From twisted to flat and square

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Don’t toss that twisted piece of hardwood into the fireplace! During March’s meeting this Wednesday the 21st, Steve Voorhies will demonstrate and explain how to turn it into a flat, square, and evenly thicknessed board.  The meeting starts at 7PM in Steve’s shop at 3190 #1 Canyon Drive, Wenatchee.

And Jeff Dilks is providing yet another beautiful board for this week’s door prize:  “Big leaf maple burl.  Burl, a little curl, and a little spalt. Flat and stable, since it’s probably been in my shop for 15 years.  15 1/2″ x 9″ x 1 1/4″ thick.  Sanded to a very coarse grit so the figure doesn’t really shine in this photo,” he said. Thank you, Jeff.

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February 2018 Meeting

Don’t miss your opportunity tomorrow night to leave the meeting with a beautiful piece of 6′ goncalo alves! We’re having a door prize – yep, just walking in the door will afford you a chance to take home this 6′ x 4″ x 15/16″ beauty:

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When:  Wednesday, Feb 21 @ 7 PM

Where:  Steve Voorhies’ shop at 3190 Number 1 Canyon Rd, Wenatchee

This month we’ll finish insetting a premade inlay and learn how to cut mother of pearl.

We look forward to seeing you.

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Inlay accoutrements

At January’s meeting, we discussed and looked at examples of inlay material that included mother of pearl, abalone, brass, reconstituted stone, and some of the equipment choices available.  Because we managed only a little time working on the prepared inlay purchased from DePaule Supply, we will spend our time at this month’s meeting (February) completing it and learning how to cut our own inlays out of mother of pearl. Please join us; the fun’s just beginning.

Here are some photos from January’s meeting:

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Different types of inlay materials displayed

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A variety of inlay equipment including aquarium pumps.

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Mother of pearl samples

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Prepping a premade inlay-within-an-inlay

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Here, the outline of the inlay is scribed into ebony and highlighted with chalk.

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My favorite tool: Stewart-McDonald’s new lighted plunge-router base for Dremels.

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Closeup of excavation to accommodate the inlay

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It is easy to achieve accuracy with this new router base.

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Starting out a new year

With all the uncertainty a new year brings, as woodworkers we can all be certain of one thing: images like these make us do a double-take, maybe even drool a bit.

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… so if you’re wiping the spittle off your chin, you’re probably in the right place.

We plan on starting out the new year with more ways to bring eye candy to your work other than relying on spectacular wood grain. In January, Autumn Doucet will give an extensive presentation on how to buy, cut and inlay mother of pearl, paua abalone, and other raw materials. So if you would like to incorporate the ability to add a little something to your woodworking skills, join us on January 17th. Information regarding meeting time, date, and place are on the right-hand sidebar.

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Check out the blog section of this site to see updates leading up to the inlay demonstration. Included will be important links and tutorials.

Pybus event

The December Pybus event turned out better than we could have expected, with lots of public interest to spur us on. Craig Dixon and his wife worked hard to arrange the setup, and we all benefited from their insight and planning (and our new sign). One thing is certain: we have a lot of chair makers in our group.

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A note of thanks

We would like to extend our sincerest thanks to Darrell Peart for his presentation to our group in November.  Because of the timing of the meeting, many of us were unable to attend, but those guild members who were lucky enough to be there gleaned new information from his slide presentation of Greene & Greene furniture and his portfolio. “Engaging” was the adjective used most by those who attended, and they appreciated the many woodworking tips Darrell passed along, including how he executes the making of certain joints.

 

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What’s new

Check out the new “Library” and “For Sale or Trade” tabs in the menu. Here’s why:

Over the summer, new guild member Barb Siddiqui donated a treasure trove of mostly hardback woodworking books to us. In other words, we have a library! Included in the 200+ titles are some of the best ever published: all of The Best of Fine Woodworking books, woodturning books, carving books, books on making period furniture, you name it.

The library is housed at Lombard’s Hardwoods, and all volumes are available for check-out by guild members. In the notebook provided on top of the bookcase, print your name and contact info, along with the names of the titles you are borrowing, then be sure to bring them back. If someone might want a page or two copied out of a particular book, we recommend taking a picture of the pages with your phone or tablet.

The “For Sale or Trade” idea has been bandied around for awhile now, and since yours truly (Autumn) will have to make all of the postings and updates, I was skeptical about starting it, but we’ll give it a go and see where it goes. I’ll do my best to keep it updated.

