May 2017

Advancing the art and understanding of fine woodworking!

May Spring Mini-Symposium 

Change in Plans for May 20th Mini-Symposium

Our plans for the Spring Mini-Symposium at Peach State Lumber have changed. Unfortunately, our presenter, Mark Barr has had some medical issues that prevent him from leading a discussion on use of Routers.  We hope to have him make this presentation at some time in the future.

J.H. Northrop, owner of Kolonial Enterprises, a wholesale supplier of  wood to the industry (such as Peach State Lumber) will be doing the presentation.  

Topics:   Forests tell a story, trees are a paragraph, and boards are a sentence.  He wants to tell that story by giving a brief introduction about different types of domestic woods and where they come from, and then take the group around from stack to stack and tell us the story /details.  He will also talk about the definitions of plain, rift, and quarter sawn boards, as well as coloration and numerous other details.

To help us plan this event, please indicate your plan to attend on May 20 by sending an email to Gary Fader   or call him at (770) 977-7271.
 Also, please remember there in no regular meeting at Woodcraft on May 8th. 
The next regular meeting is June 12.

We hope to see you on Saturday, May 20, at Peach State Lumber Products for a very interesting and informative morning.

Registration and coffee and donuts begins at 8:30 and the program begins at 9:00.

Peach State Lumber Products
4000 Moon Station  Road
Kennesaw 30114

April Guild Meeting
As you may know, a Gordian knot has no ends and cannot be undone.  Alexander the Great
was able to undo it by slicing it with his sword.   Guild member James Porter, has done
better by slicing a four-by-four and inserting a Celtic knot into what becomes a rolling pin when he turns it.
James showed us how he does this, starting with laminating 4 different thin wood
boards to form a single board whose edge looks striped.  He often layers bubinga, maple,
walnut and purple heart.  This laminated board is then cut into 4 pieces which will be inserted
into the ash four-by-four, prior to turning. The ash board is first cut at a 60 degree angle and
one section of the laminated board is then glued between the two ash pieces.  James has
imported fine New Smyrna Beach sand to sift onto the glue before clamping in order to reduce
slippage of the angled surfaces during clamping.  After the first glue-up is complete, the ash
board is rotated 90 degrees and cut twice at a 60 degree angle in order to remove a slice of
wood.  James showed us a jig he made for the chop saw fence which allows careful removal of
the slice which is equal to the thickness of the laminated insert, minus the thickness of two saw
cuts.  Then a second piece of the laminate is glued in.  This is repeated two more times,
smoothing the ash four-by-four after each glue-up.  James then showed us how he turns the
rolling pin handles and wood pins to ensure that the handles rotate easily.  The end result is a
rolling pin which has a beautiful Celtic knot, which cannot be undone except by a sword (or a
chop saw).

James also told us briefly about the cabinetmaking course he took at Highland Hardware last
Spring.  He received a Guild scholarship to partially pay for the course.  He made his first
cabinet there from 3/4 plywood.  The course took a week and he learned all the steps in building
a sturdy cabinet with hidden European hinges.

Thank You James !

Also at the April Meeting, Mike Jenness of Looney Bin Trading Company, briefly described his business, which located in Buford.   They specialize in live slabs, which are cut on their own saw mill, which they was custom designed and built.  
Details at   

The Woodworking Show a Success

The Woodworking Show, held at the Cobb Galleria, made its 2017 visit to the Atlanta area on March 31st, April 1st, and April 2nd.  Attendance was strong, and the Woodworkers' Guild had many interested patrons stop by our Booth to look at the projects on display, demonstrations, as well as obtain info on the Guild.  We certainly look forward to securing some new members.

Many Guild members  brought a number of beautiful projects for display, and most entered the Annual competition.  We had an excellent turnout as well as participation - thanks to all.

Doug Pisik, took first place with his Urn on Turning entry in the Masters Division.  Second place was taken by Gary Fader with his Zig-Zag Jewelry Box.  Third place to Ken Slaughter with his double-dovetail Curley Maple Box.

Ken Slaughter, Gary Fader and Doug Pisik had additional entries in the Masters Division

In the Craftsman Division, both First and Second place went to Jeremiah Warner for his Walnut Dining Table (and Seating) and his Red Oak Coffee Table.  Bob Forsthoffer took third place with his Cherry Computer Work Surface-Toolbox.

Charles Downey entered his Quilt Stand and Tom Melcher entered his Curley Maple Book Stand.

Gary Fader's Auto Transport was on display along with John Nielsen's camp carvings of spoons, and a captured train, and the continuous chain with a captured ball that left lots and lots of on lookers puzzled. Tom Melcher prepared a board with the plaques of our patron sponsors.

Ted Baldwin was there to demonstrate his methods for safely cutting small parts, as well as displaying his beautiful earrings, bookmarks and boxes.

Other demonstrations  were Jim Milam on French Polishing, and Tom Melcher's hand cut dovetails.

Finally thanks to our guest judges, Roland Johnson, (lecturer and editor) and the guys from Gwinnett Turners: Jim Harvey, Wayne Morris and Steve Mellot as well as Ron from Gwinnett Woodworkers.

Thanks to All for making the Guild's representation at this Annual event a success !

Woodworkers Guild of Georgia
By Kevin May

Purpose:  Reward the member(s) whose efforts of promoting the Guild brings in the most visitors and new members.

Incentive:  Be the member who either brings the most visitors to regular Monday night meetings or the member who refers the most new members, you will receive your 2018 membership in the Woodworkers' Guild of Georgia for free.

(1) A guest registry will be made at each regular Monday night meeting (January through November) and the guest will be asked who enticed them to attend the meeting.  The registry will be recorded and reported at each month's meeting as to which members are bringing in the most visitors.  
(2) All new members will be asked who referred them to the Guild.  The online and hardcopy membership application forms will be updated to include a field for this data.  This will also be reported at each monthly meeting.

(*) If it happens to be that the same member wins both contests, they will receive their 2018 membership in the Guild for free and would also be able to receive a $45 discount on the 2018 spring seminar.

At this time, two members, Bob Forsthoffer and Mark Haugland have each brought 1 guest.
The competition has begun !

Save the Date

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 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  not be held at the May 20th Mini Symposium at Peach State Lumber, but will take place at the Guild Meeting at Woodcraft.
Following is what was shown at the April Meeting :

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.

Turner’s Group

The 3rd  Monday Turner's 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 have any 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, May 15
Turner's Group   Rockler - Sandy Springs  6:30                                                                                                                                                                            
Saturday, May 20   9:00 - 11:00  -  Registration at 8:30
Spring Mini-Symposium 
Peach State Lumber Products - Kennesaw   
J.H. Northrup of Kolonial Enterprises on Wood Characteristics 

   NOTE:  No 2nd Monday Meeting at Woodcraft May 8

Monday, June 12
Woodcraft 6:30 PM
Building a Michael Fortune Chair #1 with Andy Wilkerson

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
May 13:    11:00    Wood Finishing
May 20:    11:00    Pen Turning
May 27:    11:00    Laser Machines
                                                                                                                                  Woodcraft    8560 Holcomb Bridge Road / Roswell   
May 13:    1:00     Scroll saw
May 20:    1:00     Files and Rasps
May 27:    1:00     Stains 101
June  3:    1:00     Easy  Wood Turning Tools & The Carter Axe

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

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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