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Tips

        Always give dimensions of a board in the cabinet shop in Width (across the grain), then Length (along the grain) and Thickness (depth). A 6” X 12” X ¾” is a board 6 inches wide, 12 inches long and ¾ inch thick.  If you are in the carpenter shop give thickness,…

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Bathroom Vanity

I took an old dresser and with a little woodworking, modified it into a bathroom vanity. The dresser was purchased from a Habitat for Humanity store for $30.00. I had to rebuild two of the drawers before I could refinish the piece. We used the dresser, as seen here, for a while before converting it…

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Wood Bench

Old metal ends of wood bench that has rotted away. You can clean with a wire brush or sand blast if you have the equipment. Use a good rust prohibitor primer then outdoor paint of your choice. Install new boards, I used oak wood recycled from pallets.

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Historic Gums & Resins

The following is a list of gums and resins traditionally used in furniture finishes. They are all natural exudation from either trees, the fruits of trees or from parasitic insects that feed on trees. It seems appropriate that they also produce the best finishes for wood. The color, density, hardness, brittleness and durability range greatly….

Club Raffles

Raffles provide opportunities for members and guests to obtain products like tools, accessories, books, etc. as well as add funds to the club treasury. Raffles of various tools and accessories usually run for 3 month intervals. Raffle items are either purchased by the club or donated by vendors.  If you have an item you would…

Newsletters

September 2015 Newsletter For the first time in a while, we had a speaker at our August meeting. Bernd Krause gave a wonderful presentation on the history of the mountain dulcimer, complete with sample replicas of each instrument. The newsletter included a page of images from our 2015 New York State Fair demonstration and included…

Scrollsaw Resources

SWWA has an active Scrolling Interest Group.  There are several websites that are useful for scrollers.  They are summarized below. * The Art Factory – Website of Dirk and Karen Boelman where you will find a wide variety of scroll saw patterns, intarsia patterns, scroll saw blades, clock parts, velvet board and other supplies that…

Ornament Sales

Our lives are often focused on making a living and taking care of our family.  Eventually, most recognize the need to give back to the community.  How can woodworkers give back to the community and focus that effort on the kids, our future?  In 2006, Barbara Raymond-LaPrease, president of the Sawdust & Woodchips Woodworking Association…

Wood Identification & Wood Vendors

Understanding the wood you are using can be helpful, especially when applying finishes. Below are some links to sites that will help you understand your wood.  Vendors of wood could be local or elsewhere.  Here are links to vendors of wood, some local to the Central New York area and several mail order.  Buying local…

Links of Interest for Woodworkers

Members of SWWA frequent many different vendors to obtain wood, tools, blades, finishes, patterns, and other supplies to complete projects.  Some members frequent forums, blogs, and other community resources to learn from others.  Others like print media and subscribe to traditional magazines.  Whatever your delight, link to these resources have been compiled for your easy…

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