Hello Member. Here is your July 2018 issue of Wood Chips, the Central Florida Woodworkers Guild Newsletter.

Upcoming Events

By Joe Kunzman

July 12, 2018

Craftsman Style Furniture by Nancy Hiller

Nancy will be visiting us again this year. This time she will discuss the Craftsman Style Furniture movement as it played out in the UK and the US. She will be talking about her recently published book on the subject.

Regular Monthly Meeting at 7pm at: Woodcraft, 8155 South US Highway 17-92, Fern Park, FL 32730

August 9, 2018

Laser Engraving
Woodcraft will give a presentation on laser engraving on wood. They will discuss the machines and software used to engrave and how to prepare your images. The process will be demonstrated on the laser engraver they use at the store.

Regular Monthly Meeting at 7pm at: Woodcraft, 8155 South US Highway 17-92, Fern Park, FL 32730

September 13, 2018

Laquer Spray Finishing by Barry Reiter

The presentation will include a discussion of the different lacquer products and the basics of spraying lacquer on a budget.

Regular Monthly Meeting at 7pm at: Woodcraft, 8155 South US Highway 17-92, Fern Park, FL 32730

September 15, 2018

SketchUp Special lnterest Group (SIG) meeting
Learn the ins and outs of SketchUp, a popular 3D drawing program ideally suited for woodworking. If you are a beginner and didn't make our first meeting, not to worry. This next meeting Mike Kozikowski will be modeling a cabinet in SketchUp from beginning to end. This is a great opportunity to learn SketchUp from the ground up. Bring your laptop to follow along with Mike. Contact Joe Kunzman for more information.

From 9am to noon at Fugleberg Koch Architects, 2555 Temple Trail, Winter Park, FL 32789.
We are currently looking for presenters for the regular monthly meetings next year. The 2018 program year is completely booked. We have had to rely on outside presenters for most of 2018, due to lack of volunteers. Our Guild has many talented members, including yourself. Please volunteer to make a presentation in 2019. The first few to step forward can even choose their month. No excuses, we just had a presentation on "Effective Presentation Skills" two meetings ago. Besides, you have plenty of time to prepare. Need ideas...ask us.

Please contact Joe Kunzman or Bill Boehm at:

President's Message

By Craig Aebli
As a member of the woodworking guild for nearly 20 years now, I have seen a lot and have learned a lot of woodworking. I believe we may be in a kind of golden age of woodworking where there are more opportunities for learning and more types of woodworking going on than ever before. The digital age has allowed us to access more information at our fingertips than we can possibly process in time we have amongst our daily routines. There are more woodworking programs and schools available than ever before. The only thing that may be lacking are the traditional apprenticeships that new woodworkers were exposed to in order to learn the craft.

The Central Florida Woodworkers Guild has an opportunity the bridge the gap between online learning and hands on mentorship that can impart valuable knowledge about woodworking. We as a group cannot replace a traditional apprenticeship program, but we can at least assist new woodworkers in learning the skills to become more proficient. I hope our more experienced members will be up to the task. Be willing and open to new members who need assistance in learning how to accomplish various tasks.

I think it is essential for our guild to grow and attract the next generation of woodworkers.

This month, we have the honor of having Nancy Hiller speak to us again. She is a professional woodworker and author with extensive experience with the Arts and Crafts movement in England and the US. I am sure you will enjoy her presentation.

Build something great this year!


Treasurer's Report

By Mike Kozikowski
We would like to welcome David Parks as a new member of the guild.

The current balance in the checking account is $5680.03.

Please remember to pick up name badges if you haven't already done so.

Librarian's Corner

By Bill Giesey
Hand Applied Finishes - Jeff Jewitt

Jeff Jewitt is well known for his finishing and he gives a good summary of the different types of finishes available. The DVD has two parts: One discusses coloring wood and the second talks about protective coating for the wood. His demonstrations are well thought out and he shows what different types of finishes have on different types of wood. His coloring section includes both stains and chemical coloring (editorial comment: Chemicals can be hazardous to your health). The section on protective coating includes a wide variety of finishes.

