Newsletter October 2022

President's Message

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October 16th 2022 BAWA Hybrid Meeting

The meeting was called to order by President Frank Ramsay.


The guest speaker at our November Meeting will be Eric McCrystal from Woodcraft. He will be taking about the wooden mugs he is making that involve dovetail joinery with turning.

In December we having our regular, up until 2019, holiday pot-luck party as most people seemed interested in participating.
We are also trying to get a speaker, plus there will be Show and Tell


Tim Killen

Tim Killen was our guest speaker.

Tim showed the Shaker boxes he made.
On the Shaker plans the boxes are numbered according to their size. Number zero being the smallest and number 5 being the largest that he brought in. They can all be nested within each other.

Tim also brought in a firkin, a round covered container. The firkin is typically used to store dry goods like sugar.

He also brought in a candle stand with multiple holes that permit it to be mounted at different heights on pegs on a wall.

Tim mentioned that your cut-off pile of wood is perfect for making the boxes, because they require so little wood.

He mentioned that Fine Woodworking has articles on how to make Shaker boxes. Maple, cherry and ash work well for making the boxes.

Tim's favorite wood is Ash. He cuts the pieces to about 3/32" thick on the bandsaw and then runs them through his planer to get to a final thickness of 0.078 inch (5/64).

He uses a scraper to get rid of the planer marks. A template is used to mark the finger cut lines. The fingers are cut on the scroll saw. The sides of the fingers are cleaned and beveled using a V-gouge mostly for looks and tradition.
Copper tacks will be used to attach the band ends. You must pre-drill the holes for them.

The inside mold for one of the boxes

An oval mold is required to wrap the wood bands around when forming the box. The molds can be made from any inexpensive wood, keeping in mind that the bands will go on wet. The molds are only used to mark the start and end points of the band. Preparing the bands for bending is simple enough: place them in water overnight, then into a pot of boiling water for 10-15 minutes before bending around the mold.

Once the points are marked, the bands are removed from the mold and reassembled over an anvil so the copper tacks can be installed. Once the tacks are installed, you put tapered "driers" in the top and bottom of the bands to hold the shape while the wood dries out. It takes about two days for the bands to dry. Once dry, the "driers" are removed and the box top and bottom pieces can be installed. These are about 1/4" thick with a 4 degree bevel all around. The dry band becomes the template for marking the size of the box bottom or top. Place the bottom or top into position on the band and drill 5/64 holes, 1/2" deep for Diamond brand toothpicks which will be the "nails" to bond the pieces together.

The firkin has 12 staves. Tim uses Titebond III to glue the staves together on the firkin. The staves have a dado cut in the lower end to accept the bottom piece. The bottom piece is double tapered to fit into the staves. He finishes the boxes with raw linseed oil, followed by 6 coats of dark shellac the following day. Sand with 320 grit, then buff with 0000 steel wool.

For further information:

Tim's website

Tim's You Tube videos


Show and Tell

Tom Gaston

Tom brought in the bench he made from redwood that was recovered from his redwood deck.
He made four benches and two tables
Mahogany biscuits were used for joinery. The finish is deck stain. These will be used outdoors on his new deck.

Lloyd Worthington Levy

Lloyd brought in veneer he cut on his bandsaw and ran through his planer. He bought a spiral cut blade for his Dewault planer
and the finish it creates makes it worth the substantial cost.

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Jon Kaplan

Jon showed a commemorative hex plate design he is working on.
He said it is his first commissioned job.
He asked for suggestions on how to make it so it will not develop gaps as the wood shrinks
and expands with changes in temperature and humidity.
The plate will have at least four different woods and be engraved with comments from coworkers.
Just for something a little different,

Burt Rosensweig


Burt brought in a 1/48 scale plastic model of a F14 Tomcat that he assembled and painted.

Neal White


Neal showed us the Shaker boxes he made
(He was at home, a Zoom participant)

"Here is a book on the construction of Shaker boxes. I have volume 2, and it appears to be everything you'd ever need to know about making these desirable boxes. I understand Volume 2 is simply Volume 1 with some minor additions. There is a Voluume 3 , but I've not seen it."
All three are available from John Wilson at: Home | Shaker Ov5 Box Or (517) 543 5325

'My copy is signed by John, but he spelled my name wrong.
Does that make it more or less valuable? " - Neil

Mateo McCullough

Mateo, also at home using a Zoom connection,
showed box he made from a large Webster dictionary.


Mateo also showed a box he made for a friend.
It has /rabbit/ rabbet joints on the corners.
Finally, he showed a box with a bright blue dragon sculpture sinuously weaving in and out of the box /on it,
The dragon he made from polymer clay.
(He was at home, a Zoom participant)


Silent Auction

Bill Henzel donated a new Wolverine grinding jig for turning tools.


Toy Workshop

Some of the completed toys the group worked on.

Pictures from a Toy workshop held at Bill Henzel's workshop
Participants were: Bill Henzel, Harry Filer, Summit Roy, Dennis Stewart, Laura Marshall,
Laura Rhodes, Jon Kaplan, and Stan Booker.


Minutes by Burt Rosensweig