Eastern Massachussetts Guild of Woodworkers

Upcoming Guild Events

April 19, 2021 7:00 PM • Zoom
May 08, 2021 9:00 AM • Virtual on Zoom - Details to be posted 10 days before
May 17, 2021 7:00 PM • Zoom
June 12, 2021 9:00 AM • Virtual on Zoom - Link to be posted 10 days in advance

Upcoming Non-Guild Events

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Social Media

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Bevel Cut


Not All Hammerheads Are Sharks

by Andrew Davis

In previous articles Andrew has presented several reviews of tools and marketing strategies.  In his Bevel Cut article for the month of April, Andrew shows to what lengths he goes to present new information in his column.  For this month of April, Andrew brings you a review of a new multipurpose tool for you to decide if it has a place in your tool chest.

Perhaps it’s a tool you have thought about before because it has several desirable upgrades from the conventional hammer.  The new tool is called the Indexable Hammer.  See for yourself in the article Not All Hammerheads Are Sharks.

Andrew welcomes your feedback.

Perpetual Novice

Safety First - Know Your Alcohol

by Don Michael

The Perpetual Novice returns to provide a public service.  Previous Perpetual Novice articles have attempted to look at the trials and errors of learning the woodworking craft with a bit of humor. This one is different in that it is serious. I’ve been surprised of late to see the “wrong” alcohols in a number of people’s shops. I’ve known about this for a long time and assumed it was general knowledge, but since it doesn’t seem to be, allow me this one time to slip into lecture mode.

To read more, click here.

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.  Ordinarily, 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.  During the COVID -19 pandemic members are issued a Zoom link to meet virtually.

Either way, 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. 

Featured Piece of the Month



Building a Harpsichord, Part III

by Neal Carey

The project continues to continue.  Last February, we provided Parts I and II.  This month Neal shares his progress of building a harpsichord in Part III with the emphasis on the case.  The case consists the soundboard, bridges, registers, and other parts to produce the correct sound and accurate fidelity and tone requiring precise cuts and placements.

For the woodworker you will see asymmetric joinery, bending wood, embellishments, and finishing.  Neal spares you most of the geometry to produce the desired sounds but it's obvious that its there.  And if that's not enough there are new jigs to be made for the string pin locations and special clamping cauls.  There's a lot there and a lot can go wrong.  But seeing the pictures of the finished case is believing.  Click the video you are interested to view.

Building a Harpsichord Part III (11:29)

Building a Harpsichord Part II (12:32)

Building a Harpsichord Pat I (8:08)

To send your comments and questions to Neal, click Harpsichord Man.

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.

Board of Directors 2020 - 2021

At the June, 2020 monthly meeting the following were elected to the Board of Directors:

Tim Holiner, President (formerly Vice President)

Ken Zoller, Vice President

Don Cole, Treasurer (re-elected)

Tom Shirley, Secretary (re-elected)

All members were elected unanimously.


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