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Woodshop Pen-turning, coin display classes planned

By Rob Schuette, Public Affairs Staff

Looking for a recreational outlet? Like to work with your hands? Try woodworking.

Two classes — pen-turning and coin rack display case — are being offered in April at the Woodshop, building 1133.

John Timm, a volunteer for the Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Woodshop said the pen-turning class involves making a decorative pen from a kit.

PHOTO: Fred Cazzola (left) works on a coin rack display case while John Timm, a Woodshop volunteer, observes. Photo by Wilton Cruz
Fred Cazzola (left) works on a coin rack display case while John Timm, a Woodshop volunteer, observes and is ready to give assistance, if needed. (Photo by Wilton Cruz)

“The Woodshop has all the equipment you need to make the pen,” Timm said. “You will use a lathe to form your pen, wood chisels, sandpaper and two types of wax to create a beautiful pen. We also can help people that have various levels of expertise to ensure they can complete their project.”

The pen kit features hard wood, such as walnut and redwood, along with an ink cartridge, like the more-expensive brands have, he said. Participants will apply a professional gloss-like wax finish on the pen. The finished product is suitable for gift giving.

Preregistration for the course is required. The next pen turning class is Wednesday, April 6 from 5-8 p.m. The $10 fee covers the kit, and the use of the facility/tools.

“You can complete the kit and take it home the same night you make it,” he said.

Timm said classes to make a coin rack display case to hold command coins, such as those military personnel have accumulated during their service, will be offered Thursday, April 14 and Wednesday, April 27 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The $12 fee covers the cost of the wood, and the use of the facility/tools.

People who have served in the military typically have accumulated 30-40 coins, he said. Each coin rack will have four to five rows and can hold 25-30 coins.

The coin rack display case will be made out of walnut and is made with a series of easy-to-do single cuts with a table saw and a router. Participants also can add a nameplate to the coin rack display case, if desired.

“In most cases, coins are awards that represent significant events in an individual’s career and should be displayed with pride,” he said.

Woodshop hours are Tuesdays through Thursdays from 5-8 p.m.

Eligible users include military personnel (active duty, National Guard, Reserve) and their Families, contractors (e.g. LB & B), Department of Defense civilians, and retired military personnel.

They can attend a class or work on a separate project. A nominal fee is charged for use of the shop other than classes.
Appointments are required for classes and can be made by calling 608-388-6588.

Available equipment includes hand tools, portable hand power tools, equipment to included table saw, jointer, table router, planer, band saw, radial arm saw, panel saw, drum and disk sander, drill press, and miter saw.

Other tools available are electric drills, gig saws, hand sanders, routers, and circular saws; and hand tools, such as “C” clamp, sand paper, crosscut saw, square, hand drill, and planers.

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