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March 2, 2021. This will be a page where members can make their files available for download. Typically members will post slide presentations after they've been presented at meetings. It's early yet, so we have only two items right now.
Wooden Plow Plane Restoration by Sylvain "Bazz" Bazinet
Bazz offers us a pdf file of his March 2, 2021 presentation on his restoration of an antique wooden plow plane dating back to the mid 1800s. In addition to documenting the steps, he lists the products he used. And he makes special mention of woodworker Bob Demers (who helped found the OWA) and antique tool source Doug Orr who both extended helpful advice. The file contains valuable links to the people who, and products that, helped in the restoration.
Perfect Keys for a Splined Frame
The YouTube channel "I Simply Build It" shows how to rip thin strips at the perfect thickness to use as splines or keys. In other words, the strips are as thick as the kerf is wide -- no jig, no calipers, no measuring of any kind. All you need are two scraps of wood -- of which one is the source material -- a clamp, a sled for your table saw, the table saw, and the blade you used to cut slots for the splines or keys. Intrigued? Then watch this short YouTube video.
As you likely expected, there will be no physical get-togethers in September, and it is very possible this means the entire 2020-21 year. Nevertheless, the OWA Executive will try to provide some interaction on First Tuesdays of each month using Zoom, starting with Tuesday September 1. How will it work? Early on, we will try to feed main presentations to the membership in Live Streamed form. This means that a certain time (Likely 7 PM on a first Tuesday) someone will host a Zoom meeting and present a woodworky topic. Members will be able to watch the presentation, and we may even be able to handle questions from the participants. As we get better at this, we expect to provide Show-and-Tell segments. There will be bugs and failures along the way, naturally. If you have not used Zoom we recommend you install it and practise using it. You can watch a YouTube introduction to Zoom . If you would like to practice watching live sessions, send your email address to Geo
Here's a quote from George: "When I joined the OWA in 2011, Jack Schwass conducted a special interest group in his home workshop on making planes. I couldn't believe it; these people made their own tools! I stayed." On Thursday the 10th at 7 PM, our partners, the Kingston Artisans, will host a Zoom meeting showing how one makes a wooden hand plane. Additional details along with an invitation to the meeting will be (or maybe have been) provided to members of the OWA via email. There's also talk of a surprise presentation lined up. Check your email.
Our past president Rob Suarez and Kingston Wood Artisans' secretary Marty Schlosser talked about a digital collaboration between our clubs. In its basic form, we invite KWA members to our Zoom meetings and they invite OWA members to theirs. So we've been invited to their meeting on Thursday November 12th at 7 PM. As with our Zoom meetings, you will be invited to the meeting by email. The presentation is titled Main and Secondary Joinery: Basics by Gerry and Matt. Want to learn more about the Kingston Wood Artisans? Visit the KWA web site which includes a calendar of KWA events .