President’s Message

August, 2019

Gary Fader


In Dues Course

As I announced at the July Guild meeting, the Board has approved a $5.00 increase in annual dues to $50.00 for 2020 and beyond. While this change incurred considerable debate over two Board meetings, the decision was finally based on the following:

  • For proper fiscal responsibility, we need to balance our annual Operating Income with annual projected expenses. This will help avoid spending from our reserve funds, so they remain available for capital expenses, such as the audio/visual upgrade just completed.
  • The last dues increase occurred in 2010, when dues were raised from $35.00 to $45.00. We have over this time been able to effectively manage our expenses and avoid increases up to this point, even though membership has decreased somewhat.
  • In addition, some of our expenses have recently risen considerably, such as the addition of an accident insurance policy to cover members and fees for maintaining the new website which are a little higher than before.
  • A survey of other similar Guilds in the area has revealed that $50.00 appears to be common for annual dues, e.g., Gwinnett Woodworkers Association and Atlanta Woodturner’s Guild. SAPFM dues recently increased from $60.00 to $75.00 per year.

We will be accepting dues payments only through the WWG website using a payment service (probably Stripe) or credit card, or directly by check.  We will no longer accept cash currency payments (i.e., $50 in hard cash) for payment of dues or Symposium events.  In that way, the Guild will have a better record of who paid and avoid missing any record of cash currency payments, a serious problem in the past. Cash will still be accepted for non-critical items such as raffle tickets, T-shirts, and the like.

If a member fails to renew by their renewal due date, the renewal membership fee will rise to $55.  Any member who fails to renew within 60 days of their due date will dropped from the membership roster. 

You will receive an email letting you know when your next renewal is coming due.  Year 2020 dues payments must be paid by December 31, 2019, for those who were already members prior to the mid-May launch of our new website.  New members, including those who joined after the launch of the new website in mid-May, will have their annual renewal date occur on the anniversary of the date they joined the Guild. 

Another change we will be making is to conduct our annual business meeting in November instead of January.  This will allow us to present and gain approval of the budget before the  calendar year begins and approve any changes in the Board of Directors so the new Board can start at the first of the new year.

As always, your thoughts on any Guild matters are always welcome to me or any Board member.  This is our Guild and the more we each contribute to it, the better it will be.


The guild would like to thank the families of Fred Cox and Ennis O’Neal for the generous donations of the woodworking tools to the Woodworkers Guild of Georgia.  At the picnic held in June we were able to sell all the tools, with the proceeds going to the guild’s reserve funds.  We also thank all the members that donated their time to price and display the tools for the sale.  A really big thanks goes to John Jones for hosting the event at his shop. 


The July 11th guild meeting program was a digital presentation of the shops of four guild members. This included the shops of Charlie Levan, Gary Fader, Kenneth Reisman and Jessie Johnson.  Layout drawings of these shops were also included as part of each presentation and the combination of photos and layout drawings gave everyone a better understanding of each shop.  Thanks to Jim Wright for the photos of the shops.  

Charlie Levan’s Shop below

Click for link to shop plan, slideshow, and video.

Kenneth Reisman’s Shop below

Click for link to shop plan and slideshow.

Jessie Johnson’s Shop below

Click for link to shop plan, slideshow, and video.

Gary Fader’s Shop below

Click for link to shop plan, slideshow, and video.


August 8, 2019 at 7:00 PM

Jason Bent of Bent’s Woodworking, will be presenting a program on his journey as a woodworker and how he developed his woodworking business. 

There will be a strong emphasis on how to use social media platforms such as YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Etsy, LinkedIn, Pinterest, etc. to learn and improve your woodworking skills. 

In addition, he will explain in detail how he has successfully developed his woodworking business using these platforms, and how he has transitioned from a commission based business to a content based business. 

This promises to be a thought provoking presentation that will challenge and inform each of us whether we are beginners or seasoned woodworkers, or are interested in woodworking only as a hobby or as a paying business.

