Thursday, 26 May 2016

June Meeting of the OWA on the Seventh at Seven

Our speaker for the main presentation next week is Igor Vasilenko.  He's written his own teaser:

The presentation will be about the history, future plans, and the inspiration behind my life's master undertaking -- my own custom woodworking business.  I will show you what I learned to do and what never to do, as well as some helpful insights and tips to any woodworker seeking to use their skills for more people than just close family.

We won't have a second act because of our elections.  Any position on the Executive is open for candidates, but the one we really need to fill is Paul Mahood's, Secretary.  Paul has indicated that he will not run for another term, and we're sad to lose his valuable contribution. The presentation of the Danny Proulx Memorial Award will also be made at the June meeting.  No one knows who it will be so everyone should attend. . And of course we will have Show and Tell so people should bring out their latest efforts, and the 50-50 so bring a bucket of cash. The first Tuesday in June, that's the 7th this month, 7-9 PM, at the Bethany Baptist Church Basement.  Doors open around 6:30.

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

For Sale or For the Taking

In his email sent to the members OWA Secretary Paul Mahood listed several announcements about tools or supplies that might be interesting to the membership.  In the time since that email, sent before the May meeting, there have been a couple more announcements:

From OWA member Bruce MacEachern:
I have about 48 board feet of 2 inch thick red oak for sale.  Overall, I have 6 pieces that are 2” x 8” x 6' long and I’m asking $120.00 or reasonable offer for the lot, which at 48 BF works out to be less than $3.00/BF. Email Bruce at

From T. Acton:
"We live in Chaffey's Lock and have taken down a poplar tree that is 56" in diameter.  We have cut most of it up but are wondering if you know of anyone who would be interested in the bigger pieces.  Thank you."  Email if you're interested.

Friday, 6 May 2016

Registration for Woodworks 2016 by Regular Mail

The Woodworks 2016 web site now has instructions for registration for anyone who wishes to register using regular mail and a paper cheque.  (Funny, isn't it, that mail and cheques now have to be qualified?) If you would like to be sent directly to these instructions click on Send Me to the Instructions.

Sunday, 1 May 2016

Meeting Recap, May 3

About 44 people turned out for the May meeting which started off with a couple of announcements from Ken.  As the last meeting of the 2015/16 year is next month it is also time for the Executive elections.  As always all Executive spots are open but after four years our Secretary, Paul Mahood is stepping aside so we are in need of someone to fill that position.  If you would like to get more involved in what happens with your OWA, consider putting your name in for the Secretary or any of the other positions.  There was a reminder of the upcoming BBQ, so keep your eyes open for an email with more details.  Ken also mentioned that in the May issue of Furniture and Cabinet Magazine there is a profile articular written by our very own Brian Greene about our very own Karen McBride.  Congratulations to both, job well done.

George gave an update on the upcoming Woodworks Conference.  The most important thing to note is, early registration is now open for members of OWA and her sister outfit in Kingston.

Show & Tell was next with Bruce MacEchern up first.  Using slides he showed the making and some details of his version of Norm Abram's router cabinet.  Jacques Breau was next.  He showed and explained how he used a kerfing saw and hand saw to resaw some spalted Maple for a cabinet he is working on.  Rob Burch was third showing his work using a router and rub collars to make curves.

After a short break for some socializing Karen McBride was the main speaker for this evening.  Karen's topic was round drawers.  Using examples from her "Patience" wall hanging cabinet Karen walked through the process she used to make round drawers.  As Karen says, "The round drawers may look complicated but like any other drawer the building process can easily be broken down into small, manageable tasks within any makers reach."

Have a wonderful month and we will see you at the final regular meeting in June before our summer break.

Ken Dixon President, OWA.

Monday, 25 April 2016

Learn Chip Carving from Our Own Sylvain "Bazz" Bazinet

Chip carving is an ideal technique for the person who wants to start wood carving. It is decorative in nature and can enhance your furniture and projects. Only a few tools are required to get started on a chip carving project. You need a chip carving knife, pencil, ruler, minimal sharpening equipment, and a few small pieces of wood to get started.

