Meetings and Events
Monthly meetings feature presentations of interest to woodworkers. They are typically held at 7pm, recently moving to the 3rd Wednesday of the month.There have also been some changes to the location of the meetings. Please click Upcoming Meetings to check details below or look in the Newsletter.
Examples of past program topics include:
- Glues and adhesives
- Spalted wood
- Flute making
- Many more
Suggestions for programs are always welcome. Past programs are recorded and available in the library under the category “meeting.”
Meetings also include time for questions, help from other woodworkers, and sharing of accomplishments (Woodworker’s Show and Tell).
There is also a “sub-group” of carvers who hold an additional monthly gathering with “hands-on” sessions focusing on carving techniques, sharpening, design, and painting.
NEW LOCATION FOR MONTHLY NEWWG MEETINGS
Beginning with the October 18th meeting, the location is Ashwaubenon High School, 2391 S. Ridge Rd. Enter from the west side of the building, 21W, and turn right to the meeting room. There will be signs and people to direct you.
Wed Oct 18:7 pm: Chuck Druckery, NEWWG member: Hand cut dovetail joints. Here is Chuck’s preview:
In numerous woodworking magazines and books I have seen hand-cut dovetails described as some sort of Holy Grail of woodworking or a status symbol of the truly accomplished woodworker. It’s a good thing I didn’t read any of those magazines twenty years ago or I would have been intimidated and probably never would have cut my first one!
My woodworking hobby began in earnest about 22 years ago after I built my home near Peshtigo, prior to that I had done a fair amount of carpentry while working for relatives in the home building trades. One of my first projects was a hanging bassinet/cradle for my soon-to-be-born son (now 20 years old). The plans called for connecting the rails to the headboard and footboard using dovetails… I figured how hard could it be? Being blissfully ignorant can have its benefits! After ruining a couple rails and at least one headboard I got smart and joined several practice pieces until I could make a passable dovetail joint. Despite the gaps and excessive “filler” people liked my little cradle so much I ended up making four of them for relatives and friends! 20 years later I am still cutting my dovetails by hand, and since my favorite projects are boxes and small cabinets I have plenty of opportunities to cut them.
In my presentation I will discuss tips for laying out dovetails that will set your projects apart and demonstrate cutting dovetails on my purpose-built workbench using a few simple hand tools… no special jigs or saw guides needed. If time allows I will also demonstrate half-blind and mitered dovetails.
Additional Fall programs:
Nov. 8 * Mark Hawkins The Great Lakes Mackinaw Boat
Dec. Holiday Party Date & location to be determined.
Jan. 17 Dan Wieske Topic to be Determined
* Note date change to second Wednesday in Nov.
Map Ashwaubenon High School
On Campus directions
Ashwaubenon High School
Enter from the west side of the building 21 W. Turn right to meeting room
The exceptions when monthly meetings do not take place include the month of the spring show, August picnic, and December potluck celebration.
The NEWWG has hosted a woodworking show in Green Bay each spring since 1983 to bring greater awareness of woodworking to the larger community. Members display their work, with some woodworkers demonstrating techniques as well. Some will also have items for sale. A raffle of donated items draws a lot of interest, and provides revenue to the guild. Dates and details announced as they are developed.
Upcoming Events Sponsored by Other Organizations