August 2017

Advancing the art and understanding of fine woodworking!

Box Making with Jim Milam at the August Guild Meeting  

Guild member Jim Milam will be sharing his vast woodworking knowledge and expertise with his presentation on box making, at the August 14th Guild meeting at Woodcraft in Roswell. Design, joinery, wood choice, and finishing will all be discussed.   

Jim requests that Guild members wishing to participate in Show & Tell to bring a Box, to enhance the focus on and discussion of Boxes.  

Congratulations Jim ! 
 In the October 2017 issue of Fine Woodworking magazine (FWW no. 263), which was published and released about 2 weeks ago, Jim's dressing table was featured in the Gallery section on page 72.  The table was modeled after one at Winterthur, and is a beautiful piece with curved front and numerous inlay throughout.  Materials are Honduras Mahogany with Koa, and Holly and Black Dyed Veneers.  The table radius extends to the outside edges of the legs, rendering the legs trapezoidal in shape. 
Toy Assembly at the July meeting of the Woodworkers Guild of Georgia

by Gary Fader

At the July 10th meeting of the Woodworkers Guild of Georgia, 30 members provided their time and expertise to assemble toys which will be donated to patients at Scottish Rite Childrens Hospital.

The toys we completed that evening are small wooden trucks and five different puzzles.  Pine boards for the trucks were donated by Home Depot and plywood sheets for the puzzles were donated by Suwanee Lumber, thanks to Jim Milam and Tom Melcher, respectively.  Woodcraft generously donated their classroom, access to various saw machines, and scroll saw blades.

Previously, on June 22nd, ten Guild members met at Woodcraft and cut out the parts for 50 puzzles and 50 trucks (see the July newsletter).

For the July 10th meeting, members were asked to bring yellow or white glue in a dispenser suitable for applying thin lines of glue, as the toys have small parts.  Also, they were asked to bring a few small clamps to hold the parts in place while the glue sets.

The meeting room was set up with eight workbenches for toy assembly.  Following a demonstration of how to assemble the trucks, each member gathered the necessary parts, consisting of:  a chassis, 4 sides of the truck bed, a cab, an engine compartment, and 4 wheels and axle pegs.  These parts were then glued together.  Additionally, puzzle cut-outs needed to be glued onto backing boards to form the tray-style puzzles.

By the end of the evening, all 50 trucks and 50 puzzles were assembled, and comments from members indicated it was a most enjoyable and worthwhile project. 

Aerosol Lacquer Comparison 

By John Jones    
Most of the time, when I spray lacquer, I use my HVLP unit.

Occasionally, when I am working on a small item that requires multiple coats, I use aerosol cans of lacquer. I use aerosol cans to avoid multiple cleanings of the HVLP spray gun.

This week, while using aerosol cans and I only had 2 partial cans, one was Minwax brand and the other was Watco.  The lacquer itself seems to be the same, but there was a HUGE difference in the spray pattern, and therefore the coverage on my project.

The Watco product sprayed a “cone” pattern, while the Minwax product sprayed a “fan” pattern. When spraying a flat surface, the “fan” pattern is much more desirable to me than a “cone”.
Upon examination of the 2 spray nozzles, I discovered that the Minwax product has a nozzle that creates a “fan” pattern like a spray gun.  The little red plastic piece on the blue spray nozzle can be easily rotated to allow you to choose a horizontal or vertical “fan” pattern.

When spraying a very small item the “cone” pattern should work OK.  When spraying a flat or curved surface that requires multiple passes to cover the surface, my STRONG preference is the “fan” pattern with which I get better and more even coats.

I hope that this information will be helpful the next time you purchase an aerosol can of lacquer.

Air-dried Wood for Bending

By Mike Clark 

At the June meeting, Dr. Andy Wilkerson described how he built a chair that included steam-bent walnut and maple.   During that presentation, he stated that kiln-dried wood cannot be used for bending and that he was frequently unable to find air-dried wood.  Recently coming from the Midwest, I know there is a very large supply of both kiln and air-dried lumber that is advertised on Craigslist.

For those not familiar with Craigslist  is a URL on which sellers can advertise and buyers can search for items in various degrees of specificity.  As an example, opening Craigslist, you first limit the region you want to search from the list on the right side of the interface.  There are a number of common items to search for listed in the center of the page, but to look for something like air-dried walnut lumber, you would enter on the left column, just above the event calendar, something like walnut lumber.  Since each word entered must be included in the search, entering something like air-dried black walnut would likely find very few matches.   In the left column of the search response, there is a target you can select to expand the region you wish to search (as well as other options); after making these selections, you select 'update search'.

