Eastern Massachussetts Guild of Woodworkers

Upcoming Non-Guild Events

May 11, 2019 • Fruitlands Museum, 102 Prospect Hill Road Harvard, Massachusetts 01451
July 27, 2019 9:00 AM • Berkshire Botanical Garden, 5 W. Stockbridge Rd, Stockbridge, MA

Featured Piece of the Month

Pembroke Table

  by Ken Zoller

This is Ken Zoller's second entry for the Featured Piece of the Month.  It's obvious Ken likes to take on new challenges.  It helps when he executes spectacular pieces like his latest piece, the Pembroke Table, as you will see when reading his article.  There's nothing like success for motivation.

Ken's article is also a fine piece.  Ken took pictures while building the table.  As you will see there are many stages and challenges along the way.  Ken has a fine way of describing his process and lessons learned.  Enjoy the read and if you have a moment drop him an e-line.  His email address can be found in the Members directory.

Bevel Cut

Who Owns What?

by Andrew Davis

Related imageThis month Andrew steps out into a new "cut" of his Bevel Cut column.  This thoughtful article lays out tables of brands that belong to the parent company, or as the title asks, who owns what?

For example, did you know that Porter-Cable belongs to the already merged conglomerate of Stanley Decker and Stanley.  DeWalt too!  How about Ryobi and Milwaukee (among others) are brands owned by Techtronic Industries?  Yep.  Skil and others are owned by Chevron.  OK, how about, who owns saw blade makers Freud and Diablo?  Find out in the article.

You probably know that Jet and Powermatic are owned jointly by JPW Industries.  But did you know that JPW and other manufacturing companies (Compass Health and TTG) are owned by TENEX Capital Management. [Ed.]

RIDGID is an interesting company.  Two conglomerates own different lines of RIDGID's business.  The list goes on.  You can read about it and tables of these ownership portfolios in Andrew's article Who Own What?

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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