December 2017

Advancing the art and understanding of fine woodworking!

Resawing Boards with Jim Milam 
Featured at November Guild Meeting
At the November Guild Meeting, we were privileged to have Jim Milam teach and demonstrate the details, techniques, and skills needed for successful Resawing on the Band Saw. 

Resawing is the sawing of thick boards lengthwise, parallel to the width of the board, resulting in thinner boards or veneer; producing smooth, thin, flat boards of uniform thickness.  Anything else is a failure.

Following is an Outline Highlighting Jim's presentation:

               1.  Examples of Unsuccessful Resawing (aka Failure)
A.  Blowout - Blade blows/moves to  outside of board
B.  Bellied or Barrel Cut  -  Curved, not straight
C.  Angled Cut - not parallel
D.  Blade Binding / Burning in cut
E.  Cut surface too rough for efficient clean-up / smoothing

      2.  Reasons for Poor Results
A.  Board not flat and square
B.  Internal stresses in board due to growing conditions
C.  Uneven moisture distribution from uneven drying or drying too fast (case hardened) in            the initial lumber drying process
D.  Dull / dirty blade
E.  Wrong type of blade
      a.  Best Choice:  Variable Pitch Blade - 1/2 or 3/4 Wide
      b.  Skip tooth and hook tooth blades:  2nd best choices
      c.   Regular/standard tooth blade poor choice
F.  Fence not parallel to direction of cut
G.  Blade Deflection:  The force required to push workpiece into the saw blade                                    causes the back edge to go into tension and the front edge into compression.  When the          front edge compresses too much, it tends to jump sideways, out of the plane of cut.
      a.  It Causes blowout, twist/warpage, and bellied/barrel cut: classical buckling
      b.  Deflection theory formulas also were illustrated 
H.  Poor sawdust evacuation
 I.   Feed rate too fast or slow
J.   Bandsaw wheels not aligned on same plane
K.   Under-powered saw bogs down
L.   Thrust Bearings (upper and lower) not properly set
M.  Improper use of featherboard(s) can pinch blade and allow board to wander
       away from fence
N.  Fence not high enough - should be 6" -  even if board is wider

      3.  Good Blade Handling Practices
A.  Always wear gloves 
B.  Record date of blade installation such as blade label taped to saw
C.  Store blades in original packaging or cut label ID info from blade and tie to coiled blade 
D.  Keep blade clean and free of accumulated pitch
E.  With saw running, round off back edge of blade with blade tuning stone or finishing                    stone 
      Sparks will fly so clean dust on inside and around saw! 

      4.  Fence Design and Set-up
A.  Curved or Point Style
B.  Flat Style    -    Either style can be shop made 
C.  Height -  6" Max usually sufficient
D.  Set-up Fence is perpendicular to table and parallel to blade - Important!
       Use 12" square and flashlight to ensure accuracy 

      5.  Adjusting Blade to Fit Fence
A.  Theoretically, tracking of the saw blade on the wheels can be tweaked to cause the line             of cut to rotate inward (toed-in) or outward (toed-out)
B.  If done properly, this tweaking will result in the blade cutting parallel to axle of the                    wheel, and thus parallel to the miter slot
C.  Proper tracking means aligning the back of the blade's gullet in center of the tire.
      This will, again theoretically, orient the the blade parallel to axle of wheel, not toed-in
      or toed-out; resulting in a cut parallel to the miter slot
D.  You can then set the fence parallel to the miter slot to get a smooth, flawless cut

      6.   Adjust Fence to Fit the Blade
A.  Band Saw  blades are not all the same, and can even appear to have a 
      mind or their own
B.  Determine which way your blade wants to cut  -  You may need to align
      the fence with that direction

      7.  Safety
A.  Wear safety glasses and consider hearing protection 
B.  Keep fingers 2'' from blade and use push sticks and featherboards 
C.  If free of burrs, back edge of blade will not hurt you
D.  Workpiece can also be pulled through cut 

We greatly appreciate the time and effort Jim put into 
this excellent and educational presentation !

