Season Launch: Tuesday 13th September

Our 22-23 Season Launch takes place on Tuesday the 13th of September at 7:00 PM.  The remaining 9 meetings from October to June are held on the first Tuesdays of each month, but in September we give it an extra week to let parents recover from the beginning of the school year.  As has become the norm, members will receive Zoom invitations by email.  On tap this month we have: Wayne's World Wayne Richardson moved homes recently and thus had to tear down his previous shop to rebuild a new one.  Working with an experienced perspective of what works and what doesn't, he will take us on a tour of his new, almost finished, woodshop. Norman's Book Norman Pirollo has published an ebook entitled Quiet Woodworking , featuring, as you might guess from the title, working with handtools.  A little of Norman's background and a photo of the book's cover are just clicks away. Kevin's Gate Our Turn What we did this summer.  The prior three presentations form a gateway to th

Quiet Woodworking (In an Unquiet World)

This is the title of our own Norman Pirollo's new book, Quiet Woodworking.  In it he shares some of his experience-earned methods in woodworking with handtools.  In his own words he says this: " new book on the dichotomy of hand tool woodworking in a modern world.  Discover how hand tools create a quiet, peaceful, dust free woodworking experience.  Attain a more fulfilling, better quality of craftsmanship.  I delve into how my furniture pieces are created using hand tools.  I discuss how we need to maintain a tradition of working with hand tools in today's environment where technology permeates our lives at every turn.  Hand to eye coordination and tactile feedback are two benefits of using hand tools in woodworking.  I make a compelling case of introducing hand tools into woodworking.  Available through my website   180 pages. (eBook)"

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Jack Forsberg's Rust Fest 2022 Rusturrection!

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A Double Bill in Tuesday's Zoom on June 7th!

Along with impromptu Show-and-Tells, we have an exciting two-feature Zoom meeting on Tuesday, June 7, at 7 PM.  Past-President Rob Suarez presents One Plane to Rule Them All , an ode to the Veritas jack rabbet plane.  In his own words Rob says this: "I have this obsession with the Veritas jack rabbet plane, from its design elegance and brilliance, to its balance and feel and most importantly what it's capable of.  Could this one plane be your only one in a minimalist kit?  Could we recommend this as the first plane to buy for any beginning woodworkers?  This presentation is to promote the glory of plane, through a practical and hand built project, exploring the full potential of the jack rabbet’s capabilities." Now, do your fine speakers look cheap because of their plastic enclosures?  Do you want to replace them with beautiful wood grain housings?  Then June's second feature presentation is for you.  Dean Hummel will explain how he builds speaker enclosures out of

Three-D Printing in George's Woodshop: Tuesday May 3, 2022, 7 PM

At Don's suggestion I will show photos on how a 3D printer can be useful in a woodshop.  When I ordered the printer I had no idea how much of an asset it would be in woodworking.  And it's not to combine plastic bits with wood objects; no, the plastic bits rarely become components of the objects I make.  They are mostly tools and tool-modifications that help woodshop processes.  Two themes are highlighted:  One is how surprisingly robust even the cheapest most common plastic, PLA, can be in demanding applications.  The second theme is about modifying, replacing, or inventing tools to make woodshop tasks easier.  An example of the second theme is illustrated here, a 3D printed bevel gauge that clears the bump-out in the corner.

End Grain Guided Plane Skew on Shop Talk Live

You've heard countless times to plane in the direction of rising edge grain.  New to me was Shop-Talk-Live guest Wilbur Pan's recommendation also to skew the plane according to the rising end grain.  So, if viewed from your planing stance, the end grain rises to the left, skew the plane to the left so its left side trails.  This was in a recent episode, Number 264.  Has enyone else heard this recommendation?  Better yet, has anyone found this suggestion successful?