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.

September Woodturners Group Meeting

The September meeting of the Woodturners Group will be Saturday the 13th at 9:00am at the home of Gary Mrozek, 1314 West Oakes Drive, St. Cloud (see map). The agenda includes a demonstration on vacuum chucking and hands-on products and techniques comparisons of sanding on the lathe. Bring samples of sandpaper (sheets or discs) you like or don’t like and share your successes and/or failures and frustrations with the group. We will also begin a series on lidded boxes. Our project challenge is something with a knot or knots in it. Bring your challenge item and any other projects you’ve competed to display. Refreshments will be served and there will also be drawings for door prizes. Call Gary at (320) 252-2764 for more details.

August CMWA Meeting

The August meeting will be held at Ferche Millwork's (main office) in Rice at 7:00pm. There will be a presentation with a video showcasing their 50th anniversary. Afterward there will be a tour of the plant and a showing of their products.

Note: This month's board meeting will be held at Coborn's Cafe at 5:45pm.

July Woodturners Group Meeting Recap

Our monthly wood turners meeting took place at Dick Beumer’s shop Saturday, July 12th. The meeting opened with a show and tell segment, where wood turners presented different projects that they have completed. A couple of presenters were Dick Beumer, JoAnn Johnson, John Gaye and Jake Schneider. Dick presented his natural edge bowls cut of pieces of maple. JoAnn displayed some beautiful pens turned out of some mohagany and rosewood. John showed off an attractive box made out of cedar. Finally, Jake presented his unique baseball bat wind chime that was made out of maple. There were a couple of different demonstrations that began with Dick showing the group his pyramid scraping tool. Next, Gary Mrozek demonstrated a ball turning device he’s been building. It will shape a perfect sphere from 1” to 5” in diameter. His goal is to make the device available to other club members for make balls for item like Crocket and Bocce Ball games.

July CMWA Meeting

The July meeting will be held at Greg Pont’s lumber mill on July 16th. Greg’s phone number is 320-584-5573. You can learn more at

Directions to Greg’s are as follows:
From highway 10 in Royalton, take County Road 26 (also known as Nature Road) West to Bowlus. Turn North on County Road 24 (also known as 120th avenue). After about ½ mile, 24 turns into 238. Keep going North on 238 for about 3 miles until you reach 80th street. Turn East on 80th street and Greg’s place is ½ mile on the north side of the road.

June CMWA Meeting

The June meeting is at Tom Homan’s shop in St. Joseph on Wednesday, June 18th. The meeting topic will be “NAILERS”. Please bring a set of safety glasses and your own chair.

Bowl Challenge

May's Woodturner's project challenge was to create a bowl. Read More to see the pictures.

Brad Knowles - Cherry Segmented Bowl - Lacquer Finish

JoAnn Johnson - Red Elm - Wax Finish

Gary Mrozek - Willow - Spray Satin Urethane with Minwax Paste Wax

Dick Beamer - Maple

Brad Knowles - Cherry Candlestick

June Woodturners Group Meeting

Our next Woodturner's meeting will be June 14th at 9:00 AM at the shop of Tom Homan, 104 Hill Street West, St. Joseph. We will be continuing our series on bowl turning with various methods and products for finishing your bowl. Our project challenge for June will be “Something That Makes Noise”. Examples include whistles, wind chimes, duck calls and music boxes.

May CMWA Meeting

The may meeting topic will be "Sharpening Scraper Blades" and will be presented by both Rolland Johnson and Alex Neussendorfer.

May Woodturners Group Meeting Recap

The Woodturners Group met at Dick Beumer’s shop on Saturday, May10th. Dick demonstrated his Oneway 1640 lathe with the Oneway Easy Core attachment. The Easy Core System allows you to remove multiple nested bowl blanks from one piece of wood. With a 14” piece of black walnut he was able to make three individual bowls. Where conventional hollowing would have produced a mountain of shavings, Dick had but a few handfuls of waste.

John Skalla brought his Jet mini lathe and demonstrated a conventional approach to turning a bowl. With a piece of maple chucked on a tenant, John showed the basics of hollowing a bowl to produce a natural finished edge (the bark still intact at the rim). He also showed a blank attached to a faceplate and the steps in shaping and hollowing. What was interesting to note was the amount of waste produced by the conventional method verses the Easy Core System.

John had the privilege of trying Dick’s latest weapon in his turning tool arsenal; the Henry Taylor 5/8” Kryo Superflute bowl gouge. Where conventional tool steel tempering is achieved by heating, Kryo tools undergo a state-of-the-art cryogenic process in which the tool is subject to temperatures of 300 degrees below zero. The result is a complex molecular change within the steel resulting in increased wear resistance by 3 – 6 times that of heat treated M2 tool steel. For John, it was love at first try.

Our project challenge for April is to make a bowl to display at our May 21st meeting at Sauk Rapids Middle School. