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, Dec. 12th, 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:

  • Dec 12th, 2018





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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April Meeting: Turning for Furniture Makers

The April CJWA meeting will be at 7 PM on April 14. We are very fortunate to have Tom Jones, president of the Atlantic Shore Woodturners give us a demonstration on how to use a lathe to enhance furniture projects. Many aspects of spindle turning suitable for table legs, columns, and so on will be shown.


Here’s a video of part of Marc Gaertner’s presentation on advanced router techniques at the March CJWA meeting.  In this video, Marc shows how he uses a router to raise a panel and the backer that he uses to prevent tearout, and the jig he made to allow for precision fluting operations.


March Meeting: Advanced Router Techniques with Marc Gaertner

We had 8 new visitors to the CJWA meeting this month.  Frank Vucolo gave a report on how our booth at the Somerset Woodworking show did.  Traffic and interest was high throughout the weekend, and we distributed 500 flyers.  We also had a writeup in Wood Magazine, and the article can be seen on the Wood Magazine website. Frank also mentioned that Lie-Nielsen has one of their Hand Tool Events coming up in Hillsborough on June 25-26, and that CJWA would likely have a presence there as well. Stay tuned for details.

The featured presentation was by Marc Gaertner on advanced router techniques.  Marc showed a number of jigs and setups he has used to use a router to greatest advantage in his shop.  He showed a router table built from plans from the book “Router Jigs and Techniques” by Patrick Spielman. This book is out of print, but used copies can readily be found on the internet.

The top of the table was initially made from MDF, but over time it warped, and was eventually replaced with 2 layers of 3/4” Baltic birch plywood with a laminate top. Marc did not put a miter slot in his router table, as he felt that the need to align the router table fence with a miter slot was more trouble than it was worth.  The fence on his router table is much taller than is usual, but the added height allows for easy clamping of jigs and hold downs.

Marc also showed a base he made for a plunge router with a series of circular Lexan inserts which are sized for the router bit being used at the time.  This provides an easy way to provide clearance for router bits ranging from narrow straight bits to large panel raising bits.  He also showed a sliding jig used to make precise stopped cuts, how to use a slot cutting bit for splines in boxes and picture frames, how to use a Microfence with a trim router for inlay, and how to use a router to quickly make quarter round molding.

Frank Vucolo and Matt Greco also shared advanced techniques that they developed for using a router for various tasks.  Frank showed a jig that he made to use a router to shape a fluted bobbin for a Sheraton table leg on the lathe.

Matt showed how he set up a router to make these detailed feet for boxes.

There are recommendations for setting the maximum speed of the router based on the diameter of the bit. A nice chart with this information can be found at the Woodline website. If you were a CJWA member, you could get a discount on orders from Woodline. So why not sign up for a membership?


Northeastern Woodworkers Association's 19th Annual Fine Woodworking Show

As mentioned at the March meeting, the Northeastern Woodworkers Association’s 19th Annual Fine Woodworking Show is taking place the weekend of March 27-28 in Saratoga Springs, NY.  Demonstrations will be given by David Ellsworth, Ernie Conover, Christopher Schwarz, and Phil Lowe, along with displays of furniture and other woodworking items made by some really talented craftsmen.  More information is available at the NWA website.


March Meeting: Advanced Router Techniques with Marc Gaertner

The March CJWA meeting will be at 7 PM on March 10, and features a discussion about advanced router techniques led by Marc Gaertner.  Marc will be demonstrating techniques using a router table and hand held routers that go beyond simply making a dado for a bookcase shelf.  Frank Vucolo and David White will also be sharing their methods of using a router.  There will be ample opportunity for members to contribute their experiences, so feel free to bring and share your tips on router use.