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 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.

January CMWA Meeting

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

Kurt Zniewski and Shawn Jarvis we will be kicking off our Monthly Project Series with the first installment called The Start. Here is a brief look into what it will be about: Starting a new project is always exciting but the anticipation of the completed project can sometimes obscure the efforts needed to make the project a reality. In this first-of-a-series seminar we will discuss the joys and pitfalls of creating the most basic of furniture forms: the box. Almost all of the furniture we build relies on basic boxes to create volume, strength and utility, but even a basic box can be a frustrating challenge if a person is not prepared for the demands of the project. Let’s look at what decisions we need to make before we start down the project trail.

December CMWA Holiday Pot Luck

Wednesday December 19th, 2018 at 6:00 PM
Paramount Tech Center, Waite Park

Our December meeting will be held on December 19th at 6pm and we will be celebrating the end of the year with a potluck party. Everyone and their significant other is invited to join in the fun. Please bring a dish to share. We look forward to seeing everyone there.

If you have a little something you recently made, please bring it in and tell us about it. We all can 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.

November CMWA Meeting (NEW DATE)

Wednesday November 28th, 2018 at 7:00 PM
Paramount Tech Center, Waite Park

Our November meeting will be held a week later than normal, November 28th at 7pm. Don Peterson and Mark Voight will be doing a presentation on safety. Since last year we did safety on individual tools in the shop. This year we are going to change it up a bit and do a training on what to do in an accident situation. We thought this would be helpful because now we are doing more hands on activities at the Tech Center. An accident can happen at any time and we need to be prepared for it.

October CMWA Meeting

Wednesday October 17th, 2018 at 7:00 PM
Paramount Tech Center, Waite Park

Our next meeting will be held on October 17th at 7pm. Merle Sykora, a former professor from St. Cloud State, will be doing a presentation on design. To help make the presentation more interesting and relatable he asked us to bring in some projects that we have made. He will use those items as discussion points in his presentation.

September CMWA 2018

Wednesday September 19th, 2018 at 6:00 PM
Paramount Tech Center, Waite Park

Our next meeting will be held on September 19th at 6pm. This month we will be taking a tour of Herbst Lumber Company in Milaca. Our plan is that we will meet at the Tech Center site at 6pm (one hour earlier than normal) and then carpool from there. It should be a lot of fun to see what they do there!

August CMWA 2018

Wednesday August 15th, 2018 at 7:00 PM
Paramount Tech Center, Waite Park

Our next meeting will be held on August 15th at 7pm. Rollie Johnson and Mark Voigt will be presenting a Router Workshop. The router is a very versatile tool, you can start by using it for basic things like adding round-overs or chamfers to your newly created project. Another handy thing to use it for is copying a pattern; with a flush trim bit and a template you can quickly create duplicates of your pattern. A third way you can use it is for making mortices, then all you need to do is clean up the corners with a chisel and it is ready for its tenon. In my opinion the router is a key tool to have in a woodworking shop.

July CMWA Picnic

Wednesday July 18th, 2018 at 6:00 PM
Paramount Tech Center, Waite Park

I hope many of you can make it to our Annual Picnic! It will be held on July 18th at the Tech Center. We will be starting about an hour earlier; the grill will be hot by 6:00pm and the CMWA will be providing brats, hamburgers, and water. It is also a potluck so please bring something to share! Also, feel free to bring a significant other along or a friend. We are also sending out postcards to many of our past members. Hopefully we can have a big crowd and a fun time!

June CMWA Meeting

Wednesday June 20th, 2018 at 7:00 PM
Paramount Tech Center, Waite Park

Our monthly meeting will held on June 20th and Rollie Johnson will be doing a presentation of Hammer Veneering. I do not have any experience with this technique but I am excited to learn how it is done. Knowing Rollie, I am sure there will be some liquid hide glue involved! I have not used that glue yet either but there are quite a few benefits to it and Rollie will be more than willing to share. If you have a little something you recently made, please bring it in and tell us about it. We all can 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.

May CMWA Meeting

Wednesday May 16th, 2018 at 7:00 PM
Paramount Tech Center, Waite Park

At our monthly meeting, Rollie Johnson and Jim Preusser will be presenting the topic of Brace and Bit. I am sure all of us have an old brace hanging up on the wall of our shop as a decoration but did you know that you can actually use it? Tim Dubois and I were “educated” on its use by Mike Siemsen at the Lie Neilson Hand Tool Event earlier this spring when we built a Moxon style vice that can be clamped onto a workbench. There is a little bit of a trick in using a brace but once you figure it out it’s a handy tool to keep around.
If you have a little something you recently made, please bring it in and tell us about it. We all can learn from each other and having a good conversation starter really spurs quite a bit of interest.

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