May Meeting 2007
Pleasant Hill Education Center (PHEC) A Club For All Woodworkers
One Santa Barbara Rd, Pleasant Hill CA 94523
Diablo Woodworkers ACTIVITIES. Club Meetings at PHEC are the 2nd Wednesday of the month, 7-9pm and
Shop Tours or Sawdust Sessions are the 3rd Saturday of the month, 9am-Noon.
June 4, Router/Shop Tips SIG August 8, Summer Social, Viano Winery
June 7, Turning SIG September 12, Kevin Drake, Joinery/specialty tools
June 13, Matthew Stark, Furniture Maker/Business October 10, Robert Beauchamp, Furniture Maker and
June 16, Shop Tour, Lloyd Gowen, Concord Urban Logger
July 5, Turning SIG November 14 Open
July 11, Jeffery Dale, Furniture Maker December 12 Members Projects
July 21, Sawdust Session, Bill Tarleton,
Lumber Making, 1-4 pm PHEC
AUGUST 8, SUMMER SOCIAL AT THE VIANO WINERY IN MARTINEZ
This year we are having Back Forty cater the evening dinner at the Viano Winery, August 8th, 6-9 pm. Dinner is an
All You Can Eat Barbecue with Pork Ribs, BBQ Chicken, Veggie Burgers, Tossed Green Salad, Potato Salad, BBQ
Beans and Fresh (in season) Corn Coblettes. Wine, soft drinks/water and ice cream with toppings will be provided.
Dinner cost is $20 per person (please no children). Send a check written to the Diablo Woodworkers to Jeff
Traeger, 6 Daisy Lane, Orinda CA 94563. Please sign up at the June or July meeting or better yet, send Jeff a
check as soon as possible to help us get the head count for the dinner.
This year we have donated Door Prizes from local business and craft items from members. You won't be asked to
donate your old tools as last years.
We will have a table to show your woodworking projects. If the project are large there is plenty of ground to display
the item. Looking forward to seeing a big gathering this year!
JUNE 13TH, 7-9 PM AT PHEC, ROOM 112
MATTHEW STARK, FURNITURE MAKER/BUSINESS
California furniture-maker Matthew Stark runs his own custom furniture business and works as general manager for
Gallery M, a studio that features woodworking in Half Moon Bay. Matthew Stark, 27, is one of the youngest
craftsmen in the dying art of fine, hand-crafted furniture. Matthew's works highlight the modern and Asian-inspired
style he developed while learning from other California makers in his early 20s. He will speak about the business
relationships between craftsmen and galleries.
JULY 11TH, 7-9 PM AT PHEC, ROOM 112
JEFFERY DALE, FURNITURE
Jeffery is a furniture maker from Petaluma. More about him next month.
SHOP TOUR, JUNE 16TH, 9 AM-12 NOON
LLOYD GOWEN’S SHOP, 4408 SHELLBARK, CONCORD, 925-349-4354
Lloyd is one of the newer members of the Diablo Woodworkers. He has been woodworking for many years in a
shop where he lived in San Francisco. Marquetry is one of his latest interests. His Concord shop is a three car
garage shop and does not share space with the cars! Lots of room and lots of tools. Lloyd has a multi use tool that
planes and joints. This type of tool is becoming popular among our group. This is a great chance to meet Lloyd and
his wife Lois, tour the shop and to see some great wood projects Lloyd has made and some wonderful art work
Lois has done.
Directions: From Hwy. 680 take the Treat Blvd. off ramp East to Cowell Road. Turn right on Cowell and drive three
blocks to Larwin Ave. Turn left on Larwin and drive 6 blocks to Shellbark Court. Turn right into Shellbark Court.
SAWDUST SESSION, JULY 21TH, 9 AM-12 NOON
BILL TARLETON CHAINSAW LUMBER MAKING AT PHEC
One of Bill Tarleton’s hobbies is making lumber from our Urban Forest (City Trees). Several of the club members
have made some very Fine Woodworking projects from Bill’s lumber and bowl blank stash. If you are interested in
how Alaskan Chainsaw Mills work be sure and come to this Sawdust Session. We should have some interesting
wood for members to take home from this session. Be sure and bring Hearing Protection.
