Show and tell was kicked off by David Conley with the use of automotive 12 volt cut-to-length LED mini-light strips. He used an 18 LEDs strip to circle the underside of the upper router plate on a Micro Fence® – Micro Plunge Base for improve lighting. The strip is powered by a 12-volt DC power supply. The LED strips are cut to length and attached with silicon. The inexpensive lights and power supply were obtained on e-Bay.
Charles Murray then showed a set of floats he custom made for use in making wooden plane bodies. He also showed a shop-made “wear” saw made for sawing the wear, the lower front of the throat on a wooden plane. This area of the throat angles over the iron for an inch or less before angling back in the opposite direction to form the upper throat where the shavings can be removed. Charles showed the small panel-raising plane he made in part with these tools, and displayed a small raised panel made with the plane.
Ohio professional cabinetmaker Thomas Bennett next discussed veneered panels (cabinet tops) he had made and explained his means of resawing and applying book-matched thick veneer to result in a very stable and durable top. He uses poplar core birch plywood with the outer hardwood veneers sanded off as a stable substrate, a much lighter approach than use of MDF. Experimenting with glues over several years, Thomas now uses any of the Titebond series glues for his veneering.
Ohio member John Herrel next presented an interesting shop clock made in the form of an oversized steel precision dial caliper, about four times the size of a normal six-inch caliper. A clock face substituted for the oversized caliper dial. John made measurements from a real caliper, then enlarged the plans for using a CNC wood milling machine to make the clock.
Allan McNeel, member from West Virginia, displayed two projects, a bow back Windsor chair made in a Peter Galbert class held last year at Rio Grande University, and a cellaret (“bottle cabinet”) modelled after a piece at Winterthur but substituting ball and claw feet. The chair had a wonderful dark green finish of milk paint (over a first coat of pumpkin-color), topped off with a boiled linseed oil surface to add some durable sheen. Allan found Galbert’s new book, Chairmaker's Notebook, to be a wonderful resource for making the chair and an excellent reference for many other woodworking fundamentals. The cellaret is made of hand-planed walnut with maple secondary wood from a tree felled in Allan’s church’s lot. The case corner joints are all hidden mitered dovetails. The piece was finished with aniline dye, a coat of garnet shellac, a glaze for aging, a couple more coats of shellac, and a final coat of wiping varnish. The hardware is from Londonderry Brasses.