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Our next Guild meeting is scheduled for Thursday, May 9th at 7:00pm in the Woodcraft store on Holcomb Bridge Road. This will be hands-on demonstrations of various sharpening systems, tools, jigs and techniques. There will be 6 stations for attendees to choose from and you can move from one station to another at your discretion. Come and enjoy a hands-on night and learn more about sharpening edge tools, like chisels and plane irons.
2019 Spring Symposium

The Guild held its 2019 Spring Symposium on April 6th and 7th featuring Bob Van Dyke, Director of the Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking. On Saturday morning (April 6th), Bob introduced his unique method of cutting dovetails by sharing his thoughts on tool steels for chisels, preferring the new PMV11 tool steel from Veritas as his top choice. He also prefers O1 tool steel to A2. He shared his tip for using 5 minute epoxy to attach the wooden handle to the steel for a socket style chisel, as well as the use of 5 and 12 micron lapping film on ¼” plate glass for flattening the back of a chisel. For bevel sharpening, he prefers 1000 and 8000 grit Sharpening stones. Bob then shared a technique that involves the use of a Ridgid 18V trim router with a ‘bat house’ to remove the tail waste and ensure a flat bottom for the dovetail. Glues recommended for dovetails include Titebond for loose joints and Old Brown Glue for tight joints.
The Saturday afternoon session focused hand planes.The use of both bevel down and bevel up planes (Stanley or Lie-Nielsen #62) was discussed, and sharpening advice was provided for both types of irons.He demonstrated the use of a small 1/8” thick pine block of wood to verify camber in the plane iron and to confirm that the iron was correctly seated in the plane.The correct technique for holding the plane was shown, and he exerts pressure to push down on the knob, not grasping around the knob with your fingers.He recommends using paraffin ‘canning’ wax to lubricate the sole of the plane, and ended the day with the creation of some very wispy shavings with his Stanley #4 smoother.  

Sunday focused on the use of the table saw and some shop-built accessories that can make a table saw even more effective.He recommends the SawStop Industrial model because of the better cabinet access, and making zero clearance throat plates, referencing his article on that topic in Fine Woodworking.  Another useful trick is wiping your saw surface, and other cast iron tools, with wax paper to reduce friction and provide greater control of the work piece.Bob demonstrated the use of an L fence, again referencing his Fine Woodworking article on the subject.Mark Duginske’s book regarding the table saw was highly recommended.  

The Symposium concluded on Sunday afternoon with a quick tutorial on sand shading, a technique often used to develop paterae typically seen on Federal style furniture.‘Sugar sand’ from Sanibel Island was placed in a small cast iron skillet and heated by a propane burner.Small pieces of veneer were placed in the sand to scorch one edge, and when assembled into a fan, presents as a shadow, giving the illusion of a 3-D work of art.  

The two-day symposium was viewed by all as highly educational.   

Brent Richardson
President’s Message 
May 2019
Gary Fader
More About Tool Sales

In the January 2019 President’s Message, I described our new guidance document for how we would handle requests for assistance with selling tools or accepting tool donations.This past month we had a significant experience in assisting a surviving spouse with selling a rather extensive shop.Several Guild members, under the guidance of Jim Milam, helped assign sale prices to each item, advertise the sale arrangements, and stage the entire inventory.The results were truly impressive. Practically all items sold for approximately 50% of their retail value (nearly everything was in excellent condition) and the owner was quite pleased and most appreciative of our efforts. A letter of appreciation is provided below.

However, there is a “however.” Many Guild member hours went into preparation for this sale. Those who spent the time were pleased to do it. They, and others who attended the sale got some great tools at great prices. In addition, the unsold items were donated to the Guild and will be offered for sale through advertisement or at the tool swap in June. Now the question becomes “what about next time we get a similar request?” Will someone step up to coordinate the sale and will others donate the time involved in preparation? Several factors may be involved, such as, timing, location, size of inventory, etc. More than likely, we will be asking for your help.

