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.
The main program for our April 7 meeting will be Dmitri Wolf showing us the jigs and tricks he uses to install door hardware. Dmitri is a member of our club and a professional woodworker. I look forward to hearing what he has to say.
It’s time to start thinking about officers for the next year. Elections are June 2. I have enjoyed serving and have received a lot of encouragement, but I cannot continue another year as president. Likewise, John Huber and Frank Lynn have served for several years and need to step down. All of us are available to help transition.
We will have three spots open: President, Treasurer, and Member at Large. The President organizes the whole show, the Treasurer tracks the money, and the Member at Large takes care of the name badges. If you have questions about the jobs, you can reply to this email and I’ll answer or get you connected to the right person.
Please nominate yourself or someone else you would like to see in any of those roles. Send nominations to me. Officers are who keep the club running. It’s a great way to get to know other woodworkers better.
I look forward to seeing you on April 7. Don’t forget to bring your show and tell. The night of the meeting you you get a 10% discount on most items at Woodcraft.
This Thursday, March 3, the day after Texas Independence Day, is the next meeting of the Fine Woodworkers of Austin. Last month we had a lot of interest and a lot of presenters for workbenches. This month we are going to have another meeting on workbenches. Come with your questions!
I have seen the presentations for this month and I think you are in for a treat.
Kenneth Lightle recently posted a great story to this email list about an old bench he bought and uses to this day. I enjoyed reading Kenneth’s story and I bet some of you did, too. Please feel free to send emails to this list with your questions or tools for sale. Those big international woodworking forums have a lot of good information, but sometimes it’s nice to talk to people you see on a regular basis.
I’ll see you on Thursday night at 7pm at Woodcraft.
Assuming Ground Hog Day does not repeat indefinitely, your woodworking friends will be at our next meeting: this Thursday, February 4 from 7-9pm at Woodcraft on I-35.
Several members are going to talk about their workbenches. We have a good variety, so I am looking forward to it.
As usual, bring some show and tell.
The night of the meeting you get 10% off at Woodcraft on most stuff.
I look forward to seeing you on Thursday.
On Thursday, January 7 from 7-9pm at the Woodcraft on I-35 it’s time to come see your woodworking friends again.
Mark Wells will present “Handplanes 101.”
As you know by now, Mark is a hand tool enthusiast and nearly all the projects he build these days are done mostly by hand. In fact, Mark sold his Jet jointer because he just use handplanes for flattening and squaring stock.
Topics planned to be covered:
Why by hand?
What are the different sized planes used for?
Which plane should I get first?
Bevel up vs. bevel down planes.
Buying old planes.
How to install and adjust the blade.
If you already know a lot about the topics above, I encourage you to come and share your opinions, as well.
Of course bring your show and tell.
As usual, the night of the meeting you will get a 10% discount at Woodcraft (on stuff that’s not already on sale and one brands that are not excluded).
Our next meeting is this coming Thursday, December 3.
This month’s meeting is on pen turning. Gene Berry is going to show us how he turns a pen in wood. Bill Gardner is going to talk about how he casts resin and then turns that into his pens. I believe the resin he uses, Alumilite, can be used for more than just pens. I suggest coming just in case Santa puts a gallon of Alumilite in your stocking.
If your relatives are making you crazy and you are looking for a day trip, here are a couple of events:
* The fair at Homestead Heritage is open tomorrow (Saturday). Because of the rain, they will also be open Friday and Saturday next weekend. I would dress dry and warm. If you are interested in traditional crafts (including hand tool woodworking, blacksmithing, timber framing, etc.), there is a lot to see. It’s great for kids. http://homesteadfair.com
* The Lie-Nielsen Hand Tool Event is next weekend, Friday, Dec 4 – Saturday, Dec 5. This year it is at Homestead Heritage. (I guess it will be going the same time as the fair, so two for one!) If you have never been to one of these before, it’s a place where you can try out all the different Lie-Nielsen tools. There are also hand tool nuts who tend to hang around, so you can learn a lot by just hanging out and asking questions. Don’t be shy! https://www.lie-nielsen.com/hand-tool-events/USA/101
I look forward to seeing you on Thursday, 7pm at Woodcraft on I-35.
Our next meeting is Thursday, November 5 from 7 PM to 9 PM at the Woodcraft on I-35.
John Huber is going to present, “Working in a Small Shop, or 15 Ways to Make Shop Space Larger.” John works out of an apartment, so I plan to be inspired by the work that can be done in a small space.
Jim Wallace is going to show us pictures from last year’s Texas Furniture Makers’ Show in Kerrville. The show runs this year from October 29 to November 28. Several members of our club submit work to the show and many of them have won prizes.
Don’t forget to bring your show and tell. If you have pictures to show, send them to me by Tuesday and I will put them on the TV in Woodcraft.
As always, on the night of the meeting to get a 10% discount at Woodcraft.
I look forward to seeing you in a week.
Thank you for your contributions to the TV. We easily met our fundraising goal and the TV should arrive any day now to Woodcraft. It energizes me that so many of you were so quick to be generous. Thank you!
In preparation for Halloween, this month we are going to to have a frightening meeting on safety. Several members have stories of accidents or close calls to share. We are also going to talk a little about table saw safety. Bring your questions!
Of course bring your show and tell.
On the night of the meeting you get a 10% discount at Woodcraft.
I look forward to seeing you on Thursday, October 1 at 7pm at Woodcraft on I-35.
We are meeting this Thursday, September 3, at the new Woodcraft store on I-35 from 7-9pm.
Several members have volunteered to bring in pieces of wood with different finishes so we can see, touch and smell them. I look forward to seeing these different finishes in real life.
Remember your show and tell, even if it isn’t completed. If your show and tell is too big to transport, please feel free to email pictures of it to this list.
Remember you get a 10% discount at Woodcraft the night of the meeting.
I look forward to seeing you there.
Our next meeting is this Thursday night from 7-9pm at the new Woodcraft store on I-35.
The main part of the meeting will be a panel discussion about estimating your work. I think this can be useful to professionals and amateurs.
I am also hoping that you will bring in some show-and-tell of incomplete projects. (If you actually finished something, feel free to bring that, as well!)
Thank you to everyone who paid their dues. We use dues to buy a little bit a liability insurance, pay a little bit to speakers who travel from our of town, keep the domain and website up, and other incidental expenses. This is not a money making operation. It’s more like a coffee can where we throw in a few bucks to keep things running. If you still need to pay dues for the year, you can pay $36 cash or check (made to Fine Woodworkers of Austin) and deliver to John Huber at the meeting.
Remember that on the night of the meeting, Woodcraft gives a 10% discount to anyone who comes to the meeting.
I look forward to seeing you at 7pm on Thursday.