Guild Events

Upcoming Guild Events

    • September 09, 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Woodcraft, Woburn

    Last year Jim Russell delivered the first half of this 2-part series. Jim will continue, building on the basics presented earlier.

    Hand planes remain the most versatile and indispensable tool that perfects wood surfaces left by power planers and jointers, cleans up saw marks left by the table saw and gets our wood flat. As the most precise tool in the workshop, it is the perfect for fitting joints and joining wood. 

    In this session we will discuss how most woodworkers can achieve wonderful results with just one or two planes. We will do practical demonstrations of modern day shop situations where hand planes provide the most accurate and efficient solutions. We will use the same plane to work on veneers as thin as 1/28" and lumber as thick as 4",  show how to improve the surface left by a planer or jointer, and fit joints. We will show how shooting boards provide an amazing "next level" of accuracy when bringing your lumber to length or making the infamous miter joint. 

    We will address the ultimate plane issues:

    • To camber or not camber my blades
    • Which is best... Bevel up or Bevel down planes
    • Why doesn't my plane eventually eat my shooting board
    • Is life worth living if my lumber is wider than my jointer blade
    • Do I really need a $6,000 36" sander to flatten my table top
    • Do I really need to invest $350 in a hand plane to get good results or will $25 do the trick. 
    • Dealing with highly figured wood


    • September 18, 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Jim Russel's home, 159 Nicholas Dr, Lancaster, MA

    Join us for an informal round-table discussion of furniture-making designs, techniques, tools, jigs, problems and solutions. Our purpose is to share information and help anyone interested to learn more about the craft.


    • October 14, 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 331 Wauwinet Rd Barre MA 01005

    Ralph Southwick and Jim Tartaglia, sawmill partners, will discuss and demonstrate selection, felling, skidding, milling, seasoning, and marketing of native lumber.  Opportunities to purchase air dried lumber will be available.  For questions call Ralph Southwick at 978 355 4042 in advance.

    • October 16, 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Jim Taretgalia's home, 6 Old Colony Rd, Worcester

    Join us for an informal round-table discussion of furniture-making designs, techniques, tools, jigs, problems and solutions. Our purpose is to share information and help anyone interested to learn more about the craft.


    • November 11, 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School

    A double-header. 

    Those of us who attended the Annual Meeting in June got a first hand look at Steve McKenna's beautiful Maloof-style rocking chair. (See the photos on the front page of this website.) Steve McKenna will discuss design considerations he went through in the making of this chair, including a short video. 

    Dick Belanger will demonstrate and discuss his recent experiences with a Rockler/Earlex┬« spray gun  a recent entry to that market segment,  for the small home shop.

    • November 20, 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Ted Harrigan's home, 49 Greenwood Ave. , Needham

    Join us for an informal round-table discussion of furniture-making designs, techniques, tools, jigs, problems and solutions. Our purpose is to share information and help anyone interested to learn more about the craft.


    • December 18, 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • TBD

    Join us for an informal round-table discussion of furniture-making designs, techniques, tools, jigs, problems and solutions. Our purpose is to share information and help anyone interested to learn more about the craft.


    • January 13, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Furniture Institute of MA, Water St, Beverly

    Although the topic is still to be determined, we once again have the privilege of learning woodworking methods from one of the finest craftsman and woodworking teachers in the country. 


Past events *

August 10, 2017 Tour, Historic New England furniture collection
June 19, 2017 Furniture Interest Group
June 10, 2017 Annual Meeting and Luncheon
May 15, 2017 Furniture Interest Group
May 13, 2017 Hardware Installation with Will Neptune
April 17, 2017 Furniture Interest Group
April 08, 2017 Hand Planes in the Modern Workshop
March 20, 2017 Furniture Interest Group
March 11, 2017 Guild Auction and Tool Sharpening
February 20, 2017 Furniture Interest Group
February 11, 2017 Beyond the Basic Sand Shaded Fan
January 16, 2017 Furniture Interest Group
January 14, 2017 Introduction to Furniture Repair and Restoration
December 19, 2016 Furniture Interest Group
December 10, 2016 Methods of Cutting Dovetails on the Table Saw
November 21, 2016 Furniture Interest Group
November 12, 2016 Architectural Woodcarving, Wood Turning & Bagpipes
October 17, 2016 Furniture Interest Group
October 08, 2016 Guild Website Use/Preparing Stock
October 05, 2016 Carving Group Meeting
September 19, 2016 Furniture Interest Group - note time change
September 10, 2016 Tour of Yale Furniture Study
August 15, 2016 Furniture Interest Group
July 09, 2016 Furniture Interest Group Tour of Small Lumber Supplier
June 20, 2016 Furniture Interest Group
June 11, 2016 Year end meeting and luncheon
May 16, 2016 Furniture Interest Group
May 14, 2016 Hide Glue and Hammer Veneering
April 18, 2016 Furniture Interest Group
April 09, 2016 The Future of Making
March 21, 2016 Furniture Interest Group
March 12, 2016 Curved Joinery, Design and Fabrication
February 15, 2016 Furniture Interest Group meeting
February 13, 2016 Federal Style Sand-shaded Fans
January 18, 2016 Furniture Interest Group meeting
January 09, 2016 Advanced Joinery
December 21, 2015 Furniture Interest Group meeting
December 12, 2015 Carving, with emphasis on ball and claw foot
November 16, 2015 Furniture Interest Group meeting
November 14, 2015 Tool Auction and Sketch-Up
November 04, 2015 Carving Interest Group
October 19, 2015 Furniture Interest Group meeting
October 10, 2015 Machine tool set-up and maintenance
October 07, 2015 Carving Interest Group
September 21, 2015 Furniture Interest Group meeting
September 12, 2015 Veneering by vacuum bag
August 17, 2015 Furniture Interest Group meeting
July 20, 2015 Furniture Interest Group meeting
June 20, 2015 Annual Meeting, Show & Tell and Picnic
June 15, 2015 Furniture Interest Group meeting
May 18, 2015 Furniture Interest Group meeting
May 09, 2015 Refinishing and Finish Repairs
April 20, 2015 Furniture Interest Group meeting
April 11, 2015 Creating Decorative Banding
March 16, 2015 Furniture Interest Group meeting
March 14, 2015 Veneering and veneer preparation
February 16, 2015 Furniture Interest Group Meeting
February 16, 2015 Carving Workshop w/ Phil Lowe
February 14, 2015 Marquetry Techniques
February 07, 2015 Woodcraft Woburn Open House (w/EMGW display)
January 19, 2015 Furniture Interest Group Meeting
January 17, 2015 Woodcraft Walpole Open House (w/EMGW display)
January 10, 2015 The Woodworking Show (w/EMGW booth)
January 10, 2015 Relief Carving with Phil Lowe
December 13, 2014 Decorative Moldings
November 17, 2014 Furniture Interest Group meeting
November 08, 2014 Applied Carving
October 20, 2014 Furniture Interest Group meeting (location change)
October 11, 2014 Reeding tapered legs and fluting
September 15, 2014 Furniture Interest Group meeting
September 13, 2014 Development of Furniture Embellishment in New England, Colonial to Modern
August 18, 2014 Furniture Interest Group (FIG)
July 21, 2014 Furniture Interest Group
June 16, 2014 FIG Meeting
June 14, 2014 Annual Meeting BBQ and Show and Tell

     * For events earlier than 2014, click Pre-2014 Meetings


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