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, May 14, 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:

Jun. 11
Sep. 10
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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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.


Handouts from Alan Turner’s talk

Alan Turner graciously provided handouts from his talk last night on measuring and marking.

“Spot On Measuring and Marking”, Alan’s article in Woodcraft Magazine

Draft Angle Table



March meeting: Measuring and Marking with Alan Turner

The March CJWA meeting will be at 7:00 PM on Wednesday, Mar. 12. We are very excited to have Alan Turner, founder of the Philadelphia Furniture Workshop, as the main speaker for this meeting. Alan will be talking on “Measuring and Marking”, a skill that any woodworker needs to know well. As anyone who has ever taken a class at the Philadelphia Furniture Workshop can attest to, Alan is a fantastic teacher, and regardless of your level of experience, this is a talk that you will not want to miss.

We will also have updates on our booth at the Woodworking Show in Somerset, and finish our survey of topics that our members would like the club to try to cover in the coming months. We hope to see you there.


CJWA at The Woodworking Show, Somerset Feb. 21-23

As we have had in past years, CJWA will have a booth at The Woodworking Show at the Garden State Exhibit Center in Somerset on Feb. 22-24. In addition to a display of projects made by CJWA members, we will also have a running series of demonstrations given by CJWA members. If you ever wanted to know anything about CJWA, from the types of activities we do, the range of interests among the members of the club, and what this group build project thing is all about, stop by.