If you have a woodworking related item to sell or trade, send me the info, with photos, to autumn.doucet@gmail.com. Be sure to provide your name (some email addresses are obscure) and your contact information. Please send me an email advising me when to take down the posting, otherwise, you’ll keep getting inquiries.

 Darrell Peart is coming to town! Date and other info are on the sidebar.

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June 21, 2017

If you missed the June meeting, you missed a lot: a drive into the mountains and seeing more walnut slabs than you’ll see in a lifetime. Guild member Steve Noyes has the vision to look at a tree and know what forms it can take. After our visit to Steve’s place, we left with an understanding of what is involved in obtaining trees, processing them, converting them into usable lumber and, finally, turning that lumber into beautiful furniture.

Steve sees the potential of a log like thisWalnut log to be milled

becoming this

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The Clockum Desk, named after the original location of the  tree

Steve “harvests” trees before they meet the fate of the chipper, often scouting them out in and around the valley. When he spots one he knows will not be long in this life, he waits – sometime years – for that moment when a new home owner or a contractor decides it needs to go. During our meeting, we learned about Steve’s process in a reverse order: first, seeing his shop, then learning how he designs and makes furniture, and finally the process of harvesting and processing the wood.

The Wow Factor

The first thing evident to anyone walking into Steve’s 2,206 sq. ft. shop is that he loves wood, especially walnut. Seeing the lumber and slabs he’s processed is stunning to those accustomed to lumberyard fare.

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Taking up almost two-stories of wall space, this slab will likely become a bar counter.

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And there’s more …

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and more …

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Tools of the trade

12-inch jointer with spiral cutter head

Spiral-head jointer

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A sander wide enough to handle massive slabs

 

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Dust collection system

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dust collection

Spray room

Spray room

Inside the kiln

Inside the kiln (yes, he has a kiln!)

From logs to luxury

Whether it’s making desks, countertops, or chairs, Steve considers all aspects of a piece of wood – the curve of an edge, the nuance of the grain, the color – and seeks to blend those characteristics into an eye-pleasing piece of handmade furniture. While at his shop, we studied the first two of the following forms:

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Bar stool, Maloof-inspired rocker, chair

While everybody else was talking slabs, Chris Church and Jeff Dilks were scrutinizing the Maloof joints in the rocker.

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Maloof joint

Using an unfinished rocker, Steve explained how he created and shaped the joint.

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Graceful touches on a finished rocker:

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The headrest made out of a beautifully grained piece of walnut root:

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And we tried one out:

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Steve’s tractor-seat bar stool

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And a new version he is working on:

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Bent laminations

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Acquisition and milling

Before darkness settled in, we went outside, and Steve showed us his two mills – the Lucas Mill and the Brand X. We talked about how he acquires trees and the process and expenses involved in taking a tree from its place of origin to a completed piece of furniture.

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All in all, a great meeting. Thank you, Steve, for hosting us.

 

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May 17, 2017

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Autumn demonstrating the use of English mortise chisels. In the foreground are the numerous guides and jigs Chris once required in  order to cut mortises with a router.

In May, we gathered at the shop of Chris Church of Wenatchee. On the agenda was how to cut mortise and tenons, both by hand and with power tools. Autumn Doucet led the demonstrations by showing how to chop a mortise with English mortise chisels, also known to some as “pig stickers.”

Since chopping a well-fitted mortise by hand with English mortising chisels is fast and uncomplicated, the demonstration didn’t take long. For those interested in the process, here is a good video by Peter Follansbee.

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Willy giving the mortise chisel a spin.

Next, Chris Church showed us how he used to make mortise and tenons using a table full of jigs, then he sauntered right over to his Stanfield horizontal mortiser, made exclusively by Tom Dolese at Terra Firma Design in Bellevue. This is the mortiser he used to cut all of the joinery – angled and straight – on ten dining room chairs. Once he set all of the stops and adjustments, the execution was smooth, accurate and quick. These mortisers run about $2000, but Chris purchased his used for around $800.

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The Stanfield horizontal mortiser

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Chris showing how it’s done.

Chris also explained how he makes his loose tenons.

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Making a snug fit with loose tenons.

And what’s a meeting without a few glamour shots?

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Jon Dominguez, originally from Detroit. You’ve got it going there, Jon.

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L-R: Mark Lombard and Jeff Dilks

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James Gibson from Newport

 

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