November 2017 Meeting

Fine Woodworkers of Austin November 2nd Meeting Agenda
Thursday, November 2nd is our next meeting at Woodcraft of Austin. 7:00 to 9:00 PM

October Presentation:
This month we will have Curtis Turner tell us everything we need to know about sharpening. He will show us how to get those plane blades, chisels and turning tools “scary” sharp.

Show & Tell:
Show and Tell will be a little different this meeting. We are asking members (who have them) to bring their sharpening stones (or other sharpening methods) so other members can get a look at them. If you would like to demonstrate how they are used, that would be even better. During this time, members will be allowed to use a variety of items that we will have set up to sharpening a few of their items that they would like to bring to the meeting. Time and resources may be limited so we ask that you be judicious with what you are personally trying to sharpen. There will be specific individuals floating around to help out anyone that may have difficulty getting that razor edge on their tool. This will also be a great way to try out a different way of sharpening that you may not have tried before but were interested in.

We will have at least the following: Worksharp 3000, Tormek, High Speed and Low Speed Grinders, Sharpening Stones, Sandpaper, and Sharpening Jigs.

Officer Elections:
This month we will also be holding elections for President and Vice President.

Q & A:
Do you have a woodworking question(s)? You can get answers from some of the most talented fine woodworkers in Austin.

Club Dues:
Mike Drejza, treasurer, reminds all that our 2017 / 2018 annual dues of $36.00 dollars were due this past July 1. If you have not paid yet, please bring your dues to the November meeting and pay by either check or cash. Please make your checks payable to Fine Woodworkers of Austin.

Pre-meeting Dinner:
For those of you that may be unaware, we also have a pre-meeting dinner at Maudie’s Tex Mex Restaurant, located at 10205 N. Lamar Blvd starting around 6 PM. There will be people there as early at 5:30 PM so if you would like to get a bite to eat prior to the meeting and get to know members a little better, then this is the place to be. You may contact Gene Berry to let him know you are coming so we can get the appropriate number of tables and chairs set up at the restaurant. Reservations are gladly accepted but not required to attend the dinner. See you there!

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August 2017 Meeting

August Presentation:

Curtis Turner will discuss and demonstrate how hand planes can complement the modern powered shop through improved fit and finish.

Topics covered will be:

  • Basic hand plane selection
  • Hand plane set up and use
  • Sharpening options and demonstration
  • A range of vintage and new planes will be demonstrated or on display

Curtis is a member of Fine Woodworkers of Austin. He teaches and demonstrates nationally for Lie-Nielsen Toolworks and teaches for TechShop. He owns a studio where he works and teaches.

Club Dues:

Mike Drejza, treasurer, reminds all that our 2017/2018 $36 annual dues were due July 1. Please bring your dues to the August meeting check or cash. Check payable to Fine Woodworkers of Austin

Show & Tell:

Please bring your show & tell items. “Show & Tell” can include work in process, jigs, fixtures (purchased or made) tools, and/or tips you use in building your projects or to keep your shop organized. Place your photos on a flash drive and I will be there early to up load before the meeting.

Q & A:

Have woodworking questions, get answers from some of the most talented fine woodworkers in Austin.

See you there!

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June 2017 Meeting

Fine Woodworkers of Austin
June 1st Meeting Agenda
Woodcraft. 7:00 to 9:00 PM

June’s Presentation:
Dave Williams will take us through the steps of a chair restoration.

Last month Mark Wichkaemper brought in a chair with questions on refinishing it. This sparked a lively audience participation with a lot of comments and suggestions. This proved that if you ask 20 woodworkers the same question you will get 20+ different answers and/or questions about your project that you never thought about. Some members wanted to learn more about restoration.

Dave Williams has restored furniture professionally for years and teaches classes at Woodcraft. Dave will explain the steps required to restore a chair.

Business meeting:
June election for officers

The election for club officers for 2017 / 2018 will be held at our June 1st meeting.

The office of president is open and we do not have a nominee that has accepted the nomination.

Anyone interested please contact me to discuss the position. Also if you want to nominate someone please contact me. Each position, even for incumbents’, will be voted on.

Officers keep the club running and growing. It’s a great way to get to know other woodworkers better.

Show & Tell:
Please bring your show & tell items. “Show & Tell” can include work in process, jigs, fixtures (purchased or made) tools, and / or tips you use in building your projects or to keep your shop organized. Place your photos on a flash drive and I will be there early to up load before the meeting.

Q & A:
Have woodworking questions, get answers from some of the most talented fine woodworkers in Austin.

See you there!

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January 2017 Meeting

Woodworkers:

Thursday January 5th is our next meeting at Woodcraft. 7:00 to 9:00 PM

January Presentation:

Jim Wallace will present Marquetry Ideas & Design. Jim has designed and fabricated many award winning pieces presented at the annual Texas Furniture Makers Shows in Kerrville Texas. An opportunity to learn from a professional.

Dues:
Mike Drejza, treasurer, reminds all that our $36 annual dues are prorated, from July 1, for NEW members that want to join.

Show & Tell:
Please bring your show and tell items and remember they can be a work in process. If you have photos please email them to me, wberry78504-at-gmail.com so I can have them ready to go or bring them on a flash drive. I will be there early to up load them before the meeting.

