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February 2021 Newsletter

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Next Meeting: NOTE 6:00 PM START!

The next VIWG meeting will be February 9th. The meeting will be online via Zoom as we have done for the past few meetings.
Our presenter is Michael Fortune who will be joining us live from Ontario. The time difference is 3 hours so our meeting will start at 6:00 pm sharp. For more information on Michael Fortune here is his website.

Here's the meeting link!
Neil Bosdet Victoria is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: February VIWG General Meeting
Time: Feb 9, 2021 06:00 PM Vancouver
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Meeting ID: 872 2298 1676

What is Happening in the Guild

Activities continue under the COVID-19 guidelines however the monthly zoom meetings are well attended. The presentation by Matthew Grisley from Leigh Industries was well received with Eric Koob winning the draw for a TD330 Leigh jig. Word from Eric is that the jigs are great but follow the manual closely! Jeff Cutler was awarded the door prize of 10 bdf of wood.

Andrew Ryskamp is being transferred with the military this summer and must step down as the VIWG Secretary. We are very sorry to see him go. He's been a wonderful addition to the Executive. This leaves a hole to fill. Please let any of the Executive know if you would be interested in more information on the position. We will need someone to shadow Andrew May/June and then take on the position following.

The Spring Challenge will be "Kitchen Items". The Guild continues to contribute to community charities. So when you are planning your "Kitchen Item" think about "could this project be part of a charity opportunity"?

Minishow at Saanich Municipal Hall. In January newsletter, we asked for an email if members were interested in display/sale opportunity. One member responded. Then, I changed my email. So one more time, send a note if you are interested

Access to Wood - a Strange One. Two large unused bird buildings are coming down on Happy Valley Road as you read this. In 2020 the owner contacted the guild and Rick Lloyd was helpful helping us understand the opportunity, thanks Rick. The owner would like to see the materials reused. The buildings will be pulled down in a way that makes some material recovery possible. There are hundreds of 2 X 10 fir X 12 to 14 feet long second growth fir boards available. There is also plywood. Some of the fir boards are pretty clear with few nails other than the top surface which attached the plywood. It is not furniture grade wood but you could do a rustic mixed grain fir table, shop bench or any building framing project with it.
The material guild members recover is free for your use and not to be resold. The work will be pretty hard. There is plywood that will need to be removed either by prybars (long as possible), or with skill saws to cut the pieces out, transport and denail later. Power is available by extension cord.The material will be available for a work party in about one month. If you are interested, send an email to I will add you to a volunteer list and stay in touch with the owner to arrange work times. If any member has experience in demolition please contact me.

Word from the Wood Recovery Program is that there are logs coming into the milling area at Larry's so stay tuned for the next milling sessions.

Mid-Island Woodworkers (MIWG) Wood Sale

The Mid-Island Woodworkers Guild conduct wood sales on a regular basis and VIWG Members are welcome to participate. Check the MIWG website for dates and times ( Getting to the location of the wood sales can be a bit tricky the first time so check the directions here.

Buy and Sell

There is a feature on the website menu "Buy and Sell" that allows members to see a list of items that are for sale or that are wanted. A listing can also be posted on the website. Click here for more details.

We Want to Hear from You

The following articles have been provided by you to share with other VIWG Members. Thanks to all of you for your input!

A New Member

My name is George Meier and I joined VIWG in November, 2020. I attended the recent Guild zoom meeting and have joined the Guild Facebook account as well. My wife and I have recently moved to Victoria from Vancouver and we live in the James Bay area.
My background in woodworking is construction (residential and commercial), cabinet and furniture making, boat joinery, furniture repair.
I am a member of the Vancouver Rowing Club and, as a volunteer, I managed and maintained the workshop for many years. In that capacity the workshop was gradually upgraded (dust collection, work benches, french cleat tool racks, drill press, workbench and table saw accessories). I have attached a photo of the woodworking bench I built for the workshop. Having access to the shop allowed me to carry on woodworking however the move to Victoria leaves me without a shop to work in so I am actively looking for a small space to set up shop.
I would appreciate talking to some members of the Guild perhaps over a cup of coffee (my treat at Discovery, Mile Zero or one of the many other local coffee shops). Being new I would like to learn more about the Guild, and the sources and resources available to the woodworking community (adhering to CoVid protocols of course!). I would also like to participate in Guild activities and would be more than willing to volunteer my time when and where needed.

