Eastern Massachussetts Guild of Woodworkers

Upcoming Guild Events

May 21, 2018 7:00 PM • Home of Steve Hoffmann, 113 Flanagan Hill Road, Sterling MA
June 09, 2018 10:00 AM • Tartaglia residence 6 Old Colony Rd Worcester
June 18, 2018 7:00 PM • Home of Andy Davis, 112 Sumner Rd, Brookline, MA

Upcoming Non-Guild Events

July 20, 2018 5:00 PM • Old Sturbridge Village

Featured Piece of the Month

Lolling Chair by Dick Belanger


So let's start with the definition of the verb to loll.

Definition 1: sit, lie, or stand in a lazy, relaxed way.

Definition 2: hang loosely; droop

Definition 3: stick out (one's tongue) so that it hangs loosely out of the mouth.

I think we'll stick with the first definition. Dick's clean design, aesthetic looking, and inviting chair is ready for copious lolling.  Indeed, the chair itself appears to be lolling.  Dick describes his chair and includes several pictures showing process development of his lolling chair in May's Feature Piece of the Month.

Message from the President

May Meeting

Toy Making Group

Just a reminder that now is the time to sign up for the toy making group.  An email or a word to Steve Hoffman or myself is all it takes.  We need to know who is participating well in advance to plan for the upcoming season.  Also let us know if you would be willing to either work on your own or host a group at your shop.  This has been a successful public service activity for the guild and we hope to expand it. 

                           Using a Router

My first router is so old I bought it at SPAG’s and they have been closed for a long time.  The next one became a dedicated router when I made my first router table.  I used to think guys with lots of routers were overdoing it but in addition to the first two I now have a detail router, a fancy FESTOOL plunge router with dust collection and a Dremel tool which is sort of a router.  Each one has its place and they all get used.  If you are looking for an excuse to buy another router be sure to attend our May meeting and let Andrew Texeira show you some of the many things you can do with this versatile tool.

Program Committee

Our monthly Saturday meetings are a point of pride for the guild.  We have consistently delivered a variety of high quality nationally known and in-house speakers mixed with factory and museum tours in areas of interest to our members.  The program committee is responsible for creating the schedule for the coming guild year and they need your help.  Ideas about which topics, presenters, meeting venues, and areas of interest come from you.  If you have an idea, particularly one you are willing to help follow up with, contact Don Michael, John George, or Ken Zoller.

Here we are deep into summer, but as we approach the end of July, I know you are all wondering “What does the coming year for the Guild involve”. Well, behind the scenes, folks have been hard at work putting together the events for the coming year. 

Bevel Cut

Miter Saws

Many factors influence what moves people to delve into details on certain topics.  One factor, that author Andrew Davis is confronting is the purchase of a new miter saw.  So Andrew writes about some of his research from a top down approach.  A miter saw family tree is where he started.  Read his account about miter saws in May's article entitled Bevel Me Miter.

Perpetual Novice

Order of Work

The ability to follow steps serially is something we do quite admirably in woodworking.  Except when we don't.  That's because we've inadvertently left out important steps.  And sometimes it's too late.  This creates additional work and workarounds.  The Perpetual Novice tells a humorous story of one example of a once small project gone bigger and reveals the consequences in the April's submission.

Funiture Interest Group Meetings

Meetings of the Guild's Furniture Interest Group (FIG) are held every third Monday of the month.  All members are welcome.  Members meet at a different member's house every month where they attend to discuss all things furniture building, including designs, jigs, wood species, joinery, tools, etc.  Members have a chance to seek advice from a varied, friendly, and experienced assembly of woodworkers or add to this body of collective knowledge.  Keep an eye on FIG meetings for time and place in the Upcoming Guild Events at the top of the page. 

Toy Making Project

Back in the fall of 2017 the Guild decided to sponsor another toy making project for local children this holiday season.  As a result, several Guild members volunteered their time and expertise to build articulated pull toys and puzzles.  The successful project was completed a few weeks ago.  Toys were delivered to Woodcraft in Walpole before the grand give away.

The project began back in September under the direction of member Steve Hoffman, who tirelessly and without any stone unturned, organized and led the following volunteers Brian Chandley, Don Michael, Jeff Clunie, Jim Russell, Ken Zoller, Richard Silva, Tim Harrigan, and Vincent Valvo on this productive, enjoyable, and rewarding project.  All volunteers assembled and worked in Steve's workshop on a weekly basis.

For a slide show of pictures during various stages of toy production click here.  Happy Holidays to all, young and experienced!

Mentoring in the EMGW

Mentoring in the Guild takes many forms.  Everything from a brief conversation or email on a particular technique to a full-blown cooperative effort to build an entire piece.  Most mentoring occurs informally among members.  However, the Mentor Program provides an easy way, especially for new members, to get involved in mentoring.  Members listed on the Mentor Program page of this website have expressed a willingness to help other members in a variety of ways.

To read more about the Mentor Program, click here or navigate to About Us then Mentor Program.  To see the list of Mentor members with their interests and contact information, click here or navigate to Members then Mentors.

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