I've met with Matt Wajda, our BIG host to discuss our plans for the immediate future.  

We have agreed to complete the current project to support those who are building it and pickup where we left off in October.  

It's important to understand that even if you aren't interested in the current project or feel it may be beyond your ability, the BIG meetings aren't about the project, they are about the "nuggets" of information or "tricks" you learn through the building of the project that can be applied to any project at any level.  It could be a jig Matt used to make a specific cut or how he approaches sharpening a tool or even the safety discussions we have about the use of machinery.  These are all building blocks or "nuggets" as I like to call them that you can store away in the back of you mind and call up when you need them.  These "nuggets" have been the food I have consumed in my journey as a woodworker and I wouldn't be where I am today had I not focused on collecting ":nuggets" regardless of the project.

Feb meeting: final fitting of the case and fit the door
April meeting: Knife hinge installation
June meeting: Glue up case and hang doors

Other future BIG topics ideas Matt and I discussed….

  • Lumber yard field trip (how to select the lumber you need for a project and lumber yard etiquette)
  • Drop leaf tables and rule joints and drop leaf hinge installation
  • Wood surface prep and hand applied finishes
  • Machine use and safety
  • Shop machine maintenance & tuning
  • Hand tool sharpening and use

We plan a BIG member survey in the near future to find out what your specific interests are.

See you on February 5th!


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