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This blog is used by the Web Administrator to list updates to the website. This blog is summarized on the front page to make it easy for the members it locate new material without having to go  through the entire site. 

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  • October 14, 2020 3:56 PM | James Russell (Administrator)

    The video of the October Guild meeting has been posted to the Guild Video Library. To view, go to the Guild Video Library or click below. 

    Chair Design and Construction  by Matt Wajda October 2020


  • October 04, 2020 1:29 PM | James Russell (Administrator)

    Embellishments for Furniture Makers presentation by Jim Russell has been posted to the Guild Video Library.

    Click on "Show More" in the YouTube Description section to see the Timestamps. Click on a Timestamp to jump to that part of the presentation.

    This recording of a Zoom presentation was given to the Eastern Massachusetts Guild of Woodworkers in September 2020. A virtual presentation rather than a live presentation was required due to the issues related to COVID-19. The presentation covers multiple topics relating to embellishments for furniture makers. The entire presentation is in excess of 3 hours. Time limitation prevented including the Hammer Veneering section in the virtual demonstration. The Hammer Veneering section is added here for completeness.


  • October 02, 2020 12:17 PM | Vincent Valvo (Administrator)


    What's in Your Scrap?

    by Andrew Davis

    If you are a woodworker you have a scrap heap.  In fact, you may have different scrap heaps sorted for the possibility of later carrying out thoughts of using the pieces for something worthwhile.

    Is there value hidden in those heaps other than firewood.  The winter is coming.  The value is going up.  But is that how you want to use those piles?

    Andrew reflects on his approach in What's in Your Scrap?  Paraphrasing the commercial, don't leave the website without reading it.

    Andrew welcomes your feedback.


  • October 01, 2020 10:30 PM | Vincent Valvo (Administrator)

    Federal-ish Mahogany Dining Table

    by Dan Sichel

    If this dining table looks familiar, it was presented during the Show and Tell at the last end of year Zoom gathering.  Here Dan presents the full story that woodworkers will enjoy.

    If you like reading about curved aprons, working from 16/4 mahogany, cutting semicircle ends, do-overs because of wood movement and a blotchy finish, and bridle joints this is the article for you.  If that wasn’t enough, Dan designed the table to be an extension table with space for two leaves by cleverly using heavy-duty steel drawer slides encased in mahogany.  Read all this and more in this month's Feature Piece.

    You can reach Dan at here.

  • September 30, 2020 10:50 PM | Vincent Valvo (Administrator)


  • September 07, 2020 11:27 PM | Vincent Valvo (Administrator)

    Jim Allen provides this information in case you missed the Boston Sunday Globe September 9 article.  In the 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. and can be seen here.

  • September 01, 2020 10:48 PM | Vincent Valvo (Administrator)


    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.

  • August 30, 2020 1:22 AM | Vincent Valvo (Administrator)

    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 a track that not many woodworkers do.  Using tools like a drawknife, spokeshaves, scorp, travisher, and 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.

  • July 28, 2020 4:05 PM | Vincent Valvo (Administrator)

    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

    by

    APPOINTMENT ONLY

    please email

    furniture@verizon.net

    NO PHONE CALLS


    Click for a list of sale items.

  • July 17, 2020 8:25 PM | Vincent Valvo (Administrator)

    New members are assigned including at large members.


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