Jim Heavey is coming to town

He is one of the most recognizable faces in the online community, and he’s coming to the Tampa Bay area for a day of instruction.  The guild is proud to announce that Jim Heavey, Contributing Craftsman to Wood Magazine, will be hosting classes at the shop at Infinity Cutting Tools in Oldsmar on Saturday, December 7.

Jim Heavey is coming!Join Jim as he shares some of his favorite tips for embellishing wood projects and laying down a picture perfect finish.

Woodworker in residence Kurt Raschke will demonstrate how he bends project components using a vacuum press, and guild member Andy Gibson demonstrates some of his fancy instrument building techniques.

Registration for this event will be $49.90 per person, with the proceeds helping to defray the cost of this outstanding opportunity.  Click this link to sign up at Infinity Tools!

A harvest of news in September

It’s hard to believe we are coming to the end of September. With the arrival of autumn – and the promise of cooler air and the return of our northern friends – woodworking is about to kick into high gear.

Sept 2013 OffcutsAnd, just in time for our next meeting, get the latest and greatest news from the St. Petersburg Woodcrafters Guild. Here’s what’s in the September Edition of Offcuts:

  • Guild President Dale Neff gets an education on wood eating bugs
  • Why the silent auctions at the guild meetings are benefiting the guild
  • Just what is the Last Minute Elf?

Get this and tons more information in the latest edition of Offcuts.

 

Get your August Offcuts!

Ok, everyone, the August 2013 Offcuts is here for your viewing pleasure.  We are definitely in the middle of the summer, and things are definitely warming up at the Guild.

Aug 2013 OffcutsIn this edition, find out:

  • What’s bugging Guild President Dale Neff
  • How the presentation at the August meeting can help you build the guild build-along project
  • How a donations of tools has helped further the mission of the guild

Oh, and we’ll see you at the August guild meeting!

What’s the plan, man?

One of the most important things that the woodworkers at the St. Petersburg Woodcrafters Guild is a commitment to service. When it comes to service, the guild’s Christmas Toy committee has it hands down. Many of the guild members take the time to build projects for deserving kids.

A gift any child would love...

Over the years, the guild has had a number of plans produced for the committee to build. Perhaps, if you wanted to this year, you might want to try your hand at building some of them.

For your building pleasure, here are links to the plans:

Judging from this list, there are plans for just about every skill level. It’s still early in the year… why not consider building one of these for a deserving kid – whether you know them or not?

 

 

Get your July 2013 Offcuts!

Extra! Extra! Read all about it!  Get your copy of the July 2013 Offcuts!

July 2013 Offcus

In it, you will discover how well the guild members did on their 2 x 4 contest entries and how member Andy Gibson builds his beautiful guitars and ukeleles.

We also have a great second half of the year planned, starting at the July meeting.

  • Get a briefing on some of the most popular woods being used by King of the Woods himself, President Dale Neff
  • Learn about the guild build-along project that starts this month
  • See how the guild is preparing to help with Heritage Village on the caboose and new boat house.

There’s a lot happening, so be sure to find out more!

Get your June 2013 Offcuts

Summer is officially here, and things are heating up at the St. Petersburg Woodcrafters Guild. Want to know the latest?  Check out the June edition of the Offcuts newsletter.

June 2013 OffuctsIn this month’s edition, you will find out:

  • Two (actually three) ways to set up a lock miter bit
  • What the next few programs will be for the guild meetings
  • How your old, unused tools can help make our holiday party a better one
  • What our guild build along project will be

In the meantime, be sure to come to our next guild meeting to see all of the entries into the guild’s 2 x 4 contest.

Andy Gibson gets a handle…

Guild member Andy Gibson has a grip on his woodworking…

Andy needs a bigger hammerOn his sanity… well… at least he believes you need a bigger hammer.

Actually, Andy’s work is superb, especially when it comes to his award winning ukeleles and now his guitars.

Another place that Andy uses his skill is in refurbishing old tools. Guild Vice President Tom Iovino had an old Disston No. 7 rip saw that he had purchased from eBay, and Andy offered to bring it back to life.

Over at Tom’s blog, Andy wrote a two part article about the process – from sharpening the teeth to refitting a brand new handle. You can read them here:

How did Andy do? A picture can say a thousand words…

The newly refurbished saw

Way to go, Andy!  Nice job…