors with silicone used to hold the glass in place. He made curved laminated partitions vacuum bagged over forms. The piece was sanded to 220 grit, the pores were sealed with Aqua Coat and then he French polished the whole piece -- a labor intensive process.

Mahogany framed Beaux-Arts Couch.

Again, SketchUp was used in the design process and to print templates. The heavy frame is hollow and made of staves, similar to barrel staves. He found a Stanley compass circular plane on eBay and used it to plane the curved frame. The frame is finished with shellac followed by wipe-on polyurethane. Dominique bought an industrial sewing machine and made his own leather cushions.


Show and Tell

Bill Henzel

Bill showed slides of the blanket chest he made. It has a Red Cedar floor vacuum bagged to 1/2" ply. The exterior is a Black Walnut frame with Cherry side panels and Wenge top panel. The wood was purchased from Cali Hardwoods and Supply in Milpitas.

Mateo McCullough

Mateo showed slides of his ball and claw foot legs he made.
He does not have a table to attach them to yet.
He also made a Birds Eye Maple marquetry box with Apricot, Koa, and Walnut used for the marquetry.
Finally, he showed us the leaf carving he made on a tree limb.

Max Goldstein

Max once again showed off the square Mahogany box he made to celebrate his 6th wedding anniversary.
He also showed the wall mounted bookshelf with adjustable bookend that uses T-track to hold the bookend.

Bruce Powell

Bruce showed slides of the marquetry class.
Lloyd and Sharad attended and each had a Hegner scroll saw at their disposal.
The class ran from 9:30 to 5:00 and a 10" x 14" base skin was created in that time frame.

Minutes by Burt Rosensweig