Meetings are held on the 4th
Wednesday of each month, except for July, when we have our club auction.
There may be other exceptions, due to holiday conflicts and what not. Please check our newsletter
or this web site for meeting date changes.
begin promptly at 7:00 pm
St James the Apostle Parish
480 South Park Boulevard
Glen Ellyn, Illinois 60137
South of Roosevelt Rd
North of Butterfield Rd in Glen Ellyn
May 27, 2009 Barry Newstat - Using Templates for Design and Replication of Furniture Legs
Barry Newstat, a furniture maker in Western Springs Illinois will offer an interesting program about how he uses templates to design and replicate legs for his beautiful tables. Barry will have on hand some of the examples of his work which couples glorious wood, excellent hand tool workmanship and flawless finishes to achieve his products. He'll begin the program with a short overview of his sharpening methods without which much of his hand tool operations could not be completed successfully. Of particular interest is Barry's desire to offer hands-on hand tool classes at his workshop. Reasonably priced, I know I am one of many club members who could benefit from instruction with Barry. To his credit, his teaching experience includes basic woodworking skills at Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass Village, CO and basic woodworking classes at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. More information will be available about the classes from Barry at the meeting. Please visit his web site at www.barrynewstatfurniture.com (requires Adobe Flash Player) for a preview of some pretty special woodworking.
June 24, 2009 Bob Bergrstrom - Spindle Turning for Furniture Makers
At the June 24th meeting of the DuPage Woodworkers Bob Bergstrom, woodturner extraordinaire, will present a program titled Spindle Turning for Furniture Makers. While spindles are arguably considered to be the easiest of the turning skills they afford opportunity to develop turning habits that lend themselves to all forms of turning. Many of us have been desirous of building chairs, tables or cabinets that require spindles, but shy away from it for lack of experience with either the lathe or the process. I?m pleased to say that Bob has been a friend for many many years, an early member of the Chicago Woodturners and a current member of the Windy City Woodturners. He frequently lends his expertise to woodturning and woodworking clubs offering subjects like lathe tool sharpening, spindle turning, faceplate turning and small projects for the wood lathe. For our program, Bob will demonstrate turning a utilitarian paper towel holder which will show all of the cuts required for spindle turning including beads, coves and tenons. I?m very excited to have this talented woodturner present to our club.
At the August 26th meeting of the DuPage Woodworkers Karl Scogin will demonstrate the tools and procedures that revolve around spray finishing. He?ll talk about the different types of spray gun equipment including the standard type of gun and the somewhat newer technology HVLP spray gun. He?ll explain that while the HVLP gun uses more air, it is more efficient at laying paint on the surface contributing less blowback and less overspray. Karl will point out the benefits and detriments of the different types of guns, the desirable methods of air supply and the best type of regulation and filtration for the smaller woodworking shop. He?ll cover the different materials available for spraying including nitrocellulose lacquers, water-based products, dyes, stains, and even paints. If time permits, information about safe spraying in a small shop and methods to contain and extract fumes will be presented. I know many of us, myself included, balk at the idea of spraying projects from small to large. I hope that this presentation can free us from the concerns we have about this best, easiest and fastest way to complete our work.
September 16, 2009 Wayne Maier - Hand Cut Dovetails
At the September 16th meeting of the DuPage Woodworkers, past President Wayne Maier will present a program about hand cut dovetails. We?ve all seen and admired the dovetails in Wayne?s jewelry boxes so here?s your opportunity to see just how he does it. Wayne will discuss designing the layout of the dovetails, how to correctly begin and end dovetails at the top and bottom of the case to balance the appearance and how to correctly saw and chop pins and tails to achieve a perfect fit. Needless to say, this type of work requires razor sharp tools, and I?ve asked Wayne to briefly touch on what he feels is the best method to achieve that goal. While I?m sure we would all agree that none of us ever make a mistake, Wayne will talk about some of the problems you might encounter as you begin to hand cut your own dovetails.