DW MEMBERS CAN HELP THE ADULT ED WOODSHOP
Each December a Crafts Fair/Sale is held at the Mt Diablo Adult Education facility in Pleasant Hill to raise
awareness of the great classes held all year. The woodworking class has a booth at the event and the proceeds
help provide tools for the woodshop tool crib. These tools are essential to help woodworker students with their
many projects. You may not even be aware that the Diablo Woodworkers was originally formed from a group of
Adult Ed Woodshop participants!
You can help by donating wood projects which would be sold at the fair. Some of you have completed projects, but
don't have someone to give them to. Or, you could be looking for some new and different projects. Maybe you have
tested some new techniques and don't have a use for your prototypes. Please consider a donation. Some ideas
are: decorative boxes, toys of all kinds, notepad clipboards, puzzles, trivets, bird houses, bread boards, Christmas
ornaments, and the list goes on.
Our inventory was depleted at last year’s sale so our goal is to acquire about 100 items to put on sale at next
December's fair. For convenience, bring your donations to the DW meetings held the second Wednesday of each
month. Want to know more? Contact Gordon Fry at 925-685-1676 or email, email@example.com
Diablo Woodworkers Summer Seminar
5 Day Class – July 30th through August 3rd
“Furniture Design and Construction”
with Doug Stowe – noted author
and professional woodworker
Many of you know Doug from his books on Box Making and his many feature articles
in Woodwork, Fine Woodworking and Woodworkers Journal magazines. Doug was
here last summer for our Box Making seminars. Those attending gave him high
marks for his teaching and woodworking skills and so we’ve invited him back to teach a five day class on furniture
design and construction which will be held in the Mt. Diablo Adult Education woodshop, in Pleasant Hill, on July
30th through August 3rd.
This is a “hands on” class with lectures during a portion of the morning, focused on furniture design, and project
instruction and student project building for the balance of the day. The featured furniture project is a child’s rocking
chair with a carved back rest. In addition to polishing up your furniture joinery skill, this class will teach you the
fundamental of carving. As a supplement to the five days of lecture and instruction with Doug, Bob Barnett and Jeff
Traeger will hold a two day open shop class in the Adult Ed shop to allow you to mill and rough cut your project
wood before the class.
The class is limited to 16 participants, so make your reservation right away. Tuition includes a notebook full of the
slides and notes from Doug’s daily lectures plus lunch and snacks every day. Tuition is $275 for the five days with
Doug and the two days for stock preparation. Jeff Traeger is accepting reservation by phone [925-254-3810] or just
“click here” – firstname.lastname@example.org to make your reservation by e-mail.
Show and Tell Photos
Lloyd Gowen showed a beautiful Tim Killen showed the bread board
marquetry lidded Mahjong case table top changing with weather and
Dan Pacheco showed a cutting board
Laura Lee Gillespie showed a “year of
the pig” lidded box
Ed Steffinger showed several John Summers showed his unique
lidded boxes and a small bowl designed canvas painting holder
Kirby Elvin showed a combination puzzle
Arron Carbaugh showed his new Festol Portable
Jerry Lambden showed a
young or old man’s
dream boat, radio
controlled and complete
with powered fishing pole
Toy Special Interest Group: Bring your finished toys to the meetings,
The Toy Makers are Diablo Woodworker volunteers. They participate in two ways.
1. As individuals making toys in their home work shops.
o Build from your own plans or use plans available from the Toy Group
o Use your own materials or we provide the materials
2. As members of the Toy Group in weekly sessions.
o A group of about 12 volunteers
o Usually meets at the Mount Diablo Adult Education School
o Build toys on a production basis.
What happens to the toys? All donated to charitable organizations. We are currently building for:
Monument Crisis Center and Christmas for Everyone
To volunteer or for additional information contact: Ronald Kersey, email@example.com, 925 944-5471
Router/Shop Tips Special Interest Group -
We had a great turnout with 17 people (many new faces) on a beautiful warm night. As promised, we discussed
and demonstrated Router Basics using a router on a table (bench top) and then in a table. We discussed safety
practices that must be used along with various methods of cutting rabbits, grooves and edges.
