New Shop hours:        Mon-Sat 6:00am to 10:00pm     Sundays on demand 

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This month’s Woodchuck article is written to express our thanks to all OHCC homeowners for the impressive woodshop we enjoy. It is a special asset that is appreciated by all that love making sawdust. We observed a new resident working on his remodel with a garage full of nice tools that made parking in the garage impossible. The simple solution would be to sell the tools and join the Woodchucks … we have all the tools you will ever need.

The following is a written tour of the woodshop for the newcomer residents among us. The shop is located in the maintenance yard by the RV lot entrance, off of Ocean Hills Drive (the street to the back gate.) One joins the Woodchucks by paying $10 annual dues. To have use of the shop requires annual certification: watching (2) online videos on safety and orientation, then signing waivers for the HOA. This will get you a badge and door code, the shop is then yours to use.

 

As our tour begins, the first machines are the (5) different sanders with their own dust collection system. An old Scandinavian work bench is perfect for hand sanding, with the provided palm sander and sandpapers.  In the same area are (2) scroll saws which are ideal for puzzle work and fine cuts.
Against the wall, you will find our wood-turning lathe and a cabinet full of blades.


The Bosch cut-off/radial-arm saw is a wonder of engineering. Another wonder is the remarkable Stop-Saw table saw. It has a built-in system that senses moisture (think your finger) and throws a jam-cleat into the blade, stopping it instantly. The table saw is connected to a dust collection system that automatically comes on when the tools are in use. Also on the system are our planer and joiner. There are (3) various-sized band saws and (2) professional drill presses. Included in the shop are tool boxes and lockers with all the hand tools you ever coveted, including routers with knives, hand drills with bits, hand-saws, clamps, work benches, paint spray area, and wood storage.


The woodshop is your tool to create your own project in wood. When you are asked, “How did you make such a wonder,” you can reply, “It was easy, I just threw away all the wood that wasn’t a wonder!” Oh yes, and give your woodshop some credit.

For $10 per year you too can have more room in your garage!

Attention Woodchucks & Wannabe Woodchucks


Woodchuck members who want to use the woodshop must annually be safety certified, and sign waivers. This month we will be calling on members to renew their certification. The process has been improved from past years by having both the Safety film and the Shop-Orientation film on the OHCC Woodchuck website.

 

All 2020 members have had their $10 dues carried forward through 2021. For all wannabe Woodchucks, the dues for 2021 are $10. Then the certification process is simple. Go online, watch the two films, then sign the two waivers. Instructions will be sent out to all members this month.

 

Our appreciation goes to our Woodchuck VP Larry See for starring in the Shop Orientation film. The AV Committee sent their talented cameraman Rob Schoonover to film the production. Anthony Scalise, the HOA magician of film and sound, created the finished film. Many thanks to Member Mike Thornton for our website work. We are fortunate to have such talent available to us. Thank you all!

 

Now that we are crawling out of our burrows, let us get back to our creations. Woodchucks pride themselves in helping neighbors with wheelchair ramps, bluebird house repairs, window security rods, or common area shop-work. Some answer our request to build the toys for the kids of Camp Pendleton, others actually look at their “honey-do list” and use the shop to fix “stuff.”


Mainly we join just to mess around making sawdust with the finest tools available!

Club meetings are held from time to time

(as needed)

at the woodshop.

Creating,  Building 

 

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We give a dusty welcome to all our new and returning members. Most of those that wish to work in the woodshop have completed the requirements that include viewing the safety video and participating in the orientation shop tour.

These annual safety reminders make each of us mindful as we move around our woodworking shop. Some of the members have already started the toy building for our Marine families. We have toy patterns and materials available for those that would like to start helping. If you would like to be on a team to help build, prep and paint toys, let Larry Bowers or Larry See know, and they will organize groups.

Speaking of toy builders, the photo shows two of our premier builders during their safety orientation. Jerry and Carolyn Hollander are studying the SawStop table saw, a high-tech, especially safe table saw. The Woodchucks are lucky to have this top-of-the-line tool! 

Two goals of the Woodchucks are to promote the love of woodworking and to support our neighbors whenever possible. To that end we continue to offer, at no cost, security rods for your sliding windows. Pick up your order form at the HOA.

Remember to measure twice / cut once!

Please help us support the Camp Pendleton YMCA summer day-camp program