 Woodworkers' Guild of GA Board of Directors for 2018 
Elected at November 13th Meeting

The following is a list of nominees for Board of Director positions that were elected at the November 13th meeting:

The Guild Board for 2018: 
President:                                                    Gary Fader  
VP/Secretary:                                             John Jones 
Treasurer:                                                    Art Sanders   
Past President:                                          John Nielsen  
Programs Committee Chairman:      Ken Gregg 
Patron Sponsors:                                     Tom Melcher
Newsletter:                                                 Mark Haugland   
Membership:                                             John Nielsen  
Spring Symposium:                                Jim Milam  
Librarian:                                                     Roger Moister  
Scholarship:                                               Joe Rodriguez  
Communications:                                    John Jones  
Community/ Charitable Projects:     Nuane Neely 
Website I:                                                     Tom Risoli  
Website II:                                                    Steven Sheppard 
Audio/Visual:                                              Jim Wright  
Wood Show:                                               John Champion 
The January 8, 2018 Guild Meeting will also include a brief business meeting for approval of the budget as well as the formal installation of the Board.
Guild Membership Renewal 
Due by December 31st

A reminder that Membership Renewal for 2018 is now due.

Go to our  website  
"Membership Renewal" choices are located on the "Join the Guild" Tab
We look forward to Your continued membership, and Appreciate It !

 Show 'N Tell

Show 'N Tell was enjoyed by Attendees at the November Guild Meeting, with the following members sharing their excellent work:
Bob Forsthoffer  -  Cherry Night Stand
Mark McClurg  -  Cutting Boards (2)  
Dave Albin  -  Small Boxes (2)
Gary Fjeld  -  Relief CNC Carving
Ken Kraft  -  Stool and Hand Plane

The Tradition of Show 'N Tell, with judging by Attendees, will again take place at the Holiday Party on Dec. 4th.

If you are bringing a project, and haven't yet contacted Gary Fader to let him know, please contact him: 
678-702-4018  Or

Guild Communications
Are you receiving frequent Email announcements from the Guild?
The Guild is sending out several informative Emails each month,
including meeting reminders. The sender is always "The Woodworking Guild of Georgia" and the sender's email address is  (John Jones)

If you are not receiving them, here are some suggestions:
Check your SPAM or junk mail folder to see if the emails are being diverted there. If so, click on one of those messages and use the menu item often called "Not Spam", or click the Mark as Not Junk button.

You can also simply just add John Jones to your address book along with his Email:  and you will always get the Email in your Inbox from that point on.

If you still do not receive Emails from the Guild, send a note to John.

Turners' Group

The "3rd Monday" Turners' Group not meet in December, but will meet again in January 2018 
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!

Mark Your Calendars

The annualWoodworking Show will be back in town March 16-18 at the Cobb Galleria Center in Marietta.  We'll be looking for volunteers to offer some demonstration activities, project work exhibiting, and helping out with our table staffing.  If you have an interest, please contact John Champion at  or  404-307-0817.

Details, as well as an Entry Form are on the Guild Website  on the Activities Link / Drop-Down Box

Woodworkers’ Guild of Georgia
 Upcoming Events

Monday, December 4
Annual Guild Holiday Party
Atlanta Seventh Day Adventist Church / Dunwoody  6:30 PM

Monday, January 8
Monthly Meeting      Woodcraft  - Roswell   6:30 PM
Chisel Sharpening with Ken Gregg
Annual Guild Business Meeting
Program Topics Survey

Monday, January 15
Turners' Group      Rockler  -  Kennesaw  6:30 PM

Monday, February 12
Monthly Meeting      Woodcraft - Roswell  6:30 PM
Marking and Measuring  with Tom Melcher

March 10 - 11
SAPFM Event - Building Hand Planes   
Details in January Guild Newsletter

March 16 - 18
The Woodworking Show  
See above  article  "Mark Your Calendars" 
Cobb Galleria - Marietta

April 27 - 29
Guild Annual Spring Symposium 
featuring Rollie Johnson
Woodcraft - Roswell

May 19
Members Day & Tool Swap
Peach State Lumber - Kennesaw
Free Demonstrations

Rockler   6690 Roswell Road / Sandy Springs
                 &  425 Ernest Barrett Pkwy / Kennesaw
Dec 2:      11:00     Bandsaw Techniques
Dec 9:      11:00     Bowl Turning
Dec 16:   11:00     SuperMax Drum Sander

Woodcraft    8560 Holcomb Bridge Road / Roswell   
Dec 2:      1:00    Using Dyes in Your Finish
Dec 9:      1:00    Using Hand Planes
Dec 16:  1:00     Intro to the CNC

Numerous woodworking magazines, such as Woodsmith, Popular Woodworking, and Woodcraft.
Some dating back to 1980.
Call Ted Chapman at  770-952-8578  for more Information

For Sale:
PowerMatic 3520B Lathe  -  3 Years Old / Mint Condition
No Tools or Chucks Included
$2,500   Cash / Firm
Jim Tuttle 
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.

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

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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