Show & Tell (August 2018)



John Arnaud displayed a box he made using hand cut dovetails for the joinery. He’ll also be demonstrating his techniques         at Festival in the Park.


Tom Wills showed off a stool (above) he made of chestnut wood and used pocket screws for the joinery. He next displayed a pencil box he made on a lathe.







             Kelly Rose showed off her design she uses for woodcarving.


Stan Howell discussed his pedestal he made for his wife.


Phil DuBerry talked about his turned salt and peppershakers


Do people say you look “fuzzy?” It’s not because of your 5 o’clock shadow, it because the auto focus on my camera isn’t fast enough as the speakers talk and move. I request the show and tell people to give Jim Dunn, Pete Stoffle or Mark Boyer beforehand so we can get a good clean photo of your item for the newsletter and Club websites.

The Club has a Face Book page set up by Peter Stoffle and located here:

The Club also has a You Tube Channel set up my Mark Boyer and located here:

Check them out and don’t forget to “Like” them and share them with your friends.


How to Flatten Wood by Mike Smith


Mike Smith gave a presentation on how to flatten a board.

First when selecting wood look at the end grain

The left shows how a “flat sawn” log is cut. The end grain on the board would be in a circular pattern. As the wood dries the grain would flatten out which can lead to cracking and warping.
The right photo shows a “quarter sawn log.”  The log is cut so the end grain is straighter which makes the board more stable and less prawn to warping and cracking.

Mike discussed several ways to flatten a warped or cupped board.
First, acclimate the wood to the local environment/temperature. Leave it in your shop for a few days so to help eliminate movement and cracking.

One way to flatten a “cupped board” is to run it through a joiner (with the grain) with the cupped face down until that face is flat. Next run it through the planner

To create a straight side you could again use a joiner. You could also attach your board to a known straight edge as shown here then run it over your table saw.

If you have, a board that is warped/twisted places it on a sled and shim it so it doesn’t move. Starting with the high end, feed it through your planner taking SMALL bites (do both sides).

Another way is to make a box and set the wood inside. Next, mount your router on a stiff board so it rests on the side of the box. Use a flat bottom router bit protruding through the board and move the router along the sides and taking small bites off the warped wood.
Note: The bigger the router bit the slower the speed needs to be (see manufacturer manual).


Safety Announcement

Club members should be aware that we have a club AED (Automatic Defibrilator) in case someone has a heart issue while working in the shop.

It will be serviced soon with a new battery, but all members should be aware that it’s out there.

John Bregan will send email with details on how to use the device.


Hart Square Day (27 October 2018)

Since 1986, as the first touches of autumn fleck Hog Hill on the fourth Saturday in October, Hart Square bustles with over three hundred knowledgeable artisans and docents demonstrating and sharing the craftsmanship and subsistence of Carolina’s pioneers. To enter the village on festival day is to enter the early 1800s. Here, visitors will witness everything from flax making, cotton baling, and tinsmithing to apple butter making and the sweet sounds of old time music. The Village is located outside Hickory. Tickets are available for $45 through either the Catawba County Museum of History (828-465-0383) or contact Bob Fields.

Safety Glasses updated

Fred Miller mentioned at the August meeting you could order OSHA approved eyeglasses and get a good discount through AARP. It’s also recommended to purchase the side shields.

If you wear prescription glasses, you can get the glasses made at Walmart’s optical store.  They offer OSHA-approved safety lenses in several different frames (you choose), and the AARP discount can be applied if you provide your AARP account number.

John McAlister – Member of the Charlotte Woodworkers, Wins Award

Member of the Charlotte Woodworkers, Wins Award

From the SAPFM website at

“Cartouche” Award: A highlight of our meeting is the recognition of an exceptional period furniture maker with the awarding of the Cartouche, the SAP FM’s annual award for lifetime achievement. The Cartouche is a bronze casting off a carving by SAPFM member Gene Landon of an 18th century Philadelphia cartouche of a Joseph Ellicott clock. This year the Executive Council is excited to announce that John McAlister of Charlotte, North Carolina will receive the award. John has been working wood as an amateur for almost 35 years, most of it satisfying his passion for building 18th century American period furniture. He is a self-taught, consummate craftsperson whose introduction to furniture making was Marlow’s Fine Furniture for the Amateur Cabinetmaker. John made all the pieces in the book. In fact, no period piece has ever intimidated John, but that is to be expected from this former fighter pilot who flew P-51’s during WW II. His home is filled with his work including his masterpiece Goddard-Townsend secretary. This piece was featured on the back cover of the April 1998 Fine Woodworking. Like many period furniture makers who started before woodworking magazines appeared, John has visited countless museums inspecting and measuring pieces of furniture that he later recreated in his basement workshop.

John embodies a special dedication to our craft and has always been willing to share his plans, research, and knowledge with fellow woodworkers. Jeffrey Greene thanked John on the title page of his book American Furniture of the 18th Century for his suggestions and encouragement. Numerous testimonials were received during the Cartouche selection process on John’s behalf thanking him for his help.

The Society of American Period Furniture Makers is honored to award gentleman and cabinetmaker, John McAlister with this year’s Cartouche Award.