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2011 Classes (43)
On December 17, Chuck Roberts described the process he uses to make non-linear coopered boxes. He discussed the method he uses to calculate the angles for the staves he uses in the construction process. He also discussed the table saw techniques he uses to cut the staves and discussed some table saw safety principles. Chuck also talked about the glue he uses and the technique he uses to glue the pieces together. Chuck's work is simply stunning - maybe we will see some similar pieces at future Show and Tell sessions.
On December 10, approximately 90 people attended the 2011 Christmas party. This record crowd was treated to a standing rib roast dinner which had been prepared by Ricky Alexander and his family. The party featured the popular Show/Tell table as well as the gift exchange. Peachtree Woodworking once again presented GWA with a very generous Christmas present. The Club also announced that Heather Hughes had made the winning bid for the Upside Down Christmas Tree. A good time was had by all!
On December 3, GWA convened its annual business meeting. In addition to reviewing membership and financials, the following members were elected to Officer positions for 2012.
Bob Brokaw - President
Rob Austin - Vice President
Diane Nistler - Secretary
Wayne Martin - Treasurer
Additionally, the following members have agreed to serve in the following positions during 2012.
Hans Meier - Scroll Saw Chairman
Dan Douthart - Woodturning Chairman
Gerry Jones - Newsletter Editor
Thanks to everyone for helping to make 2011 a very successful year, as well as those who will be helping to make 2012 another successful year.
Larry, at Busy Beaver Woodworks, hosted the GWA members at his shop in Lilburn. Larry talked about the wood he uses and the various products he makes. He helped several of our members identify suppliers for various products and shared tips relating to tools and fixtures. It soon became evident that a number of GWA members are interested in this branch of woodworking. http://www.busybeaverwoodworks.net/index.html
Steve Mellott facilitated a Veterans Day celebration. All GWA veterans were thanked for their service and 2 You Tube videos were shown. Opportunities to thank veterans were also discussed with the group. To round out the morning, coffee and cake were served.
In this class, Mickey Hudspeth talked about the experiences he has had making wooden gear clocks. He explained to the class that it took 2 years to make the clock and then another 2 years to fine tune the accuracy. Wouldn’t it be great to be able to point to something like this in your home and say “I made that in my workshop.” Job well done!
Today, GWA members visited the shops of Ricky Alexander, Rob Austin and Jim Kunzweiler. The weather was cooperative and about 35 members took this opportunity to see different shop layouts, tools and processes. The coffee, donuts and camaraderie were also great Thanks to Ricky, Rob and Jim for oening their shops to their fellow GWA members!
During the first half of the meeting, Dan Douthart showed how he turns Christmas ornaments on a pen mandrel. He makes it look so easy! During the second half of the meeting, a number of GWA members stayed to decorate the Upside Down Christmas tree. This tree is simply stunning! Thanks to Peachtree Woodworking for providing the refreshments for this class and thanks to everyone who made an ornament for the tree!
During this class, GWA members brought presents they had made for previous holidays and family occasions. There were a number of questions (and answers) regarding finishes, techniques and other project attributes. A great opportunity to get some new ideas for Christmas and other events in the future.
In this class, Gerry Jones shared a wealth of knowledge he had learned in a recent John C. Campbell timber framing class. Gerry described the various joints you can cut and the tools you use to cut them. Needless to say, many of these tools are quite large! He described various design considerations and showed the pergola that his class had made for the Folk School. It looks very substantial and will probably last a long time!
Steve Mellott explained how to make a 4 legged stool. His plans can be used to make a small stool for a child or a larger stool for your workshop. You can use either a lathe to turn the parts or you can use flat boards - either works well. In this class, Steve focused on the process to calculate the angles needed to drill the various holes to make this project. He then drilled the holes and everything fit together as planned!
We had 10 different entries in the 2 X 4 Contest this year. For the next 12 months, Dan Douthart can brag that he had the "Best 2 X 4 Project." Dan had turned multiple ornaments and displayed them on a hand-made ornament stand. Its hard to believe Dan has only been turning for several years. Rob Austin won the raffle for the gift certificate to Peachtree Woodworking.
