Newsletter October 2020

President's Message

Salisbury Cathedral

Fellow woodworkers,

I am writing this message on November 4th, it should have been finished yesterday but with everything else that is going on it is hard to focus on the task so I will just leave one of the pictures I was going to use and wish you all success with your Covid projects and looking forward to seeing your works at our Zoom Meeting on November 15th.

Enjoy your woodwork
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October 2020 BAWA Zoom Meeting

President Frank Ramsay called the Zoom meeting to order at 6:07 PM.


It looks we will be Zooming until at least February.

November will be our meeting to elect new officers.

After over 10 years of writing our meeting notes Steve, our Sectary, is stepping down and we need to find his replacement.

We have 3 entries for this month's 2x4 contest.

The next virtual Shop tour in November will cover bandsaws.


Guest Virtual Speaker
Dennis Hays
Maloof Foundation in Alta Loma

Dennis conducts master joiner tours of the Maloof house and leads woodworking workshops there. In addition to volunteering at the foundation, he also does his own woodworking. (

He makes mostly furniture, but also guitars as a hobby. The equipment in his shop includes 2 Inca saws, a jointer/planer, and a thickness planer.

He often uses rescue wood, especially walnut from the LA County Arboretum, the Maloof property and the Whittier Library.

He showed a white oak table he made for the library from rescue wood which has Domino joints in the stretchers, a 1-1/4 inch thick top, and legs which sit in pockets in the top.

Music stand


3 Draw console

3 Draw slide (screen shot)

He then showed a 3-drawer console joined with handcut dovetails. He made the drawer boxes separately and then figured out how to fit them to the trestle. The drawers have wooden full extension slides. He used Dominos to attach the drawers to the trestle which also allows temporary assembly to try things out.

Dennis spent years trying to make a satisfactory Maloof rocker and decided to switch to making guitars as a break. He did this for 10 years and then went back to making furniture. He showed some of these items, including a bar stool and a Maloof-style rocker.

He then showed his home kitchen for which he did all the wood working. The cabinets are made of walnut with a Maloof finish. Joints are dovetails, and the drawers have metal slides. He then showed a chair with a paracord seat and a redwood table made from wood with really striking figure that he'd been storing for 10 years. A bent laminated chair he made appeared to him afterwards to have legs that were too thin. The next version will have thicker legs and a leather seat. He typically makes several versions of each piece to get it right.

In the Q and A after the talk he described his home made analog moisture gauge he used. He also noted that he takes 6-8 hours to hand file the curves on his furniture pieces, even though he bandsaws the them initially to within 1/8" of final size. His version of the Maloof finish is 1 gallon McCloskey Spar Varnish, 1 gallon linseed oil, 1 pint tung oil, and 1 quart mineral spirits.


Virtual Shop Tour
Hand Planes

John Wilson


Shop made wooden jointer and smoother (Krenov School)
and #4 smoother and low angle block plane.

Frank Ramsay

Two of my most used planes I purchased from Arnie Champagne's estate donation to BAWA
The most perfect planes I have ever used.
My concern is that when I need to sharpen them they will never work as perfectly again.

Yeung Chan

Here are my favorite hand planes
(smoothing plane, block plane, scraper plane, and spokeshave.)
I designed and made them after I finished the program at the College of the Redwoods
The scraper plane and a spokeshave are made from bronze channel. The cutter is made from a HS steel hacksaw blade

Fred Reicher

This is my favorite plane.
I use it whenever my woodworking job calls for planing.
I made it almost 15 years ago.
I took a plane making class from the late Arnie Champagne.
It's made of Maple (body) and Jarrah (the sole) with a Hock plane iron.
It's a basic Krenov style.

Bill Henzel

Here are 3 of my most used planes:
A Veritas block plane Low angle block plane,
and Shoulder plane.

Dennis Yamamoto

Metal planes
top row, left to right: shooting plane, #62 low angle jack, #97 chisel, #5 jack, #7 jointer, #8 jointer
bottom row: #102/#60 1/2 block, #4 smoother, #112 scraper, shoulder planes, router plane

Krenov planes
left to right: smoother, coopering, jointer

Jon Kaplan

I made this small plane a number of years ago.
When I showed it to my wife she said it looked like a tape dispenser.

So I made a tape dispenser (several actually). She was right, as usual.

Bruce Powell



Plains made for cabinet

Bruce showed 5 planes including some wooden ones. He made 3 of them for a special project, a Chinese style round corner cabinet which required special beading and grooving. He has since given them away to someone who wanted to build a similar cabinet.


2 x 4 Challenge

Burt Rosensweig

This PT-17 Stearman biplane is the fourth airplane I have created for the challenge. This little guy was primed with Zinsser primer and painted with Testor's Enamel using an airbrush.

John Wilson

Small cabinet.
6"D x 10"W x 13"H

Dowel Joinery
Door & Back

Frame & Panel Joinery
Leftover material also shown.

Tom Gaston

A plant stand with bent lamination legs
(it was commented that th top that looks like the corona virus)


Show and Tell

Steve Rosenblum

Steve showed a jewelry box he made for his wife.
It uses mitered corners with ebony splines.
The carcass is cherry and the lid is black Walnut rescue wood.

Jon Kaplan

Jon showed a hedgehog toy he made for the Toy Workshop

Jamie Buxton

Jamie showed a platform bed and nightstands he made as a commission with LED lights underneath the bed.
He used vacuum bagged white oak veneer over plywood for the project.
The bed is 98 inches long with wooden slats supporting the mattress.

The meeting ended at 8:20 PM

Minutes by Steve Rosenblum, Secretary