Guild Meeting April 17, 2013

We would like to thank all of you who took the time to complete the survey we sent out recently. We compiled some useful information and are working on doing some things that will help the guild be of more interest and more rewarding to its members.

One of the common threads in the survey results is the desire for meetings that involve more teaching and demonstration of woodworking techniques with hands on use of tools.  We have an excellent opportunity for just such a meeting this coming Wednesday April 17th at Al Swanson’s Shop in the Great Northern. (see map below)

Al is currently working on several chests that incorporate joinery techniques required for solid-wood-construction. During the meeting, we will discuss and demonstrate the application and use of sliding dovetails for drawer dividers using the router and a guide jig. We will also discuss and demonstrate the application and construction of telescoping web frames as drawer runners, using the table saw to make the needed mortise and tenon joints.  All of these joinery techniques will be executed with wood movement in mind — critical in building pieces that will endure over time.

We will meet at 6:30 PM and look to start the actual presentation by 6:45, lasting about an hour and a half. Hopefully we will see all of you there-it will be a good opportunity to get back together again and also to learn something and check out a pretty cool work space!  Any questions feel free to contact guild president, Jeff Camplese via email ( or call him at 459-5915.

Map of great northern
Here’s Al’s video of dovetails: