June 2017

Advancing the art and understanding of fine woodworking!

June Guild Meeting to Feature Andy Wilkerson 
on Building a Michael Fortune Chair  #1
By Roger Moister

The June 12th meeting at WoodCraft will showcase Guild member Andy Wilkerson to explain his building a Michael Fortune chair, as shown below.   Andy enrolled in the fall of 2016 in a Marc Adams class taught by Fortune, a master woodworker and Fine Woodworking Magazine contributing editor, to build the chair. The project entailed laminating wood for chair parts and constructing and using numerous jigs, which Andy will illustrate with slides.  He will also touch on covering the seat and applying the finish.  Andy made several trips to the Marc Adams School near Indianapolis to make the chair and then did a lot of the work in is own shop during the intervals.  Andy is an escellent presenter, and the project is fascinating so we will look forward to a very informative, enjoyable meeting. 

Hope to see you at WoodCraft - Roswell on June 12th starting at 6:30 PM. 

And Don't Forget Show 'N Tell.
Spring Mini-Symposium at Peach State Lumber
By John Nielsen

On Saturday May 20, we had the opportunity to meet at Peach State Lumber to get some education on the lumber we see, to include the trees that provide the lumber, and the forest types that the trees grow in.  Our presenter, J.H. Northrop of Kolonial Enterprises, is a fifth generation expert from the Pike Lumber family in Indiana, and is sought for his knowledge of forestry.  

J.H. provided the analogy that every forest tells a story, every tree is a paragraph in that story, and every board is a sentence.   He provided information about forest progression - how different species maintain their population, factors that can hinder growth of some species, while letting others thrive and overtake an area.  Influence of man’s use of forests and the land was explained and he shared tell-tale signs in the forest of human history, such as past farming and livestock grazing or foraging.  

Thickness of the forest has an impact.  Open areas allow for full sun, so the tree will grow smaller with a large canopy. Heavy growth has significant competition by all trees for available sunlight, so trees tend to grow tall quickly and have a small canopy.

Various species were discussed and examples of each were shown. 
- White oak is a survivor and quickly defends and mends itself - some 600-1,000 years old.  
- Red oak is porous - not good for boat building! 
- Maple is soft or hard and all sub-species produce sap for syrup.  
- Bird’s eye maple is only found in 120-mile area in Minnesota and it’s color tells you when and where it was cut.  
- Cherry that’s white/clear is from Pennsylvania; anywhere else has pitch pockets due to bark beetles.  
- Walnut is selfish – poisons the ground so only other walnuts can grow there.

Soil type was shown to have direct impact on what would grow and what could not.  Each species has a favorite type of soil in which it thrives and grows the best.  Some can only grow in one type, while others can manage in one or more.  The diameter of the heart of the tree can tell whether the tree had a tough life or not, and spacing of the annual rings conveys the growth pattern due to soil type and weather.  

Soil type was also explained as a key contributor in the color of the wood harvested.  Wood from a tree grown in clay soil will be reddish; brownish if grown in swamp/marsh conditions; chocolate brown if grown in black soil; and white or clear if grown in sandy soil.  This helped explain why boards of the same species in the same wood bin are not always the same color.

Boards themselves provide their own story.  Color tone was already explained, but how the wood is handled after harvest is also evident.  Wood kept in wood lots until milled is typically kept cool and wet – like it was when it was growing.  As we all know, wood that’s wet or green cuts easier with much less sawdust.   If not kept wet and cool, the wood begins to dry out and change to a grayish color or is stained as tanic acid runs within the felled tree.

Board surface also tells a story.  J.H. showed a few boards and then we toured the wood bins.
- Black marks running with the grain is often spalted wood.  This is a sign of ‘incipient decay’ showing how the infection spread.  Might also have a vinegar smell.   (NOTE: wear and use dust protection.)   
- Black marks appearing to radiate from one location is where a piece of metal was in the tree. (NOTE: use caution with tools because the metal may still be present.)    
- Specks could be mineral deposits, pitch pockets or worm holes.
- Channels are usually insect tunnels and discoloration is probably “bug poop.”
- Spacing of knots and cathedrals indicates where branches were located and could indicate whether the tree was in an open area or heavy timber; fast growth or slow.
Special note of thanks to Keith at Peach State for introducing us to J.H. and for working with all of us to make the Symposium a good time for all. 

J.H. is available for further information: 

President’s Corner 
John Nielsen, WWG of GA President


Spring has sprung – and we’re rapidly moving into the summer weather.  Long days and extra time to do stuff outdoors.   Kids are out of school.  Maybe you know a neighbor kid who has indicated an interest in woodworking and YOU can be the person who gets them hooked on a life-long passion for our craft.  His or her parents will thank you for taking the time, and Mom will bless you for any reprieve.

Speaking of time and reprieves, we have several Board members who have given a lot to keep all aspects of the Guild going, to include double-duty for the vacancies we’ve had.  Everyone who has served on the Board, currently or in the past, can tell you it was rewarding because they made a difference and fresh ideas kept the Guild going.  Personally, I can say I’ve gotten more out of it than I put in.
We must get a new Treasurer (by-laws and Federal law) to maintain our status.  Officer positions (President, Vice President/Secretary, and Treasurer) have term limits and must be rotated every two years.  We will have not only these required rotations, but also some other dedicated folks stepping down.  We are six months away from our next elections in November… and we need some of you to step up and volunteer. 
• You don’t have to spend a lot of time at this.  You don’t even have to attend all meetings.
• You don’t have to be a Master woodworker.   You don’t have to own a shop full of tools. 
• You don’t have to have a training transcript for 50 seminars you’ve attended. 
• You don’t even have to talk in public. 

