September Newsletter


Bruce is planning an advance table saw class where he will teach how to make raised panels box joints etc.

One Special Christmas is fast approaching. We encourage our members to make and donate “something” which is auctioned off to raise money for a local family. The money is then used for various items such as electronics/school laptops and supplies.

The Christmas Party is set for December 18 at Brixx Restaurant uptown (225 East 6th St). Free parking is next to the restaurant. Just save your ticket and have it validated inside.

It was a busy month for the Club. We had exhibition booths at both Matthews Alive and Festival in the Park events. Our participation serves as a membership drive and to promote woodworking. The Club owes many thanks to the people who donated their weekend time as demonstrators or greeters. We expect to acquire many news members due their efforts of the volunteers. When you see a new face in the shop shake their hand and welcome them to the Club. Make them feel at home.

Matthews Alive

Mike Smith Showed kids the proper use of the Japanese Pull Saw. He made his T-puzzle and challenged the kids to assemble it. After they were frustrated he gave them a hint.

There are videos on the website on how to make both his Box and T-puzzles

Fred Miller did double Duty at Matthews Alive. He demonstrated how to make hand-cut dovetails (above) and explained the purpose and use of the Shaving Saw Horse.

2X4 Contest

Show & Tell

Mike Smith with mesquite clock
For show and tell Mike showed off his clock made with mesquite wood. Because the wood is rated at 2345 on the Janka Hardness scale it is difficult to work.  The tar from the wood also has many medicinal uses.

In addition to the contest Mike Smith showed off his clock made of mesquite wood. Since mesquite wood is 2345 on the Janka Hardness scale (twice as hard as oak) it is difficult to work. On a side note the black tar of the wood, when diluted with water has many medicinal uses such as eye wash, antiseptic for open wounds, chapped lips and as a sun burn lotion.

2X4 contest
Angled dovetail box

Bruce also described how to make the angled dovetails on his box. He also spoke on the differences between dye and stain. Dye is absorbed into the wood fibers. It gives a more consistent color but not recommended for wood food utensils. Stain is actually made of particles that stay in the grain. Color can be built up with each layer and is most effective with open grain woods. One reason to use a stain or dye is to make one type of wood look like another.

Festival in the Park

George Thomas, Christian Bettendorf, and John Arnaud, gave demonstrations at the Club’s booth at Festival in the Park.

While bands played in the Amphitheater at the Festival, George Thomas displayed and spoke about making a guitar at our booth.

Bob Fields gave a demonstration on how to use this Shaving Horse and draw knife. After making a doorstop, he gave them away as souvenirs of the Festival

Hand Made Guitar
George Thomas shows off his award-winning handmade guitar. He remarked it takes about 328 hours to make one
Scroll Work
Christian Bettendorf shows off his scroll saw work
John Arnaud
John Arnaud
Shaving Horse
Shaving Horse

In the Shop

Fred Miller showing a new member (Nifemi Ogunro) how to use a lathe. In no time she was on her own making small bowl type containers.

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Due to the limited number of repair shops in the area, Doug Rink is making a repair on his planner