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Forum topic by ScottKaye posted 03-03-2018 02:46 AM 237 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-03-2018 02:46 AM

I received an email from Hardwoods in the Rough in Manassas about a new Woodworking Club that has formed and meets in their store the first Saturday of every month (tomorrow, 3/3/2018 @ 3:30) I know nothing about this and for all I know this could have been started by the store itself to get some traffic thru their doors. Anyway. Im gonna do my best to check it out tomorrow. Maybe I’ll see of my fellow Jocks there!

Here is a copy of the email I received:

We wanted to pass on the following message from the guild organizer:

Hello Fellow Woodworkers,

In addition to all the wonderful things that “Hardwoods in the Rough” has brought to the Manassas area for all of us woodworkers, they are now helping to provide one more. They have agreed to host the monthly meetings of the recently formed “Manassas Area Woodworkers’ Guild” (MAWG).

We held our preliminary meeting in December – followed by ones in January and February. Due to the success we experienced, we are “Opening the doors” – extending an invitation for you to join us at our next meeting.

We will be meeting at Hardwoods in the Rough this Saturday, 3 March @ 3:30pm.

We will be discussing the “Ins & Outs of the Table Saw”. One of our members will share with us “Everything you SHOULD know” about one of the mainstay machines in most of our shops. If you don’t yet own a table saw (or are considering upgrading to a new saw) you will most certainly want to hear what you should be considering before making that purchase. And if you do own one, you most likely will learn several things to take home and apply.

If you have a woodworking project you have been working on, whether completed or not, please bring it to share with us during our “Show & Tell” segment of the meeting.

We invite ALL levels of knowledge and skill – from the “I don’t know how to use a saw” to “Master crafter”.

Our meetings usually run about 1 to 1 1/2 hours long – with many folks lingering longer to learn more and build camaraderie.

If you are unable to make our March meeting, please put us on your calendar for the First Saturday of each month – 3:30 @ Hardwoods in the Rough.
Our intent is to bring area woodworkers together to help us all improve our woodworking knowledge and skills – no matter what level we are at now.

Any questions, please feel free to email me back with them.

Looking forward to seeing all of you this Saturday.


Wayne Foscue

-- "Nothing happens until you build it"

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#1 posted 03-03-2018 11:36 PM

Thank you Scott for posting this.

I attended this afternoon. Wayne (one of the founders) explained that they intend to have speakers, will provide the opportunity for members to sell unwanted tools and project plans to other members and will offer project suggestions/answer questions if desired. There were about 40-50 people in attendance. The experience level ranged from professional with 40+ years experience to no tools yet. Obviously, the goal is to help everyone improve. The interests ranged from built ins to boat building to carving to furniture to guitar making to you get the idea. There was no mention of dues while I was there, but I had to leave before it ended. Personally, this time slot is difficult for me.

Bottom line, if you live in the Manassas area take a look at the MAWG (Manassas Area Woodworkers Guild.)

-- Art

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#2 posted 03-04-2018 04:22 AM

I really wanted to make it, but ended up with too much clean up from all the storm damage we experienced. Hopefully, I’ll make it next month. Thanks for the write-up Art!

-- "Nothing happens until you build it"

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#3 posted 03-04-2018 04:26 AM

I just saw this, but I’d be interested in trying to make next month’s. I’m not too far away

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#4 posted 03-04-2018 05:28 AM

Woodworking Clubs are an awesome way to learn. Where I live we have three different clubs that meet. A turners club meets on the 1st Sunday of the month(60 members), woodworking club 1st Tuesday of the month (60 members) and a woodworking club that has a shop it’s open 6 days a week (300 members). I belong to all three and have fun, don’t miss the opportunity to belong and share if one’s near you.

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#5 posted 03-04-2018 01:05 PM

I have been to HITR , nice place and folks .

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#6 posted 03-05-2018 07:29 PM

I attended this past Saturday’s (Mar 4) meeting; it was enjoyable. The person who gave the presentation about table saws (I think his name’s Lynn) had also brought along a new push block for everyone, nicely made out of 3/4 inch plywood, with 3 different heel (?) depths. There was also a demonstration of a SawStop saw, and how it stops the blade when it detects something it shouldn’t cut. (The ubiquitous hot dog was used, but the saw stopped even before the hot dot came in contact with the blade). One thing I noticed about the saw, it looks like, when the sawstop is activated, it doesn’t cut power to the machine – or at least, the on/off switch was still in the “on” position.

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