President’s Message

October 2019

Gary Fader


It’s approaching Holiday party time again.  I really look forward to this event for two reasons:  (1) it’s like a family get-together and I enjoy spending unstructured time with members and spouses, and (2) the woodworking projects brought in for the contest and display are spectacular.  I’m always amazed that members bring in things that have never been brought to regular meetings for show-and-tell.  It’s almost like they’ve been hidden at home and saved for the Holiday party.  It’s a treat for the eyes!

As you know, there are two categories for the contest:  Craftsman and Masters. Last year, different from previous years, entries in the Masters category significantly exceeded those entered in Craftsman. I could speculate why this occurred (are we all getting more skilled at winning ribbons, or just getting older?), but I really don’t know for sure.  So, my purpose in writing this is to encourage those of you who have not brought projects in previous years, or have not accumulated a bunch of ribbons, to get hot, show off your woodworking skills, and populate the Craftsman category.  If you’re bashful about entering the contest, bring things for display only.  By the way, you are welcome to bring projects for display made prior to this year or even those displayed in the past and enjoyed by your fellow members and spouses. Does anyone remember my 1934 Chevy from 2012?



The October Guild meeting will be our Fall Mini-Symposium.

The demonstration will be on exotic carving and will be on Saturday, October 19th at Highland Woodworking. All 35 seats for the event were reserved by our members weeks ago. If we have any cancellations we will work from a stand-by list to fill them. We currently have one spot available due to a cancellation. If you would like that spot (first email gets it), or to be placed on the stand-by list, please email Tom Melcher with your name and contact information at:

There will NOT be an October meeting at Woodcraft!

Our November meeting will return to Woodcraft on November 14th with a presentation/demonstration on joinery.


The September guild meeting was held at Woodcraft on September 12th.  The purpose of this meeting was to assemble the 50 toy trucks which will be distributed as Christmas gifts.  An enjoyable time was had by all attendees.

Upcoming Guild Meetings

Click to see the Guild’s Community Calendar

November 14th – Mortise & Tenon Joinery

December 12th – Holiday Party

January 9th – Exploring Finishing Products; Dyes, Stains, Topcoats, etc.

February 13th – Tentative – Exploring Finishing Application Methods; Brushing, Wiping, Spraying, HVLP Spraying


Find jobs, tips, and items for sale on our website FORUMS 

Looking for a paying job opportunity?  We have some opportunities in the Off-Topic section of FORUMS.  You can help restore a sternwheel riverboat, find a full time woodworking position in Dawsonville, or help with a local project to build a mannequin. 

You can also find tips that members have posted and items for sale. Go to Home > Connect > ForumsNote that members must be logged in to view and post.

Visit to see what is there and start a conversation of your own!


Let us see your projects, jigs, tools on Instagram

  1. Take a picture with your phone
  2. Display the image on your phone and select Mail on iPhones or the Share button on Android phones
  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. Include your name in the description if you want to be credited or leave the name out if you want to be anonymous.
  5. Press “Send” … when prompted to select the image size, select “Actual” which will give us the best resolution

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

You can view these images on your desktop or laptop computer by clicking on the Instagram icon at the top right of our Guild homepage, then click any image to see a description of it.


Download the Instagram app on your phone or tablet and follow us by searching for  WoodworkersGuildofGeorgia. Be sure to choose the one with our logo.


Peach State Chapter




Our own Peach State Members will be presenting at this meeting.  Please bring along your woodworking buddies as guests.  We are taking this opportunity to present SAPFM to a wider audience in hopes of expanding our membership in the Society.  

No pre-registration is required. 

The agenda for the meeting is:

Saturday 9:00 am to noon: John Champion will present the construction of his very fine Federal Side Table with emphasis on the crafting of the elaborate Prince of Wales Patarae.  This table was featured in a recent addition of Pins and Tails.



Saturday noon to 1pm:  Lunch in meeting room and show and tell for member projects.  Please bring the actual project if portable or a thumb-drive with photos of larger projects.

