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 $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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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!


January Meeting: Entertainment Center Build, Member Show and Tell, and Officer Elections

With the new year comes the first meeting of 2015, which will be jam packed with presentations. Matt Greco will be giving us an update on his entertainment center. We will have an update on group builds and our booth at the Woodworking Show in Somerset in February. There will also be a member show and tell and a look back over 2014. And we will hold officer elections for 2015.

Remember, we renew memberships every January, so please bring your membership dues for the 2015 year. We look forward to seeing you there!


December meeting: Holiday Potluck Dinner


At the December meeting on Dec. 10 we will continue with the CJWA tradition of a Holiday Pot Luck Dinner, where there will be much conversation about woodworking and an even larger amount of food. This year’s Holiday Dinner meeting will begin at 7:00 pm. Please try to arrive by 6:30 pm, so we can get everything set up by 7:00 pm.

As we have done in the past, everyone is asked to bring a main course, a side dish or a dessert. If you bring enough food for 6 to 8 people, we should have more than enough for everyone. Family members are certainly welcome to come.

The club will provide soda, water, paper plates and plasticware. To keep the menu balanced please e-mail Marc Gaertner at to indicate what food you are bringing. If anyone wants to bring coffee in lieu of a food item let Marc know by e-mail.

Following the feast we will have a short meeting. We hope to see everyone there.