Eastern Massachussetts Guild of Woodworkers

Upcoming Guild Events

February 01, 2020 • 130 Waltham Street, Lexington, MA 02421
February 08, 2020 9:00 AM • Woodcraft of Walpole
February 17, 2020 7:00 PM • Home of Don Cole - 442 Main Street, Bolton
March 14, 2020 9:00 AM • Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School, Lincoln
March 16, 2020 7:00 PM • Home of Rob Carver - 39 Woodland St., Sharon

Upcoming Non-Guild Events

May 11, 2019 • Fruitlands Museum, 102 Prospect Hill Road Harvard, Massachusetts 01451
February 01, 2020 • 130 Waltham Street, Lexington, MA 02421

Featured Piece of the Month

My First Table Saw

by Scott Brown

This may be the first tool featured as the piece of the month.  We all have tools that are special to us woodworkers.  Some are a joy to use; some are gifts; some are extremely time efficient; some have unique uses; some have sentimental value.  I could go on but they have some sort of story behind them. 

In this case Scott writes about his first table saw.  It's not exactly the same thing as remembering your first kiss, but I bet you all have a memory of your first table saw. 

By reading Scott's story you will see why it's a special tool.

Bevel Cut

Build or Buy Redux

by Andrew Davis

Last month Andrew wrote about the general dilemma of building or buying the accessory to your workshop.  This month Andrew writes about his own dilemma with regard to his own workshop - the workbench.  His buy option is the Sjoberg Elite 1500 workbench (pictured showing the optional cabinet).

Andrew is deliberating over which approach (even a hybrid approach) to take.  Included in his article are suggestions he received from fellow guild members in response to a recent entry in the message forum.

Andrew would welcome more feedback.

Moxon Vise Advise

Bob McKee shares his Moxon Vise build. 

Furniture 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. 

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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