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.

June CMWA Meeting

Wednesday’s meeting will be held at the Paramount in downtown St. Cloud. The topic will be hand-applied shellac finishes.

May CMWA Meeting

Wednesday’s meeting will be held at Dave Blenkush’s shop north of St. Stephen. Dave is going to give us a vacuum pressing presentation. He has some pretty interesting projects in progress and we’ll get to have a look at them as well as a tour of his most impressive shop. Dave’s shop is a full-boat woodworking shop, complete with his own CNC machine, and a complete machine shop shares the building with his woodworking shop. Dave has built quite a few of his own woodworking machines and they look like they were produced by a major tool manufacturer. This is a meeting you don’t want to miss!

Acme Tools Spring Tool Sale

Acme Tools is having their Spring Tool Sale on Friday and Saturday May 6-7 from 8am to 5pm. The sale will feature 10% off, giveaways, and special events. Visit their Plymouth location for their "lowest prices of the year."

April CMWA Meeting

Brad Knowles will lead a discussion on work-benches. Advantages and disadvantages of the various designs will be covered. Vises and other workbench ac-cessories will be discussed as well. This is an interactive presentation; come prepared to talk about your shop bench's good and bad points.

2011 CMWA Wood Expo a Success

Included Content

The 2011 CMWA Wood Expo was very successful. Thank you to everyone who came to the event, the vendors, and the volunteers. We would also like to congratulate the prize winners:

Grand Door Prize: Deloris N. of Avon
Fine Woodworking DVD: Eddie O. of Waite Park
Hourly Prizes:
Kathy H. of Sartell
Kathy P. of Minneapolis
Mike D. of Sartell
John K. of Sartell
Chris B. of Maple Lake

2011 Arts Off 84 Art Crawl

4th Annual Arts Off 84 Art Crawl is a fun family friendly event over Labor Day weekend (Saturday and Sunday, September 3 - 4) along scenic Highway 84 between Pine River and North of Longville.

Registration is now open for artists if you are interested in participating.

The event is open to the public. You can learn more at their website.

March CMWA Meeting

The March CMWA meeting will feature Randy Brown from Long Prairie presenting on mortising equipment he has developed.

2011 CMWA Wood Expo

The 6th annual CMWA Wood Expo is just around the corner. This year's show is setting up to be the best yet.

Saturday, March 12, 2011
9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
St Cloud National Guard Armory.

Learn more about the CMWA Wood Expo.

Seeking Plywood Projects

A message from author Philip Schmidt:

"I am an author working with Storey Publishing to create a book on DIY home furnishing and accessory projects using plywood (and other sheet goods). I'm looking for designers to submit original project designs for one-time use in the book.

Each contributor gets a byline in the book, plus a brief bio where they can discuss their work, business, website, etc. They also get a free copy of the book and $101 (that's the number of projects in the book).

It's great exposure, AND the designers get to keep their projects; I need only a photo of the finished piece, along with instructions and any necessary drawings. You can also submit existing works.

All of the details are on my blog post, at plywoodbook.blogspot.com. "

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