May 2006


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BAWA Apparel. Hey! Be the first one in your block to be decked out in the latest BAWA finery. Wear the finery to the meetings, to the wood shows or just show your envious woodworker friends. Jay Perrine is the source of BAWA baseball caps ($10), and BAWA work shirts ($35 or so). You can contact him at or 408/378-1585.

Woodcraft. Dublin & San Carlos give the club a rebate on all purchases. Give receipts to Mark Rand.

Open Shop. Volunteer to open your shop to members. Contact Bruce Bell at or 415/681-8353.

This Month's Meeting

May 18th (3rd Thursday) 6:30 pm

This month will be a members' extravaganza where all three presenters are BAWA members.

In the Tech Talk, Tony Fanning will talk about Safety When Working Alone.

In a shop tip, Jamie Buxton will show a table saw splitter.

In our main presentation, Yeung Chan will discuss Designing and Building Furniture - Table & Chair Construction.

Yeung Chan

Yeung came to America from China in 1973 with a hunger to learn and excel. After briefly working in the printing trade, Yeung with his wife came to California where he started working for the Metropolitan Furniture Company. Being promoted through various parts of the company, he became manager of Research and Development. He helped develop many award winning designs. After 12 years there, he built a shop in his home and started making studio furniture. In that time, he also took a 9 month course with the renowned teacher, James Krenov at the College of the Redwoods.

He has traveled around the country with other prominent woodworkers at wood shows. He has also been teaching at the College of the Redwoods, Marc Adams School of Woodworking, the North Bennett School in Boston and many others.

Since he was a boy in China, Yeung has been making his own tools and now as a woodworker, he has made chisels, planes and other tools. The lucky ones in the club have seen some of these tools at various meetings.

He became interested in historically correct Chinese joinery and has done research and lectured on the intricate and intriguing joinery used by the old Chinese masters most of which has been forgotten. By studying old pieces and interviewing some surviving masters, he became adept in recreating these joints.

We all witnessed and marveled last March as Yeung described, showed and put together a copy of a Ming Dynasty armchair. The joints were so tight that one could sit in the chair put together without the joints being glued.

Yeung has written a book titled "Classic Joints with Power Tools" and continues to teach and lecture. We will be sitting on the edge of our chairs as he unfolds his talk on Table and Chair Construction.

Meeting Location

Seventh-Day Adventist Church
653 W. Fremont, Sunnyvale

HWY 101 - Take the Mathilda exit which then joins the Sunnyvale-Saratoga Rd. Travel to W. Fremont (major street before is Remington) and turn RIGHT. Travel less than 0.3 miles. The church is on the RIGHT and a bit hard to see but there is a large parking lot in front. Drive to the back parking lot since this is where the hall is located.

HWY 280
- Take the Hwy 85 off ramp towards Mountain View. Take the first exit which is Fremont and turn RIGHT. Travel on W. Fremont about 1.3 miles. After passing Hollenbeck and before you get to the Sunnyvale-Saratoga Rd, there will be a LEFT turn slot. Make a U-turn and look for the church. It is a bit hard to see but there is a large parking lot in front. Go to the back parking lot since this is where the hall is located.

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