Newsletter November 2022


November 20th 2022 BAWA Hybrid Meeting

The meeting was called to order by President Frank Ramsay.


Frank mentioned that the December meeting will be on Sunday Dec 11, and it will be a pot luck holiday party.

Paul said that we will have raffle prizes and encouraged everyone to bring in a jig. Attendees will get a raffle ticket and those who bring in a jig will get an extra raffle ticket.

Jon Kaplan reminded us that annual dues are due. Send him a check for $60 (or more) OR use the Membership Donate button to donate online using our Paypal account.


Eric McCrystal
Making turned wooden mugs.

A selection of Eric's finished mugs

Each mug is made from 8 staves cut w/ 22.5 degree bevels. He uses a thin kerf ripping blade to cut the bevels. He made a jig to make it easy to make repeated cuts on his tablesaw.

Once the staves are cut and smoothed, he applies TiteBond III and holds them together with steel hose clamps.
Once the glue is dry, he will use a large forstner bit to cut the inside of the mug.

The piece is mounted on the lathe and the forstner bit cuts half way down the inside of the mug, then he turns the piece around and cuts the other half of the inside.

He cuts an octagonal base with a small internal dovetail, in a 1/8" deep recess to match the expanding jaw lathe chuck and glues it on the barrel of the mug.

Five minute epoxy is used to glue the base to the barrel.

Next he mounts the piece in his lathe with a wooden cone supporting the open end of the piece. The cone is mounted to a ball bearing center in the tailstock.

Mugs ready for hollowing

Next he will cut the outside shape before removing the cone and cutting the inside to achieve a 3/16" wall thickness.

Eric uses a turning tool with a carbide insert tip. For the outside and inside he has a carbide insert with an R2 curve.

For the dovetail on the base, he has a diamond shape carbide insert. The inside and outside gets sanded with 220 grit paper.

Finishing begins with coating epoxy that is poured into the mug and poured out. After it hardens, he sands it with 220 grit and applies a second coat.

He made a template for cutting the handle and after cutting it he will sand it with an oscillating spindle sander.

Then the handle gets attached to a simple router jig. The handle is held in the router jig with double stick tape. That way, he can use a round-over bit to give the handle a nice shape.

The handle is also glued to the barrel with five minute epoxy.

Final finishing is done with 5 coats of General Finishes Armor Seal semi-gloss. He applies the finish with a disposable paper towel.


Show and Tell

Tom Gaston

Tom brought in a mini workbench he made that will sit on top of his regular workbench.

Plus a box he made at Palo Alto Adult School.
that the students will have to make.
The box is transparent and shows a light inside

Bill Henzel

Bill made a presentation online via the Zoom connection.

He showed slides of the walnut coffee table with oval top and matching oval shelf below.
It is finished with wipe-on poly.

Next he showed us the bible stand he made from cherry. It has gently curved legs.

Dennis Yamamoto

They also made a box for markers and pencils and Kumiko piece that hangs on the wall.
Finally, he showed the veneer he cut for a desk he is making... and then showed the progress he has made on the desk.

Laura Rhodes

Laura made 3 mallets from white oak and padouk, with hickory handles.

Laura Marshall

Laura made a ramp for her dachshund to use to get up on the bed. She made it from 2x4's and used pocket screws to hold it together.

Summit Roy

Summit showed us the Japanese toolbox that students will make at the Palo Alto Adult School.

Max Goldstein

Max brought in a router bit rack he made that will hang on the wall.
He also brought in a Tailor's Wooden Point Presser/ Clapper he made for his wife.

Jon Kaplan

Jon Kaplan showed the progress he has made on the commemorative hex plate he is working on.
The plate has at least four different woods and will be engraved with comments from coworkers.

Burt Rosensweig

Burt brought in the killdeer bird carving he made in a class he took while visiting the Sandhill Crane Festival in Lodi

Plus a clapper board

Stan Booker

Stan brought in a number of woodworking books,
packages of sandpaper, plus a nice piece of zebrawood to sell.
He also brought in some wood carvings made in Africa to sell.


Minutes by Burt Rosensweig