October 28, 2009 Dave Reilly - Carving the Letters of the Alphabet
At the October 28th meeting of the DuPage Woodworkers member Dave Reilly will present a program titled Carving Letters of the Alphabet. Belonging to three other woodworking/turning clubs, I have to point out that none of the others have as sturdy or as a well thought out workbench as our members enjoy. And then there is our club name hand carved on the rail stretcher by Dave ? truly an awesome job. During the program Dave will talk about the types of chisels most appropriate to this type of carving, the process used in designing the layout (and just how do you get the dang thing centered?) and how he develops the lettering or pattern for the project. We all know the importance of sharp tools, especially when it comes to carving. Dave will touch on the methods he finds most appropriate to prepare his tools for this type of carving. As many of you are aware, Dave has talked and demonstrated at many venues both locally and nationally. The DuPage Woodworkers are very lucky to have such a talented and respected artist in our midst and are thankful for this opportunity to see him work.
November 18, 2009 Bill Aitchison - Faux Finishing and Finish Repair
At the November 18 meeting of the DuPage Woodworkers Bill Aitchison will present a program about Faux Finishing and Finish Repair. How many of us have wished we could use an old-time comb to ?grain? a particularly plain piece of wood? How about making a piece of wood look like a piece of marble; He?ll demonstrate this on a piece of cardboard. Bill is an all-around wood person, seemingly with the ability to accomplish most anything when it comes to working wood. His experience ranges from construction to cabinet making, turning bowls from molds made from Bondo shaped over various objects (nothing eccentric about that!) to turning baseball bats, making boxes and all sorts of cabinets; he?s pretty much done it all. Bill will talk about refinishing (at one time he was the proprietor of a refinishing business), and how to handle small surface blemishes on up to dealing with whole pieces of furniture. He?s sprayed most everything you can put through a gun, air brushes to large spraying systems, so he can answer your questions about that as well. A member of the Windy City Woodturners we appreciate Bill taking time from his busy schedule to enhance our understanding of faux finishing and finish repair.
Most of us would be familiar with Blum as a manufacturer of hinges and drawer slides some of us have used in our projects. You might also be interested in knowing that Blum manufactures lift systems, specialty hardware and assembly aids; you can visit all of Blum's products at http://www.blum.com/us/en/01/index.ph. At the January 27th program of the DuPage Woodworkers we will host Bob Dwyer, a Blum representative, who will talk about hinges and drawer slides. What slide do I use, how do I actually calculate the weight of a drawer, do I need a full extension slide or would a less expensive partial extension slide do what I need a slide to do? Standard slides, heavy-duty slides, hidden or exposed slides, decisions, decisions, decisions. Which hinge should I choose for my application, face frame versus European style cabinetry and how to choose hinges for each? Most importantly, Bob will demonstrate the proper way to mount these products in/on our cabinets and drawers. I know from experience that after all the woodworking is done and all thats left is the hardware I always struggle with choosing the correct item. Hopefully, this program will make that job easier for all of us in the future.
February 24, 2010 Fred Rizza - Mahogany Tilt Table
Fred Rizza will present a program on a Mahogany tilt top table he made recently. He used a design from Woodworker?s Journal from 1989 and made changes in assembly and jigs to improve on the original design. Fred will share with us his method of making this table, special jigs, and other secrets. With over 60 years in the woodworking business and hobby, he brings unique ideas and that is what our club is about, sharing ideas.
Artist's Statement: "Every slice of wood hides an image within its grain waiting to be revealed."
Pyrography is a metaphor for life, the creation of art using a natural process and surface is a reflection of the cycle of life itself. The burning of the wood- destruction or death - gives birth to new life - in an image. It is only in working with the natural surface of the wood that true harmony is revealed.
Sharon will discuss Animal "medicine"; Selecting material for the subject; Working through inspiration
April 28, 2010 Dave Garney -- "Your woodworking project has a wonderful photo story?
Learn how to create exciting DVDs with still photos & movie clips; or maybe, just learn to create a better photo scrapbook. Your "customer" or family will enjoy the story now . . . and again in 30 years. The principles are the same for photo albums, scrapbooks or DVDs for the TV. Let the kids enjoy seeing themselves on TV while helping to sand that table leg. The presentation will review time-line intensity techniques to keep it interesting -- just like in the comic books; by using: story clues; sequences of composition; fuzzy; quiet; blackness; audio punch; etc. See some concepts in a variety of short training and travel videos.