• What you do have to have are three things:
1.  A passion for the art and craft of woodworking  
2.  A desire to see our Guild continue on - with current membership & attracting new members
3.  The ability and willingness to commit for at least one term

Please consider how you can contribute to the ongoing success of our Guild.  Talk to current Board members and find out what all the positions entail.  Then let one of us know by Email that you have an interest.  This is YOUR Guild and you do make a difference!! 

                                           ATTENTION !
All Wood Turners and those who would like to be.
We need your input.
The Turners’ Group has met for a couple years at the Sandy Springs Rockler location, but now that Rockler has opened a new location in Kennesaw, a couple options are available to us.  We can stay status quo at Sandy Springs; we can move the current group to the Kennesaw location; or if there’s enough interest, have a group at both locations. 

No matter what the outcome, hats off to Jeff and Dan for their offer to host us at their locations.
If you have an interest in the Turners’ Group meetings, please indicate your preference and send to John Nielsen at  nielsenja@inpo.org  by June 9.
• Keep it at the Sandy Springs location.  I intend to come next meeting (3rd Monday)
• Move it to the Kennesaw location.  I intend to come to the new location when it starts up
• Create a group at both locations.  I will help with what I can to coordinate.
Guild Charity Toy Making Event to Begin June 22 at Woodcraft

As you are aware, one of the Guild's primary objectives is to help charitable causes through our woodworking skills.  In past years, Guild members have made many toys for children in-firmed and their family members at Scottish Right Hospital.  This year, we are planning another such program and ask Guild members to give some of their time and participate in a toy-building program.

We have dedicated the July 10th main meeting to toys assembly.  To prepare for this activity, Woodcraft in Roswell has volunteered the use of its store shop area for fabricating the toy parts on June 22, from 2:00 pm to 9:00 pm.  Please mark your calendars for these dates and join us on June 22 as time permits in this very worthwhile activity.

The toys we will be making are pick-up trucks, tray puzzles, and wooden dolls.   Home Depot and Suwanee Lumber have graciously donated 100 bf of pine lumber and 3 sheets of 1/4 inch plywood, respectively, for this effort.

We hope to see you at Woodcraft on June 22nd and July 10th.   No need to bring anything but your interest and skills.    

 Show 'N Tell

Show 'N Tell will again take place at the June 12th  Guild Meeting at Woodcraft in Roswell. 
Following is a recap, with photos, of the  projects that were shared with attendees at the April Meeting.
Great Stuff !

Bob Forsthoffer  -  Cherry Computer Accessories Box and his Box Joint Jig (from Woodsmith plan) 
Kevin Wood - Two  Gorgeous Turnings
John Nielsen - Toy Carving - in Progress, Mini-surf Board, Decorative Bird House atop Turning, and Microwave Etching
Gary Fjeld - Scalloped Top Walnut Box

Bring a project you would like to share at our June 12th Meeting.

Turners' Group

The 3rd  Monday Turners' Group at Rockler continues every month on the Third Monday. 
We always learn quite a bit, pick up a few tips and techniques, and enjoy each other’s company and feedback. 

If you own a Lathe, if you turn, or if you simply have an interest in turning – no matter the skill level – please feel free to join us at 6:30 on the 3rd Monday 
at Rockler - Sandy Springs !

Woodworkers’ Guild of Georgia
Upcoming Events  
Monday, June 12
Woodcraft 6:30 PM
Building a Michael Fortune Chair #1 with Andy Wilkerson

Monday, June 19
Rockler - Sandy Springs  6:30 PM
Turners' Group

Thursday, June 22
Woodcraft - Roswell   2:00 - 9:00 PM
Guild Charity Toy Building  -   Initial Construction 

Monday, July 10
Woodcraft - Roswell  6:30 PM
Toy Making for Charity Project Completion

Monday, August 14
Woodcraft 6:30 PM
Box Making Joinery
Jim Milam - Coordinator

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

Free Demonstrations

Rockler   6690 Roswell Road / Sandy Springs
                 &  425 Ernest Barrett Pkwy / Kennesaw
June 10:    11:00     None Scheduled
June 17:    11:00     Table Saw Techniques
June 24:    11:00     Creative Drawer Making
July 1:           11:00     Miter Fold Box-Making Blade
                                                                                                                                  Woodcraft    8560 Holcomb Bridge Road / Roswell   
June 10:   1:00     Multi-Tool
June 17:   1:00     Turn a Bottle Stopper
June 24:  1:00     Relief Carving
July 1:      1:00     Oils and Waxes as a Topcoat     

For Sale

Stanley Sweetheart No. 62 Low Angle Jack Plane   $ 150
Brand New!   In the Original Box & Never Used !!
Please contact Roger Moister  404-355-5033   or  moisters2@yahoo.com

Bosch 4000 Jobsite Table Saw 
Well used, but only by hobbyist for home projects.  Includes the gravity stand, zero clearance throat and 6 inch Freud dado set.   Asking $ 350 or best offer.   Contact Kurt Batsel at 770-578-9696 
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 450 Highway 23 in Suwanee, GA 30024, 770-945-2102.  We're moving to a bigger and better location soon!   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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