Dec 062017

Another great evening at our 2017 annual barbeque and competition – thank you to our great chefs Tom & Mike and to Carolan for all her hard work (and for the delightful Christmas cakes).

Getting ready to cook!

After a steak sandwich, Christmas cake and ginger beer, members had a good chat and discussed options for next year’s meetings on Workshops while our judges made their determinations.

(If you didn’t fill your form in on the night, it can be downloaded from Workshop Topic questionnaire and emailed to Chris – or bring it along to the next meeting!)

There was a wide selection of entries in this year’s competition –


And the Winners were:


1st – Chris – Mortise Jig

2nd – Chris – Panel Clamps

3rd – Hugh – Push Block

Indoor Furniture

1st – Scott – Butler’s Unit

2nd – Peter – Hall Table

3rd – John – Side Table

Boxes & Ornamentals

1st – Scott – Cheese Board

2nd – Mick – Redgum Boards (with a lovely commentary attached)

3rd – John – Document Box


1st – Craig – Llama Rocker

2nd – Bruce – Stegasaurus

3rd – Bruce – Cradle

Many thanks to our judges – Dan Steiner, Phil Coleman and Carol-Anne Karas for their time, expert opinion and constructive feedback – we’re always learning!

Nov 032017

Brian kindly gave new (and old) members a refresher on edge rebating using both the Workcentre and the Router Table – as well as some handy hints using the sliding extension tables and cutting multiple lengths.

in case you wanted another look, there are quite a few videos online – here are a few that cover some of Brian’s presentation.

Chris finished up the meeting with some great suggestions for the next year’s meetings on workshop design.

Check out some of what we covered at

Sep 082017

President and financial reports, elections and ideas for future meetings – a nice short AGM chaired by John & Chris.

Ready for some great meetings to come – and a great 2018!

Chris then entertained members with some inspiring videos – here they are in case you want to check them out again.

The H.O. Studley Tool Chest

And some dream workshops

Frank Klausz – Woodworking Workshop Dan Smith – Dream Shop


It’s good to dream!

Aug 172017

Chris gave club members a fascinating and informative evening looking at woodworking mistakes, how to avoid them, how to fix them, and a comprehensive range of books, articles and videos to help.

If you didn’t get the handout, make sure you see Chris at the next club meeting.

Meanwhile, these are some of the books Chris made reference too – just in case you want to get them for your own library!

Taunton’s Complete Illustrated Guide to Woodworking

The Woodworker’s Problem Solver

Joinery – Fine Woodworking

Foundations of Better Woodworking

Understanding Wood Finishing – Bob Flexner

And these are the videos Chris made reference to –

Bob van Dyke – Glue Squeeze Out

Thanks Chris for a great evening.

Jul 072017

Fred, from the Woodcraft Guild ACT, is no stranger to the club, and he didn’t disappoint with another great evening on Finishing.

Fred demonstrating his polishing plane

Fred demonstrating finishing

Members may want to check out some of the specifics of Fred’s methods similar to his presentation on Box Finishing in 2014.

And for those impressed by Fred’s polishing plane, check out this video

Thank you Fred for another wonderful evening.

Jun 082017

Members enjoyed a visual feast at our inaugural Large Items Photo Competition.

Entries had to have been constructed within the last 3 years, and pictures of construction, different angles and close ups were to be presented to members on the night.

Indoor Section

Mick – Computer Desk

Chris – Wine Cabinet

John – Workshop Cabinet

Rohan – Family Room Cupboards

Peter – Tool Cabinet

Outdoor Section

Craig – Fence

Carolan – Fence

And the winners are!

Chris – 1st Indoor

Mick – 2nd Indoor

John – 3rd Indoor

Carolan – 1st Outdoor

Craig – 2nd Outdoor

Don’t forget to take pictures of your current work – ready for the next competition!

May 102017

Members were impressed and enthused by the presentation of guest speaker Robin Cromer on timber identification using only a magnifying lens (and years of experience!)

Robin’s extensive career included working with the CSIRO, and he made reference to the CSIRO Macro Key for Hardwood Identification. The book is out of print, but copies can be borrowed from local libraries.

Members might also be interested in the The Australian Timber Database which gives a comprehensive list of timber species used in Australia.

Check out Robin’s Bungendore Wood Works profile at Robin Cromer.

Thank you Robin for an informative and memorable night!

May 032017

Such a wide variety of beautiful woodwork from club members – amazing what you can make from a plank!

This year the dressed planks were of a pale red straight grain eucalypt of the Blue Gum family with bull nose edges – 19mm by 130mm by 2.1m/2.4m.

The principal aim of the competition is to challenge members to design and/or execute one or more items of woodwork within the limits imposed by the quantity of timber purchased.

And here are the entrants:-

Adirondack Chair – Craig Medal Box – Graham Clocks and Mirror – Gai Shoe Rack – Antoni


Coffee Table – Ron Side Table – Chris Hall Stand – Hugh

And the winners were!

1st Prize – Graham’s Medal Box 2nd Prize – Chris’ Hall Table Highly Commended – Ron’s Coffee Table

Many Thanks to Umpires and Ball Boys – it was a great night! Looking forward to next year!

Apr 162017

We had a great night of demonstrations, enthusiasm and inspiration.

Thanks so much to Scott and Briony. Scott’s demonstration of the Dremel range had many of us ready to rush out and buy this versatile tool, and Briony’s scroll saw demonstration and her beautiful art works were an inspiration.

Hugh completed a great night with a slide show of some of his great wood working projects from around the house – many thanks Hugh.

Don’t forget the plank competition at our next meeting in May – happy woodworking!

Mar 232017

Chris started our March meeting off with an interesting video by Paul Sellers on his technique for repeatable, large scale dovetails.

These are the videos he presented in case you missed them.

Chris then demonstrated the practical (and beautiful) Rip Fence Accessory System he made from plans purchased from Woodsmith

We also had a great discussion on creating an inventory for your workshop – very useful!
(Members can download a copy of Chris’ inventory from the Member’s page).

And we finished off a great evening with a demonstration of Peter’s new Triton TWX7 Workcentre – envy!!