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, Nov. 8th, 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. 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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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.

Tuesday
Sep222009

Marking gauge tips from Joel Moskowitz

At the September meeting, Joel Moskowitz from Tools for Working Wood spoke about marking gauges.  Although there are many types of marking gauges on the market, he prefers pin gauges over cutting gauges.

Pin gauges differ from cutting gauges in the shape of the part that does the actual marking. Pin gauges have, well, pins that are relatively sharp.  Cutting gauges make parks in the workpiece with a knife edge.

Joel feels that the marks left with pins are easier to deal with than the marks left with a knife edge.  Because the pins are not knife sharp, they leave a shallower line that can be easily removed with planing or sanding later on in the project.

One criticism of pin gauges is that it is hard to make a clean line with a pin, compared to a gauge that makes a knife cut. Joel demonstrated a good technique for using a pin gauge effectively.  Instead of holding the gauge so that the pin is perpendicular to the surface of the wood, which will cause a lot of scratching and chatter as you try to make your mark, rotate the gauge so that the pin trails behind as you move the gauge, so that it makes an acute angle with the surface of the wood.  This also gives you a lot of control in how deep a marking line is left by altering the pressure on the gauge. 

Monday
Sep212009

New source for hardwood lumber

Log Power, a flooring manufacturer in Allentown, NJ, announced at the September meeting that they will be carrying hardwood lumber for sale to woodworkers.  CJWA members will get a discount, although the details still have not been finalized.

Thursday
Sep102009

Joel Moskowitz at CJWA

Joel Moskowitz from Tools for Working Wood gave an excellent presentation on basic hand tool techniques at our September meeting.

He had some interesting new and upcoming products to talk about.  There is a saw vise that is nearly ready for production.  He brought along a sample of an aluminum bar clamp that he recently started selling on his website.  This clamp has the advantage of being strong and light, so that you can position it easily with one hand, which is a huge advantage when you are working by yourself.

Finally, there is a book that will be coming out this fall called “The Joiner and Cabinet Maker”,  which follows Thomas, a young teenager in rural England who becomes a woodworking apprentice.  Through Thomas’ story, the book describes the construction of various woodworking projects, starting with a packing box, a dovetailed schoolbox and a veneered mahogany chest of drawers, all with hand tools.  From Joel’s description of this book, the details of the making of these projects will be of use to any woodworker, even if you aren’t a hand tool aficionado.

The meat of Joel’s presentation was on the use of marking gauges, rasps, and saws in your work, which we’ll report on later.