Eastern Massachussetts Guild of Woodworkers

Upcoming Guild Events

November 11, 2017 9:00 AM • Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School
November 20, 2017 7:00 PM • Ted Harrigan's home, 49 Greenwood Ave. , Needham
December 18, 2017 7:00 PM • Home of Tom Shirley, 45 Blake Rd, Wrentham, MA
January 13, 2018 9:00 AM • Furniture Institute of MA, 116 Water St, Beverly

Upcoming Non-Guild Events

No upcoming events

Message from the President

There is a Shooting Board in My Future

Some EMGW meetings involve museum or factory tours.  Our tour of Starrett’s in Athol or the tour of the Yale Furniture Study in New Haven are good examples of those.  Some are on topics that are interesting but I will probably never apply, like Methods of Cutting Dovetails on the Tablesaw.  Some of my favorites are in areas that I would like to do more with but need a little push.  Our September meeting on Hand Planes in the Modern Workshop falls squarely into that category.  I have a few planes and know I should be using them more but my years of ignorance have led me to develop workarounds that get the job done though less elegantly.  At the September meeting Jim Russell answered, among many things, the question that has kept me from using a shooting board all these years:  Don’t you quickly plane away the face of the shooting board and render it useless?  For the answer to that and many other questions about the hand plane check out the video of Jim’s presentation on the guild website.

Using the Buy/Sell Forum

As more members use it, the Buy/Sell forum on the guild web site is becoming more useful to all.  If you don’t get email notices of items to sell or buy it is probably because you have not signed up for this forum.  To sign up, log into the site and pick View Profile which appears right below your name at the top right corner of the page.  On the My Profile page pick Email Subscriptions and you will be taken to the page where you can select to receive various notices and offerings.  I suggest you select all of them to keep in touch.

For those interested in creating a notice or offering, click Buy or Sell from the My Profile page and then click Create topic.  You will be presented with a form to fill out describing your post.  After clicking Create, your message will be posted.  You are now the “owner” of the post.

For those who have posted an item to buy or sell on the forum it is important to remember to return to the website posting to delete the post once the item has been sold, no longer for sale, or simply no longer useful.  In other words, the initiator of the post, i.e., the owner, is responsible for maintaining the listing.  This is because only the owner of the post knows the status of the post.  The result will provide an up to date status of the listing and remove an obsolete post.  To remove a post, return to the post where only the owner will see an option to delete the post.  This will help keep the forum relevant for everyone.

Finding an Outlet for Creative Endeavors or “whaddiya gonna do with it?”

All creative and prolific artists have to deal with this issue and woodworkers are no exception.  Young people starting out have an easy answer as they may have more house than furniture and need to fill it up.  For us older woodworkers making stuff for the kids and/or grandkids can provide an appreciative audience.  I know several woodworkers who immediately on retirement redid the kitchen but you can only do that so often.  Then there is going pro and selling stuff which works for many but comes with its own set of issues.  For the non-practical minded this is not such a problem.  Both of our kids like to weave and have done beautiful stuff and won prizes.  It matters not in the least to them that we have dozens of scarves and all our friends and relatives have plenty too.  They are perfectly content to just keep churning them out with no thought of what will become of them.  My latest solution dawned on me when we moved several years ago.  We bought a completely different style of house so none of the old furniture fit in and we needed a house full of different stuff.  That too is starting to run out as the new house fills up and I’m not sure whats next.

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

Jigs and Fixtures

Andrew Davis writes of the differences between jigs and fixtures and gives a personal account of some problems encountered but solved by fixtures he made to build a corner cabinet.  To further understand the issues you can read about it here.  

Perpetual Novice

Tools That Save the Day

Everyday lessons learned from the Perpetual Novice.  I'm sure you can relate to the message of this article.

Funiture Interest Group Meetings

Meetings of the Guild's Furniture Interest Group (FIG) are held every third week 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. 

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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