Second Shop Tour
August 10, 2020
David has a well organized standalone shop and some excellent tools – a professional PowerMatic lathe for some real high-end turning and numerous other quality woodworking tools. Shop designed with double doors to allow for larger projects and the day Dave tackles building a boat. Wood storage abounds and lots of wood varieties on hand. David did a great job at explaining a few of his projects under way (torsion floating shelves boxes for example) and there was keen interest in those.
David and his wife Sarah were great hosts and opened the house to showcase a number of the very professional crafts and some furniture he made. Beer, water and snacks were offered. By the way, David’s wife is also a very very talented individual with her own crafts – you just have to walk into the house and you can tell. Together they make a great team of talented crafters!
- Directional signs for flow to shop
- Show-and-tell of his projects in his home
- Open, free flow of questions
Improvements for the future:
- Perhaps in the future we hold off doing these and conduct in July and August – too hot
Attendees: Those who ventured down his 600-foot driveway . . . and thank you Jack Collins for sitting at the top if the drive way to serve as traffic coordinator.
- Craig Thompson
- Jack Collins
- John Matter
- Gary Mlynek
- Dave Dewees
- John Lowder
- Miles Dotto
- George Flynn
- Ron Smith
- Warren Cox
- Ron Collier
- Scott Logan
From the tour host . . .
I was a little disappointed with the turnout, but not the attention. They didn’t drink enough beer, they didn’t eat enough snacks, and they didn’t walk away with enough freebie wood bundles. On the other hand, the interest was keen and the walking tours went well. We demonstrated and talked about torsion boxes as shelves. Regarding safety, we reviewed MicroJig’s GrrRipper and Grr-Rip Block safety tools. We discussed using a straight plywood strip and double-sided tape as a jointer substitute. Questions about furniture and nick-nack small pieces were insightful; a couple members were interested in making threaded wood projects. The upcoming toy drive was discussed and several plans from David Wakefield’s book How to Make Animated Toys were reviewed.
I thought the two standout interests were turning and wood finishing. I also thought virtually all of the attendees were strongly interested in group projects, and several hinted that they would appreciate work sessions with another woodworker. A few of them were reluctant to promise toy completion, but everybody thought it was a worthy cause and most were eager to join in. Many had made toys for kids and grandkids; several had their own books of toy plans.
— Dave Campbell
Resource links from the meeting:
– Fine Woodworking #32 (Jan 1982): https://drive.google.com/file/d/1tI9iWCf9zgSMV_5FVtx-7JLyFpK2zDe4/view?usp=sharing
– Popular Woodworking (July 2013): https://www.popularwoodworking.com/projects/aw-extra-7413-how-to-build-a-torsion-box/
MicroJig website (safety accessories):
Chasing Wood Threads
– FWW #60 (Sept/Oct 1986): https://drive.google.com/file/d/1OUT9y8xLYkRyH49EvimzHAx6PBdj13kz/view?usp=sharing
– YouTube – Allan Batty on hand thread chasing on a lathe: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-0iEd0kD0S4
– Beall Wood Threading Kit Review: http://www.newwoodworker.com/reviews/bealthrdrvu.html
Three “animated” toy plans for review/comment:
– The Bouncing Bus: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Ob76CR1HV1I57V7_iz4M7jC6RJxPs-T7/view?usp=sharing
– The Tipsy Tug and its Barge: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1GWSTuyU_gR0EQgyV0rbxY9x3qZ9IYfiE/view?usp=sharing
– The Mixed-up Cement Mixer: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Q_FZG_poAUk_hHs1KKEd6c9SpY6X7epJ/view?usp=sharing