Eastern Massachussetts Guild of Woodworkers

Upcoming Guild Events

August 17, 2020 7:00 PM • Zoom
September 12, 2020 9:00 AM • Zoom - link to be posted about 10 days before meeting
October 10, 2020 9:00 AM • Zoom - Link to be posted about 10 days prior to meeting
November 14, 2020 9:00 AM • Zoom - Link TBA about 10 days before meeting.

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.

Upcoming Non-Guild Events

No upcoming events

Furniture Sale

 The Furniture Institute of Massachusetts  is closing its doors and everything is for sale.

We are starting with the machines. 

The first people to respond will get first admittance to the shop.

Four people will be admitted at a time.

Masks are required.

You will have one hour to inspect the machines you're interested in and then the next group of four will be admitted.

All prices as indicated or best reasonable offer. 

Purchaser is responsible for moving machines.

Cash or check only



please email



Click for a list of sale items.

Bevel Cut

Tool Shopping

by Andrew Davis

When emails arrive marketing the tools you would like to have or a promotion or sale is advertised, what initiates your motivation to buy or pass?  Or perhaps while working on a project you’d benefit in quality, safety, or time to finish what would move you to get that in your hands?  It’s a tough call.  Discretionary savings is often inversely proportional to the desirability of certain tools.  So when, if ever, do you pull the string to buy?

Andrew Davis has some thoughts about that in his newest Bevel Cut article on Tool Shopping.

Andrew welcomes your feedback.

This will be the last Bevel Cut article of the membership year.   Andrew has been a stalwart and thoughtful contributor over the past years and deserves extraordinary thanks for his insights, determination, and pushing boundaries (especially those in math).  We hope Andrew will resume in September.  In the meantime, you can view all the Bevel Cut articles in the archive under the Resources tab.

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.

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. 

Membership Map Update

Thanks to Tom Shirley, the map of member locations has been updated.  It can be reached by clicking Members -> Member Map.

Featured Piece of the Month

Inside-Out Live Mirror Frame

by Andrew Davis

Andrew Davis brings to us a fascinating description of his Inside-Out Live Edge Mirror Frame.  Starting with a slab of ash, Andrew transforms that with some creative cuts to build a frame for a mirror that gives a natural, “edgy” appearance.  Andrew preserves the natural contours of the slab with a thoughtful consideration over where the frame segments are made.  The eye-popping appearance is only surpassed by the approach that Andrew took to make it.

You can reach Andrew at awdbrookline@gmail.com.

This will be the last Featured Piece article of the membership year.   Major thanks are deserved to all authors for their contributions.   There have been fantastic articles that span different aspects of woodworking.  As long as the guild has members who submit new articles we will resume in September.  Please do your part.  In the meantime, you can view all the Featured Piece of the Month articles in the archive under the Resources tab.

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.

BULLETIN: Personal Protective Equipment in Dire Need

Recently, an email was sent to all EMGW guild members regarding the need for personal protective equipment at local hospitals.  The purpose of this message is to reach out to other viewers of this website who are not necessarily the guild members who received that email.  We recommended that any PPE (face masks, especially N95, nitrile gloves, gowns, and face shields that you have no immediate need to call your local Board of Health, Primary Care Provider’s office, Fire Department (they usually run the EMS service), or nearest hospital and ask where/how you can donate.  Some will accept packages that are opened so don’t let that stop you.

To emphasize that request, we received an unsolicited email from Michael Coughlin, a mental health clinician working in several Boston EDs with an urgent request for PPEs, especially, N95 masks and clear (non-mesh) face shields for Carney Hospital in Dorchester.  It was a heart-wrenching email for concern for the understaffed and under-equipped healthcare workers.  They are in such need, someone will come to pick up whatever you can offer that are in reasonably good shape.  (For example, some hospitals are decontaminating N95 masks using vaporized hydrogen peroxide.)  Please call Michael at 781-856-2032.  Thank you.

A Note From a Father and Son during the COVID-19 Pandemic

The EMGW website reaches more than our guild members.  More evidence was revealed recently when we received an email from a father and son, Tom and Dom, respectively, who were looking to use their self-isolating time as a learning experience.  They decided to invest some time in routine general maintenance around the house.  Dom responded with interest enjoying the manual aspect of the work and using tools.  This brought their interest to our website via an internet search where they benefited from exploring the content and “everything you posted there”.  As a measure of gratitude Tom sent a wonderful email to us telling of their experience.

We certainly encourage woodworking and sharing our experiences with people of all ages and in all times, not necessarily during a pandemic.  But Tom’s email was encouraging in return.  It was nice to know that people value what we do, what we know, and what we share.  And this attitude propagates because Dom has passed on to us a website (https://dragonfiretools.com/family-woodworking-projects-for-your-workbench/ ) for anyone who is similarly inclined to work with wood with a new generation.  He found it useful and a good addition to our website. Consequently, we have added another section called Websites where Dom’s recommendation now resides.  You can access the Websites section by clicking Resources on the Home page then Links.

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