Torque demos... #1: A day on the mountain...

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Blog entry by degoose posted 07-16-2011 11:01 PM 1497 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Got up early yesterday and headed up the mountain to Toowoomba… what lovely place… cold, windy and wet but still a lovely place.

Took the TWC up to the Toowoomba Woodcrafters Club at their clubhouse/workshop located in the Showgrounds for a Demo…what a turn out.. over 40 folks turned up from all over to see the TWC… nice to have a group genuinely interested enough for quite a few to travel up to 2 hours to attend. There were members from the Laidley and Pittsworth clubs there as well as a couple from the Triton Owners Club of Toowoomba who have a workshop just nearby…

As usual did not get the camera [read i-Phone 4] out until half the guys had left… but kinda busy at the beginning… and then busy eating the BBQ lunch supplied… being in the mountains certainly gives you an appetite…

Ok… here are the pics.

Just a few of the general lay out of the workshop.

As you can see we were all rugged up.. got up to 10 degrees Celsius and then it rained…

Did quite a few different operations with the TWC. The usual … dressing a slab…. cutting a circle … pin routing…. trenching…. and

copying….Here we have Aaron with Stella…... we made a random shape on the bandsaw and then used the copy attachment to replicate the design on a bit of melamine…

Stella, who is an artist, liked it so much she had Aaron sign it…

We also made a picture frame… when I get a copy of the pic I will post…

I took up the jig for drilling angled holes for wine bottle balancers along with several blanks cut from Camphor…After drilling the holes, these were given to various members of the clubs as souvenirs ….That went over a treat…

So back down the mountain… just over 400 KM round trip…. a wonderful day spent with some fantastic woodworkers… all in all …. what life is all about…

That’s all for now from the wandering demonstrator…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

11 comments so far

View lew's profile


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#1 posted 07-16-2011 11:04 PM

If this keeps up, you’re going to be famous, Larry!!!


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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Jim Bertelson

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#2 posted 07-16-2011 11:14 PM

Good Show, Larry.

So I goes and looks up Toowomba on the Encarta Atlas…....1900 feet. In about 2/3 of this state, that is about the tree line. Of course, we have a number of peaks approaching 20,000 feet…..all glaciers up there.

Then “Among the chief manufactures are butter, cheese, beer, flour, and lumber”.

Not sure what I would do with the flour…...maybe some beer bread for the butter…....(-:

That Torques Work Center still has my eye. Let’s see how I settle out in La Conner…..might be a good place for one…..........

Thanks for the description and pics, lot of fun for us folk teetering on the top of the world…............

Alaska Jim

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#3 posted 07-16-2011 11:30 PM


You know, if you keep this up you just might sell one or two of these things! What are they called again? ;-)

Besides that very long drive, I can think of no better way of spending a day.


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#4 posted 07-16-2011 11:31 PM

looks like a great time larry..i like the beard …im also in a hair growing mode right now…will be a little longer before i catch up though, i love the work the twc does…if i was going to make my living from wood work, i would have one for sure…good luck with all your doing…grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#5 posted 07-16-2011 11:53 PM

Very mice trip Larry. Looks like some bundled up people.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

View Grumpy's profile


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#6 posted 07-17-2011 12:52 AM

Plenty of wood near Toowoomba Larry, did you pinch a bit?.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#7 posted 07-17-2011 01:40 AM

A trip to Australia would be enough, woodworking too?? Too much!!!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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Sam Shakouri

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#8 posted 07-17-2011 02:40 AM

Iew, Larry IS famous right now!
Without any doubt you had a great time, Larry.
Toowoomba reminded me with funny story when the government of Australia tried a year or so ago to use Toowoomba as first town to recycle sewerage water into drinkable water. A councillor from Toowoomba, opposing the idea, said ” Then we have to change the name of our town into Poowoomba”

-- Sam Shakouri / CREATING WONDERS WITH WOOD.....Sydney,Australia....

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#9 posted 07-17-2011 02:52 AM

Looks good, Larry.

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#10 posted 07-17-2011 07:58 AM

It looks like you had fun.

I also look like that it was cold. I see a lot of thick jackets.

Thanks for the pics.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#11 posted 07-17-2011 11:36 AM

Good one Sam, Haven’t heard that before.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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