Eastern Massachussetts Guild of Woodworkers

Upcoming Guild Events

October 10, 2020 9:00 AM • Zoom - Link to be posted about 10 days prior to meeting
October 19, 2020 7:00 PM • Zoom
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

Featured Piece of the Month

Two Windsor Chairs

by Rob Carver

Rob Carver kicks off the EMGW membership year with an entertaining article about his two Wndsor chairs.  To build these chairs Rob took a track that not many woodworkers do.  Using tools like a drawknife, spokeshaves, scorp, travisher, compass plane, and others, Rob takes on this challenge this his hands full.  Rob even uses his kiln for drying the green wood used for the legs and green oak for the spindles and other parts.

If that wasn't enough, Rob went into riving, whittling, and bending the oak for the spindles.

What you might also find fascinating are the processes and other aids that Rob built to facilitate his work including his steam "box" and his use of a dual laser level system to identify and measure the compound angle mortises for the seat.

There is so much more to this project and you can read it here

You can reach Rob at robert.carver@comcast.net.

Trees for Climate Change

Jim Allen provides this information in case you missed the Boston Sunday Globe September 9 article.  In the Address Section an excellent article was printed regarding trees that are heat tolerant, and will be successful in the climate change environment.  The suggestions in the article are offered by John DelRosso, head arborist at the Harvard Arnold Arboretum in Jamaica Plain, MA.  Click to read about Trees for Climate Change.

Bevel Cut


The Track of Success

by Andrew Davis

The Bevel Cut is back for another year!  This article is about Andrew Davis' perspective on owning a track saw.  Given Andrew's awkward entry into his basement workshop (who doesn't have the same misfortune?) Andrew had benefited initially from getting his precisely cut plywood sheets into the workshop.  But now Andrews finds other uses. 

Click The Track of Success to read Andrew's short but direct assessment of his track saw use.

Andrew welcomes your feedback.

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.

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.

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.


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