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SAPFM Chapter News and Discussions => Chesapeake Chapter => Topic started by: Mark Maleski on April 25, 2017, 03:40:16 PM

Title: Chesapeake Chapter Meeting: Sat, 17 June 2017
Post by: Mark Maleski on April 25, 2017, 03:40:16 PM
Greetings SAPFM Members!  This message announces the Chesapeake Chapter’s next meeting on Saturday, 17 June at Olde Mill Cabinet Shoppe (1660 Camp Betty Washington Road, York, PA).  This is an appetizer for the Mid-Year to be held the following week in Old Salem, NC.  Pre-registration is required, though we won't close registration until the day prior to the meeting. Register for the meeting via an email to [email protected]  List the name of any guests you plan to bring with you.  (The meeting is open to all SAPFM members and first-time guests).

The agends is below.  But first a few administrative notes:

1.   Let us know if you have a recently completed (or in-process) project that you’d like to present for show-and-tell.  This is a great opportunity to show what you’ve built and share what you’ve learned.  These session often prompt meaningful discussions on sources (materials, plans) and methods, so please contribute with a project if you’re able.
2.   We will collect $25 from each participant to cover the meeting costs (exact change will be appreciated).
3.   Lunch will be ordered through Panera – please let us know in your registration email any food allergies or other dietary requirements.
4.   Please be sure to bring a chair with you, or be prepared to stand and/or lean for the day (note that we will have a few of the chairs that we were unable to return to the owner after the previous meeting, so you can reclaim them at this meeting).
5.   Because the trunk sale yielded little enthusiasm last year, we will move the used tool sales back inside, and return to the silent auction format.  Any participant can bring used tools for sale, and all participants should remember to bring some extra cash in case you see something you need.

Our agenda for the day is subject to change, but we expect it will be as follows:

8:30-9:00: Check-in, socialize, and consume donuts/coffee.

9:00 – 9:30:  Chapter discussion. we like to keep this brief, but do want to take the opportunity to plan for upcoming chapter activities with those assembled.  We'll discuss some opportunities for joint demonstrations with the Delaware Valley chapter, upcoming Lie-Nielsen demos, and similar.  We'll also provide a summary from our other spring activities: the March class @ MCHS on handling/measuring period furniture and the Winterthur tour for SAPFM members.

9:30-10:30:  Member Projects Show & Tell. We currently have two projects to be presented, and are actively seeking additional volunteers:

1.   Mark Maleski made several marking and joinery gauges following the specifications of those in the Benjamin Seaton chest.  He'll discuss sources used to get the measurements (spoiler: he used Jane & Mark Reese's book, "Tool Chest of Benjamin Seaton," Dean Jansa's Popular Woodworking article, and Bob Rozaieski's video). He'll demonstrate how he built the gauges, showing a few in-progress steps as well as the completed gauges.  He'll discuss some alternate construction methods and share my lessons-learned.  Several others in our group have also built these, so hopefully this turns into a group discussion.
2.   Mark Maleski will also show a recently-completed Queen Anne tea table with classically proportioned cabriole legs, pad feed, and elaborately shaped rails.  This is a copy of a Massachusetts tea table at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts (1740 - 1760) that was reproduced from photographs.  He'll show how he drew up plans from the photograph while discussing some of the difficulties encountered.
3.   Dan Schwank will show his Queen Anne low boy for show and tell.  This should be an interesting comparison to the Massachusetts tea table, since his is based on a Philadelphia example.

10:30 – Lunch:  Bess Naylor, Projects Underway at Olde Mill Cabinet Shoppe.  Bess will provide an overview of the projects underway at Olde Mill based on the classes she offers.  She will discuss and show her reproduction of the following projects:

-   The painted chests by Robert Crosman from Taunton, Massachussets, including some original construction details that are often overlooked in modern reproductions.  Many of these chests are built from white pine, rather simple in their joinery, though with some ingenious joinery not easily seen unless scrutinized closely.  Her seminar on these pieces kicks off the following weekend, for those interested.
-   One of America’s true masterpieces, a Chest on Chest from Thomas Affleck. Morrison Heckscher described this chest as “a supreme manifestation of Philadelphia Chippendale case furniture” in “American Furniture in the Metropolitan Museum of Art Vol II.”  Bess has studied this piece up close to understand the details of construction and will share what she has learned.  This is somewhat of a follow-up to Chris Storb’s presentation a year ago, when he discussed carving the cartouche and scrolled pediment.
-   Brewster Spice chest, built in Philadelphia circa 1720. Made of walnut and with approximate dimensions of 20.1/2 high x 17" wide x 9" deep.  It is considered "rare" by many as it has a very early construction date and was made in Philadelphia. Riven oak drawer sides, wedged dovetails, Atlantic white cedar drawer bottoms, pintle hinges (door missing on sale object), very deep base molding, turned feet.

Bess always has multiple projects going in her shop, and will cover other projects as time allows.

Lunch: Panera boxed lunch delivered to Olde Mill.

After Lunch (1:00 until…?):  Dan Schwank will give a presentation on plane making.  Dan began Red Rose Reproductions two years ago to bring resurrected tools to the market.  A highly accomplished maker of 18th-Century furniture reproductions, he began making hand planes for himself to achieve the moldings for these pieces.  He recognized our need for more plane makers in the marketplace, and made the transition to offering these for sale.  We’re glad he did…he provides an excellent source for new hollows and rounds, side bead planes, and custom planes such as sash planes, cock bead planes, double beading planes.  He’ll have some of his for-sale planes with him for demonstration purposes, and can also provide beech billets for anyone who wants to try their hand at building their own (he requests you preorder billets or any other item via his website so he knows what stock items to bring with him).

Dan led several sessions of our Molding Plane Working Group last summer.  His leadership was directly responsible for the success of that working group.  Through his teaching, we all learned a ton about grinding, shaping, hardening, and tempering new plane irons (as part of his overview of restoring vintage planes).  In his presentation to our upcoming chapter meeting, he’ll review that material and also cover new ground by describing his method for making new planes, including chopping and shaping the mouth and side escapement, insetting the boxing, establishing the profile, making the wedge, and etc.  

It'll be a day not to be missed, and we hope to see you all there!