The aim of the Furniture SIG is to provide a mix of learning techniques and practical application of those skills and knowledge in an environment where those less experienced can be offered help and guidance. Some of the SIG projects over the past few years include a commission for the Department of Defence for lecterns; a blackwood dining table and walnut coffee tables (both of which were successfully sold by the Guild at various shows); the meranti workbench now used in the Shed; and individual projects including a bookstand, bandsawn boxes and rocking chairs.
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The SIG is trialling a new arrangement at meetings, whereby we start with a demonstration lasting approximately one hour, followed by traditional project work. To date these demonstrations have included biscuit jointing; mortice and tenon joints by hand and by machine; resawing; and router bit basics. Afternoon tea during the SIG afternoons has been a useful time to share knowledge, discuss various woodworking issues and plan for future meetings.
The demonstrations have promoted some interest in the SIG, with new members attending, and we want to encourage greater attendance by other Guild members – all should feel free to join in, or just observe the 1 hour demonstration if you wish.
The Furniture SIG normally meets at the Shed on the second Saturday of the month at 1pm, but always check “Shed Notes”to see if the next meeting has been moved to a member’s home. Mathew Klein is the co-ordinator of the Furniture SIG and he can be contacted at: email@example.com