January 2016 Meeting

Members,
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.
Basic strokes.
Chatter.
Tear out.

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).

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December 2015 Meeting

Woodworkers,

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.

Mark

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November 2015 Meeting

Woodworkers,

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.
Mark

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October 2015 Meeting

Woodworkers,

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.

Mark

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September 2015 Meeting

Woodworkers,

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.

Mark

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August 2015 Meeting

Woodworkers,

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.

Mark

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July 2015 Meeting

Woodworkers,

Our next meeting is Thursday, July 2 7:00-9:00pm at the new Woodcraft store on I-35.

Brandon Berdoll is going to finish his presentation on buying hardwood and the nature of wood. If you have questions from last month, bring them this month!

After last month I tried to find online the knot that David Petersen uses to tie down his lumber, but couldn’t find it exactly. His is going to demonstrate his knot.

I built a bookcase that I nailed together. My hammer missed a few nails and dented the wood. I’m going to demonstrate how I used an iron to remove the dents.

Bring your show-and-tell!

Remember that you get 10% off at Woodcraft the night of the meeting.

I look forward to seeing you Thursday night.

Mark

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April 2015 Meeting

Woodworkers,

Woodcraft is in the middle of a move, so for the April 2 meeting (this Thursday!) we are meeting at Robert Galusha’s shop:

12010 W Hwy 290 #170
Austin, Texas 78737
map: https://goo.gl/maps/AvDkW

Robert is the guy who makes the beautiful curvy chairs. He won Best in Show at the 2014 Texas Furnituremakers’ Show. His website: http://www.robertgalushadesign.com

Robert’s going to show us around his shop and then we’ll have a time to chat. Bring a show-and-tell if you’ve got it.

Meet at Robert’s shop at 7pm.

I look forward to seeing you there.

Mark

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March 2015 Meeting

Woodworkers,

NOTE: The March meeting has been rescheduled to the 2nd Thursday, March 12.

The Fine Woodworkers of Austin will be at the Woodcraft store on Research (same as always) from 7-9 pm.

Jason Thigpen is our speaker. Thigpen runs Texas Heritage Woodworks in Cedar Park and has received national recognition for his leather working skills. He recently published an article in the magazine Furniture and Cabinetmaking explaining how to make leather sheaths to protect your tools.

Here’s two endorsements of Thigpen by Christopher Schwarz:

Come learn some leather working skills from Jason.

Of course you also get a 10% discount at Woodcraft the night of the meeting.

WOODCRAFT MOVE UPDATE

  • Woodcraft will be moving soon (not before this meeting) to I-35 North between Rundberg and Braker.
  • The new Woodcraft classroom will go from our current 460 sqft to almost 1100 sqft, so there should be more room for people to stand. 😉

Mark

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February 2015 Meeting

Woodworkers,

Our next meeting is February 5 from 7 – 9 at Woodcraft. We have two presentations lined up for the meeting.

  • Images from Texas Furnituremakers’ Show

    Member Jim Wallace took pictures of many of the pieces at the Texas Furnituremakers’ Show in Kerrville. Come let other Texas artists inspire you.

  • Helping People Find You Online

    Local technology entrepreneur Gerry Cullen has built four successful companies, two of which sold products via a website. Come learn how to optimize your woodworking blog or website so people can find you online.

Remember members get a 10% discount at Woodcraft if you are at the meeting.

Join Us!

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