I brought out my latest project for show-n-tell which is a painter's "canvas carrier", made from red oak with walnut
trimming. Cheryl provided her usual delicious brownies, coffee and lemonade.
Our next meeting will June 11th in John Summers' shop at 1672 Clayton Way, Concord @ 7pm. We hope to see
you there and bring your good shop tips and/or ideas and also items for show-n-tell. Don't forget your hearing
protection! For more information call John Summers, 925-681-1407.
Turning Special Interest Group – Meetings in Room 207 at PHEC, 7pm the first Thursday of each month.
To join in the Turning SIG call George Lucido at 925-254-3659. The meetings schedule is as follows:
June 2007- Bill Tarleton will demonstrate how to make hollow vessels –those are the slim pots with a small hole
that makes it impossible to turn the inside -BUT, using Bill’s method he will show how it is done.
July 2007- Vessel design. Jim Rodgers will lead a discussion on how to approach the perpetual problem of how to
design your bowl or vessel, whether a salad bowl or a fancy segmented vessel -design is of prime concern.
Aug 2007- George Lucido will demonstrate how to get started making segmented vessels, This demonstration will
include making a drawing, calculating the sizes required and how to cut and glue the segments.
Sept 2007- Jim Rodgers will continue with the necessary steps on how to do the assembly and finish turning of a
Oct 2007- Sharpening your lathe tools including spindle gouges, scrapers, skews, and bowl gouges. TBD
Nov 2007- Bowl enhancement including how to fill cracks, use of color mixed with epoxy, use of Turquoise, etc.
Dec 2007- Bill Tarleton will demonstrate how to turn a bowl which is bigger than the swing on the lathe. This is
done off the end of the lathe using an auxiliary tool rest. This can’t be done on all lathes but is a good method to
learn for those of us that want to make a 24” Cesar salad bowl.
Jan 2008 - Andrew Baxter will demonstrate how to do “off-center” turning. Using this method some very interesting
shapes will evolve.
Metal Special Interest Group (Metalheads): The Metal SIG meetings are being planned for 2007. The
meetings will be held at the Ygnacio High School Metal Shop the 3rd Thursday of each month, 7-9 pm. Except
during the 2007 Summer months when the school is closed for renovation. July meeting will be at ViTec in
Livermore, July meeting will be in San Francisco aboard the WWII submarine Pampanito, and the August
meeting will be in Oakland at Bill Hund’s shop. Anyone interested in adding metal work to their hobbies and join
the Metal SIG needs to contact George Hawks, 510-222-
1408, or email GBHawks@comcast.net.
MEMORIAL FLAG CASE PROJECT
We have Memorial Flag Cases, for a donation of $35 to the
club, to families that have received a Military or Public Service
Memorial Flag after the passing of a loved one. These cases
will also be given out free to any local Fire or Police family
member that is lost in the line of duty. Plans for these cases
are on our club web site. Gordon Fry, 925-685-1676 is the
Chairperson for this project. Call him if you know of someone
that would like a Flag Case or would like some help building
Flag Cases were given to several local police and fire fighting families in the last couple of years. It is our
honor to help in memories of these men who lost their lives in their community’s service.
Sign Up for Wooden Name Badges and Reminder: If you don’t have a Name Badge, contact John
Stout 925-676-7271 and get one. They will be very important in getting discounts at local lumber yards and other
stores in the area. While we are on the subject of discounts, if you can, the next time you find a convenient supplier
ask if the club can get a club discount. We will gladly add them to our Favorite Supplier’s list and mail them a
Newsletter. Wooden Name Badges sign up is ongoing. Contact John Stout to get on the list. The Wooden Name
Badges will cost $4 each. John has several Wooden Name Badges that need to be picked up. Some are paid
for and some not. Please contact John at 925-676-7271.
