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Scheduled Demostrations


Bill McCraken

Come meet Bill McCracken

Bill is one of our most dedicated and talented woodworkers at the shop. His interests vary from hand tools to CNC work, Bill truly covers the gambit of woodworking. Bill has been hosting a Wednesday Morning retreat were he has taught many different subjects and made some interesting projects.
We are lucky that Bill has agreed to hold a series of demonstrations on the weekends for those of us who cannot attend his Wednesday morning classes. These demonstrations will begin at 9am and last from 1 to 2 hours. These are at no cost and are open to members and visitors alike.

Oct. 31s — -Use of Pocket Hole Joinery for face frames

Nov 8th ——How to make a Band Saw Box.

Nov 21st —–How to use a Hand Plane to pep wood.

Dec 6th ——-How to use a hand Router.

 Plan to attend, I promise you will not be disappointed.

North Coast Community Woodshop Forum

Hello Everyone,

In order to improve communications within the club, we have added a forum for everyone to post questions, comments, recommendations, and anything else club related.

To access the forum, go to:

On the top right of the home page is click the button register.  Once you have registered, later on, when one of the moderators can get to it, if you are a NCCW member, you will be given access to the members forum.

You do not need to be a member to register, as there will be a non-member area as well.


NCCW Board

More learning for members and the public!


DATE: 3/28/2015 and 2/29/2015 (Sat and Sun 9:00AM – 1:00PM)

From start to finish, you will learn how to turn nice looking one-of-a-kind bowl by doing it.

Saturday — cut and glue up the pieces into a blank. Sunday — turn and finish.

Cost is $55/members and $75/non-members.  Class is limited to FOUR and we will take a waiting list of 2.  Payment (cash or check) must be made at beginning of class.

Sign up here.

Happy 2015, first classes being scheduled

lidded box

Make it and Take it

OK! The holidays are over, and it is time to get back to woodworking.

Bill McCracken will conduct a class on how to build a simple lidded box on Jan 24, 2015 starting at 9:30 am. It will go until we are done (a few hours at most).

This class will teach how to make a miter joint, as well as a decorative contrasting key to reinforce the corners. This will be a hands-on class that will give you experience with the table saw, sander, jointer and router.

In the end, you will take your box home!

How much?  For members of NCCW=free!  Members of the public, $20, payable at the beginning of the class. Class size is limited to ten.


NCCW hosts Den #303 for Pinwood Derby Preparation

The NCCW experienced some heavy snow at the shop Saturday 1/25/2014.  The snow caused the group to postpone our annual elections.   In spite of the bad weather, the Cub Scouts of Sheffield Lake’s Den #303 showed up in force.

For the second time the NCCW played host to a local Cub Scout troup.  About twenty scouts along with their families and scoutmasters braved the elements.   The troop used the NCCW’s newly opened shop to do rough cuts on their pinewood derby cars.  The adults in attendance were pleased with how easy it was to work at the facility.  There were plenty of tools and lots of room for everyone to work.  Also, we  had the city plow the parking lot behind the old bowling alley.  So even with all the snow, the clean parking lot gave us plenty of places to park.  The Cub Scout leader, Martin Flores, liked what he saw so much that he joined our group of woodworkers.  Marty is now our head of IT.

NCCW’s president, Gene Fox said,  “We love events like this.  It is good exposure for us, and beneficial for the kids.  Everybody wins!”  You can read more about this event in the Lorain Journal.

In other news: the NCCW has instituted a new 50/50 raffle to finance the purchace of a new SawStop table saw.  Unfortunately, we have not met all the requirements to qualify as a non-profit organization.  Therefore we must cease the raffle and refund the money on all the tickets that were sold.  If you have any tickets for this fund razer please contact the NCCW about a refund.

On February 8, 2014 the NCCW held an election to elect new members of the board.  This election was rescheduled from January 25, 2014.  The new members of the board are: Henry Kowal, Guatam Rajan, Ed O’Halloran and Bruce Clarke.  The next Board of Directors meeting will be held on Wednesday February 26, 2014 at 6:00 P.M.  The board is expected to elect a new president and secretary at that time.