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…

Memorial Day coverage

Guild President Dale Neff sent out a news release to the local media about the urn project we are doing in cooperation with the folks over at the Tampa Woodworkers Club, and it got some coverage. It was appropriate on Memorial Day, and we hope that this will help further our efforts.  Here’s a quick summary:

A collection of completed urns

The Huffington Post

WTSP-TV Channel 10

The Boston Herald

Congratulations to our members and those from across the Bay in Tampa for their hard work, and thank you for what you do.


Get your May edition of Offcuts!

Yes, the May 2013 edition of Offcuts is out and ready for reading. Take a gander at this month’s offerings to see more about:

The May 2013 edition of Offcuts

  • Our 2 x 4 contest – the one with the June meeting deadline – is fast approaching!  Get your entry ready soon.
  • How members Jay Marino and Bill Murphy are going to demystify the lock miter bit at our next meeting.
  • Why special interest groups are a good thing, and how you can become part of one.
  • How thinking you can earn a fortune by woodworking may be a little bit pie in the sky for most of us.

We look forward to seeing you at this Saturday’s picnic!


Woodworking Safety Day

Today is Woodworking Safety Day. Each year, online woodworking dynamo Marc Spagnuolo of the Wood Whisperer site holds this event to remind woodworkers around the country – and the world – about the importance of shop safety.

Woodworking Safety Day 2013

Oh, boy, here we go again. The same tired talk our shop teachers used to give us back in high school or the mantra Norm Abram used to recite before he got to the good stuff on the New Yankee Workshop.

Yeah, that may be the case. But, it’s critical that we don’t lose sight of the importance of shop safety – even if it is for only one day a year. We have no problem thinking about tools, projects and techniques the rest of the year, so consider this a small investment in making your experience a more pleasant one.

Safe woodworking is a mustWhile this could easily become an event where the latest and greatest safety gadgets and gee-gaws are hawked, the most important safety device you bring to the shop is already between your ears. Take the time out to think before you cut.  Is the work properly secured? Are my hands going to get too close to the blade?  Did I put the safety gear back on the tool just in case something happens?

Just a few seconds of preparation can save days, weeks or even months of recovery later. Remember, woodworking is a great, enjoyable pastime… it shouldn’t be practice for your local paramedic.

Check out Marc’s site to see the safety entries that have been written today. No doubt you will find a nugget of safety information that may make the difference in y our shop.