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  • April 01, 2021 12:00 AM | Vincent Valvo (Administrator)

    Not All Hammerheads Are Sharks

    by Andrew Davis

    In previous articles Andrew has presented several reviews of tools and marketing strategies.  In his Bevel Cut article for the month of April, Andrew shows to what lengths he goes to present new information in his column.  For this month of April, Andrew brings you a review of a new multipurpose tool for you to decide if it has a place in your tool chest.

    Perhaps it’s a tool you have thought about before because it has several desirable upgrades from the conventional hammer.  The new tool is called the Indexable Hammer.  See for yourself in the article Not All Hammerheads Are Sharks.

    Andrew welcomes your feedback.

  • March 30, 2021 8:03 PM | Vincent Valvo (Administrator)

    Building a Harpsichord, Part III

    by Neal Carey

    The project continues to continue.  Last February, we provided Parts I and II.  This month Neal shares his progress of building a harpsichord in Part III with the emphasis on the case.  The case consists the soundboard, bridges, registers, and other parts to produce the correct sound and accurate fidelity and tone requiring precise cuts and placements.

    For the woodworker you will see asymmetric joinery, bending wood, embellishments, and finishing.  Neal spares you most of the geometry to produce the desired sounds but it's obvious that its there.  And if that's not enough there are new jigs to be made for the string pin locations and special clamping cauls.  There's a lot there and a lot can go wrong.  But seeing the pictures of the finished case is believing.  Click the video you are interested to view.

    Building a Harpsichord Part III (11:29)

    Building a Harpsichord Part II (12:32)

    Building a Harpsichord Pat I (8:08)

    To send your comments and questions to Neal, click Harpsichord Man.

  • March 19, 2021 2:43 PM | Vincent Valvo (Administrator)

    Posted pictures from March 2021 EMGW meeting demonstration by John Cameron on "Making a Krenov Hand Plane".  Meeting was held March 13, 2021 on Zoom.

  • March 03, 2021 2:54 PM | Vincent Valvo (Administrator)

    With respect to woodworking, woodworkers are a classic group of biased individuals.  Ask a question about how the best way to do something and it's likely you will get as many different responses as there are individuals being asked.

    Andrew Davis raises a question that we all generally visit when purchasing a new tool - is it worth the money?  When it comes to choosing a combination square most woodworkers may respond with the de facto standard - the Starrett combination square.  But the controversy doesn't end there. Not only is the cost pricey compared to other combination squares, there are different Starrett models. 

    In a remarkable twist for a woodworker, Andrew does not offer an answer.  But in the March Bevel Cut article you will have to choose for yourself - if you haven't already.

    Andrew welcomes your feedback.

  • March 03, 2021 2:53 PM | Vincent Valvo (Administrator)

    When you're good, you're good and you have continual requests for work pieces.  This column has seen several superb pieces by Dave McCormick.  (Visit the Resources > Featured Pieces of the Month for previous submissions.)  Dave continues to produce marvelous pieces but some are more special than others.

    The piece featured here is a gift to Dave's first grandchild, Jackson.  So you get the idea why the request from his son and daughter-in-law for a crib would occupy a special connection.  Dave had about two and a half months to finish it because he needed to complete a desk piece already occupying space in his workshop.  Without cutting any corners Dave finished the crib (expandable to a bed when needed) by delivery time - Thanksgiving Day, 2020.  Jackson is in a happy place.   Read about it here.

    You can send your congratulations and appreciation to the proud woodworking grandfather here.

  • February 16, 2021 4:00 PM | Vincent Valvo (Administrator)

    Posted pictures from the February 2020 Guild meeting "Wood Hinges" by Rob Cosman.

  • February 14, 2021 8:07 PM | Vincent Valvo (Administrator)

    Listed two upholstery companies in new Resource Links tab called "Upholstery".

    If you are aware of additional upholsteries in our coverage area, forward the name with contact information to the Web Master by clicking the bottom tab CONTACT on the HOME page. 

  • February 14, 2021 7:00 AM | James Russell (Administrator)

    A video of the presentation made my Rob Cosman to the Guild has bee posed to the Video Library

    Wooden Hinges

  • February 01, 2021 4:55 PM | Vincent Valvo (Administrator)

    Andrew Davis, writer of the Bevel Cut column, is at it again.  (Don’t worry it has nothing to do with math.)  This time Andrew raises a different set of questions.  What purpose do some commercially advertised tools have?

    For woodworkers who have not unsubscribed to their websites and given the marketing push of these retailers, it’s hard to escape the two tools that Andrew assesses and looks for answers from you.

    Check out a couple of Useless Tools.

    Andrew welcomes your feedback.

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