Tools For Sale/Swap, Jobs, Wanted: -
Here is a place to advertise a job or your need to get rid of that little used but beautiful tool or supply or ask for
something. Call Bill Tarleton 925-939-8052 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to get it in the Newsletter.
PHEC CRAFTS FAIR project needs redwood and clear pine!
Redwood will be used to make a display unit for the fair. 10 pieces of 3/4" x 8" x 48" (minimum size)
Clear Pine will be used to make items for sale. 3/4" x 8" x 48" (minimum size), clean, no paint!
Items for Sale: Donate your projects to benefit the adult education workshop
How to Donate: Contact Gordon Fry at email@example.com or call 925-685-1676 or bring your items to a
Diablo Woodworkers FAVORITE SUPPLIERS:
Standard Saw Works, Inc., 181 10 St., Oakland, CA 94607, 510- Rockler Woodworking and Hardware, 541 Contra Costa Blvd.,
832-0856. Pleasant Hill CA 94523, 925-521-1800, www.rockler.com. 10%
discount on non-power tool items for club members.
Bay Area Carbide, 1843 East St., Concord CA 94520, (925) 687-
7543. Sharpening of saw blades and router bits. Good stock of Woodcraft, 6044 Dougherty Rd., Dublin CA, 925-875-9988.
bandsaw blades, circular saw blades and router bits. Discount for
club members on supplies. Global Wood Source, 1698 Rogers Ave, San Jose CA 95112,
Hastings Saws, 888-223-7016, in Rohnert Park CA for the smooth
cutting Atlanta Blade. Kitchens Unlimited, 1459 Newell Ave., Walnut Creek, 925-934-
4700, Creative Designs for Kitchens and Bath.
Hardwood Resources, 988 Howe Rd., Martinez CA 94553, 925-
372-8171. Truxton Hildner and Aldon Cook, owners, will give a Apple Blossom Moulding and Millworks, 2411-L Old Crow
10% discount on all stock items except sale or special order. Cash Canyon Rd, San Ramon CA 94583, 925-820-2345 has a great
or Check only for discount. selection of Moulding for sale.
Hardwoods Unlimited, 2395 Monument Blvd, Concord CA, 925- Eames Hardware & Supply, for the hard to find items. 10%
969-0064. Members will receive a 10% discount on lumber and discount with Diablo Woodworkers Nametag at time of purchase.
plywood. 2665 Pleasant Hill Rd., Pleasant Hill CA 94523, 925-975-0515
The Woodsman, Custom Milling/Drying, 2701-A North Alpine Hamilton Tree Service, www.hamiltontree.com. 866-590-8733
Rd., Stockton, 209-931-3293. Figured hardwoods from the "urban
forest" milled and kiln dried on site. Exotics also available. 10% Chandler's Complete Tree Care, 925-674-8778.
discount to members.
Devil’s Mountain Awards and Recognition,
Dolan’s Lumber, 2231 Monument Blvd., Concord, 925-686-1734. 3513 Clayton Rd. Concord CA 94519, 925-682-8233.
Contractor’s discount for club members for all stock items. www.devilsmountainawards.com
Big B Lumber, 6600 Brentwood Blvd., Brentwood 925-634-2442. Harbor Freight Tools, 5201 Sonoma Blvd., Vallejo CA 94589,
Contractor’s discount for all items for cash or check sales if the 707-645-0185
Customer Account Number 5077 and Diablo Woodworkers
Nametag is presented at time of purchase. Moose Metals, 1038 Shary Cir. #7, Concord CA94518, 925-676-
6667. Metal Sales, Welding, Repair, Fabrication.
Earth Source Forest Products, 1618 28 St., Oakland, 510-208-
7257. A division of Plywood and Lumber Sales CB Tools, 90 Karina Ct., San Jose, 408-0707
Moulding Masters, 1070 Detroit Avenue, Unit E, Concord, CA Woodline USA, for router bits and shaper cutters, 111 Wheeler St.
94518, 925-689-7322, www.mouldingmasters.com LaVergne, TN 37086, 800-472-6950. www.woodline.com
3115 Del Oceano Dr.
Lafayette, CA 94549