Eastern Massachussetts Guild of Woodworkers

Upcoming Guild Events

December 14, 2019 9:00 AM • Woodcraft of Wapole
January 11, 2020 9:00 AM • Furniture Institute of MA, 106 Water St, Beverely
February 08, 2020 9:00 AM • Woodcraft of Walpole
March 14, 2020 9:00 AM • Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School, Lincoln

Upcoming Non-Guild Events

May 11, 2019 • Fruitlands Museum, 102 Prospect Hill Road Harvard, Massachusetts 01451

Featured Piece of the Month

Amoire by Bob McKee

This is Bob McKee's first submission as a Featured Piece. As you probably know Bob is another experienced, knowledgeable woodworker and active member of the guild.  For those of you who don't know of Bob's woodworking skills, this article will set the story straight. 

The piece is made of spalted maple and black walnut and is constructed in two large sections: the shelf area (behind the spalted doors) and drawers.  Bob writes about the design, joinery, issues overcome, finishing and more.

I'm sure after reading his article, that you will agree with me that we would like to see more in this column from him.

Bevel Cut

Number Theory

by Andrew Davis

Before introducing Andrew's newest  issue, I'd like to mention that this is the three year anniversary of Andrew Davis' Bevel Cut column.  So congratulations and thanks to Andrew for his dedication, insights, and humor for highlighting both standard and niche woodworking topics. 

The topic that Andrew picked for this month's Bevel Cut issue is something that has bewildered me ever since the first time I ventured into the hand plane world.  So I give Andrew my personal thanks for beginning to sort out the number system, random as it seems, for hand plane sizes.

This article is a keeper for reference as there's always a temptation to get one's hands on another hand plane for that special reason that currently owned hand planes don't satisfy.  Read it here.

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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