April 21, 2019

Mr. Gary Fader
Mr. Jim Milam
Woodworker’s Guild of Georgia

Dear Gary and Jim:
There are no words sufficient enough to thank you and the many members of the guild for your endless hours of work in the sale of my husband’s woodworking equipment.What was an overwhelming task for me actually turned into a pleasant experience getting to know your members over the last several months.

The proceeds from the sale were amazing and will help me renovate a very old, leaky bathroom in my home.It is very satisfying to know that Ennis’ equipment and tools are going to be used by the members of your organization as well as other serious craftsmen.And it is also nice to know that folks who are just starting this craft will benefit from a good price on their first tools as well.

I want to express my sincere thanks to all of your members who participated in this massive project.It was great to meet all of you who spent countless hours in my garage sorting through and identifying items that were scattered about – both old and new.I so appreciate your respect for my husband’s many mementos.Of course, it was also very kind of all of you to make friends with my Wheaten Terrier, Sadie!She looks for you each time we go down to the garage.
I look forward to seeing you all again at some point.If I can assist you in working with other “widows” in any way (except identifying tools!), please let me know.Your group made a difficult process easy for me – and profitable - although that was of secondary importance to me.

Margaret F. O’Neal


We are excited to be in the final stages of setting up and testing the new Woodworkers Guild of Georgia website.The new site will offer a cleaner yet comprehensive look that will be easier for members to navigate and accessible on your computer or mobile device.We will be set up on WordPress, the most frequently used platform for websites today which will provide a robust and flexible platform for our current and future needs.

Some of what we are expecting to experience includes:
?Better visibility to events calendars
?Improved display and search capabilities for the DVD library
?On-line access for newsletters going back to 2001
?Improved communication links through the new Membee membership portal which will expand our capabilities for automatic renewals, on-line sign up for events, and more
?Improved forums 
?Access to Guild organization and operating documents 
Once we are up and running we also want to expand our display of member projects through Gallery and Instagram links.  

We hope to launch by early summer.Look for more updates to come.

Audio/Visual System Installed At Woodcraft
By Jim Milam

Last month's meeting debuted significant enhancements in the audio/visual experience of our meetings.  There are now two large flat screen TV's mounted high on the wall in Woodcraft's classroom.  But that's only the beginning.  Two new ceiling mounted cameras with pan, zoom and tilt capability are also in place, and there is a new audio system.  The cameras and sound system are controlled from a console that includes a joy stick and switching capabilities.  With the exception of the aforementioned second TV (donated by the local SAPFM chapter), all of the new equipment was purchased by the Guild.

Operationally the new system is very flexible and will accommodate the image from any one of three cameras; and/or the feed from a speaker's laptop computer can be projected to any one of the two TV's.  Two new ceiling mounted speakers greatly enhance the sound quality for anyone in the classroom, regardless of where you are sitting.

This AV project is an excellent addition to our meeting space, and we need to show our appreciation to Woodcraft for the use of the classroom.  This is done by expressing thanks to Robert Stebbins, manager of Woodcraft, and by purchasing woodworking tools and supplies while there.

The design and installation of this new system is the work product of Guild member Michael Lawsky.  Michael has extensive audio/visual design experience and without his effort we would have been in deep soup (or we would have paid a considerable sum to accomplish the task).  At the March meeting our President, Gary Fader, presented Michael with a "thank you" plaque, and a gift card.  May I suggest that each of you take the time to thank Michael for his contribution of time and expertise.

It is significant to note that more than half of the cost of this new equipment was funded by the sale of woodworking equipment donated to the Guild.

Show 'N Tell
Don't forget Show 'N Tell at the May
Guild Meeting  

Upcoming Tool sale and Guild Picnic

Mark your calendars for Saturday June 15th, 2019.