This two-day hands-on course will teach you everything you need to know about chip carving technique. On the first day you will learn all the basic carving of borders and grids. You will also learn about project preparation, tools, wood selection, pattern transfer, sharpening and project finishing. On day two you will put in practice all your knowledge and carve your first project, a personalized trinket box with the name of a love one.

The teacher, Sylvain Bazinet, call him "Bazz", has been teaching this technique for the past 15 years. Bazz is an active member of local wood working clubs and teaches at Lee Valley Tools, carving clubs in Canada and the US.

All material are included in the course price. Bazz will also lend you the necessary tools so you do not need to purchase your tools prior to this course.

Come and enjoy this relaxing carving technique that will launch you in doing great projects!

This two-day course will be held on Friday June 3 and Saturday June 4, 2016 at My Urban Workshop. If you're interested please consult My Urban Workshop's web page for complete information.

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Workshop Contents for Sale

Marlene Harris has a full workshop for sale.  Large power tools include:
  1. Craftex Wood Lathe with variable speed 14 x 43" model B2338
  2. King Cda 14" Band Saw model KC-1401HD
  3. Delta 10" Table Saw QT-10 model 36-390C
  4. Delta 10" Compound Miter Saw model MS250
  5. Craftex 6" Jointer with open stand model CTO86
  6. Hitachi Scroll Saw model CW40
  7. Craftex 13" Planer/Moulder model CT050
Additional items include:
  • King Universal Folding Miter Saw Stand K-2600
  • Campbell Hausfeld Oil Lubricated Compressor
  • Craftsman 3" Dustless Belt Sander, double insulated
  • Mastercraft 8" Drill Press
  • Triton 2 1/4 Peak HP Plunge Router
  • Triton Powered Respirator
  • Port-a-Mate Adjustable Universal Mobile Base
  • Viel Sander/Grinder
  • Mastercraft Belt-Disc Sander 4 x 36"
  • Mastercraft Bench Grinder 6"
  • Veritas Platter Sharpener
  • Jobmate workbench - brand new
  • 2 routers 1 Skil, 1 Bosch
  • 4 specialty Sorbey lathe tools, plus a wooden case full of lathe tools
  • Countless other items on work benches and tables including a huge number of clamps.
Anybody who is interested can email Marlene Harris directly ( to arrange a visit.

April Meeting Recap

After Mother Nature "snow-dayed" our March meeting, the April meeting went on as usual.  After a few announcements from Mark and Ken the main presenters took the floor.

Greg and Derek from My Urban Workshop were the main presenters.  Greg started things off by giving an overview of My Urban Workshop, who they are and what they have to offer.  He then turned things over to Derek who talked about laser engraving and cutting.  Through slides, videos and lots of examples he gave a very good explanation of not only how the laser cuts and engraves but how to get different effects and looks into wood, as well as the process from design to finished product on cutting out pieces to make a 3D product.

During the break Greg and Derek were kept busy answering questions about the My Urban Workshop space and lasers.

Once the break was over Glen Briggs gave a Wood Objects update.  Wood Objects is a juried competition and display of unique wood objects which will be on view at the Woodworks Conference in Perth this September.  Application guidelines and entry forms are now available from the Wood Objects section of the Woodworks 2016 web site.

The final part of the evening was Show & tell.  People have been busy in their shops as we had 10 presenters with stuff to show.  First up was James Ferrie with his Tage Frid stool, Brian Green with his Inka mortiser, George Fouriezos with shop tools, Ron Hall with a spoke shave modification and a scratch stock, Henery Russell with a beautiful jewelry box, Joseph with his do nothing box/clock, John Todd with his Moxin Vice, Jack Schwass with his kitchen oven roasted wood, Jack Forsberg with a vintage explosion proof magnetic on/off switch and Jim with his log Peavey.

Have a productive month in your shop and we will see you on May 3rd for our next meeting.

Ken Dixon
President, OWA.