Chris started our March meeting with an excellent video on handsaws by Anne Briggs, covering types, body position, practice, vices and much more!
Anne showed the benefits of a Moxon Vice. Check out the following video on how to build one for yourself.
Anne also shows her Glen-Drake joinery saw – check out the following video where Kevin Glen Drake compares traditional Western and Japanese saws, and the reason for developing his own saw – fascinating!
After a lamingtons, tea and a chat we listened to Peter Sellers’ introduction to his desktop organiser – a great project to take on.
This led to some discussion on correctly centering a drill bit for attaching hinges – especially for small projects. Brian informed us of the centering bits that are available for this purpose. Click on the picture below for a bit more information.
Chris then showed members his 3 in 1 drill press upgrade – click on the picture from Woodsmith below if you are interested in building your own.
We finished the evening with Scott’s visit to the Sturt School For Wood open day in Mittagong.
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Scott had also just received a book recommended at the School on Veneering – click on the book below for a bit more information.
Another great night – looking forward to our April meeting!
“The More You Know, The More You Realise How Much You Don’t Know”
Well, we certainly learnt a lot of new techniques at our first meeting for 2020. Members had indicated an interest in how some of the entries in our Christmas contest had been designed and built, and Hugh and Chris kindly showed us some lovely designs and very useful techniques.
Hugh started the evening with a description of his bit holder, necessitated by the loss of his original plastic container. The inclusion of cup hooks allowing for storage on a peg board was a great component of his original design
Chris then showed us an amazing range of designs and techniques used in his prize winning pieces.
First, his beautiful coffee table. Chris covered a range of techniques including aprons, haunched tenons and adding “ears” to aid clamping. Click on either the Milescraft CircleGuide picture or the video for further information on circle cutting.
Chris then showed us his lovely trinkets box made from Sydney Blue Gum and Jacaranda. Chris’s box was a modification of original plans that can still be bought from Wood Magazine, and for those interested in Chris’ method for drawing curves, check out the following video for making a simple drawing bow.
And then we learnt some great techniques in building Chris’s endgrain cutting board, including his router flattening jig (using either a straight or dish bit)
Check out the Wood Whisperer video below for Chris’ original inspiration and reasons for using endgrain.
For Chris’s full presentation click on the first page below.
Over a cup of tea we watched some great woodwork from the Australian Woodturning Exhibition – AWTEX
We then had our monthly raffle draw followed by Brian’s description of the club’s latest woodworking magazines. Check out the contents on our library page – and don’t forget you can borrow any of the club’s magazines!
Ron then gave a presentation on some beautiful and functional desks he has built, and Chris finished the night with an original Triton video on bevel ripping
Chris & Brian gave members a great presentation and demonstration on routing small pieces.
Click on the pictures below for Chris’s original presentation and some further background from one of his sources.
As part of the demonstration, Chris showed us a great jig for pattern routing small pieces – click on the picture or video below for more information
After cake, tea and a good chat, Chris then gave a presentation on making workshop equipment mobile – click on the first page below for the full presentation.
Chris also sent out a link to the following video on an amazing flip top mobile workbench – at the end of the video, note the castors mentioned in Chris’s presentation above.
A little bit of trouble with Chris’s last video on bevel cutting (we’ll get that fixed), but to finish off a great night we had quite a bit of discussion by members. Mick came up with a very good idea for not being surprised in the the workshop by the kids – get a safety mirror!
This one is quite reasonably priced, and safe for the workshop.
We had a great night looking at that essential component of any workshop – the woodworking bench.
A number of members gave presentations on their benches, and why they liked them –
functionality, accessibility, stability, suitability, affordability and how good they looked!
Click on any of the photos below to see the full presentation
John finished the night with a great presentation on the variety of workbenches available to members – click on the title page below to see his full presentation.
And here is the article Chris sent us on the most common workbench questions from Christopher Schwarz’s book Workbenches – from Design & Theory to Construction & Use – just click on the book cover below.