George Meier

Spinning Wheels and Totes

I finished an arbutus spinning wheel last month and decided to build a couple of small projects. Some small 8” x 12” totes that are handy for storing small items around the house. Also quilt racks for all the quilts had have been created by Elaine.
Keeping the shop warm burning the wood scrap that have been accumulating.
Jim Watson who had been a member passed away last summer, I am helping dispose of his stash of wood. Some is listed on the buy and sell page, more will be posted. Cheers and stay safe

Wally Slobodan

Planes and Commissions

Here's what I've been working on. I finished up my little family of wooden handplanes by adding a block plane (Wenge and Arbutus) and a jointer plane (Santos Mahogany and Padauk) to my Arbutus and Jarrah smoother I made previously.
I also finished my first commissioned piece! A little hallway entry bench. It was fun working with a client to design something that fits their space and style.
Heather's Bench - 01

Glenn Bartley

Inlaid Dovetails and Subtle Hidden Hinges

With nothing better to do , I recently tried my hand at inlaid dovetails. My method will be clear from the following pictures.
The final stage , not shown, follows the usual routine for shaping the pins.
The result is eye catching but too flashy for my own taste.
Of much more interest to me were the subtle shop made hinges, which revealed themselves only when the lid is lifted. To see how these are done, go to Rob. Cosman on You Tube.

Michael Walker

Good Tips!

Does your cyanoacrylate glue sometimes dry in the neck of the glue bottle and plug it? I picked up a TIP from The AMERICAN WOODWORKER magazine, August 2020 issue. My version, not exactly as the contributor made, uses a #14 sewing machine needle. If my wife had a larger needle I would have used it. Size 14 to size 19, sharp point not ball point, is recommended.
(I use a piece of vinyl tubing to protect the needle (and me) when not in use.)
In the October issue there was a FEATURE showing a picture of a “Lewin Center Finder”. It’s used to center a faceplate on a blank (or sacrificial faceplate). A couple of years ago or so I saw another version of this in a different magazine. I made the one shown back then; but, didn’t know that Lewin had credit for it. Thread it for the lathe you use. That piece of plastic in the picture is a Center Finder available from Lee Valley. (09A0487)

Don Urquhart

Side Chair

I was down to the last bits of the rambunctuous rescued garry oak which arrived in the shop last fall. There was just enough for a small mid-winter chair experiment.
The proper way to shape the seat of a wooden chair involves arcane handtools: adzes scorps and travishers. I don’t have those tools in my shop (yet) but I do have a nasty ten-dollar no-name angle grider and I recently acquired a kutzall carving disc. So I glued-up a small seat roughed it on the bandsaw and then attacked it with the grinder. To atone for that sin against traditional woodwork I finished the seat with a homemade krenov-style coopering plane and a curved scraper.
The project also involved some interesting bandsaw cuts, and a last-minute addition of butterfly keys to fix a crack that appeared in the seat. Legs and spindles are poplar that was cut to octogons on the table saw, legs got their initial taper on the jointer, and everything was then rounded and tapered with block plane and a scraper.
The leg geometry was vaguely inspired by the Eames DSW . But the spindles and crest lost the mid-century message and took on a traditional windsor comb-back form. Looks like I have more work to do in the design department.
Anyway, the latest effort is a diminutive mutant time travelling side chair.

Stephen Connelly

Wheel Cutters

I’ve been looking online basically for toy wood wheel cutters. If anyone knows of a place, that information would be greatly appreciated. If you could share with me.
Otherwise I have been in touch with a company McJings located in Australia ( ). If no one knows of any other place in North America, I was going to put in an order for myself. They have three sizes and aren’t super expensive, but my search has lead me to Australia.
So my question is, would there be any interest from anyone else and perhaps splitting some of the shipping costs? Let me know .

Richard Clark

Vinyl Record Cabinet.

