Tuesday, January 14, 2014

January Meeting: Wednesday the 15th.

Well, as woodworkers many of us have said: "It's all about the wood".  But there is wood and then;

…..there is wood!!

     These two pieces fall into the second category.  The Hall table is Claro Walnut and the gorgeous wood on the cabinet is Maple that can go by several names -- Big Leaf, Quilted, and probably some others.  In any case, if you've been luck enough to use some highly figured woods like these you know they can be challenging to smooth and finish.  The beauty of the wood is caused by the interlocking of the grain.  One of our members, Pete Hauser will bring in a table that he built and will discuss the challenges of working with these types of woods.  This table features four-way tapered legs with pyramid ends, and a floating top of book matched, Claro Walnut.

     He has spent many years traveling to locate sources for woods like these and may share some of them with us.  As you can see, adding some of these woods to your projects can really enhance the "wow factor" of your work when done in a tasteful manner.  Pete will also bring in a sampling of jewelry boxes he's made utilizing figured woods as well.

     As for our regular business we will continue the raffle.  You can bring in anything you have that you'd like to donate to the club and Ted will sell tickets.  End of the year usually means we're starting anew so if you have tools, books, plans, etc. that are no longer of use to you donate them to the club.  Ted said December's inaugural raffle netted about $180.00 to the club treasury.  These funds will be used to bring in speakers and other club related activities.

     The other thing would be a show and tell session.  If you've been able to get out to the shop during the holiday season and create something bring it in to share with the group.

     This meeting will be held at Studio: Wood It Is!, 2267 West Gowan, unit 106 in North Las Vegas. The starting time is 7:00 pm.  As always, the public is welcome to attend the meeting, so members - please feel free to bring a guest along. But remember that there are a limited number of chairs in the woodshop. Attendees might want to bring a folding chair if they wish to sit during the meeting. If you have questions or need directions, call the studio at 631-1870.

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