The Central Jersey Woodworkers Association is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization of woodworkers founded for the purpose of providing a resource to the community for the promotion of woodworking and woodworking education at all levels of experience, sharing of information about woodworking techniques, tools, and sources for supplies, and facilitating the exchange of ideas with fellow woodworkers.


Next meeting: Wednesday, Oct. 19, 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 meeting dates:

Nov. 9
Dec. 14


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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October meeting date change

Due to the conflict with the Yom Kippur holiday, our regularly scheduled meeting for October will be moved back a week to October 19th. Please mark  your calendars.


Sept. 14th Meeting


Our September meeting featured professional cabinetmaker Robert Ortiz from Chestertown, MD. The topic was working with Wood Slabs.


Camp Quality 2016

Camp Quality is a camp for kids with cancer.  Camp Quality of New Jersey was started approximately twelve years ago by the Sunrise Optimist Club of Freehold.  Camp Quality’s goal is to help children with cancer to improve their QUALITY of life.  Programs occur all year long but each year about thirty five to forty children attend a weeklong summer camp in Blairstown, NJ.  Each child has an adult companion and there is a doctor and six nurses in camp for the entire week.  Parents are not allowed, the kids have a week to just be kids again.   

Central Jersey Woodworkers have been invited for the past five years to come to camp and build projects with the children. This year ten our members attended camp on Sunday morning, August 14th.  We precut and organized several different projects in advance for the kids to complete that day.  The kits were; a fold up bench, a solid all pine bench, a keepsake box, a key and mail holder, a toolbox/whatever carrier and an “animal” shaped note holder.  The kids got to assemble, glue, nail and screw their projects together prior to the paint jobs. In all, over forty projects were completed by the kids.



May Meeting

May’s meeting included finishing techniques. Members Matt Kestenbaum, Marc Gaertner and Steve Altman  presented various options for finishing. 

Steve Altman covered a thoroughly detailed primer on spray finishing, from equipment selection/maintenance, various sprayed finishes and special emphasis on waterborne finishes and rub-out processes.

Ray Wendrzycki presented a friction finish on the the lathe. A home-brewed blend of light-cut shellac and oil, Ray demonstrated using the heat and friction from an buffing cloth to a spinning bowl to quick cure a lustrous finish.

Marc Gaetner discussed using aerosol (spray-can) polyurethane finish as a top-cop for a fast drying, self leveling finish.


April Meeting

At our April meeting club members John Tomaino and John Steinmetz did  presentations on installing crown molding and mortising hinges to install a door. Also included, was building a curved top home entry door. Videos for these can be found in the members section.

Robert Hemsen did a follow up presentation, on his completed Blockfront Chest in curly maple.