Eastern Massachussetts Guild of Woodworkers

Volunteeer Woodworking at EMGW

If you've glanced through the slideshow above you are aware of the woodworking project to build and donate toys to the Toys for Tots Program in Massachusetts.  To learn more about it, click here to read an article published in the Community Advocate newspaper serving Hudson, Northborough, Marlborough, Southborough, Westborough, Shrewsbury, and Grafton.

Upcoming Guild Events

April 08, 2017 9:00 AM • Lincoln-Sudbury High School
April 17, 2017 7:00 PM • Home of Jim Allen, 32 Shattuck St, Groton, MA
May 13, 2017 9:00 AM • Jack Murphy's shop, 64 Coventry Wood Road, Bolton
May 15, 2017 7:00 PM • Home of Bob McKee, 157 Loker Street, Wayland, MA
June 19, 2017 7:00 PM • Home of Mike Roughan, 6 Hayden Rowe, Hopkinton, MA

Upcoming Non-Guild Events

April 01, 2017 10:00 AM • Saratoga Springs City Center, NY
April 28, 2017 9:00 AM • Holiday Inn, 9 Northeastern Blvd, Nashua, NH

Message from the President

                       Sharpening Meeting

Sharpening underlies all woodworking with hand tools. Like all topics in woodworking it has a wide variety of methods with advocates and detractors for each of them. Our intention is to have a lecture/demonstration of various sharpening methods and techniques by Gary Iadorola followed by a hands-on session for members to bring their dull tools and turn them into sharp ones. If you are an experienced woodworker bring your favorite sharpening device(s) and ideas to share at the meeting. If you are unfamiliar with sharpening bring your dull tools and questions.

Annual Guild Auction

The annual guild auction is an opportunity to share unused or surplus tools and related woodworking paraphernalia with other members while benefiting the guild. Members donate items with the proceeds going to guild treasury. This is a valuable fundraiser for the guild and a lot of fun for our members. A few guidelines:
  • On valuable items donors can set a reserve price which, if not reached, the item is returned
  • On valuable items, donors can designate a split between himself and the guild (not less than 50% to the Guild).
  • No automotive or other non-woodworking related items.
  • No electric tools with half dead batteries or other worthless stuff. This is a chance to share with your fellow members, not to unload your junk.
  • Lumber, large power tools, and other items too big to bring are eligible. A written description, photographs, etc. can be submitted with pickup/delivery arranged between buyer and seller.
Meeting topics for next year
The board recently started our annual ritual of scratching our heads to come up with interesting meeting topics for the coming year. It occurred to me that some of our best meeting topics have resulted from suggestions and legwork by our members. I’m sure some of you remember a meeting at Safeway Stair, the custom spiral staircase company, in 2012. It was suggested by Bruce Wedlock. Our 2015 meeting about vacuum bag veneering at Quality VAKuum Products Inc. was arranged by John George. These are just two of a number of interesting meetings made possible with a little help from you. Then there are a large number of meetings presented by one or another of our members. This takes a little more work and preparation but it has enabled us to offer top quality presentations unavailable anywhere else. If you have thought about presenting at a meeting but feel a little unsure and would like help organizing, pacing, developing visuals etc. that is available. Now is the time to let someone on the board know if you have an idea for a meeting that you would like to turn into a reality.
Here we are deep into summer, but as we approach the end of July, I know you are all wondering “What does the coming year for the Guild involve”. Well, behind the scenes, folks have been hard at work putting together the events for the coming year. 

Bevel Cut

Tool Sharpening

After taking the North Bennett St. course on hand tools, Andrew Davis has a new perspective on hand tools.  Read Andrew's article here.

Smartphone Stand at FIG Meeting

For those of you who have never attended a Furniture Interest Group (FIG) meeting, attending members discuss their woodworking interests either in the form of providing advice and experience or seeking advice on anything concerning furniture woodworking.  Located at a different member’s house on a monthly basis, the meeting is open to all members as an open forum.  For background to this article, it’s not unusual for a few members to bring designs, assemblies, or easily carried pieces for discussion.

At the January meeting the normal protocol proceeded and circled from one member to the next offering insights, advice, questions, or status on current projects big and small.  But small was as small as it gets when Tom Shirley presented a simple but clever piece pictured above.  The picture shows two flat pieces folded into each other to make a smartphone stand.  Folding it differently, one can change the display angle.  Made of tiger maple and finished with warmed BLO mixed with beeswax, the piece caught the members by surprise because cabinets, tables, chairs, tools and jigs are the discussed norm.  Tom designed, built and posted his creation to Lumberjocks.com.  He used some scrap pieces and built it with hand tools.  If you have a container of scraps and wonder what you can do with it, you might consider making something small, useful, and quick.  And it makes for a nice gift too.  Thanks go to Tom for bringing this to our attention.  For dimensions and other pictures click here.

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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