September 2017

Advancing the art and understanding of fine woodworking!

How to Design, Cut, Glue, Clamp, Sand, 
and Finish Small Projects   
with Ted Baldwin 
A lot of Woodworkers [ Experienced and Beginners ] never make, or attempt to make, any type of small project. 

The reasons might be, that in the past, they had problems they couldn't solve, when dealing with the following questions:
            [1] How to design and create small projects, that are different and appealing ?
            [2] How to select the right wood, for the best effect on the project ?
         [3] How to safely cut the small stock for the project ?
            [4] How to glue and clamp regular and odd-shaped small projects ?
            [5] How to sand and finish the small project ?

    At the Woodworkers Guild of Georgia meeting on September 11, Ted will show you some of the ways he solved those problems.  Bring your questions.   He might not be able to answer all of them, but he will be able to answer a lot of them.   Other
members in attendance, will be welcome to share information on how they solved some of these problems, as well.

Box Making with Jim Milam Featured at August Guild Meeting

Jim Milam shared his vast woodworking knowledge and experience, with a room full of attendees, at the August Guild meeting.  As always, Jim's excellent presentation was well organized, informative, and enjoyable.  Thanks Jim !
Following is his outline, with a few added Notes taken by the Editor: 

 What is a box?   What Are its Uses / Purposes? 
(Google search showed 4+ billion possible sites)
Definition  =  Container made of wood used to store something useful or valuable while at the same time displaying your woodworking skills. It may be used for:
• Decoration
• Gift or sale
• Utilitarian (tool box, kitchen/food storage, cedar chest)
• Dedicated use (cremation ashes, flag display, tea caddie, or jewelry box)

What Makes A Good Box?
• Design (proportions in balance, aesthetically & functionally pleasing)
• Material (wood) selection
• Craftsmanship (joinery & surface prep)
• Finish (finish should invite you to touch)

Construction Types
• Turned     
• Band sawn
• Routed
• Joined of straight parts

Joint Types
• Miter (not reinforced)
• Spline miter
• Keyed miter
• Dovetail keyed miter
• Biscuit reinforced miter
• Miter reinforced w/ veneer
• Lock miter
• Finger joint
• Box joint
• Thru dovetail
• Half blind dovetail
• Double blind dovetail

Notes:  Joint style choices, as well as species choices, give us many creative design options.

He highly recommended reinforcing miters for strength and longevity.
Veneer can be used for keyed miters.  Use a blade, such as a dado blade, that results in a flat and square bottom.
He uses a 1/16 or 3/32 blade for thinner applications of splines and keys.

He uses a dedicate sled for his miters on the table saw.

Also illustrated his box joint jig, and recommended that the end grain be slightly recessed for clamping the glue-up.

Showed and explained his jig for cutting miter splines.

In making a box with curved sides, whether concave of convex arcs, his fairing block for sanding (after excavating, spokeshaving, or band-sawing the arc) was shown.  Maple strips, thinly ripped to allow flexibility, connected with a handle on each end with sticky sandpaper adhered to the face, work great in the final smoothing / preparation. Different thickness of maple result in varying flexibility of the fairing block.

For tracing curves, the maple strips can be attached with string to maintain the desired arc.

• Sliding lid box
• Ribbon handle box
• Heirloom music box
• Curved-lid treasure box
• Contoured keepsake box
• Tool chests
• Decorative keepsake box
• Modular shop storage boxes
• Routed box

2. FWW #201 article by Doug Stowe
3. DVD by Doug Stowe in WWG library
4. “The Basic Box” video by Ray Key published by Craft Supplies
5. Google
• decorative wood boxes with lids
• artistic boxes
• decorative wooden box plans
• wood magazine

See also the Boxes that were made and shared by members at the August Show 'N Tell, in conjunction with Jim's Boxes presentation.

Segmented Projects Turning Course
By Gary Fader

With the benefit of a scholarship from the Wood Workers Guild, I attended a course at the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC, entitled "Staved Segmented Turning Projects for the Kitchen".  The course took place during the week of August 13, 2017.  The instructor, Jason Swanson from Minnesota, had glued up the segmented blanks for a pen, a pepper mill, and a handle for an ice cream scoop.  It was necessary for him to do this in advance so that the glue would be fully dry before we drilled out the holes in these blanks to prepare for turning. Although the class focused on how to do the drilling and turning for these projects, Jason presented a slide show on how to cut the staves and prepare the blanks.