Upcoming Guild Meetings

September – Toy Assembly led By Nuane Neely

October – Mini-Symposium – Exotic Carving led by Sabiha Mujtaba

November – Mortise & Tenon Joinery

December – Holiday Party

January – Exploring Finishing Products; Dyes, Stains, Topcoats, etc.

February – Tentative – Exploring Finishing Application Methods; Brushing, Wiping, Spraying, HVLP Spraying


Instagram!  We want to make this a platform that our members use to share pictures of their projects, shops, jigs, or anything else that might be of interest to fellow woodworkers.  


Instagram is a social media app/website for sharing pictures and interacting with other people. Here is a link to a video for Instagram beginners

Instagram is a tool that is used on your phone.  Take a picture on your phone and post it to Instagram.

The easiest way to access our Instagram account is clicking on the button at the top of any web page on our new website. You can also follow our Instagram account by searching on Instagram for (WoodworkersGuildofGeorgia) or use this link It doesn’t have many pictures at present which is why we are asking you to start posting.


      Approach 1 – Send pictures to the WWG Website Gallery 

Send pictures to the Guild so we can post them on our public Instagram account. You can send your pictures to the Guild by emailing them to

Please include a brief description of the picture or project including relevant information such as kind of wood used, how it was finished, etc. You can include your name or Instagram account if you would like to be credited. 

The kind of pictures we are looking for are works in process or finished, recent or previous projects, shop pictures, jig pictures, cool tools pics or anything else you think Guild members or other Woodworkers would be interested in seeing. 

Please send us as many pictures as you can and as often as you can. 

      Approach 2 – Join Instagram and post images on your site that you share with the Guild

We would like to have as many members join Instagram as possible. When you join Instagram, you’ll be able to post your own pictures on your account. You will also be able to follow other guild members including the official Guild account. Then you’ll be able to see and comment on their pictures  

If you don’t feel comfortable sharing pictures, that’s okay. If you have an Instagram account, you can use it just to view other people’s pictures. 

In the future we would like to provide a list of suggested accounts for members to follow. Including other Guild members and famous Woodworkers. Having Guild members join Instagram will help the Guild and members out in many ways. 

  • The more people we have following our official account the easier it will be for it to grow. 
  • More people commenting on our photos will bring more people to our website that will hopefully join our Guild. 
  • Having Guild members follow each other on Instagram will help us stay in contact between meetings allowing us to help each other out by answering each other’s questions or just providing positive feedback on our current projects.
  • Please help us by contributing to our Instagram story.

Activate your account on the new Guild website

The Guild has launched the new Guild website at  All members should have received an activation email directing you to create your new login and to update your profile. If you have not activated your account, we will be sending the activation email again, so be sure and check your spam or junk folder if you don’t see it.  Also, feel free to email and request that the activation email be sent to you again.


New Website Launched

The new Guild website is up and running!  Please visit the site and check out what is there.  You can find…

  • current and past newsletters
  • announcements about upcoming events
  • directory of our excellent DVD library resources
  • information about our scholarship award programs which every member can use
  • outline of our mentoring program and available mentors
  • link to our new Instagram account where you can view and contribute content
  • documentation of the Guild Board policies, guidelines, position descriptions, and members
  • and much more

We are continuing to develop further new content for our members to enjoy.

Show ‘N Tell

Two guild members participated in the July Show ‘N Tell.  Milton Miller showed two convex side boxes he made, using his ‘Convex Curve Cutter’ Bandsaw jig.

Gary Fader showed two of his toys.

The next Show ‘N Tell will be during our August meeting.  Bring your latest projects to share with Guild members.

Let us see your projects, jigs, tools, and shop pictures on Instagram

It is easy and fun to participate in our Instagram Gallery, and very simple!  Here’s how…

  1. Using your phone, take a picture of something you’d like to share with other members
  2. Select the image on your phone and select Mail
  3. Enter the email address in the “To:” field
  4. In the text field area where the image shows, write a few words to describe the image.  For example … “Here is a work aid I use to help me do glue ups – John Smith” Be sure to include your name, as well as any hashtags. Hashtags allow your photo to be searched on in Instagram, and they look like this: #woodworking #jig #glueups #
  5. Press “Send” … when prompted to select the image size, select “Actual” which will give us the best resolution

That’s all it takes and you can do it in less than a minute!

