Woodworkers Club of Houston

November 2016 Projects



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Tom Blanco gave a talk on how to use Sketchup on a personal computer to draw 3D models of your project. With considerable experience using Sketchup on his PC, Tom was able to fill in at the last minute for the scheduled speaker who had to leave due to illness.  Thanks, Tom.


Continuing his train set for a grandson, Denis Muras showed club members his latest addition finished in beeswax and mineral oil.  The finish makes a paste that can be wiped on and the excess wiped off.


Larry Wenner turned “something round” from a very soft and light wood that may be hackberry.  Larry finished with three coats of poly.

Having graduated proudly from Texas A & M  Steve Wavro’s neice asked him to craft a plaque to hang in her elementary school classroom.  Steve used a software program called Inkscape (with umpteen YouTube tutorials) to generate the pattern for the lettering. Steve was able to find 1/4 inch Masonite from McCoys for the backing

From a pattern off of a shirt Rick Spacek wood burned these wolf images then finished with spray gloss.  Rick explained how he crafted the train and how he used pebbles to make the mountain look more realistic.

Touted as a future home protection device by John Gay, his “ray” gun has an adjustable sight, is loaded with M&Ms and is ready to face any kind of candy thief.  The barrel is bubinga, the body is mahogany and the sight is maple.  All is wood is “excess” wood, aka scrap.

John Lestrapes crafted some simple cutting boards from left over red oak, maple and mesquite.  John did not finish them and they have been hanging on the wall for about a year now. 

Utilizing excess wood from his shop, Henry Majoue crafted this end table of cherry and mahogany to go with his lounge chair.  The handle is also made of mahogany to match the strip of mahogany that girds the table. Henry finished with wipe on polyurethane.

The most challenging aspects of these hanging deer plaques for Chris Farquhar was getting the hooks located just right so the pieces would hang properly. Chris crafted these deer plaques for a co-worker who also provided the picture from which Chris worked.  Another challenge was not to break the antlers.

Lynn Cummings crafted a baby crib from walnut and curly maple for a new born granddaughter then finished with a mixture of beeswax and mineral oil. The original plans allowed for converting the crib to an adult bed but Lynn did not choose that option – why should he - he just built an heirloom baby crib.

Peter Doe explained how he made this patio table as weather proof as possible with a seal coat of epoxy and a few coats of spar varnish.  The wood is ipe which is very hard but durable and weather resistant. The base under the tile is marine grade plywood. Peter used a nibbler to round of the edges of the tiles for the curved portions of the pattern. 

This drill press table built by Ridg Gilmer has extra trays for small parts.  Ridg also showed Club members his replica of a Jeffersonian writing desk from 8/4 Cypress resawed on a bandsaw.  He used boiled linseed oil and paint thinner plus two coats of plain wax.

Chuck Lickwar was unable to attend today’s meeting so Andy Anderson showed club members samples of toys that Chuck crafted for the Club’s toy program.  Great job, Chuck!  Thanks. Hmmm..is Chuck dressing up to be a Santa?

Working from a request from his Sister-in-Law, Chuck Graham built this porch swing from treated pine 5/4 decking material from Lowe’s.  No finish.

A chainsaw and an angle grinder helped David Janowitz get the bark off the Pecan trunk and shape it to make a table.  Note that the middle is hollow and unfinished.  The table is made of walnut and although it wasn’t intended to be a bench David made it so it could be one.  David got a lot of practice with mortise and tenon joinery.  He finished both projects with oil and wax.

From a picture taken from the Internet George Alderete crafted this walnut bed for his recently married daughter. The paneling are pieces of 1/4 inch plywood.  George’s joinery consists of Dominos and mortise/tenons.  (Dominos are double tenons used in mortises created by Festool’s Domino mortise cutter machine.)

One of Lon Kelley’s preachers likes to place books on a stool for quick reference during a sermon but Lon felt he should have something better.  So Lon crafted two stands of cherry with splayed legs.  Lon explained how he put it all together then finished up with two coats of polyurethane. 


Photos and commentary:  Gary Rowen (Photos of projects by Graham, Janowitz, Alderete and Kelley provided by them, respectively. Photo of Lickwar submitted by himself)           

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