Wayne Heard, an artisan who has been making and selling kaleidoscopes for more than 10 years led this class. He discussed the materials you use and where to buy them. He also described the different steps needed to complete one of these interesting projects. Finally, he had some great examples of his craftsmanship which he shared with the group. A kaleidoscope would be a great coffee table project or present!
Ralph Thorne led this class by describing the need to properly set up your table saw and then follow proper safety rules while using the saw. He included several videos and a number of slides. A local physician, Dan Acker, then described the steps you should follow if you are ever involved in a serious shop accident. He mentioned he sees lots of these cases, and most could have been avoided. Finally, Don Bedell and several other club members described accidents they had experienced on a table saw. A very good class!
A record 85 people attended the annual GWA picnic! All were treated to a great lunch catered by Ricky Alexander and his family. Peachtree Woodworking got into the action by developing a GWA photo collage that played on the computer monitors thoughout the event. They also provided a gift bag for all those in attendance. It truly was a great picnic and a great time! Thanks to everyone who participated in the planning as well as to those who attended.
Gerry Jones recently attended a SketchUp class and, during this class, he shared his learning with us. Ricky Alexander, who also took the recent course, was available to help answer questions. Both Gerry and Ricky talked about the different aspects of SketchUp that you can use to design various woodworking projects. The class was full and there was a lot of interest in the room!
During this class, Chris K’nerr discussed the history of firearms and then described the various aspects of making a working rifle. His topics related to woodworking, metal working and the actual assembly process. Chris brought lots of samples – both tools and finished products. Several GWA members also brought Show and Tell items relating to the subject. Bob Baird brought a range box he had made and Bob Aldea brought a rifle he had fitted with a homemade stock.
During the regularly scheduled class, members described various ornaments that have been submitted so far. The diversity and quality of these ornaments is really quite impressive! George North then demonstrated the inlays he is preparing for ornament sides. This generated a lot of discussion and interest. After the formal meeting, GWA members kept 6 lathes and 2 scroll saws running until after lunch. A number of members also stayed to watch or to practice and learn new skills.
The normal Saturday class was cancelled so members could attend the Woodturning and More Picnic at Don Russell's house in Oxford, Georgia. The weather was great and approximately 175 people attended. I personally saw at least 25 GWA members while I was there. Those who attended were able to watch several demonstrations covering a number of different woodworking specialties. There were also several vendors selling wood (some at great prices) and a number of people selling new and used tools. Everyone also enjoyed the lunch, home-made ice cream and raffle! See you next year.
WOW! What a day. After s short class, about 30 people stayed after to help with Toy Day. Half went into the break room where they packaged, labeled and boxed about 350 toys which had already been completed before the day even started. The other half stayed in the class room which had been converted into a workshop. We had members running 5 scroll saws, a band saw, a drill press, 2 sanders and 2 Dremel tools. We also had members attaching wheels, hand sanding and applying finishes. I'm guessing that we completed another 150-200 toys. This was definitely the most concerted GWA group project in recent history. Thanks to all who have completed toys, who participate in Toy Day and who have made contributions to this project.
Don Russell discussed and demoed the process he uses to make polychromatic hurricane lamps and confetti lamps. He had a number of examples to help demonstrate the types of patterns you can build into one of these projects. Discussion topics included glue, the cutting process, the glue-up process and the turning process. Don’s demo attracted a full house and he kept everyone’s attention until after 10:00.
We had a full house for the June 18 presentation! Hans Meier and Karl Taylor described the process they use to make these unique scroll saw projects that include both wood and fabric. Topics included the selection of wood, glue, saw blade and fabric. Karl and Hans both described the process they follow to make one of these projects and special considerations for completing the framing process. They also provided several examples which were quite interesting and showed some great craftsmanship.