You can visit our Gallery by clicking on the Instagram icon at the top right of the Guild website  (see below).  Click on any image to see a description of it.

We are looking for pictures that show all types of projects and activities from the beginner to the advanced level.  Remember we are trying to attract the interest of people who want to learn more about woodworking and most of them are probably just starting out.  So there is nothing that is too basic to share.

Add Your Picture To Your Guild Profile

On the new Guild website you can now include a photo in your profile.  Doing so will help your fellow members get to know you faster since they can more readily associate your name with your face.

It is very easy to do from your computer or your phone.  

     1.  Identify a “head shot” picture that you can use, or take a new photo with your phone.  You can continue the process from your phone or transfer the image to your computer and do it from there.

     2.  Go to the Guild website.

     3.  Go to the Members Only section found at the top left of the web page and select Member Profile.  You will be asked to log in if you have not already done so.

     4.  When your profile comes up, you will see a placeholder for a photo.  Press the “Upload” link and browse to the picture on your device that you want to use.  Click on the selected image file and voila!  You’re done and your picture will show in your profile.


Worthwhile SAPFM Mid-year Meeting

By Roger Moister

            I attended the mid-year meeting of the Society of American Period Furniture Makers (SAPFM) in Greenville, South Carolina on July 26-29, 2019, supported in part by a Guild scholarship.  We met at the Greenville Woodworkers Shop.  This is a 24,000 square foot building with several large workshop rooms fully equipped with power and hand tools, an auditorium, several meeting rooms, a library and project lockers for members.  The club has 800 members, and last year logged 49,000 hours of activity which included substantial charitable work and construction of 1,000 donated toys.

            The meeting included visiting four historical houses and seeing the Clemson campus where we refreshed ourselves on the history of John C. Calhoun at his Fort Hill house and the founding of Clemson University.  Additionally, we heard two lectures on curating pieces for a museum collection, a lecture on the history of work benches and a lecture on reproducing 18th century scientific devices. In addition, there were nine lectures on tool skills and steps in building projects.  The meeting ended with a visit to a spectacular local shop with dinner and socializing there.  In between all this, there was time to visit old friends, make new friends and share pictures and tips about what members were making.  The whole weekend was a very worthwhile experience for me. 

            When we visited Woodburn and Ashtabula in Pendleton, South Carolina we saw examples of two upcountry houses built in the early 19th century.  These homes were sought as refuges by the wealthy from Charleston to escape the summer heat there and the 60% chance of contracting malaria in the Low Country.  Wrap-around porches, high ceilings, and tall windows placed to produce cross drafts were features of these houses, which were surrounded by very large trees.  The furniture collections were of interest to our group; the most noteworthy piece being an 18th-century John Shaw secretary which had 24-inch walnut boards as the sides of the carcass.

            The lectures by a museum curator on selecting pieces for a museum were case studies of three pieces chosen for MESDA (Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts in Winston Salem).  The presentations showed the detective work and analytical steps to select an object which was unique, in good condition and be able to withstand the test of viewers’ appreciation over time.  How digital resources, such a Google searches and the MESDA Craftsman Data Base, have changed the process was explained.

            Related to these presentations was a lecture on 18th-century scientific devices (diagonal glass, solar microscope and nocturnal) as examples of how to interest young people in science through woodworking.  Along these lines of the program, another speaker entertained us with the history of workbenches from Egyptian times through the 18th-century.  He traced the appearance of a notch in the edge of workbench tops as seen in works of art since biblical times and in pictures and of early woodworking books.  The notch was finally revealed as a holding device (in the absence of a vise on the bench) by a picture showing it in use.

