Eastern Massachussetts Guild of Woodworkers

Upcoming Guild Events

December 10, 2016 9:00 AM • Woodcraft Walpole 3 Walpole Park S, Walpole
December 19, 2016 7:00 PM • Home of Don Michael, 19 Great Rd, Stow, MA
January 14, 2017 9:00 AM • Furniture Institute of MA, 116 Water St, Beverly
January 16, 2017 7:00 PM • Home of John George, 5 Hemlock Dr., Hopkinton
February 11, 2017 9:00 AM • Woodcraft Walpole, 3 Walpole Park, South Walpole

Upcoming Non-Guild Events

January 13, 2017 12:00 PM • Eastern States Exposition, 1305 Memorial Avenue, W. Springfield, MA
February 25, 2017 • 130 Waltham Street, Lexington, MA
April 01, 2017 10:00 AM • Saratoga Springs City Center, NY

Message from the President

          Would you like a shop full of free power tools?

Members who subscribe to the EMGW announce forum had an opportunity to get just that recently.  While no one member got all the tools, several members were able to pick up free power tools including a table saw, jointer, dust collector and more to add to their shops.  Of course if you don’t subscribe to the forum you didn’t hear about this deal.  Its easy to subscribe:  1. Log in to the Guild web site.   2. From the list of topics on the left scroll down to Forums and click it.  A list of four forums (Announce, Comments, New Stuff, Buy and Sell) will appear.   3. Pick the name of the forum  you want to subscribe to (start with Announce).   4. When the Announce Forum page appears click Subscribe to Forum on the right of the page near the top.  A green check mark and the word Subscribed should appear.  5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 for each of the other forums you want to subscribe to (I recommend subscribing to all four).  Why would anyone not do this?

What is the Society of American Period Furniture Makers (SAPFM)?

You may know that Mickey Callahan, our presenter at the December meeting, is a founder and past president of SAPFM but, like me until recently, you may not know much about the organization.  If that is the case be sure to check them out at: http://www.sapfm.org  Even if you are not interested in period furniture it is worth seeing the superb craftsmanship and learning some techniques demonstrated by members.  If you are interested in period furniture this organization is well worth joining.  Last summer I completed a mahogany lowboy so I was interested in looking at their gallery section of lowboys built by members.  Wow!  There were fifteen lowboys of widely varying styles one very similar to mine based on the same piece.  I wish I had known about this when I was in the planning stages. 

Openings on Eli Terry clock project

There is at least one opening on the Eli Terry clock project being taught by Bruce Wedlock this spring.  There will be three all-day Saturday sessions hosted by Bruce at the shop where he lives in Peabody.  A full set of plans will be provided and there will be a group buy of materials.  Cost of this project will be about $250 for a quartz movement.  Add $200 if you want a mechanical movement.  Additionally, there is a reverse painting to be done on the glass which can add to the cost.  For pictures of this clock see Bruce’s member gallery on the Guild web site (To get to Bruce’s member gallery from the home page click: Members → Directory → Type in Bruce’s name to select his member profile → Click his photo album.)  Contact me at jtartaglia@charter.net with questions or to enroll.

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. 

Mentoring in the EMGW

by Vincent Valvo

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. Everyone listed on the Mentor Program page of this website has expressed a willingness to help other members in a variety of ways.

For a detailed story of the mentor project that produced the piece pictured above, read the article here: Vincent Valvo's Mentor Story

Bevel Cut

Dovetails on a Table Saw

Remember the debates PC vs. Apple, Pepsi vs. Coke, More taste vs. Less calories, Brady vs. Manning (well, not that one anymore)?  Dovetail methods among woodworkers rival those controversies.  In the newest Bevel Cut article Andrew Davis is not about to dictate THE BEST approach.  Rather, he provides good preparation for the Guild's December meeting on the use of the table saw for cutting dovetails.  Read about it here.

Set Up Your Bandsaw

I thought I had a defective band saw (it couldn't possibly have been me) until I set up my saw EXACTLY the way Alex said. It is all in where the blade sits on the wheel.

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