2017-09-10 Monthly Meeting

Sept. 10, 2017 – North Woodside Community Center, 230 Pleasant, Dartmouth

25 members.   Welcome to 3 guests, John Green & Greg Porter of Model Shipbuilders,and Steve LeBlanc from Expressions of Wood.  Call to order by chair at 7:10

Business & Reminders

Welcome guests.  Review of agenda.

  • Review of Minutes
  • Reports, if any
  • Business Arising
  • Member Presentation
  • New Business
  • Show and tell


MOTION:  Accept agenda as presented made by Stephen Parsons.

MOVED: Guy Lanctot              SECONDED: Gary Dumas


There was a request from the floor to move meeting time to slightly earlier. 

MOTION:  Adjust meeting time to doors at 6:30, meeting at 7:45

MOVED: Sheila Eddy               SECONDED: Mary Elizabeth O’Toole


Business Arising

  • Follow-up on question about Bravery Bead boxes from last meeting. Stephen contacted IWK and they are really pleased with boxes / bags received as it is the first time that they have had any cases for the children.  No need for more supply at this time but we will keep in touch.
  • Stephen gave update on plans for Graham McColluch plaque for library and suggested dedication in October. Graham will be away in October so this will be done in November.
  • The AWA Banner has been lost – last seen at Lee Valley for workshops with youth groups but currently missing. Might need to be replaced.  If we need new banner, Walt has offered to find best rate.
  • Tom Servaes gave update on new Halifax Maker Space facility in Bedford on Rocky Lake Rd. AWA will look for opportunities to partner with Maker Space and Tool library.  Brad is already offering a 5-week took club for woodworkers.
  • Gary recommended visiting McFaddens for some good prices on wood. It is located on Wright Ave near Busy Bee


This month, Darrell Hamilton spoke about bench planes with a focus on metal planes.  He gave us tips for selecting, restoring and maintaining planes and shared some of his very extensive collection.

He brought a wide range of sizes and styles from Stanley and Stanley-Bailey and described the common or general application of each. 

Uses fall into the three main functions of a hand plane:

  1. Hog off lots of material relatively quickly (usually at 45o angle)
  2. Make board straight (in combination with jointer
  3. Smooth surface


  • For collecting, look for original finish
  • Planes that might not be worth restoring might be good for extra parts for ones that can be
  • Recommended reading for all things Stanley is the comprehensive resource Antique & Collectible Stanley Tools: Guide to Identity & Value by John Walter

Darrell also offered to answer any questions or offer guidance on restoration.

Show and Share  

Several members shared work that they had done over the summer

  • Mary Elizabeth presented her 2×4 challenge book shelf with wooden books
  • Julie shared examples of her hobbit door memory books
  • Guy brought a clothing rack his wife had requested. He also shared a maple and cherry cutting board with an inlay.  He found ideas for the latter project on YouTube and recommends that anyone who wants to try the project use a gentle curve for best results
  • Doug showed a jig he has created and a stool top he has made in response to request for his wife. He requested some input for suggestions on size and style of legs suitable for the project and there were a number of ideas
  • Gary showed a piece of maple raw edge material that Tony brought to donate. Initially, he thought that it might be good as an alternative for the 50/50 prize but Gary suggested saving it as one of the door prizes at Christmas event.  Thanks to Tony for this donation – it will be a great incentive to drive ticket sales for the Salvation Army raffle.
  • Gary also shared two urn boxes that he made by request, which required him to look into the correct sizes for this project.
  • Greg brought a frame made of maple with splines in the corner for contrast. He made a special jig to help the project
  • Graham showed a cane that Ted made for him – actually a replacement for the original, also made by Ted, that ‘disappeared’ at Cosco. This version made with walnut with a cherry and blackwood shaft. Graham has his name and contact info engraved on this one, just in case.
  • Don Shubaly shared a pizza peel. He made a number of them during the summer

Other Business

There was no 50/50 draw this month because tickets were locked in the library

Next Meeting / Challenge

Oct 10   –  Presentation: Maritime Model Ship Builders

CHALLENGE:  Use a plane

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