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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Handplane Seminar May 18 9AM -12 Noon $20

Our next educational seminar will be held at The Wood Joint School in Tinton Falls, NJ on Saturday, May 18, from 9-12AM.  The address of the school is 3300 Shafto Road, Unit C, Tinton Falls, NJ.  We welcome all members to participate;  from new in hand plane use to experienced, all can learn something.  Bring your handplane(s) with you, specifically a bench or smoother plane, (and any sharpening stones that you may have), and if you don’t own a hand plane, we can supply something for you to try. If you have a small piece of wood 1-2 feet long, that you would like to practice on, bring it.  I will bring some different woods from my stash for all to try out.   We will learn sharpening and tune up of the hand plane, proper use of this important tool, and finally we will hand plane two or more surfaces flat and square.  Our lead intructor will be Brian Holcombe.  Also we are skiing for a $20 donation for the use of the building.  For planing and space puposes, please notify Bob Emmons ( your intentions on attending as soon as possible.


CJWA Meeting April 10, 2019

The April meeting will take place on Wednesday, April 10th. We will be hosting a returning guess Speaker, Designer & Craftsman Glen Guarino of Guarino Furniture Designs in Cedar Grove, NJ.
Glen will be showing us some of his tables, talking about the unique sculptural designs, their construction processes and the finishes of each. 
He will also be doing some bench work demonstrating hand tools used in the shaping process.

For a glimpse into some of Glen’s work check out his web site:



CJWA meeting March 2019

For the March 13th meeting, we will have three talented club members presenting.

Rich Hyers will do a presentation of a Kitchen Island he built.

Steve Altman will do a brief presentation of a programmable router he recently bought, showing it capabilities.

Brian Holcombe will do a presentation on sharpening and using hand planes. Based on his recent project pictured in Fine Woodworking magazine he built using only hand tool, this will be a very informative demonstration.


CJWA meeting February 2019

The February meeting will be, All About Turning. Club members Jerry Seid and Ray Wendrzycki will do a presentation / demonstration on face plate and spindle turning.

We will also be doing a members exhibition of turned object during the break. For club members that turn, please bring a few pieces that you have done to share with the group.

Preparation and discussion of our participation at the 2019 Woodworking Show (March 1-3) will be discussed.

Our new librarian Jim Braun, will give a briefing of the new library catalog system that can be major improvement. Also do you have any library books checked out, it’s time they be returned to the stacks?

Hope to see everyone there.


CJWA meeting January 2019

Happy New Year to one and all, this year we are going to start off the January meeting with some club business including Doug’s treasure’s report of fiscal year 2018, and then out-going President Matt Kestenbaum will have some words reflecting on his tenure leading the club. This will be followed by the club’s annual Officer Elections.

Next up will be our first presentation of the year, which will be from Robert Hemsen who will be giving a talk about the uniquely challenging carving project he recently completed. He designed, laid out and carved a Diamondback Rattlesnake that sits on top of a decorative box. 

The second presenter will be Marc Gaertner who will talk about the reproduction of a Porringer -Top Tea Table made out of tiger-maple. It features off center turned cabriole legs and a water base aniline dye to enhance the maple figure.

Remember, we renew memberships every January, so please bring your membership dues for the 2019 year. We look forward to seeing you all there!