Saturday 1:00 pm to 2:50 pm:  Ron Young was inspired by an octagonal tea caddy during our June visit to the Winterthur Museum in Delaware.  Ron has built several derivative replicas of this caddy and will demonstrate their construction. Ron will also demonstrate the fabrication of an urn shaped escutcheon suitable for a number of projects.



Saturday 3:10 to 5:00 pm:  John Ogilvie will present detailed slides of the design and construction of several desk galleries.  This is a must see presentation for those planning to build period desks.

Sunday 9:00am to 1:00 pm:  Jim Milam and Jay Stallman: Turning for Furniture.    (includes short break) 


                      • Turning multiples of same part using a story stick
                      • Carving the twist in a Newport flame finial
                      • Tapered reeds using a skew, scratch stock and index head
                      • Quarter columns fluted with molding plane
                      • Use of Jacobs chuck to drill bedpost mortise and tenons 
                      • Turning cabinet knobs

Sunday 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm:  Lunch in meeting room and discussion of future plans.

Sunday 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm:  Bill Markert will discuss his extensive research of early Georgia furniture including examples and his sources for information.  Bill will also discuss an upcoming furniture exhibit at the Georgia Museum of Art and his work with that museum.

The Woodcraft Store is located at :
1085 Holcomb Bridge Road in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Note that this store will open for our meeting at 9 am on Sunday but will not open to the public for sales until noon on Sunday. The Woodcraft Corporation requires a strict opening protocol for their employees.  If you arrive early, please do not knock on the door as this will only delay opening.  Woodcraft is a well-stocked and gracious host and we strongly recommend you support their continued success.  Our chapter meetings would not be feasible without the strong support of this Woodcraft store.

Show ‘N Tell

David Jervis showed his “High Vise” that he made during a two day class at Benchcraft.

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

New Members

During the past several months, the following individuals have joined the Guild:

Josh Briggs, Ball Ground, GA

Greg Hebert, Marietta, GA

Ken Briggs, Jasper, GA

Ralph Gordon, Stone Mountain, GA

Sia Tehrani, Dacula, GA

Larry Hinton, Acworth, GA

Jim Hawkins, Cumming, GA

Mike Schwarz, Roswell, GA

Ryan Meloney, Cummings, GA

Tom Wilson, Johns Creek, GA

Jerry Carr, Winston, GA

Please welcome these new members to the Guild.


Hand Cut Dovetails

By Steve Sheppard

I attended the class “Hand Cut Dovetails” taught by Jim Dillon at Highland Woodworking on April 13, 2019.  He also works with the Fernbank Science Center as a Cabinetmaker and was self-employed as a custom furniture maker for 8 years.  He is a knowledgeable and practical instructor and also a personable fellow, friendly and easy to chat with.

In this short, hands-on course (about 5 hours) he reviewed simple through- dovetail techniques, coached us through cutting several dovetail joints in both hardwoods and softwoods, using only hand tools (marking gauges, knives, dovetail saws, and chisels).  He reviewed standard techniques and pointed out some drawbacks, and explained his own personal variations and habits that he continues to use in his own Cabinetmaking work.  About seven people attended the class, a small group that allowed him to give each of us his personal attention.

I found Jim easy to work with and thoroughly knowledgeable about his craft.  I would definitely choose him again for future classes at Highland.


Free Demonstrations

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

Oct 12:  11:00      Arbortech Power Carving

Oct 19:  11:00      SawStop Professional Cabinet Saws

Oct 26:  11:00      Box Making Techniques

Nov 2:   11:00       Bandsaw Techniques

Woodcraft:   8560 Holcomb Bridge Road / Roswell   

Oct 12:    1:00    See SawStop in Action

Oct 19:    1:00    Bandsaw Tune-Up

Oct 26:    1:00    Pens on the Lathe

Nov 2:     1:00     Kreg Jigs

Nov 9:     1:00     Cutting Boards

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    404-3070817

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