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This blog is used by the Web Administrator to list updates to the website. This blog is summarized on the front page to make it easy for the members it locate new material without having to go  through the entire site. 

  • November 13, 2022 10:50 PM | Vincent Valvo (Administrator)

    Posted pictures for the November 2022 Meeting with Will Neptune discussing "Cutting Coves on a Table Saw"

  • October 31, 2022 9:31 PM | Vincent Valvo (Administrator)
    ArtTalk with Steve McKenna

    by Steve McKenna and LexMedia

    And now for something completely different...Steve McKenna, professional woodworker and multi-contributor to this column, has provided a closer view into his work.  In this wonderful video Steve is interviewed about his work and provides considerable detail for woodworkers that covers his artistry plus his process.  It's almost a how-to video for members to better understand, for example, the joinery for his exquisite rocking chairs.  This ArtTalk with Steve McKenna, Furniture Maker, a LexMedia Production, is an excellent contribution to be a Featured Piece of the Month. 

    Further information can be requested by clicking Steve McKenna.


  • October 31, 2022 9:25 PM | Vincent Valvo (Administrator)

    Finishing Frustrations Part II

    by Andrew Davis

    Last month Andrew was not finished with Finishing Frustrations.  Apparently, the frustrations are overflowing.  I stand by what I said last month.

    There is no argument for many woodworkers, their woodworking Achilles' heel is finishing.  I always thought this last stage was ill named because you have to ask yourself, how many times does it take to restart "finishing" and fix problems before you are satisfied?  Only the last attempt should be called Finishing, i.e., when you are FINISHED!...

    ...Relax and enjoy more laughs while commiserating with Andrew, this time with his sequel article Finishing Frustrations Part II.


  • October 31, 2022 9:24 PM | Vincent Valvo (Administrator)

    Preparation is More

    than Half the Battle

     by Rob Carver

    Reading Rob's article this month, I realize preparation lasts longer than I expected.  In fact, it's probably a lot more than half the battle.  For me and especially for a new project, preparation starts with the first inkling of wanting to make a piece. I design cognitively for a while before putting anything down on paper or screen.  I guess my thought about preparation was the first step immediately followed by the last step. Yep, two serial steps and you're done.  Seems simple and efficient.  Right?  The concept here is that if you prepare well, the intended outcome is successful - don't skimp on preparation.  But now I'm thinking, preparation continues until you say "Done".

    What is your take on Preparation is More than Half the Battle?


  • October 28, 2022 8:59 AM | James Russell (Administrator)

    Bandsaw Setup - by Ellen Kaspern - September 10, 2022


  • October 10, 2022 8:41 PM | Vincent Valvo (Administrator)

    Meeting was held at Lincoln-Sudbury H.S. with the presentation title " Bricking Curved Furniture Element."

  • October 01, 2022 10:45 AM | Vincent Valvo (Administrator)

    Pay Attention to Proportion

    Rob Carver

    When thinking about proportions...wait, let's stop there.  Maybe you don't go around thinking about proportions.  But it's in your face (literally, as per Leonardo) and figuratively around the world.  It's not a thing you can touch but you can touch what has proportion.  It's a characteristic for some, it's a relationship for some, it's a ratio for some.  But, moreover, it's a principle. While it may be all Greek to some (ha, it's symbolized with the Greek letter phi), it's as ubiquitous as common sense and uncommon sense combined.  It forms beauty, stability, moderation, balance.  I'll leave it there.  Rob has more to say.  Read Pay Attention to Proportion.

    You can reach Rob for comments and additional information, by clicking Rob Carver.


  • October 01, 2022 10:44 AM | Vincent Valvo (Administrator)

    Finishing Frustrations

    by Andrew Davis

    There is no argument for many woodworkers, their woodworking Achilles' heel is finishing.  I always thought this last stage was ill named because you have to ask yourself, how many times does it take to restart "finishing" and fix problems before you are satisfied?  Only the last attempt should be called Finishing, i.e., when you are FINISHED!

    When something goes wrong with finishing, the result can be a double whammy.  Not only is the piece visually unappealing, sometimes it ruins the piece after laboring ever so carefully during it's construction.  It seems that within the skill set of woodworking, such as cutting, drilling, carving, hand planing, dry assembly, gluing, measuring, and so on, finishing is one that is the black sheep in that family.  So relax and enjoy some laughs while commiserating with Andrew in his latest article Finishing Frustrations.


  • October 01, 2022 10:42 AM | Vincent Valvo (Administrator)
    A Coffee Table For M.C. Escher!

    by Jim Allen

    You may remember when President John F. Kennedy challenged the Aeronautics space community with the Moonshot Program, he said, "We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard."  Over the course of bringing Featured Pieces to you, I've been amazed how that quote can be paraphrased for woodworking.  We all have our Moonshot Moments and as we develop our skills we reach for greater challenges.  Here Jim Allen takes on a dizzying piece that fits that challenge.  When you read his A Coffee Table For M.C. Escher!, you will be amazed and, hopefully, not too dizzy.

    Further information can be requested by clicking Jim Allen.


  • September 30, 2022 2:13 PM | Vincent Valvo (Administrator)

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