Official web pages of the Ottawa Woodworkers Association
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.
Unless there is a late breaking development, we, the Ottawa Woodworkers, are going to storm the meeting on the 7th with a flurry of personal accounts. What accounts? What woodworking project did you finish this summer? What did you start? Did you acquire a new skill in the shop? Was there a major or minor shop reorganization? Is there a Shop Tour for us to enjoy? Our own Wayne Richardson moved house recently and is looking at a blank canvas of a shop. Rumour says he will start a series of short reports detailing the shop's development. What's more, you can use your time to declare what you would like to see in these Zoom meetings. It's a good bet they will go on for a bit, so come out and tell the fragments of the Executive what you think would be a useful or interesting presentation. So, from now to the 7th of September, work on your own presentation, whether it's canned or on-the-fly. Don't make us call names.
Are you up for a special treat in October's meeting? Karen McBride has upgraded her internet service and will be able to star in the Feature Presentation of the Month . Her topic will be Inlay Bespoked Tool Handles . Yes that's so: Instead of settling for a plain hickory hammer handle, why not jazz it up with a meaningful -- or just pretty -- inlay? As always there will be time for the rest of us to contribute with shop tours, summer accomplishments, Q's to be A'ed by the experienced among us, personal tool reviews, and any other short presentations of interest to woodworkers. So, if you're on the mailing list of the Ottawa Woodworkers Association or that of the Kingston Artisans, you will soon receive a Zoom invitation to the meeting: First Tuesday in October (the 5th) starting at 7 PM. Come early -- at 6:59 -- to help set up chairs.
Well, OK, not all of it is about timber framing. But some of it is! Seems too some of it is about Fine Home Building. Past President Rob Suarez has prepared a short presentation on the topic, so there will be time for everyone's shows and tells, questions, and so forth. But here's a description of Rob's feature presentation in his own words: At the end of my carpentry career I had the privilege of working on a high end home where carpentry started to blurr the lines into woodworking. The job required a lot of patience and time and most importantly exacting skill. In this slide show we’ll see how these three unique jobs were accomplished and lastly get a visual tour of the final results. I’ll discuss the numbers too, hours and pricing to acheive this project. We’ll explore a pine and cedar timber framed screened in porch, a seamless continuous grain, with multiple hidden doors carport, and lastly a two story guard/handrail white oak architectural element. Look