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, Nov. 14th, 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:

  • Nov 14, 2018
  • Dec 12





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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May Meeting

May’s meeting included finishing techniques. Members Matt Kestenbaum, Marc Gaertner and Steve Altman  presented various options for finishing. 

Steve Altman covered a thoroughly detailed primer on spray finishing, from equipment selection/maintenance, various sprayed finishes and special emphasis on waterborne finishes and rub-out processes.

Ray Wendrzycki presented a friction finish on the the lathe. A home-brewed blend of light-cut shellac and oil, Ray demonstrated using the heat and friction from an buffing cloth to a spinning bowl to quick cure a lustrous finish.

Marc Gaetner discussed using aerosol (spray-can) polyurethane finish as a top-cop for a fast drying, self leveling finish.


April Meeting

At our April meeting club members John Tomaino and John Steinmetz did  presentations on installing crown molding and mortising hinges to install a door. Also included, was building a curved top home entry door. Videos for these can be found in the members section.

Robert Hemsen did a follow up presentation, on his completed Blockfront Chest in curly maple.



March Meeting

 Bob Helgans is going to do a talk /  demonstration on the steps involved in Bird carving.
Club member Bob Emmons will follow with a shorted talk on carving for furniture.


2016 Woodworking Show - Somerset, NJ

CJWA was well represented at the 2016 Woodworking show. Demonstrations and lectures on such topics as sharpening Japanese chisels, wood turning, hand plane sharpening, Ebonizing wood and Dust collection were given by CJWA members. To see the video of Frank Vucolo’s demonstration on turning spindle legs go to the members section.


February Meeting

 At our February meeting, the featured speaker was  Don Brocklebank. His talk / demonstration was on the process of building traditional wooden tools and household items, produced long before there was electricity.

 Don, who presents at various Living History Museums around the state, talked about the process to build a Wooden Hay Fork, Coopered Barrels as well as other necessities from the past.

The video of his presentation can be seen in the members area.