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Calling all Central Florida Woodworkers #1: Let's start something in Volusia County!

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Blog entry by emetric posted 217 days ago 1135 reads 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Ok so while scouring the internet for all things woodworking, I noticed that there are clubs all over but nothing here in Volusia County. I have inquired about clubs with no success, last year someone posted something about a possible club but I got no response to my inquiry. I would really like to get this going, I am not asking for money or anything like that just looking to build a community of like minded folks. I really enjoy the fellowship and vast resources of this site. I would like to build something here in Volusia\Seminole County that can be seen as a resource. I have become friends with a few woodworkers here in my area and we are looking forward to growing our local network. I know that we have some woodworkers here in this and the surrounding areas, so if you are interested let me know. You can inquire with a comment to this blog or a private message. I look forward to getting something going in our area. I will continue to add to this blog to keep any interested in the club up to date on our progress.

-- "One often meets his destiny on the road he takes to avoid it." Master Oogway



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Vrtigo1

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#1 posted 217 days ago

You know I am interested. I may not be able to contribute much but I would love to see something with monthly meetings for folks to show off their projects. I know there is a guild that meets at Woodcraft in Orlando but it’s quite a haul for me to get over there so I haven’t checked it out.

One other thing I found recently while doing some research is FamiLab (Google it). I don’t know if they are 100% focused on tech but I know some of the other community hackerspaces also have machine and/or wood shops, so that would be cool. If they had a wood shop I might buy a membership.

Not to get too off topic, but another thought I had was about building a local wood “hackerspace”. From my perspective, a shop in the garage is OK but you will never have enough room and you’ll never have all the tools you want. I found that kind of discouraging when doing projects because I would often find myself knowing the right way to do something but ending up compromising a project either because I didn’t have the tool I needed or enough space to get organized, etc etc. The thought I had was to get some like minded guys together and lease some low cost warehouse space where everyone could bring tools. Sort of pool resources, then anyone that was a member could come and use anything there, work on projects together, etc. I don’t know about you but I always enjoy doing something more when I have others to work with. Anyway, it might just be a pipe dream, but I think if we got 5-10 guys that were interested we could make it happen. I talked to my brother in law who is an attorney and he said he could help set up a non-profit for liability reasons and draw up a membership agreement that would ensure everyone’s stuff stays theirs and wouldn’t be mistreated.

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stefang

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#2 posted 216 days ago

I wouldn’t want to discourage anyone from starting a local woodworking club and enjoying the fellowship that entails, but I think that LJ is the best woodworking club around. This not meant as a criticism, but the only thing that LJ seems to lack is the physical contact (ok, I know that is funny, but you know what I mean).

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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emetric

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#3 posted 216 days ago

I think that LJ’s is awesome! There are not many days that go by that I don’t visit. When we get this going membership on this site will be strongly encouraged.

-- "One often meets his destiny on the road he takes to avoid it." Master Oogway

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Xyloid_Curt

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#4 posted 214 days ago

I am interested. It would be great to meet more wood workers.

-- Xyloid Curt www.etsy.com/shop/xyloidcreations

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Bigromo

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#5 posted 170 days ago

I am from VA but my girlfriend and I bought a place in Edgewater last March, and I am moving a bunch of my stuff down 11/16 weekend. I had purchased a whole shop full of machines over time but was working too much to set it up here in VA, but am planning on getting into it when down in FL. Since I only have a garage down there, I am limited on what I can bring for now-but a bringing a lathe and a bandsaw plus some other tools to let me do some projects in the limited space I have for now-like routers, etc. I would love to find other like minded folks in my area, so include me on any meet up invites after the 17th of November. I travel a lot for work, so I may or may not be around depending on when it is.

-- Bigromo

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WoodChuckPO

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#6 posted 148 days ago

We have a woodworking club in the Port Orange – Daytona Beach area called the Volusia Woodworker’s Guild

It began a year ago. We now have 62 members. Usually, we have about 15 – 20 members at any one meeting (the first Thursday of every month). This is an eclectic group. We have carvers, turners, scroll saw enthusiasts, craft makers, furniture makers, and general woodworking craftsman/craftswomen.

