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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. 

  • April 01, 2020 2:21 PM | Vincent Valvo (Administrator)
    The "Websites" section is accessed via Resources -> Links.  Scroll down to the "Websites" section.
  • April 01, 2020 7:09 AM | James Russell (Administrator)

    Thanks to Allen Ganser for video taping, editing and posting the presentation by Phil Lowe on Achieving Curved Furniture Components. It is now part of our Guild Video Library. 

    Click to watch: Achieving Curved Furniture Components

  • March 28, 2020 12:28 PM | Vincent Valvo (Administrator)

    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.
  • March 05, 2020 10:31 PM | Vincent Valvo (Administrator)

    Now that you are recovering from last month's article on math applications in woodworking entitled "Arithmetic Can Be Your Friend", it's time to settle into something tangible in woodworking.  But still this topic may produce headaches because of all the combinations of dust collector fittings and sizes that often make a simple process become complicated.

    Andrew commiserates.  Read about his frustrating experience and some solutions that he found in this month's Bevel Cut article.

    Andrew welcomes your feedback.
  • March 03, 2020 10:36 PM | Vincent Valvo (Administrator)

    Again we have a featured piece that follows the topic of a recent guild meeting presentation topic.  Last month it was Mike Zwolinski's article "Bentwood Leg Table" following the guild meeting topic of Lamination of Curved Furniture Components.

    This month, compliments of Jim Tartaglia,  the featured piece follows the topic of the February 2020 guild meeting on Advanced Veneering Techniques.  In fact, Jim's table top shows a perfect example of the sunburst design.  And Jim carries his veneering techniques further by overcoming chatoyance.  Building a curved front also had its challenges.

    Besides veneering, there is a lot here for the woodworker, including bricking for the curved front, dovetails, and a novel approach to shop-made banding.  Jim presents an orderly description of his process and one worthy of reading

    You can reach Jim at

  • March 01, 2020 8:52 PM | Vincent Valvo (Administrator)

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

  • 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

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