Next meeting: Wednesday, September 11th, 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. We welcome new members and guests.

Upcoming meeting dates:

  • Sept. 11th, 2019
  • Oct. 16, 2019 (Date Change!)
  • Nov. 13th, 2019





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 $50 a year, prorated for the number of meetings left in the calendar year if you join in the middle of the year. 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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Tool donations / Consignments welcome for our annual fall auction. Click Here to email a member who will get back to you with more information.

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CJWA 2018 Barbecue Party

Saturday, July 28  @ Noon
Rain date Sunday July 29

2018 Central Jersey Woodworkers Association

Hosted by Scott & Paula Goldstein

CJWA provides the burgers, dogs, chicken and beverages

Bring a side dish and chairs

RSVP – Please tell me what you’ll be bringing
- Come early and help schlep the tables and stuff to the picnic are by the stream.
- Direction from the Old Brick Church
- RT-520 (Newman Spring rd) head east towards Hwy 34 North

  • At light go North.  (left)
  • Past one light (Schanck rd).
  • Next left is East Lawn drive.
  • 10th house on right ( if you don’t make any other turns.  East Lawn loops back on itself)


CJWA meeting June 2018

The regularly scheduled June meeting is going to be the Annual Members Showcase.  All members are encouraged to bring in their work from the past year.  All we ask is that it be something CJWA hasn’t seen before and that it be moved into the meeting space without too much struggle.  Everyone who brings in a project will be entered into a raffle for some great prizes.

If you happened to have missed the May meeting, and April’s meeting too…well, you’ve definitely missed out…and you may not be fully aware that CJWA is making a real effort to get behind Camp Quality this year.  Here are the details:

WHY:         For several years now, Bill Woodard has graciously led an effort to bring woodworking to Camp Quality New Jersey.  Camp Quality is a volunteer driven, volunteer run and community funded non-profit, 501 (C) (3) organization that provides free camping experiences and year-round support programs for children with cancer, and their families. If you want to learn more check their web site …its a great cause…and your shop is calling! You like, no…you NEED to make stuff!  Am I right!?


WHAT:       We are asking all members to make “kits” for the campers to assemble.  Plans for the kits are conveniently posted to our CWJA website… in the members area Members/Content/Plans.  If you have trouble accessing the members section, please send an email through the home page…Frank Bodner will try and help you through.  We’d appreciate as many kits as can be made (whatever is not used at Camp Quality we will surely need for Forestry Day a months from now).

HOW:         The campers will be assembling these kits with the help of some of our own CJWA member/volunteers…according to the plan.  These projects are generally best made from soft woods (eastern white pine is perfect).  If you need material, Bill Woodard still has several planks of white pine that were generously donated to the club by Frank Dippery for this cause.  If you are a beginning woodworker, lack tools or need help for any reason…please speak up.  Bob Emmons has offered to lead a small group at his shop, and Bill Woodard, too, has offered help to anyone who needs it.  

THE JOB:     Dimension the parts, test fit them, pre-drill for brads/nails, and then package the kit up…parts, drawing and fasteners! Most of these plans only have 5 or 6 parts! Some, like the tissue box cover, can be packaged in a heavy duty, document sized mailing envelope.  Most can be made with just one or two machine set-ups.  That’s it!

WHEN:        We will be collecting the kits at the June CJWA meeting!  SO, you have about a month to get cracking!  If you have interest in actually going to Camp Quality as party of the volunteer team in August, please get in touch with Bill Woodard.

BONUS:       EVERYONE WHO PRODUCES A KIT will be given a gift certificate to Willard Brothers Woodcutters for $10!!


Scott Goldstein has generously offered to host, and is leading the effort on, this year’s CJWA summer picnic! And, he’d love some help with both the planning and executing.  If you would like to be involved contact Scott directly:


Click here for the picnic’s flyer.


CJWA meeting May 2018

For this month’s meeting Wednesday May, 9th we have presentations from 2 club members.

Robert Hemsen will give a presentation of a Chinese Horseshoe chair he built with some complicated and interesting joinery.

Then Steve Altman will do a presentation of an Elliptical, veneered cabinet he recently completed.

Hope to see you there. 


CJWA meeting April 2018

For the April 11th meeting, our guest speaker will be the acclaimed Furniture Maker Chuck Bender. He will be presenting an instructional seminar on how to get started carving wood for furniture.

For those of you who may not be familiar with Chuck and his decades of accomplishments check out this link to his bio when he was with 360Woodworking.

Currently Chuck has restarted his Acanthus Workshop where he offers “Handmade, museum quality furniture” which is “painstakingly built from the best figured lumber available for a limited number of clients each year.” He is also offering classes starting with a basics class - Woodworking Fundamentals, then moving into Inlay, Spice Boxes and Carving for Furniture Makers to name but a few. Follow this link for more details on his classes. 

Having personally seen Chuck present in the past I know this is going to be a very informative, engaging and entertaining evening. This is one meeting you don’t want to miss, so mark your calendar for this coming Wednesday April 11th starting at 7:00 PM.

If time allows William Duffield will be presenting this month’s “Mini Fundamentals” where he will talk about fundamentals of securing your work.

Hope to see everyone there.


CJWA meeting March 2018

This Wednesday’s meeting we will be hosting long time club member and professional cabinetmaker Danny Birnbaum of Saco Birnbaum Fine Woodworking. He and his business partner Miguel Saco have over 30 years combined experience in the custom furniture and woodworking business.  Together they have produced high quality furniture and architectural cabinetry for their worldwide clientele.  They specialize in custom veneers and exotic woods.  Their finishing department is unsurpassed in French polishing and the more traditional finishes.

Danny will be presenting a slide show and talk on some of their recent high end projects. To see examples of their work checkout their web site at  You can also view Danny’s Members Gallery on this site for other pictures of his work.

Hope to see you there.