Professionals and Amateurs Together

Beginner Intermediate (BIG) Plans

January 24, 2016
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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!

Bob Wyatt

Be Aware of Scammers
Answering These Ads!

Please be aware that there is a scammer answering these ads. Be careful!!!!

I recommend that you only take CASH or checks from people you know. Very little of the stuff that is advertised is so rare or such a great deal that someone would hire an “agent” to ship it.




If you are selling something online, as a business or through classifieds ads, you may be targeted by an overpayment scam.

The scammer will contact you, make you an offer—often quite generous—then make payment through credit card or cheque. They will be for an amount that is greater than the agreed price.

The scammer will contact you with an apology for the overpayment, offering a fake excuse. The scammer might tell you that the extra money was included to cover agent’s fees or extra shipping costs. Or they may just say they simply made a mistake when writing the cheque.

The scammer will then ask you to refund the excess amount or they will ask for you to forward the amount through to a third party. They will ask for this to through an online banking transfer, pre-loaded money card, or a wire transfer such as Western Union. You then discover that their cheque has bounced or the credit card had been a stolen or fake card.

A newer variation on this scam involves online sales, usually through classified sites, where the scammer pretends to have made a payment for a larger than agreed amount through services such as PayPal by sending a fake receipt of payment. The scammer will claim that the money is being held until you forward on the extra money.

If you send any money, you will not get it back. If you have already sent the ‘sold’ item you will lose this as well. At the very least, the scammer will have wasted your time and prevented you from accepting any legitimate offers on your sale.

I just wanted other Sellers to be careful as I see some valuable machines for sale here.