In June, we will not have a regular Thursday night meeting. Instead, on Saturday, June 15th we will have a piknik and tool sale/swap at John Jones' shop. The tool sale/swap will begin at 9:00 am and the Guild's family piknik starts at noon. Families are invited and the meal is free to Guild members, their guests, and prospective members. Mark your calendars for June 15th and plan to bring your family, tools and woodworking items that you would like to sell or trade! We already have about 400 small and large items that will be priced to sell and the proceeds from these go to the Guild. So far sale items include power & hand tools, jigs, wood, dust collectors, joiner, bandsaw, power sanders, etc. Lots of Guild members have already expressed interest in bringing more items for sale or trade. More details will be provided as we approach the June 15th event date.

Free Demonstrations

Rockler:   6690 Roswell Road / Sandy Springs
                                425 Ernest Barrett Pkwy / Kennesaw

May 11:    11:00     Tablesaw Safety with MicroJig
May 18:    11:00      Spray on Finishes
May 25:    11:00      Dovetails Made Easy
Jun 1:       11:00      Wood Turning Techniques-Garden Tools

Woodcraft:   8560 Holcomb Bridge Road / Roswell   
May 11:   1:00      European Hinges   
May 18:   1:00      CNC Demonstration 
May 25:   1:00      Simple Finishes
Jun 1:      1:00      4 Squaring

Trading Post - Buy and Sell 

The Guild Website contains an interactive area for Guild members to place adds to Sell their woodworking related items, or Buy items that have been posted by others. 
Trading Post - Buy and Sell  is located on Message Board on the Resources Dropdown.

Click on   to go directly to the Trading Post
The Guild Board of Directors

Gary Fader   President   770-977-7271
Art Sanders   Treasurer   678-472-9117
Nuane Neely    Community/Charitable Projects    770-922-1933 
John Champion    Woodworking Show 2019   404-307-0817
Tom Melcher    Patron Sponsors     770-851-1098
Jim Milam     Spring Symposium 2019   404-255-2314
Tom Risoli     Website Administrator I   770‐335‐8962
Steven Sheppard    Website Administrator II   770-316-7160
Jim Milam    Tool Sales   404-255-2314

John Champion    Vice-President, Secretary    404-307‐0817
Roger Moister    Librarian   404-355-5033
Ken Kraft   Membership   262-894-1725
Brent Richardson   Scholarships   704‐995‐4920
Gary Fjeld    Newsletter   404‐234‐5616
Jim Wright    Audio Visual   404-644-9156
John Jones   Program Committee Chairman   678-576‐7263
Michael Lawsky  Communications    770-329-6548
Nuane Neely  Mentoring    770-922-1933
Support Your Woodworkers Guild of Georgia Patron Sponsors 
Proof of Guild membership is required by Patron Sponsors that offer discounts. Your membership card can be printed from our Guild website. Login and go to Guild Info > Members Only, and click on Membership Card. If you would like to pick up your membership card at the next Guild meeting, email us with your member name.

CAG Lumber - CAG Lumber is known for the largest selection of live edge slabs and unusual woods from all over the world. 
We sell on the net, not the gross, so you take home what you pay for with no added on or hidden fees.  We can saw your logs, kiln dry, resaw lumber, plane, straight line, and glue up ready.  We are large enough to handle your needs and small enough to give one on one personal service.  Guild members show membership card to receive 10% off most items, except items on clearance or discounted.  Check out our web site, we stock a lot more than is listed. Website

Fintech Abrasives - For over 25 years, Fintech Technologies has been fabricating belts, sheets, rolls and other abrasives. They also have extensive experience with the application of the newest materials in coated abrasives. Family owned and operated in Belding, MI, Fintech is a highly respected company that takes pride in its excellent product quality, unmatched customer service, and superior technical support. Guild members are welcome to order products, as well as contact them with questions. Call them at 1-888-223-8768.Website