I started collecting Record Albums in the early 1970’s. They spent a good part of their life in plastic milk cartons or haphazardly thrown together shelves and bookcases not really suited to accessing them. I finally decided to give them a new home. This is my first project of this complexity. The cabinet is made from Guild Arbutus and Gary Oak with Bigleaf Maple for the drawers and hard maple for trim.
After my initial design, I asked Phil Smith from the Guild to review it. His suggestions, insight and expertise definitely added to the quality of the cabinet as well as greatly challenging my skill level. Phil explained how to do veneering and lent me his veneer press. Initially, I was only going to veneer the Floating Top but after seeing the grain in the Arbutus, I modified the design to veneer the cabinet top, the side panels and the drawer fronts as well. The veneer panel for the drawer fronts ended up being 1/2” smaller than required so Hard Maple was added to the panel to increase its dimensions. A similar Hard Maple trim was added to the Floating Top for design continuity. All the joints are mortise & tenon, dado & rabbet.
The other major new technique was constructing dovetail drawers. I found some 12” wide Bigleaf Maple for the drawers so they would be solid pieces. The dovetails were cut with a Leigh Dovetail Jig and proved to be quite the learning curve. The Drawers are mounted on Blum Movento slides with Tip-on closures to negate the need for handles on the drawer front.
The cabinet is finished with 2 coats of Osmo. After the first coat on the floating top, there were some swirl marks that I never sanded out properly. I sanded off the first coat of Osmo with 120 grit, then sanded back up to 220 and reapplied the first coat. It took 30 minutes for the complete repair and it blended in perfectly with the initial first coat. It was a great project that really pushed my abilities and problem solving and now, my albums have a suitable home.

Eric Koob

Business Before Pleasure

I have been busy, thanks to generous Wood Guild members who pass on interesting wood projects to me. They take precedence but I finally finished inlaid tv cabinet doors that have been gathering dust.
The ocean is green poplar, the sand bottom is arbutus, the rocks camphor wood and spalted Garry oak, and the fish are a variety of walnut, planchonia, yew, maple, etc. The kelp holdfasts are holly, the stipes yellow cedar and the fronds walnut. Tubesnout fish hang out near the kelp bulbs, where they lay their eggs. There are a few purple (heart) sea stars, and if you know seapens, they are yellow amarello.
TV cabinet doors
TV cabinet doors
Some of you know I made a hand driven scroll saw based on a demo at Wood Guild years ago. It works very well but the throat is only 11 inches. For these doors I had to make a much bigger saw, with 30" throat. It is foot driven and needs more coordination, but it works.

Michael Harvey


January marked the end of my second year of woodturning and the end of the first year of Covid. Here are some highlights of that year.
In March, I sent 80 wooden bowls I had made to be given to the frontline workers at a long term care home that had more than twenty fatalities in the first wave of Covid .
In April I learned to spindle turn and I passed some lovely calla lilies on my walk. I went back home and made some from quarter sawn holly. The design evolved as I made more. They are about seven inches high.
Over the year I developed the “Mad Hatter’s Tea Party” theme. The egg cups are green holly turned very thin to allow for distortion. They are painted with a bronze acrylic mixture. The eggs are holly and ash. The vase is a small piece of apple.
Another favourite series made over the summer was based on the fifteenth century korean joseon moon jar pottery form.
Here are four examples made in dogwood, birch, sycamore, and silver maple. Three are finished in an acrylic-urethane penetrating finish polished out with pumice and beeswax. The sycamore one is finished in one coat of Osmo Polyx-Oil. The two halves of the sycamore one are rotated a quarter turn (of necessity!). This gives some lovely subtle variations to the form in various light conditions.
Looking forward to another year of wood turning, this time hopefully without Covid.

Peter Hackett

Drawers to Walking Sticks

Here are a couple of projects I have been working on. I had been meaning to build drawers for under my bench for years and finally got around to building them, the faces are yellow cedar and walnut. The yellow cedar was rescued from being turned into firewood.
Walking Sticks 1
The next project grew out of a commission for a walking stick: There are a variety of woods, Yew, Birch, Boxwood, Oak and Torrefied Maple.

David Cunningham

A Cattail Table

A side table from Guild oak and a cattail made of dowel, slices off a 2x4 and aniline dye.
wtable 2cc
wtable 3c
wtable 1c
The joinery may be what you would expect from a mechanical engineer. As usual, the top is not fastened but locates into the base with wood blocks fastened with two sided carpet tape. Makes the table easy to move around.

Rein Rungas

Neil Bosdet

President, VIWG