If you have a passion (or a developing interest) for woodworking, come and join us! At our meetings we share project ideas, woodworking skills, and stories of woodworking success and failures. The Volusia Woodworker’s Guild (VWG) has no dues and is open to novices and experts alike. Some members have substantial home workshops, while others have just a few tools and limited space in a garage or shed. What counts is enthusiasm for woodworking. Our December 5th meeting will feature a demonstration, “Sharpening plane irons, chisels, and scrapers.” There is always a woodworking education segment at our meetings.

We meet at my home (and woodworking shop): 5961 Broken Bow Lane, Port Orange, FL 32127.
Call Chuck Henderson for more information: 386-492-6650.

-- Chuck, Port Orange, Florida

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Bigromo

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#7 posted 102 days ago

I am very glad to see there is a club nearby me, and with various types of woodworkers as I have diverse interests and don’t want to just join a turning club, or one where people do flat work. I love wood, it’s beauty waiting to be unlocked with everything from oil finishes, carving workpiece accents, inlays, and standard flat work, etc. It’s good to be exposed to so much diversity and I can promise you I will stop by the Volusia guild-am sorry I just saw this tonight as I’ve already missed this months, and I may not be able to make February due to a previous commitment, but I will try. Thank you VERY much for the info and I look forward to it.

If Vrtigo1 sees this post, I was also quite interested in seeing his interest in a communal group of some people to share a workspace and equipment. I am quite interested in this, but am not sure how far from Edgewater he others who might be interested in it area, as I wouldn’t want it too far from me as I couldn’t get there much then. But I have quite a shop full of brand new equipment that has never even been plugged in that I’ve accumulated over the last 10 years to build a nice shop and actually have a 1700 sqft shop I built at my place in VA before moving here-but I never got it going and everything sits in the boxes. I have mostly Grizzly equipment, 20” spiral 5hp planer, 8” 3hp spiral joiner, 12” 5hp cabinet saw, shaper, orbital sanders, 18” 3hp bandsaw with 19” throat for resawing or milling logs, mortise machine, and a large variety of routers, tables, work benches, chop saws, all sorts of gadgets I’ve accumulated looking towards a nice shop some day, most still new in the box as I did nothing but work while up in VA and could never get around to making it happen due to my crazy work schedule. I will have more time while here, but still crazy schedule as Im a consultant who travels short notice, but I work for myself now and will make time to have more of a life and enjoy it. But here I was only able to bring down my lathe and a small bandsaw and a few things like routers, hand tools, small table saw and chop saw, but I would love to find a place to set it up and share it with a few people sharing a common workspace. I can’t bring it down until this fall at earliest, but it would probably take at least that long to get to know a few who may be interested and explore it, so I’m open to that. I have been seriously considering trying to buy an inexpensive piece of land in Oak Hill or somewhere nearby and just build a nice shop on it. So many ideas to explore and consider. I can’t message directly yet as I am so new here I haven’t accumulated the posts required but I plan on messaging him directly when I can. In the mean time, I will make a note on my calendar and make either the Feb or Mar 2014 Volusia guild meetings. Thanks for the ideas and feedback guys. I look forward to meeting you all at some point.

-- Bigromo

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WoodChuckPO

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#8 posted 102 days ago

Hi Bigromo,

While our meetings are usually the first Thursday of the month, the January 2014 meeting was moved to the 2nd Thursday (January 9th) due to the holiday. The educational session for that meeting is on the router table. As always, there will be lots of “show and tell” (members showing their latest projects and discussing what worked and didn’t work. I hope you can make it.

Chuck

-- Chuck, Port Orange, Florida

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Bigromo

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#9 posted 101 days ago

Wow
Awesome I may be able to and will try my best to make it. Its a tough week for work but maybe withit being late in the week I can get caught up to where I can knock off to make it. Lookingforward to it. Many thanks for invite and update on this months change.

-- Bigromo

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emetric

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#10 posted 97 days ago

Just reporting back that I attended the meeting in Port Orange and from what I can tell this is a fantastic group of folks and I had a great time! I look forward to the next meeting.

-- "One often meets his destiny on the road he takes to avoid it." Master Oogway

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Bigromo

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#11 posted 96 days ago

I wasn’t feeling well and couldn’t-but will try my best to make the next-
Looking forward to meeting all- see you soon.

-- Bigromo

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