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.

February CMWA Meeting

Wednesday February 19th, 2020 at 7:00 PM
Paramount Tech Center, Waite Park

This month’s meeting will be held February 19th at 7pm. Michael Roske will be joining us as a guest speaker from the St. Johns Abbey Woodshop. Michael will be giving us a presentation on sustainable woodworking. At the Abbey Woodshop all of the oak they use is locally sourced with much of it coming from their 1,205 acres of oak and northern hardwood trees. Thinking about the next generations of woodworkers, the Abbey has worked to develop processes to replenish the trees that they harvest and protect the new trees. This will be a great opportunity to gain a better insight of how the Abbey plans to keep their woodshop sustainable for many years to come. If you would like to learn more visit their website www.sjawood.org and click on This Month in The Shop. 

January CMWA Meeting

Wednesday January 15th, 2020 at 7:00 PM
10266 40th Ave Northeast, Sauk Rapids, MN

Our January 15, 2020 meeting will take place at the shop of our new CMWA member Grant Kaihoi. Grant will present on live edge woodworking and give us a tour of his shop where he does that work. The meeting will start at 7:00 p.m.

Address for the shop: 10266 40th Ave Northeast, Sauk Rapids, MN

December CMWA Meeting

Wednesday December 18th, 2019 at 6:00 PM
Paramount Tech Center, Waite Park

Our next meeting will be held on December 18th at 6pm and we will be celebrating the end of the year with a potluck party. Everyone and their significant other or guest is invited to join in the fun. Please bring a dish to share. We look forward to seeing you there.

November CMWA Meeting

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

Our next meeting will be held on November 20 and we will be having our annual safety meeting. Safety is one of those things that we can never learn too much about. At our shop we are acquiring more and more tools and it has been made evermore apparent that we need to cover our general rules and guidelines to ensure that we all are working safely. Don Peterson will be presenting this very important topic. Hope to see you there!

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!

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