IMG_0183 Gary Bartrim

From Gary Bartrim

Here are some of the 25 Charcuterie Boards that I have made for Family & Friends, this dark one I brought home from Mexico (barley fit in suitcase).  The wood is Birch from Prince George, Maple & Fir from the SS Coast.

Bowls Without a Lathe

By Patrick Crawford check out his you tube video below

Contact Patrick at pjcrawford1@gmail.com for more info.

Carole Rothman now has two books on making scroll saw bowls:

  • Wooden Bowls from the Scroll Saw: 28 Useful and Surprisingly Easy-to-Make Projects, published in 2009

  • Scroll Saw Wooden Bowls, Revised & Expanded Edition: 30 Useful & Surprisingly Easy-to-Make, published in 2019

Both are available through either Amazon.ca or Fox Chapel Publishing (www.foxchapelpublishing.com).

You may also want to check out Carole's book on making very unique scroll saw boxes. I have made a few boxes from the book as presents and they have been very well received.

  • Creative Wooden Boxes from the Scroll Saw. 28 Useful & Surprisingly Easy-to-Make Projects

I've also been asked for more information on Weldbond Glue. Here is the link to their website -https://www.weldbond.com/. It is available at GBS, Rona, Home Hardware, and Home Depot.


On The Sunshine Coast British Columbia

SW Guilds' Annual 2020 Toys and gifts for Families

Hello all - This year's Toys & Gifts program was another successful year with 110 gifts made!  An extra thank you to the T&G committee, Ken Walker for distributing the wood, helping with any milling to be done and lending his overall woodcrafting expertise, as well as Dan Chercover for handling all the administrative duties, coordinating with Sunshine Coast Community Services (including some Covid protocol hiccups along the way) and making sure that all the gifts got to Community Services.  I also wish to thank Rick and Dee Budd for helping with the setup at Community Services and especially Dee for photographing all of the gifts.  But I especially want to thank all of you who made gifts and contributed your time and expertise.  Well done, everyone!

Pictured are Catherine Leach, Executive Director and Lynn Mackay who was our main contact at Community Services along with Dan Chercover. Photo by (Dee)

(Note stand by for more information to be announced on the out come of future meetings)

Here is a message from the SW Guild President

Hi All - School District 46 and the SCRD has taken steps to reduce public gatherings.  Therefore Guild meetings are cancelled until further notice.  The following link is one that I have found most helpful in explaining why we need to self-isolate.  This is really worth watching.


Nonetheless, we are fortunate to be woodworkers on the Sunshine Coast.  First, we are fortunate to have great hobbies to work on indoors in 'self-isolation'.  These are opportunities to improve our woodworking skills and have the satisfaction of making things that are functional, creative and beautiful.
Second, the heath care authorities have encouraged us to get out of doors as it is one of the safest places you can be.  We live in a beautiful place to take advantage of parks and hiking trails or even just go for a walk in your neighborhood.  See this link:
Third, it is important to stay in touch with others.  Being in self-isolation does
not mean being lonely and depressed. Call a fellow Guild member to see what they are building, say thank you and give a word of encouragement to a healthcare worker you know, call or email family and friends.
One other word of advice is don't listen to or watch too much news!  Watch enough to stay informed but dwelling on it is not a good thing.  Instead, watch a woodworking video and make something!
Best regards,
Dan Horner
President, Suncoast Woodcrafters Guild

                  Subject: 2020 2x4 Challenge

  • See some of the members 2x4 projects in the Web Page




SW Guild Member Tim Dayton

Made four bird houses and three bird feeders. They were pre-made, drilled, etc. Disassembled, packed up with nails, hanger hook, wire and assembly instructions. (Glue advised but not included). They are a ‘U-Build’ and intended as a family project to include the children in the build and then the observations of the nature around them. Maybe some will also get a creative paint job.



Jonathan Weintraub’s 2020 T&G project - two similar treasure boxes

I wanted to make something that a young child could use for as long as the box lasts. The wood is 5/16-inch white ash. White ash is being decimated by the Emerald Ash Borer. I am lucky to have this wood. It was harvested ten-years ago from borer-free trees.

I love boxes and have been working on procedures to repeatably make a decent box. This effort has mitered corners, a teeny rabbet on the bottom edges to accept a 5/32-inch bottom, and two different top designs. The first top is a glue up. It is easy to build and fits nicely, but it is heavy and awkward. The second has a rabbet. It is much more difficult to produce. I used the table saw and cleaned up with a rabbet plane. For some reason, the short grain cuts were deeper than the long grain. I was not able to make them “perfect.” I like the second box better. It is more delicate with the thinner lid profile. It also has better acoustic properties if the user decides to bang on it.

The sides are cut from a single 2-inch slat. First rabbet the whole slat, then cut the lengths using a table saw sled, keeping the order to match the grain. Then I cut the miter using a 45-degree jig for the sled. I have an old used Craftsman table saw. The blade does not tilt well. It feels like the crank may break as the blade approaches 45-degrees. I inspected and cleaned the mechanism to no avail. The jig works well since I added a T-track and a hold down.

I studied measurement, precision, accuracy, repeatability, and calibration in engineering school but have not formally put them into practice until now because my career was in software and telecommunications. Now I appreciate how important those concepts are – translation: “I hate precision and accuracy.”

A big thanks to Dan Horner for advising that you can use tape for the side glue up. It works well so long as you use a right-angle jig to ensure the box stays square. Different tape tension can bring the box out of square. I glue in the bottom after the sides glue up is dry. I have not tried
gluing the sides and bottom at the same time.

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