The Central Minnesota Woodworker's Association is a group of men and women from around the St. Cloud Minnesota area who share a common interest in the art and business of woodworking. We meet monthly in St. Cloud to share information, techniques and topics of interest in the area of woodworking. Learn more about membership or support.

October CMWA Meeting

Wednesday October 16th, 2019 at 7:00 PM
Paramount Tech Center, Waite Park

The next meeting will be held on October 16. In a slight change of plans, we have a guest presenter this month. We will be joined by the Area Rep for Osmo finishes. Osmo is a German manufacturer of woodfinishing products know as hardwax oils. The finishes have become popular in the US in the last few years. They are easy to apply, environmentally friendly, provide a nice finish. It will be interesting to hear about them and participate in a hands on demonstration.

October Open Shop

Thursday October 3rd, 2019 at 6:00 PM
Paramount Tech Center, Waite Park

Our next Open Shop Event will be held on Thursday October 3rd at 6 P.M. All are welcome to bring a project of your own to work on. Hope to see you there!

September CMWA Meeting

Wednesday September 18th, 2019 at 7:00 PM
Paramount Tech Center, Waite Park

Our next meeting will be held on September 18th and this month Mike Ross will be giving a presentation on how to prep your project for finishing. For some this might be just run over it quick with some 220 sand paper and call it good. Others might say the card scraper is the only way to go. Whichever way you feel about finish prep it will be interesting to hear Mike’s perspective on this topic. There is always something to learn and apply to our own projects.

August CMWA Meeting

Wednesday August 21st, 2019 at 7:00 PM
The Barrel Mill, 640 Chinook Ave. SW, Avon, MN 56310

Our next meeting will be held on August 21st and this month The Barrel Mill in Avon has agreed to give us a tour of their facility. They make oak barrels that are used in both whiskey and wine making. You can meet us at the Tech Center at 6:15PM and we will carpool from there. Or you can meet us at The Barrel Mill at 7PM. The Address is 640 Chinook Ave. SW Avon, MN 56310

July CMWA Meeting

Wednesday July 17th, 2019 at 7:00 PM
Paramount Tech Center, Waite Park

Our next meeting will be held on July 17th at 6 P.M. and it is our annual picnic. It is a great time for us to get together and socialize with other woodworkers and their families. The CMWA will be providing hot dogs, hamburgers, potato salad, beans, and drinks. You are welcome to bring along a spouse or a friend. I hope you all can come out for this fun night!

June CMWA Meeting

Wednesday June 19th, 2019 at 7:00 PM
Paramount Tech Center, Waite Park

This month Don Peterson will be giving a presentation on how to make a drawer. We will be starting the meeting off by going through different joints that one can use to connect two boards together at 90 degrees. Then we will move into a hands on challenge; we are going to have several tables set up and we will be trying to hand cut dovetails. This will be a great experience for all of us and I am sure that we will learn some techniques that we can apply in our own shop.

May CMWA Meeting

Wednesday May 15th, 2019 at 7:00 PM
Paramount Tech Center, Waite Park

Our next meeting will be held on May 15th at 7pm. This month Charlie Gunderson and Don Wade will be giving a presentation on Four Square Lumber and Glue Up, Biscuit Joints and Domino Joints. Many of the projects that we do in our shops require us to start with four square lumber and sometimes that can be a challenge to even know where to start. First we will start with a rough board by explaining the different ways that wood moves (bow, cup, crook, twist, or checking) and then we will follow that with the different tools in the shop that will help us achieve a perfectly straight and square board. Finally we will go through some different techniques for panel glue up. I hope you all can make it out to this meeting. I am sure there are many things we can learn as either a beginner or an experienced woodworker from this presentation!

April CMWA Meeting

Wednesday April 17th, 2019 at 7:00 PM
Paramount Tech Center, Waite Park

This month Tim Ziegler will be giving us a presentation on buying lumber. Some of the concepts that he will cover are sheet goods vs. board lumber and the different grades of wood and how the grading process works. He will also cover the many different acronyms used in the lumber industry; these can be confusing at times! Tim will also provide other insights and tips that will be helpful to us when we are buying lumber. I hope you all can make it out to this meeting. I am sure there are many things we can learn as either a beginner or an experienced woodworker from this presentation!

March CMWA Meeting

Wednesday March 20th, 2019 at 7:00 PM
Paramount Tech Center, Waite Park

Our March meeting will be held on March 20th at 7pm, and Rollie Johnson will be presenting the third installment of our Monthly Project Series called The Cut List. This is the second part in creating a well-defined plan for our projects. Rollie will be going over effective ways of making a good cut list and helping us get a better understanding of how important material selection is. Although this may seem like a relatively simple concept, it can get pretty complex without a good strategy to tackle it.

February CMWA Meeting

Wednesday February 27th, 2019 at 7:00 PM
Paramount Tech Center, Waite Park

Due to weather, the February meeting has been rescheduled to February 27th. Rollie Johnson, Mark Voigt, and Devin Middendorf will be presenting the second installment of our Monthly Project Series called The Plan. Starting off with a well-defined plan will greatly increase the odds of success on your next project! We will be covering the basics of design: proportions and balance. Then we will move into different methods of creating a set of plans, from hand drawing to CAD. Finally, we will cover how drawings help you create a materials list and save time by problem solving before anything is cut.

If you have a little something you recently made, please bring it in and tell us about it. We can all learn from each other and having a good conversation starter really spurs quite a bit of interest. You will also get some bragging rights and will be featured in our Made by Members section of our newsletter.

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