Secretary's Meeting Minutes

By Michael Gove

June 14, 2018 Meeting Minutes

  • 7:03 pm Meeting start, Craig Aebli conducting.
  • Tonight's program is the making of a china closet using sketchup by Mike Kozikowski.
  • Next month will be Nancy Hiller - English Arts and Crafts Furniture
  • August program will be Laser Engraving presented by Woodcraft
  • We are having a sketchup training session at Michael Gove's office on Saturday June 16th from 9am to noon for anyone interested in learning something new with the software.
  • Our Super Show & Tell this year will be on Saturday November 10th at Dover Shores Community Center. More details to follow.
  • Our December dinner will be on Thursday December 13th this year. More details to follow.
  • Reminder to get started on your Christmas ornaments for this year's Festival of Trees. Pete's already getting ahead of the rest of you.
  • We will be having saw dust sessions again this fall for making ornaments along with the tree base fundraiser, details to follow in the coming meetings.
  • We are in desperate need for volunteers to fill our board. We still currently have an opening for a newsletter coordinator. Additionally in January both President and Vice-President positions will be left vacant. Not filling these positions could leave our ability to function in jeopardy. Please see Craig or Jana if interested.
  • New member Jacob has joined us, he is looking for help to convert an oak tree that fell into his yard into a solid bench.
  • We are current planning our programs for 2019, if you have a topic that you want to present or if you want to present but don't have a topic, please see Joe K.
  • We were informed that Hale Hernandez, a luthier, is interested in doing a presentation next year.
  • Buy / Sell / Trade
    • David is selling a Delta Planer with spare blades for $300
    • Patrick had a Cordless drill and charger needing a battery he was giving away for free
    • Mike L. has a neighbor giving away milled pine slabs
  • Show & Tell
    • Mike L. presented a rabbit plane he received from Bill B. and reconditioned
    • Josh P. showed photos of Shafer cabinet and some plywood & resin tables he made
      • Shafer cabinet was made with Sapele and was the first time he did panel doors and box joints
      • The resin tops were meant to look like a lake, form was cut with CNC from 1/4" plywood, blue tint was added to the epoxy. Got an interesting surprise as a fly unknowingly flew into the resin in between lifts.
    • Joe K. presented photos of his kitchen cabinets he completed for the home he recently sold.
    • Pete S. started putting us all to shame as he has already completed several Christmas ornaments.
    • David P. showed us a busy board he made for his infant grandsons' road trip.
    • Patrick D. exhibited a music stand he built for his Son-In-Law's sister. The stand was made from fiddle maple and ebony. He's trying to get it published in Fine Woodworking so keep an eye out.

Past Meeting on June 14, 2018 -- Mike Kozikowski

By: Joe Kunzman and Mike Gove

At our June 14 regular meeting Mike Kozikowski showed us a china cabinet that he built for his daughter. The inspiration was a photograph supplied by his daughter. Owing to the size and complexity of the cabinet, the construction took some time; even spanning a house move.

The cabinet was build from walnut solids and veneers. It was build in two parts, a base cabinet and upper glass display, which sits on top without mechanical attachment. Mike used SketchUp to model the cabinet from the photograph. He started by importing the photo into SketchUp, allowing him to gauge the proportions. Then, SketchUp allowed him to work out dimensions and joinery prior to cutting the actual wood. By selectively hiding components, the software allowed him to isolated individual components for detailed cut drawings he could then use in the shop.
Other points Mike discussed included:
  • Used frame and panel construction for cabinet sides
  • 1/4" walnut ply veneer for door panels and sides
  • Joinery included double tenons
  • Dovetails hold the front top rail into the posts
  • Curved center door and drawer
  • Used a template to band saw curved rails on carcass, drawers, and doors
  • Glass upper door and curved rails glued up from stack of veneer with gorilla glue
  • Shelves are adjustable with standard shelf pins
  • Ordered his walnut for the project from Niagara Lumber and had a good experience, part of the order arrived not like he was expecting and their customer service department helped him get what he needed.
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Thank You to our Sponsors

The Guild relies on the generous support of several business sponsors who provide us with meeting space, promotional items, product discounts, and presentations. Please support and thank them on your next visit. Click on any logo, below, to go to their website.

About Us

The Central Florida Woodworkers's Guild was organized in 1980 for the purpose of:
  • Encouraging and promoting the best standards of workmanship and design in the craft of woodworking.
  • Fostering public awareness and appreciation of the woodworking crafts.
  • Aiding our fellow woodworkers by giving counsel freely.

Contact Us

You may contact us by email at contact@cfwg.com or by calling

President - Craig Aebli 407-412-6652
Vice Pres. - Jana Paulsen 407-491-1841
Secretary - Michael Gove 407-342-3895
Treasurer - Mike Kozikowski 352-432-3442
Programs - Joe Kunzman 407-636-1232
Librarian - Bill Giesey 303-601-2835
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