Steve Mellott started this class by displaying 9 different ornaments he had turned the week before. The overall process was inspired by the Ron Brown "Fancy Christmas Ornament" DVD. The 9 ornaments included several outlined in the DVD, several inspired by a previous Ted Baldwin presentation, 1 with a scroll sawed side, and several of Steve's original design. He discussed the construction techniques of each and concluded the demo by showing how to shape and hollow out an ornament globe.
On May 21, GWA members met at Rob Austin's new 1800 square foot workshop in Lawrenceville. During this meeting, Rob and Bob Brokaw review the overall construction process of this impressive shop. They also commented on the individual systems within the shop - the dust collection, electrical, compressed air, etc. This has to be the only shop with a large flat screen TV and a hot tub.
Saturday's shop tours focused on the Duluth area. While all 3 shops were quite different, they were all very interesting. Mickey Hudspeth's shop is always interesting to tour. With all his home made stationary tools, the handmade wooden clock (with wooden gears) and his chip carved boxes; you could spend hours in his shop. Jane Burke has to have the most impressive floor in any shop I've ever visited. Having previously worked in the flooring business, Jane saved enough wood (fancy wood) to make a floor that would fit into any high end home. It was also great to see all the tools she has set up to make her exquisite ring boxes. Gerry Jones has squeezed more tools into a one car garage than anyone else I know. He also has a great slat wall storage system for parts and small tools. Thanks to Mickey, Jane and Gerry for opening their shops to us!
In this class, Joel Tovi from Eutree Lumber, discussed various aspects of his new lumber business. Topics included the merits of walnut that has not been steamed, the various types of wood drying kilns and the merits of using forest free wood. Apparently, several GWA members have already purchased wood from Eutree and they seem to be very satisfied customers! Joel also announced that he would waive all minimum purchase requirements for GWA members and that he would donate some lumber for the Toys for Tots program. Thank you Joel! For more info - http://www.eutree.com/
WOW - What a class! A.T. Wilson of the Marine Corps started by describing the Toys for Tots program in the Atlanta area. GWA's hand-made toy program is a first for this group so A.T. plans to stay personally involved in this project. He will be stopping back in mid October to pick up all the toys we've made. After A.T.'s presentation, we then had the Birdhouse Contest. It was unbelievable with nearly 30 entries. Congratulations to Mickey Hudspeth who won bragging rights for having the "Best GWA Birdhouse." Not many birds get to live in a chip carved house! Larry Schupback ran a close second with his corian cobblestone creation and Bruce Maday and Rob Austin tied for third. Gerry Jones then concluded the morning with a very interesting presentation on how to build the optimal birdhouse. Without a doubt, this was the best "contest day" GWA has ever had.
In this class, Dan Douthart demonstrated how he makes wooden jewelry on a lathe. During the class, he turned a pendant, a medallion and showed how he threads wood to make a waste block. He demonstrated how he applies a C/A glue finish and how he uses the Beall buffing system. Dan also showed how he inserts a sterling silver bale into a necklace piece. Throughout the process, Dan used a number of home-made jigs and fixtures - proof you can make tools to fit your specific application.
In this class, Bob Aldea discussed a number of topics relating to routers. He started by describing the types of routers on the market and talked about the different applications for each router. He then described how to choose and use different types of bits, as well as the pros and cons of using a hand held router v a table mounted router. He describe the situations which dictate each process and then described the proper process for each operation. Bob also described a number of router jigs - many of which you can make yourself. He concluded the class by discussing the need to keep your fingers away from the bit.
In this class, John Eaton continued his discussion on how to develop a basic free webpage in 10-15 minutes. He also continued the discussion about his blogspot, how to add a shopping cart, how to add links to Facebook and a number of other topics you need to understand in this new world of technology.
In this class, John Eaton and Bob Brokaw described the various hand held power tools that most woodworkers will have the occasion to use. They talked about the situation in which a particular tool should be used. For example, if you want to drill a hole, do you use a regular drill, a hammer drill, or an impact driver. Once you decide which type of drill to use, which type of bit do you want to use. Most of the morning was filled with questions like these. These was also a good discussion on safety.