Remember “Show & Tell” can include jigs, fixtures, tools (purchased or made) and / or tips you use in building your projects or to keep you shop organized.

Q & A:
Bring your woodworking or shop questions. You can get answers from some of the most talented fine woodworkers in Austin.

Reminder:
We have a casual dinner before each meeting. It is at Maudies on north Lamar @ 5:30. Look for my email on Wednesday to reserve a seat.

See you there!

-Gene

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December 2016 Meeting

Woodworker:

Thursday December 1st is our next meeting at Woodcraft. 7:00 to 9:00 PM

December Presentation:

Brandon Berdoll, of Berdoll Sawmill & Furniture Co., will explain the technics used to properly dry wood at the saw mill. (Kiln-dry—–Air-dry)

Dues:

Mike Drejza, treasurer, reminds all that our $36 annual dues are prorated, from July 1, for NEW members that want to join. You can pay by check, made out to: Fine Woodworkers of Austin (preferable), or pay cash.

Show & Tell:

Please bring your show and tell items and remember they can be a work in process. If you have photos please email them to me so I can have them ready to go or bring them on a flash drive. I will be there early to up load them before the meeting.

Remember “Show & Tell” can include jigs, fixtures, tools (purchased or made) and / or tips you use in building your projects or to keep you shop organized.

Q & A:

Bring your woodworking or shop questions. You can get answers from some of the most talented fine woodworkers in Austin.

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November 2016 Meeting

Thursday November 3rd is our next meeting at Woodcraft. 7:00 to 9:00 PM

November Presentation:
Peter Kennedy will lead an open discussion on designing and building quality furniture.

Peter grew up helping in his father’s shop to restore furniture. His appreciation of fine wood working has continued throughout his life. He continues to design and build custom furniture and has judged woodworking categories and Texas built fine furniture at various venues. Peter is a judge at this year’s Kerrville Texas Furniture Builders Show. We ask that club members not discussion or present show and tell items related to this year’s Kerrville show. The judging will take place On Nov. 5th.

Dues:
Mike Drejza, treasurer, reminds all that our fiscal year started July 1st and the $36 dues are prorated for NEW members that want to join. You can pay by check, made out to: Fine Woodworkers of Austin (preferable), or pay cash.

Show & Tell:
Please bring your show and tell items and remember they can be a work in process. If you have photos please email them to me so I can have them ready to go or bring them on a flash drive. I will be there early to up load them before the meeting.

Remember “Show & Tell” can include jigs, fixtures, tools (purchased or made) and / or tips you use in building your projects or to keep you shop organized.

Q & A:

Bring your woodworking or shop questions. You can get answers from some of the most talented fine woodworkers in Austin.

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August 2016 Meeting

Dues:

Mike Drejza, treasurer, reminds all that our fiscal year started July 1st and so dues of $36 are due. You can write a check, made out to: Fine Woodworkers of Austin (preferable), or pay cash.

Show & Tell:

This month we will devote most of the meeting to “Show & Tell”. Last meeting we did not get to all the members that brought items to share. I should have allowed more time in the agenda. Sharing our projects with others should take priority in our meetings. Please bring your show and tell items and remember they can be a work in process.

Remember “Show & Tell” can include jigs, fixtures, tools (purchase or made) and / or tips you use in building your projects or to keep you shop organized.

If you have photos please email them to me so I can have them ready to go or bring them on a flash drive. I will be there early to up load them before the meeting.

Q & A:

Bring your woodworking or shop questions. You can get answers from some of the most talented woodworkers in Austin.

What a great idea:

A long time member had an idea of doing a build challenge that would create the opportunity for all members to participate in a fun actively.

Let’s have a “project build challenge for the September meeting”. All the details in our August meeting. If this goes the way we think it will we may have more in the future.

If anyone has ideas for the club please contact one of the board members. The contact information is below.

Reminder:

We have a casual dinner before each meeting. It is at Maudies on north Lamar @ 5:30. Look for an email on Wednesday to reserve a seat.

Also don’t forget the 10% discount on most items at Woodcraft available shortly before our meeting and during our break. Please support our host.

Gene

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July 2016 Meeting

David Petersen presents an introduction to CNC routering

Don’t forget to bring your show-and-tell (even if it isn’t finished yet).

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June 2016 Meeting

Hand Planes 102

Member Mark Wells is going to show the hand plane techniques he used to construct a Dutch tool chest. He built the chest without using electricity.

Don’t forget to bring your show-and-tell (even if it isn’t finished yet).

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May 2016 Meeting

Officer elections are June 2. We need a President and Treasurer. Even if you are new to the club, feel free to nominate yourself. We need officers to keep the club going.

This Thursday at 7pm Maryellen Burdwood-Porter is going to talk to us about making crossbows, which she does professionally. Jim Wallace is also going to briefly describe a 3-way mortice and tenon he used in a chair joint.

One of my greatest pleasures as president is watching club members like Maryellen and Jim display their talents. Being an officer is a great way to meet more club members and learn their stories.

I look forward to seeing you this Thursday at 7pm at Woodcraft.

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