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. 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:

  • Jan 10, 2018
  • Feb 14
  • Mar 14
  • Apr 11
  • May 9
  • Jun 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.


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 - Round Robin

The April meeting will take place on Wednesday, April 8th. This month we will be hosting a woodworking round robin, where several of our members will be manning stations set up around the meeting room and discussing different aspects of the craft.  Bob Emmons will be discussing some simple techniques for finishing. Frank Vucolo will be presenting 10 simple shop tips. Wilbur Pan will discuss the basics of sharpening edge tools (bring a dull chisel or plane iron and bring it back to life). And Marc Gaertner will present an intro to working with veneer. 


CJWA March Highlights

The CJWA held their third meeting of the year on Wednesday, March 11th. Approximately 45 active members were in attendance. With the exception of Treasurer, Doug Poray, all other club officers were present.

President, Matt Kestenbaum, called the meeting to order at 7:15 PM. Regular introductory remarks were made, including information about the use of the club library and a reminder to the membership to please wear their name badges.

Announcement of upcoming events was made. Walt Hunter then made an announcement that the NJ State Forestry Service would be selling tree seedlings for reforestation. Details can be found on the state DEP web site at:

Following announcements, Ray Wendrzycki and Joe Ferraro summarized the club’s weekend at the Somerset Woodworking Show. A sincere thanks was offered to all who participated, especially those who helped to set up, break down and transport the club’s booth and supplies. Ray & Joe also asked club members to begin thinking about ideas for next year’s show now for discussion at the May meeting, in order to get an early jump on communications with show organizers.

Next, Persident, Matt Kestenbaum provided a brief summary of discussions that took place at the officer/advisory board meeting that took place in February. There was a proposal to research and purchase an A/V system for the club’s use at meetings and events like the Somerset Woodworking Show. There was also discussion about possibly recording video of club meetings in the future. Since these undertakings would require active participation from the club, members were asked to begin thinking about their interest in participating in an A/V Committee that would manage the audio & video equipment for the club.

In addition, a possible purchase of a club owner laptop was also discussed so that the club would not have to rely on the use of members’ personal computers for club meetings and events. Frank Vucolo offered to sell his gently used laptop to the club at the fair going rate for the specific model, so the club will research fair market value for Frank’s computer.

Finally, the future of the club’s website was discussed. It was agreed that updates to the website are necessary. Therefore, over the next several months, options for upgrading the site will be explored and implemented.

After the opening announcements and remarks, Matt Greco presented the thrilling conclusion of his entertainment center project build. In addition, Matt shared a slideshow of other projects he has constructed over the last several years.

Following Matt’s presentation ongoing group builds provided an update. John Aniano discussed progress on the Benjamin Seaton hand saw group build and shared one of his in progress saws with the group. Frank Bodner shared a slideshow of his workbench build. Marc Gaertner and Mike Callanan also shared their completed tools chests, based upon those built by first year students at the North Bennett Street School in Boston.

Finally, new group builds were introduced. Stuart Moore will be leading a group building a Connover Cabinet. Bill Woodard will lead a kayak build.  And Paul Dzioba will lead a group building a spoon carving knife. Anyone interested in joining an upcoming group build should sign up at the next club meeting or contact the build’s mentor.


March Meeting

The CJWA will hold their March meeting on Wednesday, March 11 from 7:00-10:00 PM.  We will be dedicating this months meeting to club business, updates and news.  We will have a review of the Somerset Woodworking Show, held at the end of February.  Matt Greco will present the conclusion of his entertainment center build. We will also talk about group builds that have recently finished or are coming to a close, as well as upcoming group builds that will be starting in the next few months.  Finally, we’ll talk about the June member showcase, including the special project build contest, as well as ideas for this year’s summer seminar.

It’s sure to be a busy meeting with lots to talk about.  Hope to see you there!


CJWA February Highlights

The CJWA held their second meeting of the year on Wednesday, February 11th. Member turnout was strong, with approximately 62 active members attending the event. All club officers were present, and the club welcomed 1 guest.

President, Matt Kestenbaum, called the meeting to order at 7:15 PM. Regular introductory remarks were made, including information about the use of the club library and a reminder to the membership to please wear their name badges.

In the interest of time for the feature presentation, old business was postponed until the end of the meeting. Vice President, Marc Gaertner, then introduced the featured speaker for the evening, Designer & Craftsman Glen Guarino of Guarino Furniture Designs in Cedar Grove, NJ.

Glen spent the rest of the evening discussing the design process and construction details of his unique, sculptural designs. 

In addition to our regular monthly meeting, the CJWA attended The Woodworking Show in Somerset the weekend of February 20-22.  Members spent time at the booth talking to show attendees about the club, demonstrating various woodworking projects and techniques, and running seminars on various topics.  Thanks to all those members who pitched in over the weekend for making 2015 another successful show!



February Meeting - Guarino Furniture Designs

The February meeting of the CJWA will feature Glen Guarino of Guarino Furniture Designs. Glen is a professional designer craftsman from Cedar Grove, NJ who has been featured in Fine Woodworking, Woodworkers Journal, NJNs State of the Arts, and many other publications.  Glen will be giving a presentation on the process of shaping and sculpting his one of a kind designs.

In addition, Matt Greco will present the thrilling conclusion of his entertainment center build. We will also have an update on group builds and our booth at the Woodworking Show in Somerset at the end of February.

Remember, we renew memberships every January, so if you weren’t able to do so last month, please bring your membership dues for the 2015 year. We look forward to seeing you there!