Newsletter June 2023

BAWA Meeting June 25th. 2023
Combined in person & Zoom meeting

The meeting was called to order by President Frank Ramsay.

Program Announcements – Paul Krenitsky

He spoke about the field trip to Robert Beauchamp's shop and his very large collection of Walnut.

See pictures below

July Saturday 15th BAWA will be holding a hand-cut dovetail class at the Palo Alto Adult School.
Jon Kaplan and Tom Gaston will be teaching.
The cost will be $100. The project is a box.

July Sunday 16th meeting: tbd

August 20th meeting will be Zoom only, since the room at the recreation center will be unavailable.
Dominique Charmeaux will be the speaker.

Bruce Powell will be teaching a 2-day marquetry ("painting with wood veneer") class for 3-4 people in August (exact dates to be determined) in his San Francisco shop.

He reminded us of an alternative marquetry class being taught by Matthew Werner in Scott's Valley in June.
An email announcement of that class went out to BAWA members earlier this month. The class is now full

The September meeting will be replaced with our annual pot luck picnic September 10th at Twin Pines Park in Belmont.
Paul is proposing we have a planing contest and requests sturdy portable trestles/sawhorses to support the board being planed.

The speaker for our October meeting will be ex-member Neal White
details to follow (probably on 18th century furniture)

Last March, BAWA had a field trip to Arborica. Evan Shively's surfacer (which was under construction during our visit) is now operational. A tentative September/October 2023 field trip to see the new facility is being planned.

Pictures from BAWA's visit to Robert Beauchamp's Walnut shop


Tonight's First Speaker

Frank Ramsay
The making of many Walnut Wine Boxes

Frank showed one of the wine boxes he has been making and talked about its construction and the hardware used.

He has been assisted on this project by fellow woodworker, Bob Hoellenwarth, of the Diablo Woodworkers.

The sides of the box are solid Walnut, while the top and bottom are birch plywood with the inside faces pre-veneered with Walnut before assembly. After the box is assembled the top and bottom faces are also Walnut veneered

It appears that today commercially veneers are all made using the absolute minimum thickness of facewood (tissue thin)

For the inside veneers he used commercial veneer which came bonded to a thin, no-name, light colored wood which was OK.

The bottom veneer was thin, paper backed, Walnut as the no-name, light colored, backing wood, although very thin showed when used on the box. The backing wood was so saturated with glues it could not be stained.

For the top the sheets of Walnut and Maple for the inlays was resawn in the workshop bandsaw from 8/4 planks before taking to the laser cutter.

Laser cutting by Pagoda Arts in San Francisco:

He bought the Walnut from MacBeath Hardwood.

The box sides are mitered and with Hard Maple splines.

The lid is cut from the box after the sides are glued and splined.

The box has Walnut bottlers (inserts)to hold the bottle at a slight angle

The finish is General Finishes Enduro Var II

Some of the Jigs used

Spline cutting jig

Jig for cutting mortises for both hinges at one time

Jig for cutting bottler slots in the base - Open

Jig for cutting bottler slots in the base - Closed


Bottle supported by the bottlers that hold it in place when the lid is closed.
also the hole for one of the 0.325in. cup holders
that hold the 0.25in. magnets

Brass SOSS Invisible Hinges
and Brusso Lid Stay

Fitting the stay
Note the Walnut figuring on the side of a box

Using the spline jig


Tonight's Second Speaker

Lloyd Worthington-Levy
A small chest

Lloyd showed slides of the small chest he made a few years ago.

SketchUp of full cabinet

SketchUP design was built in layers.
Using a different layer for each piece.

The drawer fronts are steam bent laminations.
They were vacuum bagged over a particle board form.

He used SketchUP to design the chest. He used dominoes to hold the frame pieces together.
Lloyd cut the drawer dovetails on the table saw. Mahogany and Maple make up the chest.
General Finishes water based finish was used to finish the chest.

General Finishes water based finish was used to finish the chest.


2x4 Challenge

Tom Gaston

Tom brought in a chair he made. It has bent laminations throughout.
He used screws to hold parts of it together.
He plans to plug the screws so they are not visible.

Jamie Buxton

Jamie brought in a table he made.
It also has bent laminations in the top.
There are four different radii in the top laminations.
He made his own dowels to hold the top together.
The three legs are attached to the pedestal with loose tenons.

Laura Rhodes

Laura brought in the tool rack she made. It will hold her hand drilling tools.
It has a French cleat so it can be hung on the wall.
She resawed the 2x4 by hand to make the sides of the rack.
Laura created a marquetry image of a bit brace on the front.

Max Goldstein


Max made a three level spice rack with 8 turned pedestals.

Claude Godchild

Claude brought in a free standing 6 foot tall decorative screen that he made a number of years ago.
It has thin woven panels framed by cut down 2x4s.

Jon Kaplan

Jon brought in a box with three long narrow drawers.

Laura Marshall


Laura brought in a squirrel size miniature picnic table that she painted in bright colors.
She also brought in a profile of a dachshund.


Show and Tell

Dennis Yamamoto

Dennis, via Zoom, showed slides of his Koa desk. The Koa has a striking pattern to it. It has a bookmatched top. The front, back, and both sides are radiused. The drawer fronts are bent laminations. The drawer sides are soft maple. The drawer fronts are attached to the sides with half-blind dovetails. The rear with through dovetails. Dominoes and pocket screws hold the piece together. The back, though it is not normally visible, is frame and panel. Four coats of wipe-on poly make up the finish.

Max Goldstein

Max brought in a square mahogany box he made to celebrate his 6th wedding anniversary.
The six sided box is 6"x6"x6".
He made the top so it can only go on in one orientation.

Burt Rosensweig

At last month's meeting Burts aeroplane disappeared before he could take it home.
If anyone has information about its whereabouts,
Burt would be very happy to get it back


Minutes taken by Burt Rosensweig