Del-Val Chapter Open Shop Nov 8th


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                                                                  Del-Val Chapter Open Shop Nov-8th

The Delaware Valley Chapter members were cordially invited to the shop of Dave Dorey located in Rocky Hill, NJ. We started off the day with a meet and greet at the Rocky Hill Fire Dep’t meeting room.  The presentations were enjoyed by all;

1. William Duffield gave an in-depth demonstration of the turning of a finial at Dave Dorey’s shop. The rest of the presentations were held at the Rocky Hill Fire Dep’t hall.

2. Ken Smith presented a Chippendale Ball & Claw Chair he made that is a copy of a chair at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

3. Bob Butow presented an antique Federal Candle Stand (ca 1800-1815) with spade feet and interesting banding around side of the top and discussed its various elements. Best guess is it may have come from Vermont.

4. Jim Chesterton discussed the overall construction and finish of a Tiger Maple Wash Stand (ca 1810) from the Williamsburg Collection. Information about dimensions and a picture for its construction was from downloaded from WB’s website and built from drawings scaled from the picture.

5. John Owens brought an antique Queen Ann Lowboy (Dressing Table) and provided printed dimensions as an aid in discussing the age of the piece, materials used and its construction. It was not decided where or when it may have been made.  Has been in John’s family for generations.

6. Frank Vucolo presented a series of slides to explain the techniques he used for inserting inlay and bandings on a Federal Table he made as part of an article soon to appear in Popular Woodworking. 

7. Dave Dorey discussed the principles around the fabrication of making bandings. His focus was on methods for making diamond banding. He displayed all of the jigs used in making of the bandings.

Additionally members brought some very nice pieces to display along with some old tools and a large early wooden vise bought by Jeff Saylor. Now he has to build the bench for the vise.

Lunch was cooked by the Rocky Hill Fire dept. for all to enjoy. We thank the fire department for the use of their facility. 

We had a good turn out with 18 people overall that included some guests that were very interested with the SAPFM organization and encouraged to join.