            The meat of the programs was about tools and their usage and demonstrations of furniture construction techniques.  This is what I liked and found most helpful.  One presenter demonstrated how to make a tambour door on a John Seymour desk, embellishing it with bell flowers, going step by step and using several jigs.   Later, he gave a slide presentation showing his steps in building a fancy Seymour bookcase plus a demonstration of hammer veneering a drawer front.

            An upholsterer stressed the importance of a chair maker’s communication with his upholsterer during construction of a chair.  The point being the chair frame must be built to accept the layers of upholstery to shape the chair as envisioned. Location of tacking surfaces in the frame is critical.

            I benefited from a demonstration of sharpening and shaping a card scraper.  The takeaways were you don’t have to start sharpening by filing off the burr – just flatten the edges and faces of the scraper to get them square to each other by burnishing them on  the bench using the “ticketer operation” and then stoning them using a block of wood to keep the edges square.  Then burnish the edges using a drop of oil to flatten them and turn the burr to about 7 degrees.         

            The revelation was the burnisher must be hard, and many are not, which can make burnishing difficult.  It’s best to use a carbide burnisher (Arno French Carbur 2 Double Sided- sold on Amazon). The idea of shaping your scraper, such as rounding the corners for its use in a chair seat so as not to leave scraper tracks, was demonstrated by grinding a scraper to shape it.

            Our friend Bob Van Dyke demonstrated his techniques on table saw usage.  This built on what he had presented at our spring symposium, and it was a good review for me. After demonstrating several different stops to use on a crosscut sled, Van Dyke demonstrated use of an “L” shape fence making several cuts.  One cut followed a pattern to shape a board with all sides at angles not at 90 degrees.  The other was cutting a curved leg such as for a three-legged tea stand where the edge meeting the column of the table and the edge meeting the floor are 90 degrees to each other along the curve of the leg.  To do this, he overlaid a plexiglass pattern of the leg on the stock to select the best grain orientation and then traced the leg and cut the two edges.  In both of these operations, Van Dyke bandsawed off the bulk of the waste so the cutoff would be smaller and drop under the “L” fence and be less likely to kick back.

            When cutting tenons or raised panels using one of Van Dyke’s jigs, he stressed the importance of having a recess in the face of the jig between the blade and the fence to create a space to prevent trapping the cutoff and having it kick back.  To convince us of this safety feature, he cited a serious accident which he knew about.

            Van Dyke ended showing us how to lay out and cut a knuckle joint on a table saw using a “cheater strip” which was the thickness of the saw kerf to make the joint work.  Very clever. 

            To balance these machine techniques, we had earlier seen a demonstration on how to rive white oak, as opposed to other woods, by hand using a froe to make the spindles and back bow strip of a Windsor chair, and we had seen a presentation on using specialized 18th century hollow and rounds sash and coping planes.

            The final event was the most spectacular thing of the weekend.  This was a visit to Bobby’s shop and dinner there Sunday evening.  He and his shop are well known to Greenville woodworkers.  My anticipation of going there was peaked, and I was not disappointed.  The shop was immense and unbelievable, being set on a large green lawn next to a pond in a building which looked like a big, beautiful house.  There was lots of space in a big tool room, equipped with every power tool and hand tool imaginable.  Throughout the building Bobby displayed his collection of vintage hand tools and early mechanical saws and drills, powered by foot and hand, along with numerous pieces of high-quality furniture which he had made and works of art he had collected.  In addition, the shop had a wood room containing 30 racks of premium 12-foot boards of various species.  The whole place was neat, clean and well organized.  For supper, I sat with friends in a large, beautifully designed glassed-in space enclosing a pool under a high, open gable roof – all this being just a wing of the shop.

            Words escape me to describe Bobby’s awesome shop adequately.  It must be personally experienced.  In the middle of it, stood our friendly and most hospitable host who made everyone feel welcome. 

            Travel for me has always been fun and educational – whether seeing new things, learning new information or meeting interesting people.  My trip to Greenville touched all of these points, and I thank the Guild for its scholarship which helped me attend the SAPFM mid-year meeting.

What will you be displaying at the 2020 Woodworking Show?

