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Gene Vasquez passed away on Tuesday, February 11th

Gene Vasquez
Gene was a generous and kind hearted friend to woodworkers from all over Central Texas. He treated his woodworking buddies as his family. When asked for help he would drop whatever he was working on to help his friends. His shop was the focal point of many hours spent with his friends teaching and making a large array of projects. Some of the items were for “Safe Place” here in Austin. Some of those projects for children were cars, picnic tables, play house, wooden kitchen appliances and chairs. The Georgetown rescue shelter for animals benefited from the use of his shop and expertise. Owl boxes have been made for another animal shelter “Wildlife Rescue” in Austin. Gene’s quick wit and sunny disposition will be missed by one and all.

May meeting – Show and Tell

At this months meeting we had a few show a tell items which we have photos of to share with all. These were for two separate projects:
1) Knock-down Cradle:
The cradle was made by Ron Spradley for his first grandchild/granddaughter, Farren. The cradle knocks down with the removal of diagonal pegs at each end and the feet are removed via wingnuts through bolts. The cradle then can be packed into a custom carrying case, and taken whenever needed. It then easily is put back together by adding the feet back to the base, adding an end and the two sides, which fit through mortise and tenon joints and affixed via the pegs. The plans came for the cradle came from the September 2007 issue #178 of Wood Magazine
Knock-down Cradle

2) Coffee table made from turn of the century toolbox:
The coffee table was a custom commissioned project which required welding up of a metal stand… and while not TECHNICALLY a “wood project” it was for a very interesting and very old wooden toolbox. Matt Schreiner welded up the custom stand to fit the toolbox with a MIG welder out of 1″ square tube, diagonally braced for each leg, with small feet attached. The metal was then ground and painted with flat black professional acrylic rustolium and delivered to the client in South Austin.
Toolbox Coffee Table
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Owl Box Building Day – Sunday, April 28th @ Bills

The group has had a request for more Owl Boxes. Bill has graciously offered to host again, so we will be gathering at his place on Sunday, April 28th… say at around 10am. We are hoping to build around 20 boxes.

I’ll send out a reminder as the date draws closer, but if anyone is interested in helping with the build that’s when we’ll be aiming to do it. :)

Owl Boxes building party

At the last meeting Owl boxes were discussed again and Bill Archer has agreed to host another Owl Box workday at his shop this Saturday (July 7) starting at 9:00 am. If you cannot attend this one there may be another scheduled in the month of July.

At the last workday for this worthy cause, we completed some boxes but the work was slowed greatly by having to edge glue boards to create stock wide enough for the boxes and waiting for the glue to dry.

At the last meeting, Ron Spradley let us know that he had obtained a supply of used fence boards and has been spending quite a bit of his time gluing them into wider stock suitable for owl boxes. He estimates that he has enough glued stock to complete about 20 more Owl Boxes. This will allow us to complete the boxes at a much faster rate than previously. I encourage all members to come and join us.

Many thanks to Ron for giving us a jump start on completing the boxes.