March 2013 Meeting – Vacuum Presses

Our March meeting will give us a chance to see the differences between at least two types of vacuum presses. Jim Torrence recently bought a system that uses a hand pump, and will bring his latest project that he used it on – a hall table with a bent wood lamination curved front. Tom Dolese has a VacuPress system that he uses for Jennifer’s beautiful marquetry and for veneering. There are at least two other club members with systems in their shops, so we should have a good discussion and hopefully a demonstration or two. It will be interesting to compare the low-tech system to the professional system.

February 2013 Meeting – Burlington Library

Our February meeting program will consist of three parts (note the date change to Monday Feb 11th and the location change to the Burlington Library.) First, don’t forget to bring your latest President’s Challenge projects to share; any item for the kitchen (but not the kitchen sink! It has to be made of wood!) Second, what did you get in the way of tools for Christmas? Share your latest cool tools with the rest of us. And finally, have you ever made a WOODWORKING MISTAKE? This month, we will provide a panel of “experts” to look at project mistakes, make recommendations for how to correct the problems and lead a membership discussion on fixes to the problems. We all make mistakes, and these can actually help us improve our woodworking. Have you ever heard the term “design opportunity?” Bring that mistake to the meeting, or if you’ve already burned it, just describe it to us.

Spring 2013 Shop Tour

The date for the Spring Shop Tour has been set for Saturday, March 16. This shop tour will feature shops in the Bellingham area. Stay tuned for more details.

Announcement – February Meeting Change

The February meeting has been moved from Tuesday, February 5th to Monday, February 11th. The meeting will take place at the Burlington Public Library. Stay tuned for more details.

January 2013 Meeting – Tony Konovaloff, Cabinetmaker

Our first meeting in 2013 (note the date change from January 1st to January 8th) will be an interesting demonstration and discussion on hand plane techniques and sharpening by former NCWA member and author Tony Konovaloff. Tony has been creating furniture and cabinet projects since 1986 and decided very early in his woodworking career to do all his work strictly with hand tools. Initially, he was self-taught, but eventually had the opportunity to attend the College of the Redwoods in Ft. Bragg, CA. His handmade tool cabinet (pictured below) was featured in “The Toolbox Book” by Jim Tolpin. In addition to Tony’s demonstration and discussion, he plans to bring joinery samples, an example of his work, and copies of his book “Chisel, Mallet, Plane and Saw” for those interested in purchasing it. For more information, see Tony’s website: