Tidewater Woodworkers Guild
The Tidewater Woodworkers Guild is dedicated to advancing the understanding of the tools, equipment, processes, and procedures used in the art of fine woodworking. We are located in Southeastern Virginia, with meetings typically held at the Woodcraft store in Norfolk.
The Tidewater Woodworkers Guild members hold their main meeting every fourth Monday of each month except December, as well as informal gatherings on the second Monday of each month. We are a seasoned woodworking group that has been in existence since 1980. Currently, there are about 70 members. We welcome all skill levels; one can find a true mentor in practically every facet of woodworking within the guild.
Please consider joining our guild – membership dues are only $20 per calendar year.
The March 2023 newsletter is now available. Check out this month’s stories such community service projects, building a Sam Maloof rocking chair, Thermo-wood, FIRST, the Hampton Street Car update and others. Since the editor was in the hospital during February and most of March, this newsletter is also a recap of what happened in February. Continue reading
I have a number of Forstner bits made by various manufacturers. And I’ve noticed that some of the bits tend to clog with wood chips more than others do, especially in the larger sizes. This is annoying because you have to stop the drill and clean out the bit. When I started comparing the bits,... Continue reading
One of the most difficult tasks for a scroll sawer is to match the edges of pieces; whether a 3D cutout or an Intarsia piece. I’ve found two helpful ways. Most importantly, if you’re going to have to match edges, NEVER trace your pattern onto the wood. Make copies of the pattern and attach them... Continue reading
With certain woods that lack distinct graining, it can be difficult to gauge which direction to plane in order to prevent tearout. In these cases, I’ve found that dragging a microfiber cloth on the surface is very helpful. With most woods, there is a noticeable resistance when the cloth is pulled against the slope of... Continue reading