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  • February 18, 2020 1:34 PM | Vincent Valvo (Administrator)

    Found on the Home page and will be removed a a later time.

  • February 16, 2020 9:20 PM | Vincent Valvo (Administrator)

    At the February 2000 EMGW meeting, Mickey Callahan from Woodcraft of Walpole was the guest presenter on “Advanced Veneering Techniques”.  Mickey demonstrated veneering techniques for louis cubes, sand shading, sunburst, and herringbone.

  • February 01, 2020 7:46 PM | Vincent Valvo (Administrator)

    Arithmetic Can Be Your Friend

    by Andrew Davis

    Before you break out in a cold sweat from flashbacks to high school math, the picture above is not meant to scare you away.  It's only a picture of geometry functions that you probably already use without knowing it.

    Andrew presents math techniques of various woodworking applications.  You need not follow the math per se.  Just realize that there are many ways to solve a woodworking measurement.  It worked for Leonardo in other fields.  While never exceeding basic algebra and some geometry, Leonardo worked on trial and error approximations that went into the cast for his 26' bronze horse, his paintings in perspective, and his inventions.

    So given your experience with woodworking you should have an upper hand.  Have a look but know you proceed at your own risk.

    Andrew welcomes your feedback.
  • February 01, 2020 12:04 PM | Vincent Valvo (Administrator)


    The timeliness of the previous month's (January 2020) guild meeting topic ("Curved Furniture Components") couldn't be better.  Featured here is Mike Zwolinski's Bentwood Leg Table.

    Mike, a guild member and professional woodworker (see his website), uses bent lamination (his reasons are provided in documented) for the table legs and the result is eye candy for the observer.

    His easy to read document sends the reader on the project from start to finish with design, details, and even some discovery.  I'm sure you will be impressed with the workmanship and the steps taken to achieve this outstanding result.  This is Mike Zwolinski's first submission.  I hope to see more.

    You can reach Mike at
    mike.zwolinski@gmail.com.

  • January 28, 2020 11:52 PM | Vincent Valvo (Administrator)

    See the Upcoming Non-Guild Events for February, 29 - March 1, 2020.

  • January 19, 2020 8:31 PM | Vincent Valvo (Administrator)

    Phil Lowe, a long-time favorite presenter of the Guild, demonstrated how to achieve curved furniture components using the techniques of bricking, bent lamination, resawing the shape, block resaw, kerf cutting, and coopering.

  • January 02, 2020 12:38 PM | Vincent Valvo (Administrator)
    Last month Andrew wrote about the general dilemma of building or buying the accessory to your workshop.  This month Andrew writes about his own dilemma with regard to his own workshop - the workbench.  The buy option pictured above is the  Sjoberg Elite 1500 workbench (showing the optional cabinet).

    Andrew is deliberating over which approach (even a hybrid approach) to take.  Included in his article are suggestions he received from fellow guild members in response to a recent entry in the message forum.

    Andrew would welcome more feedback.
  • 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.

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