In this class, Rob Milam explained and demonstrated how he makes portraits out of veneer. He discussed the types of veneer he uses and the "color sample chart" he has developed to accurately find the color wood he wants. He talked about cutting techniques, glue and assembly. He had a great Powerpoint presentation and had some finished projects that were quite stunning. Many members were surprised that Rob's background is in carpentry and general contracting rather than art or design. For more of his work, see http://veneerimages.com/index.html
During the first half of this class, Jack Morse discussed several different woodturning tools and explained how to get a smooth cut to minimize tearout and sanding. He demonstrated the proper use of a skew and explained how many of the other woodturning tools can be used like a skew. Jack then demonstrated multi-axis turning and concluded the presentation by turning a cabriolet leg. Afterwards, Jack stayed for another hour to answer one-on-one questions and to provide one-on-one instruction.
Rob Austin and John Eaton did a great job of starting the discussion regarding this interesting topic.
Rob began the class by reviewing his website and by explaining how he had developed his website by using HTML code that other users on the internet had alaready developed. By using this "already developed code", a woodworker can focus his/her time on woodworking instead of computer programming.
John then began to discuss the difference between a blogspot and a website and began to show how anyone can easily develop a blogspot in about 10 minutes by using the functionality provided through Gmail. By now, the class had inundated both speakers with questions and it was already approaching 10:00.
The subject will be continued in a class scheduled on March 26.
In this class, Jim McGrath shared a wealth of information about professional cabinet making. He discussed the design, construction and installation processes. He discussed cabinet designing software and shared a number of real world experiences. He also had a number of slides showing various types of installations. Some people were so interested, they kept Jim until 11:30 asking him questions!
Numerous GWA members brought jigs and fixtures they routinely use in their shop to make scroll sawn, turned and general woodworking projects. Several had been purchased, but most were hand made. Everyone left the class with at least one new idea (and probably more than one) they could use to enhance their woodworking ability. This class generated a lot of energy, with more than 50 people in attendance.
Bob Brokaw and John Eaton described the different methods you can use to sharpen a set of bench chisels. They covered the techniques, advantages and disadvantages of each sharpening approach. There was a lot of good questions and a lot of good discussion. Most attendees learned at least one thing they did not know at the beginning of the class. At the end of the class, GWA raffled a set of chisels that had been sharpened. The lucky winner was David Graves.
Gerry Jones talked about basic fasteners for wood in this class. The history of nails and screws was discussed as well as how nails and screws are sized. Gerry also talked about knockdown fasteners. These type of fasteners are used when the piece is designed to be taken apart for transport. Woodworkers are familar with some of these such as tee nuts and threaded inserts. Others are used mainly by the furniture industries for cabinets that are assembled by the customer.
Approximately 40 people braved the cold to see Mickey Hudspeth demonstrate chip carving and he did not disappoint! Mickey brought 2 samples of his work which were extremely impressive. During his presentation, he talked about the types of tools he uses and the types of wood he carves. Mickey also discussed the types of cuts and actually demonstrated the cuts via a series of short vignettes he had built into a Powerpoint presentation. This was a great demonstration on chip carving and also a great example of an effective presentation style.
Approximately 60 GWA members attended the presentation at the Makita Plant in Buford. John Piedmont, the Makita Training Rep, met with the group to discuss a number of topics relating to the Makita line of tools. In response to questions from the group, he described the different types of tools and batteries. He also talked about new motor technology and proper battery charging procedures. During the last part of the class, GWA members were allowed to "try-out" the tools of their choice in the Makita workshop. A very different and very interesting Saturday morning.
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Coming GWA Events
|Sat Dec 07 @ 8:00AM - 10:00AM|
Tung Drums with Steve Carmichael
|Thu Dec 12 @ 6:30PM - 08:30PM|
2013 Dec - Dan Douthart - Bottle Stoppers
|Sat Dec 14 @ 6:30PM - 09:30PM|
GWA Christmas Party
|Sat Dec 21 @ 8:00AM - 10:00AM|
Sketch up Gentlemen’s wash stand
|Sat Dec 28 @ 8:00AM - 05:00PM|
Christmas break / No class See you naxt year!