In addition to enjoying the class and tuning up my limited turning skills, I came home with useful products that look great in my house (see attached photos).  Spending the week at the Campbell school is a most enjoyable experience; the course catalog is extensive with lots of woodworking classes and I would recommend them to Guild members.
Board of Directors

With the election of officers just around the corner at our November meeting, we still need volunteers for the following positions on the Board for 2018:  Vice-President/Secretary, Wood Show, Membership, and Website II.   

Serving on the Board is very rewarding, with good folks to get to know and work with, all with the common goal of making the Guild an enjoyable and educational forum for the enhancement of the craft of woodworking, which is obviously special to us all. 

So please consider serving on the Board, you will not be disappointed, and it will not consume too much of your time.     
 Show 'N Tell

Show 'N Tell was again enjoyed at the August 14th Guild Meeting at Woodcraft in Roswell.
Following is a recap, with photos, of the  projects that were shared with attendees at the August Meeting.

Roger Moister  -  Federal Style Tea Caddy 
Gary Fjeld -  Finger Joint Box 
Ken Slaughter  -  Double-Double Dovetail Box
Gary Fader  -  Jewelry Box w/ Drawer and Hinged Shelf
John Nielsen  -  His Box from Roy Underhill's  Class
Steve Walls  -   Turned Knitting Bowl

Tom Melcher also showed dovetail cutting jig for the bandsaw, as an introduction for members to show "Tips and Tricks" at Show 'N Tell.
Turners' Group

The "3rd Monday" Turners' Group meets again on September 18th 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, September 11      Monthly Meeting
Woodcraft - Roswell   6:30 PM
Cutting, Clamping, Gluing and Finishing Small Projects with Ted Baldwin
and  Show 'N Tell  including  Tips & Tricks

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

Monday, October 16
Rockler - Kennesaw   6:30 PM
Turners' Group

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

Monday, November 13      Monthly Meeting
Woodcraft - Roswell   6:30 PM
Resawing Boards with Jim Milam

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

Free Demonstrations

Rockler   6690 Roswell Road / Sandy Springs
                 &  425 Ernest Barrett Pkwy / Kennesaw
Sept 9:     11:00    WorkSharp Sharpening System
Sept 16:   11:00    Boxes with Rockler's Miter Fold Dado Set
Sept 23:   11:00    Vacuum Clamping

Woodcraft    8560 Holcomb Bridge Road / Roswell   
Sept 9:      1:00     Resawing Basics
Sept 16:    1:00    Black Dag Salvage Paints
Sept 23:    1:00    Making a Custom Knife
Sept 30:    1:00    Spoon Carving with Hand Tools
Oct 7:         1:00    From Two-by-Fours to Toys

For Sale:

Enclosed is a list of Woodworking Equipment, Machines and Tools that I have for sale.  
9 Braemore Drive, Atlanta GA 30328.  
Glyn Philpot   404-459-9799

Cabinet Makers Bench made of beech wood, 7'-0" long by 2'-2" wide with end cramp, metal vise, dogs & hold-down clamp.     $600
10" Table saw 1.5 hp 220V with 4 blades 7" Dado set, 7" Variable Dado saw & Moulding cutters set.  (Table saw is called 254MM, and was purchased in Spain with a dual 115/220 Volt 60 Cycle motor     $ 500

JET Jointer JJ6CS      $350
JET Woodworking Lathe JWL-1236 35" x 12" Metal stand, swivel head full set tools, 3 jaw chuck & 2 tool rests     $550
JET 14"Bandsaw 14CS/OS Sliding fence     $450
DEWALT DW 733. 13" Thickness Planer on wood stand     $300
BLACKER & DECKER Scroll Saber Saw     $15
BLACKER & DECKER Bench Grinder 220 Volt     $10
BOSCH 7 1/2"Power Saw PRS66 220 Volt   $45
TASKMASTER 48" Drill Press with Mortise Attachments   $300
TRADESMAN Sanding Machine  w/  4" Belt & 6" Disc BD460VW    $50
BOSCH Plunger Router & Router Table 220 Volt with many Bits    $100
PORTER CABLE Plate jointer 577        $90
CAMPBELLL HORSEFIELD HVLW Paint Sprayer HV1000      $70
MASTERGRIP Multiple Machine tool set NEW in box $120
HOME DEPOT Shop Vacuum     $30
MAKITA Electric Hand Plane Model 1100 3 1/4"   220 Volt     $250

Many Electric Drills, Sanders, Staple Gun, Hand Planes, Shoulder Planes, Hand Saws, Chisels, Squares, Gauges, and much more.

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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