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  • January 02, 2020 12:36 PM | Vincent Valvo (Administrator)

    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 as remembering your first kiss, but I bet you all have a memory of your first table saw. 

    Reading Scott's article you will see why it's a special tool.

  • January 01, 2020 8:29 PM | Vincent Valvo (Administrator)

    Chris Nassise, from the workshops of Sturbridge Village, demonstrated the processing of rough lumber into finished furniture using primarily hand tools.

  • December 02, 2019 8:21 PM | Vincent Valvo (Administrator)

    This month Andrew discusses another dilemma for woodworkers - whether to make or buy the jig (or fixture).  Even beginners face this question, though admittedly some jigs may be beyond their skill set.

    On the other end of the spectrum I know a clever woodworker who rarely considers the buy response.  In fact, he'll sell you a self-made jig at cost and materials in the single digits for $79.99.

    So take a look at Andrew's article and see if his observations are familiar to you.

  • December 02, 2019 6:56 PM | Vincent Valvo (Administrator)

    As evidenced by this month's featured piece this column is not devoted only to furniture.  Jigs, fixtures, tools, and other pieces related to woodworking are also welcome.

    The poker chip box is a whimsical piece of woodworking that is enjoyed at the home of the poker club that uses it.  From a woodworking perspective, skills including veneering, routing, marquetry, miter cuts, splines, building the wood hinge and others are used.  Alternating maple and mahogany veneered sides of the box include the woodworkers' original design for the removable  poker chip holders and tray for related  contents.  Take a look inside here.
  • November 23, 2019 9:35 PM | Vincent Valvo (Administrator)

    Jamey Pope was guest presenter demonstrating techniques and fixtures used to making the banjo and mandolin in W. Concord.

  • November 01, 2019 1:57 PM | Vincent Valvo (Administrator)
    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.
  • October 31, 2019 10:44 PM | Vincent Valvo (Administrator)

    I believe (and I should know) that this is Bob McKee's first submission as a Feature Piece. As you probably know Bob is another experienced 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.  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.

  • October 07, 2019 9:44 PM | Vincent Valvo (Administrator)

    Show starts Nov. 8 at 5pm and lasts until Nov. 10 at 4pm.

    See non-guild lineup for details.

  • October 03, 2019 11:13 PM | Vincent Valvo (Administrator)

    There never seems to be enough space in a workshop.  And, except for rare examples, no matter how large one designs that initially spacious workshop, it fills over time.

    Andrew writes about this common issue and its possible remedies with truth and humor in his October 2019 edition.

  • October 02, 2019 8:34 PM | Vincent Valvo (Administrator)

    Jim Allen describes his oak sideboard from a personal perspective.  The wood comes from his backyard and the sideboard sits in his house.  The glass didn't come from his property but it was carefully chosen.

    The predominately oak piece is accented with cocobolo and African blackwood,  Clearly, it's a beautiful piece.  Read about it here.

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