The Central Jersey Woodworkers Association (CJWA) is a growing group of woodworkers of various skill levels and interests, who meet monthly to trade ideas, share tips, and listen to various speakers.


Next meeting: Wednesday, Sep. 10, 7:00 PM

 The Central Jersey Woodworkers Association normally meets monthly on the second Wednesday of the month (except for July and August) from 7:00PM to 10:00PM at the Old Brick Reformed Church on Route 520 in Marlboro NJ.

Upcoming 2014 meeting dates:

Oct. 8
Nov. 12
Dec. 10


Location and Directions

We meet at the Old Brick Reformed Church, 490 Route 520, Marlboro, NJ, in the Church Parish Hall, located behind the church itself. The church is located on Route 520 approximately one-quarter of a mile east from the Route 520 & Route 79 intersection. New members and guests are always welcome!

From the Garden State Parkway, exit at #109 and proceed West on Route 520/Newman Springs Road into Marlboro (approximately 6 miles). The large Old Brick Church will be on your right, just past the Marlboro Psychiatric Hospital (Marlboro Center for Human Development).

From Route 18, take the exit for Route 79 North. Proceed North on Route 79 for approximately 2 miles to the Route 520 / Newman Springs Road intersection (there is a WaWa and an Amoco gas station on the corner). Make a right hand turn at the light onto Route 520 East and go 1/4 mile; the church is on the left.


We always welcome new members to our club.

Your first visit is free. If you come back again (and we hope you do) membership dues are $40 a year, prorated for the number of meetings left in the calendar year if you join in the middle of the year. Senior citizens (65 and older) are $30 a year. Family memberships are also available. Membership renewals occur in January.

Membership forms can be completed at any meeting, or you can download a membership form to bring to any meeting.

Membership benefits include access to the Members Area of our website and to our library of woodworking books, tapes and DVD’s. Members in good standing may borrow these items on a month to month basis.

Our club also has a collection of tools that members may borrow on a month to month basis:

Drill Doctor

Jet Mini Lathe

Kreg Pocket Hole Jig

Veneer Vacuum Press

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June Meeting: CJWA member exhibition, and summer plans

The June CJWA meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 11, at 7:00 PM. Before we break for the summer, we will be holding our annual member exhibition. Members are welcome to bring in a project that you have made over the past year, big or small, to show to the club. We will also start taking photographs for our members gallery.

We will also be discussing some of our summer activities, including a workshop at the Philadelphia Furniture Workshop the weekend of July 12-13, and the CJWA summer picnic on August 16. In addition, there will be a business meeting June 12 at 7:00 PM, in conference room #2 at the Lawrenceville branch of the Mercer County Library, 2751 Brunswick Pike (local Rte 1), in Lawrenceville. All members are welcome to provide their input.


May meeting: Steve Altman on a secret project

The May CJWA meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 14, at 7:00 pm. Our featured presenter will be Steve Altman. He will be talking about a secret project that he’s been working on. This may sound like it’s a very vague description, but anyone who has ever heard Steve give a woodworking presentation will attest to the fact that this promises to be a very entertaining and educational talk.

In addition, Robert Drudy will be giving us a shop tour, and there will be updates on the Wharton Escherich Museum tour on May 17th. If you’re interested in the museum tour, please bring payment for the tour to the meeting. Spaces are limited, and priority will be given to those who pay in advance.


Tour, May 17

CJWA is proud to announce a very special event. John Aniano has arranged for us to have a guided tour of the Wharton Esherick Museum on Saturday, May 17th at 12:45PM. Wharton Esherick has been called the link between the Arts and Crafts Movement and the resurgent interest in furniture making following World War II, the dean of American craftsmen and the foundation of the current Studio Furniture Movement. He is one of the most important American woodworkers, and the chance to have a guided tour of his work is one not to be missed by any woodworker.

The cost of the tour is $10 for CJWA members, $13 for nonmembers. The tour is limited to 40 people. Contact John Aniano 609-758-2422 or to sign up. The Wharton Esherick Museum is located at 1520 Horseshoe Trail, Malvern, PA, just west of Valley Forge Park. Directions can be found here, and a map is here.

For those who want, there is a carpool from the Jackson Outlets parking lot on Rt. 537 at Exit 16 off of Rt. 195. Please call John if you want to carpool so he can coordinate. We will meet at the parking lot at 11:15AM sharp on Saturday, May 17th to assemble to drive to the museum, which is a 72 mile drive, and should take about an hour and 15 minutes. Our tour runs from 1:00 PM to 3:30PM.  After the tour, we can drive back to a restaurant in the Hamilton, NJ area for dinner at around 5:00 PM.


April Meeting: Round Robin

The April CJWA meeting will be at 7:00pm, Wednesday, April 9 and will be a Round Robin session. For those who don’t remember the format, after the usual business session of the meeting, there will be stations set up at the meeting for various ongoing demonstrations. We plan to have stations covering the following topics:


  • Shellac as an easy to apply finish, with Matt Greco
  • Reading lumber, with Matt Kestenbaum
  • Sharpening, with Wilbur Pan
  • Sawing to a line, with Bob Rozaieski and Simon Stark
  • An “Ask the Experts” station, with Steve Altman and Marc Gaertner


Bring your questions, and maybe even a tool that you want sharpened or a saw that you want to practice with. This is a great way for woodworkers to learn a lot about basic skills needed for woodworking. Hope to see you there!


CJWA business meeting, Wed., April 2

There will be a business meeting for CJWA at 7:00 pm, Wednesday, April 2, at the East Brunswick Public Library. The officers will be going over plans for the upcoming meetings, as well as regular business items. Interested club members are invited to attend.

The East Brunswick Public Library is located at 2 Jean Walling Civic Center, East Brunswick, NJ 08816.