Roy Wall, Guild President, opened the meeting by welcoming new members and guests. During the meeting, several members offered various tools for sale, with the proceeds going toward the Tools For Teens program.

Roy also announced that the Lee’s Summit Chamber of Commerce was once again looking for volunteers to assist in teaching 5th graders in the Lee’s Summit School District how to build bird houses. 

2024 Membership Dues

We are still collecting dues for 2024 and the dues remain at $20 for 2024. We still have more than a few membership cards that need to be picked up.  Please see John Freeland if you have not picked up your 2024 membership card.  If you haven’t had your picture taken for our membership directory, please see Roy Wall, Phil Morgan or Randy Stone at a future meeting.

Phil brought in a set of Mechanical pencils that he found on Amazon that are perfect for around the wood shop.  The brand of the pencils is Four Candies and are an all Metal Mechanical Pencil Set – 3PCS 0.9mm Art Mechanical Pencils & 360PCS HB Lead Refills & 3PCS Erasers & 9PCS Eraser Refills, Drawing Mechanical Pencils for Writing, Sketching.  The lead core is made of resin and graphite is more durable and not easy to break, and with 360pcs refills, you’ll always be well-stocked for marking projects in the shop.  You can find them on Amazon HERE.

Stephen Hammer was working as a contractor in New York City when he decided to take an intensive 12-week woodworking course at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, Maine.  After completing the course, he opened a furniture making business in Brooklyn New York where he specialized in High-end furniture and cabinetry.

Stephen was very gracious to meet with the guild over Zoom and go into detail how he approaches cutting Dovetails.  He provided the members some very valuable tips such as cutting the backside of the details BEFORE cutting the tails.  By doing this it removes all the guess work in marking the precise depth for the pins.  He also demonstrated how he uses a specially designed jig set at a 6 to 1 ratio on the bandsaw for cutting the tails.

Stephen’s work has been highlighted in several articles in Fine Woodworking and an article on his very unique dovetails can be found in the August 7, 2012 issue of Fine Woodworking.  You can read more about Stephen here. 

Or purchase his video on making dovetails at the Taunton Store HERE.

The guild members once again brought in their incredible creations and shared the stories for how they created the projects with the members. The show and tell projects can be viewed here.

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