1 min Jig Saw Puzzle ( small file size for Web/ fewer pixels )
1/2 min Ceramics
2 min Cooking
3 min China tour ( wooden Forbidden City, fire control )
5 min Russia tour ( 1730 wood monastery, w/o nails )
1 min Tent Camping ( Pig Roaster, propane & 12v motor )
A brief DVD/CD computer software tool demonstration will conclude the session. Windows Movie Maker software is free or purchase a copy of Magix Photostory CD/DVD software for $20. You and a $200 digital camera can produce amazing results. Interesting library books include Crashing Through by Kurson and The Visual Story by Block.
Fan-Carving is a 3-dimensional design made from one piece of wood. The fibers are "rived" into thin blades and then turned and interlocked, hence the name fan-carving. It is an Old World folk art that can be traced to the early 1600's. David will speak on the wood requirements (properties/characteristics) necessary for fan-carving. He will demonstrate how to get the round from the tree and then how to procure the blank from the round. He will explain how to get the proper moisture into the blank so it is ready for fan-carving. Sally will speak on the history of fan-carving and it's meaningful symbolism. She will demonstrate the procedures of creating a fan-carving. The specifics of how and why will be demonstrated. This is one form of carving where you work with the properties of wood. It is fascinating and so much fun to do. The Nyes will have a nice display of their international fan-bird collection so bring your cameras. Visit www.FanCarversWorld.com for more information.
June 30, 2010 Multi-Axis Turning with Rich Rossio (Note the date change due to a conflict with a church event)
As we saw in the the March workshop, Rich Rossio will detail how he made the multi-axis bottle stopper using only a 4-jaw scroll chuck, a 3/8" spingle gouge, a rouging gouge and a skew. No specialty chuck needed! Rich makes bottle stoppers 6-7 inches tall. RIch's process can also be used to make mult-axis "fly houses", and finials for hollow ornaments. Rich will display several examples of this process.
(Note the change from the normal meeting date due to the holidays) Remember the fuzzy feel of those old greeting cards? Or the lining in jewelry boxes that feels so soft? Are you aware that this simple process is so easy and economical that even the home hobbyist/woodworker can create this same soft-to-the-touch finish on their own project? DonJer Products (also know as Flock It! Ltd) has been selling their flocking kits to woodowrkers since 1946. Jill Goldman, onwer of DonJer, will be visiting with the DuPage Woodworkers on Wed., Nov. 17, to demonstrate the ease of working with DonJer's Suede-Tex fibers. She will bring samples of finished projects and share some of the tricks to guaranteeing a professional looking finish. Jill will also be available to answer any questions you may have.
Weiser, age 83, started carving at age 75
after going to a carving show sponsored by
North Suburban Carvers. He caught the
carving bug and began taking lessons from a
master carver in Chicago. He has been in
several competitions and won at least 1st
place ribbons in all shows he entered, and
even won best of show at The Valley Carvers
Show in Starved Rock State Park in 2009. Shelly is proficient
in relief carving and in-the-round sculpture of figures. He
likes oriental art and carving with lots of detail. In the last
few years he has been doing volunteer teaching to children
from ages 9-12 at several locations in Naperville.
You can see some of Shelly?s carvings on the North Suburban Carver's web site..
February 23, 2011 Steve Scott, Fine Woodworking Associate Editor
The February 23 meeting will feature Fine Woodworking magazine Associate Editor Steve Scott. He will talk about their outstanding website which includes free ?how to? videos and articles as well as the online subscription service including access to 1,300+ articles from the Fine Woodworking archive and over 300 short videos from woodworking experts. Steve will also answer general questions.
representatives will show some new products,
including their innovative miter saw and
their new router. They will also have
someone from their blade division to discuss
their saw blades. Come join us and learn
about these Bosch products and get all of
your Bosch questions answered.
