Eastern Massachussetts Guild of Woodworkers

Upcoming Guild Events

September 14, 2019 8:30 AM • Sherborn Community Center, 2 Sanger Street, Sherborn. MA 01770 and Sherborn Town Forest
October 12, 2019 9:00 AM • Fowler Library, 1322 Main Street (Rte 62), W. Concord
November 09, 2019 9:00 AM • Jamey Pope's shop, 152 Commonwealth Avenue, W. Concord
December 14, 2019 9:00 AM • Woodcraft of Wapole
January 11, 2020 9:00 AM • Furniture Institute of MA, 106 Water St, Beverely

Upcoming Non-Guild Events

May 11, 2019 • Fruitlands Museum, 102 Prospect Hill Road Harvard, Massachusetts 01451
September 14, 2019 • 130 Watham St., Lexngton MA
October 19, 2019 9:00 AM • Old Sturbridge Village

Featured Piece of the Month

Upcoming Featured Piece Articles


Since the end of year EMGW meeting last June, your EMGW web administers have largely been on website vacation during the summer months.  New Featured Piece articles will commence when the new membership year is about to start in September.

New articles are ready for publication.  Look for these new submissions such as:

  • Model of the Original Alden House by Tom Shirley
  • Oak Cocobolo, and Glass sideboard by Jim Allen
  • Walnut, Spalted Maple, and Ebonized Walnut Armoire by Bob McKee

We are always looking for more articles.  Feel free to contact Vincent Valvo to discuss your furniture piece, jig, box, mentoring, or other related woodworking content.  This column is an attempt to show the diversity of skill and workmanship of the guild's membership - novice, intermediate, and advanced.

Annoucing Respecting The Grain - Fine & Functional Modern Studio Furniture

Look for the Lexington Woodworker's Guild show entitled "Respecting The Grain" at 130 Waltham St., Lexington, MA.  EMGW guild member Steve McKenna has been invited to be a presenter among other masters of studio furniture.

(Please excuse the quality of the promo ad.  It was a copy of a copy.)

ANNOUNCEMENT - First Guild Meeting of the 2019 - 2020 Year


We’re going to do something a bit different for our first meeting of the new season.

The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation sponsors, in conjunction with other groups such as MA Woodlands Institute, the Massachusetts Town Forest Conference, an annual event to promote understanding of our forests and their relationship to land use, wood products, wildlife, and conservation. This year it will be at the Sherborn Town Forest. This is an event for both adults and families with a wide variation in program components. A preliminary program is attached; a final program will be circulated when we receive it.

The Guild will participate in this event in place of our regular September meeting. This participation will be in three parts.

Part 1 – Forest to finished product: Making wood products with hand tools. We will have a “booth” within the barn (that was recently refurbished by North Bennett Street School’s Restoration Carpentry program) where we will use New England wood to construct some simple projects that the public can watch, ask about, and perhaps participate in.

Part 2 – Display. We’ll have one table allotted for members to show their work, which can be for sale, if desired.

Part 3 – General Participation: We encourage the Guild to attend the overall program. It will include sawing a log into lumber (for those that missed our trips to Barre the past two seasons), timber framing, joinery, a tour of the restored barn, forest management talks, woodland and wildlife walks, children’s events, etc.

Now for a few more details:

Part 1 – We’re looking for a few volunteers to man the booth and make stuff; one group of 3-4 from set-up until lunch (about 10:00-12:30) and the other from lunch to clean-up (about 1:00-4:00). We may also need a few volunteers to pre-make components for assembly at the booth, so if you’d like to participate but can’t attend on the 14th, you can still help.

We’ll need to bring our own chairs, tools, clamps/work-mates/small benches to work on (there will be standard folding tables to attach things to) and wood (the Board has authorized a budget for materials). We have not decided specifically on what we’ll make yet; that should be up to the group that volunteers. We are preliminarily thinking of one or two simple furniture products, perhaps a small shaker table, a stool, shaker boxes and something that may engage youngsters, such as assembling a precut birdhouse or toy.  If you would be interested in participating in this part, please send an e-mail to Don Michael, drmichael22@outlook.com .  This will involve a couple of meetings in the coming weeks to make more detailed plans, decide what to make, identify supplies needed, etc.

Part 2 – If you would like to display some of your work, or sell a piece or two, please send a picture and dimensions to Ken Zoller, kzoller@comcast.net.  We will have limited space and so must be selective. Please, no dining room tables or hi-boys and keep it to pieces made primarily with New England wood species.

Part 3For a preliminary program along with this article click here .  We will distribute a final program when it becomes available. There are many varied events; enough to interest anybody. The event is free, but if you want a free lunch, too, you must preregister so the caterer will have a have a headcount with you listed. To preregister online, click Conference Registration Form.

Bevel Cut

Who Owns What?

by Andrew Davis

Related imageThis month Andrew steps out into a new "cut" of his Bevel Cut column.  This thoughtful article lays out tables of brands that belong to the parent company, or as the title asks, who owns what?

For example, did you know that Porter-Cable belongs to the already merged conglomerate of Stanley Decker and Stanley.  DeWalt too!  How about Ryobi and Milwaukee (among others) are brands owned by Techtronic Industries?  Yep.  Skil and others are owned by Chevron.  OK, how about, who owns saw blade makers Freud and Diablo?  Find out in the article.

You probably know that Jet and Powermatic are owned jointly by JPW Industries.  But did you know that JPW and other manufacturing companies (Compass Health and TTG) are owned by TENEX Capital Management. [Ed.]

RIDGID is an interesting company.  Two conglomerates own different lines of RIDGID's business.  The list goes on.  You can read about it and tables of these ownership portfolios in Andrew's article Who Own What?

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.

Furniture Interest Group Meetings

Ever think about exchanging woodworking concepts, processes, jigs, fixtures, shortcuts, advice, and all thinks woodworking?  And on a summer day at the Cape?

Don Michael, dedicated leader of the Guild's Furniture Interest Group, organized a field trip to the home of Dr. Michael O'Neill in Harwich for a daytime July, 2019 meeting at the Cape.

After a lunch break the group toured the showrooms and shops at nearby West Barnstable Tables.  Thanks to Dr. O'Neill for hosting the group.

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. 

Moxon Vise Advise

Bob McKee shares his Moxon Vise build.