I searched places like Mansfield, Ohio, Indianapolis, Indiana, Southwest Michigan (in each case expanding the search area widely), among others using the search words walnut lumber.  I found considerable air-dried walnut in Mansfield, Columbus, and Indianapolis with prices ranging from $1-4/bdft.  It looked to me like the best offering was for $2 in Mansfield and Monroe. 
To get an idea of the incentive to drive there to get wood, it is about 650 miles each way; at $2.25/gal and 18 mpg, gasoline cost is $162.   If you buy 250 bdft of wood, it makes financial sense to drive that distance so long as wood there is 65 cents/bdft cheaper than here ($162/250 bdft= 65 cents/bdft, ignoring other costs such as oil, etc.).

I did not contact the suppliers to see if they ship, nor did I contact UPS etc to see what shipping charges would likely be. 

Editor's Note:  Mike Clark moved to the Atlanta area earlier this year, and immediately became a Guild member. Welcome to the Guild (and Atlanta) and thank you for sharing this, Mike !   

 Show 'N Tell

Show 'N Tell was enjoyed at the July 10th Guild Meeting at Woodcraft in Roswell.
Following is a recap, with photos, of the  projects that were shared with attendees at the July Meeting.
Thank You !

Ted Chapman  -  Shaker Boxes w/ Woodburning 
Jeremiah Warner -  Blanket Chest Plans and Carcass 
In conjunction with his presentation on Box Making at our August 14th Guild Meeting
Jim Milam requests that you
Bring a Box  for Show 'N Tell

Turners' Group

The 3rd  Monday Turners' Group meets at Rockler's Kennesaw location, located at 425 Barrett Pkwy. 
If you own a Lathe, if you turn, or if you simply have an interest in turning – no matter your skill level – please feel free to join us at 6:30 on the 3rd Monday at Rockler in Kennesaw !

Woodworkers’ Guild of Georgia
Upcoming Events  

Monday, August 14
Woodcraft - Roswell  6:30 PM
Box Making with Jim Milam
and Show 'N Tell  -  Bring a Box

Monday, August 21
Rockler - Kennesaw  6:30 PM
Turners' Group

Monday, September 11
Woodcraft - Roswell  6:30 PM
Cutting, Clamping, Gluing and Finishing Small Projects with Ted Baldwin

Monday, September 18
Rockler - Kennesaw  6:30 PM
Turners' Group

Saturday, October 21
Fall Mini-Symposium at Hardwoods Inc.   9:00 AM
Lumberyard Visit Preparation and Wood Selection

Free Demonstrations

Rockler   6690 Roswell Road / Sandy Springs
                 &  425 Ernest Barrett Pkwy / Kennesaw
Aug 12:    11:00    Box Making featuring the Miter Fold
Aug 19:    11:00    Box Joint Construction
Aug 26:    11:00    Wood Finishing

Woodcraft    8560 Holcomb Bridge Road / Roswell   
Aug 12:     1:00     Festool Domino
Aug 19:     1:00     Cabinet Scrapers
Aug 26:     1:00     CNC Machines
Sept 2:      1:00     Hand Tool Appliances
The Guild Board of Directors

John Nielsen,  President   770-434-3812
Joe Rodriquez,  Treasurer   224-659-2225
Community/Charitable Projects   Open  
Nick Zicchino,  Woodworking Show 2017   770-237-2280
Tom Melcher,  Patron Sponsors    770-851-1098
Nuane Neely,  Spring Symposium 2017   770-922-1933
Tom Risoli,  Website Administrator   678-513-0887
Programs   Open
Gary Fader,  Vice-President, Secretary   770-977-7271
Jim Milam,  Member at Large    404-255-2314
Roger Moister,  Librarian    404-355-5033
Kevin May,  Membership     404-735-9807
Ken Gregg,  Scholarships   678-799-6157
Mark Haugland,  Newsletter   678-294-8043
Jim Wright,  Audio Visual/Member at Large  770-973-4692
John Jones,  Communications   678-576-7265
Gary Fader,   Program Committee Chairman   770-977-7271
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.

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

Hardwoods Incorporated -  A division of Atlanta Hardwood Corporation, Hardwoods Inc. has grown to become one of the largest hardwood distributors in the Eastern United States. Hardwoods Inc. stocks more than 100 species of domestic and exotic lumber, plywood, Arborite laminates and turning stock. When you think of wood, think of us. Open 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. Saturday. Guild members receive 10% OFF qualifying purchases. Located at 5400 Riverview Road, Mableton, 30126. 404.792.0910 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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