Next meeting: Wednesday, Jun. 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. We welcome new members and guests.

Upcoming meeting dates:

  • Jun 12th, 2019
  • July - No Meeting
  • Aug - No Meeting





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 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.



CJWA meeting February 2018

This Wednesday’s meeting will start off with the “Mini Fundamentals” segment for this month. This time around it will be Bob Emmons who will give a short talk / demonstration about reading grain direction for successful milling and glue ups.

Robert Lafferty, a long time club member and profession woodworker will be the feature speaker. He will discuss his business as well as the recent short production run of intricate Dim Sum Platters.

Please remember it’s time to renew your annual club membership. If you were unable to do so last month please contact Doug and he will get you setup.

This Wednesday is Valentine’s Day; please note that we are still meeting as scheduled.

Hope to see everyone there


CJWA meeting January 2018

We will be starting off the meeting with the club’s annual Officer Elections.

It’s also time to renew your annual club memberships which for the first time in nearly 10 years the dues will be increased to $50.

Also note, in recognition of the overwhelming majority of seniors that make up our membership there will no longer be a reduced senior rate.

There will be brief annual report from Matt and Doug.

This month’s “Mini Fundamentals” will be a talk-demo on gluing up a panel. This will be followed by Wilbur Pan who will be giving a talk on the health risks of dust exposure.

William Duffield will than give a talk on laying out, shaping and fairing curves.

We are looking for a few good woodworkers…. 

Have an a project in mind, something you know how to build and would be willing to lead a small group of your follow members with a Group Build, please contact one of the officers to talk about your idea.

Hope to see you there.