At the May meeting, Pat Lupori and Lee
Braddock will be telling us about scroll
sawing. You may remember Pat's fireplace
screen that won first prize at the most recent
Woodworking Show in Schaumburg. Pat was
a founding board member, ran the head
office, and did the newsletter for the
Scrollsaw Association of the World.
Lee Braddock, now retired, says he has been
in woodworking since he was 8 years old. Lee worked for
Wurlitzer, then later as a model maker for a toy company.
His scroll saw interests include 3D compound cutting. If you
attended the Winter Wood Wonders Festival, you may have
seen Lee demonstrating
June 29, 2011 [note the date change!] Chris Yonker, CMD Handworks
Chris Yonker who, along with his wife Mary,
runs CME Handworks. Chris makes
reproductions of antique and classic hand
tools with modern features of his own design.
The tools are handmade in Chris' shop
One of the most graceful forms of woodworking is the creation of musical instruments. Out-going Program Director Wayne Maier has arranged for John Ressler who builds (and teaches how to build) custom guitars, dulcimers, and other folk instruments to be our January presenter.
John will also be bringing some parts of guitars in various stages of construction and some that are finished. During the course of his presentation you will find out if building a pickin' stick, or even a guitar, sounds like a project you'd like to try.
When he builds custom guitars, John like his customers to be involved in the process as John makes a guitar especially suited to their playing style and type of music. Frequently his customers come by the workshop and discuss the type of wood to be used and the the amount and type of inlay.
Those of you who were at the Designed Stairs tour in 2011 met John during the tour since that is John's "day job." If you'd like to find out more about John before our next meeting, take a look at his website.
February 15, 2012 7 Mini Demos (Note the date change!)
Our club motto is Learning by sharing the art of woodworking. Our February meeting, one week earlier than usual (February 15th) due to the Ash Wednesday celebration at St. James Catholic church, will be a variety of woodworking skills demonstrated by several of our members.
From Milford Lau, our oldest member demonstrating chip carving, to Will Richards, our youngest showing his scroll saw skills, seven members will be doing mini-demonstrations of their special interests. As a non-router using woodworker, I?m especially interested in seeing Al Cheeks? router presentation.
Each of the seven presenters will give two half hour presentation/demonstrations. After the mid-meeting coffee break, members will have the opportunity to choose two of the seven presentations to attend.
Our thanks from the club for the guitar making presentation by John Ressler at our January meeting. We don?t get a lot of presenters who sing in addition to talking about woodworking. His unique guitars, especially the two made from OSB and his pickin? stick drew a lot of interest.
March 28, 2012 Tom Sharp, Robert Bosch Tools Corp. Dremel Tools Demonstration
Coming to our March 28th meeting this
month is Tom Sharp, the lead sales manager
and trainer for the Robert Bosch Tools Corp.
and it's subsidiary Dremel Tools. He'll be
working with the Dremel 4000, the Dremel
Multi-max?, the Dremel Trio? and other
tools of interest from Bosch. His presentation
will start at 8:00 pm after the coffee break.
Coming to the next Dupage Wood Workers meeting in Glen Ellyn at St. James Catholic Church, will be a local wood worker who has decorated his home extensively with his talents, Roy Lindley. He embellishes his wood projects with his air brushing techniques. He brought a small sample for the show and tell last month and his skills promise to impress us with his demonstration at the April meeting. The meeting starts at 7:00 P.M. and after the coffee break, you will have a chance to see his presentation.
May 23, 2012 Scott Kobal, DuPage Forest Preserve Plant Ecologist
Coming this month for our May 23rd meeting is Scott Kobal, the DuPage Forest Preserve Plant Ecologist, a position he has held since 1990. Come and hear not only what trees make up our forests in Du Page today, but also what trees welcomed early settlers in this area
This month's meeting on June 27 will give you the chance to meet Russ Marie who hails from Peoria, Illinois. He comes with over 30 years in the construction field, experience working for a lumber company, and now his area of expertise centers around making templates for routing. He is a member of the Grundy Woodworker Club, a neighboring club in Morris, Illinois. Members from other clubs are visiting our meetings so come, share sawdust stories, have a cup of coffee and learn from each other.