Highland Woodworking - Providing fine woodworking tools and project supplies since 1978, Highland defines itself as a learning community. The store has attracted nationally known teachers and authors including Tage Frid, Sam Maloof, Michael Dunbar, Rude Osolnik, Toshio Odate, Dale Nish, Mark Duginske and many others in Highland’s ongoing program of seminars and workshops. We have some great woodworking class opportunities coming up at Highland Woodworking! We have classes and seminars every week that include basic sharpening techniques, turning, finishing, project builds, and much more! Click to see our class schedule. Their catalog of fine woodworking tools and workshops is available online, or visit its fully-stocked store at 1045 N. Highland Avenue in Atlanta, 30306. 404-872-4466. Website

Peach State Lumber Products - We are dealers of high grade/cabinet quality hardwoods, plywood, softwood, veneer and also carry a full line of cabinet grade plywood and turning blocks. We welcome small quantity orders and have a retail sales area open to the public. We also carry Hettich brand hinges and drawer slides. We have hardware screws and pocket hole screws. We now have live edge slabs in multiple species, great for bar tops, mantels, etc. Show your Guild membership card to receive their 500 b.f. price on any qualifying purchase. Located at 4000 Moon Station Road, Kennesaw, 30144. 770-428-3622. Website

Peachtree Woodworking Supply - Peachtree is a producer and retailer of high quality woodworking products with a goal of providing the woodworker with the hard to find tools and accessories. They stock over 6,000 different woodworking items. Those items include a wide selection of abrasives, books, DVD’s, clamps, router bits, glue, t-track, dust collection, and much more.  Peachtree also carries the major brands. The store is located at 6684 Jimmy Carter Blvd., Suite 100, Norcross, GA 30071,   770-458-5539.  Store Hours: Mon – Fri 9 am.- 5 p.m., Sat 9 am - 3 pm. Website 

Redmond Machinery - Specializes in new and used woodworking and metal working machinery in a 25,000 square foot showroom. We stock machinery, accessories, and supplies from top-name manufacturers. Bargain hunters, check out our large inventory of used and scratch and dent machinery and accessories. We are a source for older American made Powermatic and Delta parts. We invite Guild members to stop by to visit us. We are located at 58 Weldon Rd.,  Palmetto, GA 30268, 770-683-7297 or 800-428-9898 Website

Rockler Woodworking and Hardware - (Two Locations) - Rockler began as a mail order woodworking supply company and today the retail chain stretches across the United States. Our magazine, Woodworker’s Journal, is dedicated to offering plans, techniques, product reviews and tips to woodworkers. Our goal is to be your go-to woodworking resource. Please mention you are a Guild members BEFORE your purchase to receive 10% OFF everyday (normal exclusions apply). We invite you to visit us at 6690 Roswell Road in Sandy Springs 404-460-1000, OR 425 Ernest W. Barrett Pkwy in Kennesaw 678-383-0087.  Hours are Monday-Friday 9 am to 7 pm, Saturday 9 am to 6 pm, and Sunday 11 am to 4 pm. On Saturdays we have free demos.  Website

Suwanee Lumber Company –  Is a specialty hardwood supplier for custom cabinet and furniture makers as well as the general public. Suwanee features hardwood lumber with matching plywood and other materials to make every project a work of art. Please show your Guild membership card when shopping to receive Level 4 pricing (1,000 b.f. pricing). Their location is 540 Satellite Blvd. in Suwanee, GA 30024.  770-945-2102.   Website

Woodcraft - (Two Locations)  –  Has been a woodworker's favorite source for quality hand and power tools, equipment and supplies (including wood). Cabinet makers, wood turners, carvers and woodworkers in general rely on our friendly, experienced staff that is always available to help with the selection of tools and supplies as well as provide helpful advice on individual projects. We have fully equipped classroom facilities. Guild members receive 10% OFF qualifying purchases during our monthly Guild meeting or Symposiums at the Alpharetta store. Stop by our store at 8560 Holcomb Bridge Road in Alpharetta, GA 30022, 770-587-3372  OR our West side Store at 351 Thornton Road in Lithia Springs. GA 30122, 770-485-5636. Website
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