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.

Meetings

Next meeting: Wednesday, Apr. 12, 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:

  • May 10
  • June 14
  • Sept. 13
  • Oct. 11
  • Nov. 8
  • Dec. 13

 

 

 

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.

Membership

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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Tuesday
Oct272009

Speaker topic survey results

Here are the results from the speaker topic survey that was taken at the last meeting.  This list is in order of popularity, with the topics that got the most votes at the top.

  • Advanced router techniques
  • Sketchup demonstration
  • Decorative carving
  • Joinery
  • Field trip to local woodworking business
  • Glues and their applications
  • Marquetry demo
  • Using dyes
  • Japanese woodworking tools
  • Veneering
  • Cabinet building and selecting cabinet hardware
  • Design approaches to projects
  • Hands on project
  • Power tool maintenance
  • Portable Sawmill demonstration
  • Green finishes
  • New tool survey
  • Tool Swap

We will certainly keep this list in mind when selecting speakers for upcoming meetings.  Thanks for your input!

As always, suggestions are welcome on the Contact CJWA page.

Monday
Oct192009

November meeting: Chuck Bender on string inlay

Our next meeting will be at 7 PM on November 11. We are very lucky to have Chuck Bender from Charles Bender & Company and The Acanthus Workshop as our speaker.  He will demonstrate string inlay using wood and other materials.  What other materials, you may ask?  You’ll have to come to the meeting to find out.

 

Thursday
Oct152009

October Meeting: plans for the upcoming year, and WIA report

We had one new member at the October meeting.  The first part of the meeting was given to discussing plans for the club’s activities for the upcoming year.  Committees were formed for the birdhouse project (thanks, Dave White!) and for the CJWA booth at the Woodworking Show in Somerset (thanks, Frank Vucolo!) on February 19-21, 2010.  Our new website (you’re looking at it now) and our email list were reviewed.

Wilbur Pan reported on the goings on at the Woodworking in America Hand Tools Conference in Valley Forge, PA the weekend of Oct. 3.  Many CJWA members were at the conference throughout the 3 days.  There were many seminars and hands on sessions designed to teach hand tool techniques, a busy marketplace area where hand tool makers had their products to try out, and the Hand Tool Olympics, where participants could test their speed and skill with hand tools.

Saturday
Oct102009

Birdhouse and bird feeders at the Jackson Township Fall Forestry Festival

On Saturday, October 3, CJWA again participated in the annual New Jersey Fall Forestry Festival in Jackson Township, where we sold birdhouse and bird feeder kits, and helped kids build the kits at the site. CJWA sold and helped kids build over 60 birdhouse and bird feeder kits, and clearly everyone had a lot of fun doing so, even if the day was cut a little short by a heavy late afternoon rain shower.

Thanks to Jeff Brown for spearheading this effort, and to all the members that participated! The birdhouse project certainly has been a successful CJWA event for the past few years running.

Tuesday
Sep292009

October meeting

Our next meeting will be at 7 PM on October 14.  We will be having a brief business meeting where we would like to get the members’ input on our plans for the upcoming year, and a presentation about the Woodworking in America conferences held in the Chicago and Philadelphia areas this year.