The Woodworking Show is expected to be in town next March, 2020.  That seems like a long way off, but now is the time to start thinking about the project you want to plan and build to display in the Show.  We like to see a lot of member participation in the show as it helps to draw traffic into our booth where we recruit new members.  You can contact John Champion at if you want to learn more about the Woodworking Show.

Free Demonstrations

Rockler:   6690 Roswell Road / Sandy Springs and 425 Ernest Barrett Pkwy / Kennesaw

Aug 10:  11:00      Cross Lap Joinery

Aug 17:   11:00      CNC Technology

Aug 24:  11:00      Fun and Fast Sign Making

Aug 31:   11:00      Cabinet Door Construction

Sep 7:     11:00       Worksharp Sharpening System


Woodcraft:   8560 Holcomb Bridge Road / Roswell   

Aug 10:    1:00   Surface Prep – Sanding Options   

Aug 17:    1:00   FESTOOL Domino  

Aug 24:   1:00    CNC Technology

Aug 31:   1:00     Nothing Scheduled

Sep 7:      1:00     Shelf Pin Holes

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. They sell by the net, not the gross, so you take home what you pay for with no added on or hidden fees.  They can saw your logs, kiln dry, resaw lumber, plane, straight line, and glue up ready.  They 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 their web site, they stock a lot more than is listed. 

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.

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. They have some great woodworking class opportunities coming up with classes and seminars every week that include basic sharpening techniques, turning, finishing, project builds, and much more!  Visit their website to see their class schedule. Their catalog of fine woodworking tools and workshops is available online, or visit their fully-stocked store at 1045 N. Highland Avenue in Atlanta, 30306. 404-872-4466.  

Peach State Lumber Products – They are dealers of high grade/cabinet quality hardwoods, plywood, softwood, veneer and also carry a full line of cabinet grade plywood and turning blocks. They welcome small quantity orders and have a retail sales area open to the public. They also carry Hettich brand hinges and drawer slides and have hardware screws and pocket hole screws. They also 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.  

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. 

Redmond Machinery – Specializes in new and used woodworking and metal working machinery in a 25,000 square foot showroom. They stock machinery, accessories, and supplies from top-name manufacturers. Bargain hunters, check out their large inventory of used and scratch and dent machinery and accessories. They are a source for older American made Powermatic and Delta parts. Guild members are invited to stop by and visit. They are located at 58 Weldon Rd.,  Palmetto, GA 30268, 770-683-7297 or 800-428-9898. 

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. Their magazine, Woodworker’s Journal, is dedicated to offering plans, techniques, product reviews and tips to woodworkers. Their 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). You are invited to visit them 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 they have free demos. 

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. 

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 their 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. They have fully equipped classroom facilities. Guild members receive 10% OFF qualifying purchases during the monthly Guild meeting or Symposiums at the Alpharetta store. Stop by their store at 8560 Holcomb Bridge Road in Alpharetta, GA 30022, 770-587-3372  OR their west side Store at 351 Thornton Road in Lithia Springs. GA 30122, 770-485-5636.

The Guild Board of Directors

Gary Fader   President   770-977-7271

John Champion    Vice-President, Secretary    404-307-0817

Art Sanders   Treasurer   678-472-9117

Ken Kraft   Membership   262-894-1725

John Jones   Program Committee Chairman   678-5767263

Roger Moister    Librarian   404-355-5033

Brent Richardson   Scholarships   7049954920

Tom Melcher    Patron Sponsors     770-851-1098

Michael Lawsky  Communications    770-329-6548

John Champion    Woodworking Show 2019   404-307-0817

Nuane Neely    Community/Charitable Projects    770-922-1933 

Jim Milam     Spring Symposium 2019   404-255-2314

Steven Sheppard    Website Technical Support   770-316-7160

Tom Melcher    Website Membership Support   770-851-1098

Jim Milam    Tool Sales   404-255-2314

Gary Fjeld    Newsletter   4042345616

Jim Wright    Audio Visual   404-644-9156

Nuane Neely   Mentoring    770-922-1933