Dec 082018

Good company, steak sandwich, ginger beer, birthday cake and woodwork – how can you beat that!

Many thanks to Mick, Mike, Ron & Richard – our very able cooks – and of course our lovely Carolan who arranged it all.

After dinner Alison brought out an amazing birthday cake for Mick – and we all sang happy birthday (mostly in tune!)

Our great judges – Shaun Hayward from Monaro Timber, Fred Buckley from the Woodcraft Guild and Alison Brice – then gave some great feedback on all the entries in this year’s competition.


And the winners were:


Bruce – 1st, 2nd & 3rd!

Peter – Prize Winner

Craig – Prize Wunner



John – 1st Prize

Mick – 2nd Prize

Peter – 3rd Prize



Chris – 1st Prize

John – 2nd Prize

Mick – 3rd Prize


Merry Christmas everyone – looking forward to a great new year!

Nov 082018

Members were privileged to have Andrew Pearce speak to us on his experience restoring an Albatros D.Va for the Australian War Memorial, and his current career as an objects and metal conservator with Endangered Heritage.


Andrew spoke to us on the trepidation he had on working on an irreplaceable part of world history, and we had the privilege of seeing the internal structure of the fuselage and wings of the Albatros as it was being restored.


For members interested in the camouflage pattern used for the Albatros, check out the Wikipedia article on Lozenge camouflage. There’s also a link to more information on the Albatros.

Andrew’s current work makes use of Liberon products, and he showed us some of the products he uses and examples of their application. A lot of his work uses Black Bison Wax, and members are able to order this and other Liberon supplies from Endangered Heritage.

After Andrew’s talk there was quite a response from members. In answer to one question Andrew suggested, for large furniture items, members might be interested in the work of Greg Peters at nearby Patinations.

Thank you Andrew – it was a fascinating night!

On a sadder note, members said a final farewell to a long standing and much loved member of the club.
Bon Voyage Gavin, and Happy Landings

Oct 062018

A nice and short AGM – thanks to our amazing Secretary, President and Treasurer


Then onto the really fun stuff – a great presentation by Phil from the Woodcraft Guild on projects undertaken by the Guild and Phil’s amazing jigs


And these are the plans and book Phil showed us – click on the picture to see the plans or the amazon site for the book


Many thanks Phil – an excellent night!

Sep 112018

Peter gave us an addendum to his excellent series on wood dust – looking at actual workplace requirements, and finished with some excellent practical tips.


And these are the informative videos Peter found for us.

 Improve dust control at circular saw benches Sweeping up        


Chris then showed us how to make and use templates with the Triton router. Let him know if you’d like to learn a new skill, and help out with the Communities@Work project at the same time!


And here is the video Chris mentioned with a great alternative to double sided tape – especially for templates.

Another enjoyable night!

Sep 032018

Chris gave us a great presentation on personal protection for eyes and ears at our August meeting, to compliment our previous meetings on dust control.

Members, please login and you will be able to see Chris’ great powerpoint presentations again.

Meanwhile, here is the video Chris showed us on how the ears work – and the dangers of excessive and on-going exposure to noise.


Chris finished the night by showing us a very handy technique of modifying the Triton 2000 Workcentre to allow low-angle bevel cuts.

Many thanks Chris!

Sep 032018

Members were thrilled to have Evan Dunstone back as our guest presenter at our July meeting.

Evan gave a presentation on the Lie Nielsen Workbench as part of our theme on workshops – a marvelous design. If you missed out on the presentation, you may be interested in the following presentation.


By the way, Thomas Lie Nielsen will be one of the presenters at Wood Dust.

And it’s coming up soon – Saturday 13th to Sunday 21st October 2018 in Queanbeyan & Bungendore – don’t miss out!

Jun 152018

John started our June meeting off with a presentation of one of the under bed storage units built by members for Communities@Work – thanks to the kind sponsorship of Moray & Agnew.

And here are the guys presenting them to Communities@Work (and demonstrating their durability!)

Mick then gave us the most amazing presentation of his restoration of a “Premo” bandsaw.

For those history buffs – check out this article about the “Premo” brand

Chris gave us a list of alternative circular saw blades with a wide enough kerf to suit the Triton riving knife, including:-

CMT 291


Bosch Optiline

And finished off with a very useful – and inexpensive! – method for precisely lifting a router on the router table.

May 162018

Members were riveted by Peter’s final presentation on dust control – amazing!

After a quick review of last month’s flow chart, Peter looked at dust particle sizes and properties of different wood species. Members may be interested in the following articles – the 2nd is a thesis that looks at the properties of Australian wood. Just click on the pictures to view the original articles on-line.

Peter then gave us a demonstration of his HPM Series Particle Sensor linked up to to Raspberry Pi – click on the pictures to learn more about these marvelous tools.

Thanks to Peter for a fascinating demonstration!

Last, but not least, Brian then gave us a demonstration on saw sharpening – what can and can’t be, jigs, sets and files.

Sadly his beautiful little saw guide is no longer available – but Brian did show us some alternatives that members may find helpful. Click on the pictures below to learn more.


And finally, as a follow-up to Brian’s presentation Chris found this great article on
Understanding Saw Tooth Geometry

A great night – great company!

Apr 082018

Members enjoyed two great speakers at our April meeting.

Gordon Smith talked to us about his training in fine furniture and timber salvage, leading to his extensive timber recycling and holdings business. His passion for recycling, and not wasting the great natural resources of Canberra’s street trees, was an inspiration to us all!

Some of the questions he answered from members included how to identify the timber he recycled, and which species had similar properties. Gordon recommended these two books.

In regard timber identification, members might also remember the visit by Robin Cromer last year.

Our very own Peter Taylor also gave a fascinating presentation on Fans, Pressures, Flows and Ducts.

Members constructing an air flow chart

Peter recommended the following book as a great resource in developing your understanding of dust control, and what would best suit your workshop.

Looking forward to Peter’s next presentation!

Mar 112018

Sadly our invited guest speakers couldn’t make it on the night, so we discussed one of the major issues found in the workshop – dust control.

We started with general discussion on the difference between a vacuum cleaner and dust extractor, followed by different systems used by members and their pros and cons.

Carbatec Clear Dust Extraction Ducting Kit

After a cup of tea (and lovely chocolate chip and ginger biscuits), Chris dusted off an old presentation he had given on dust masks, and the pros and cons of the wide variety available

From the cheap fog-your-glasses type

To the middle range

And finishing with full protection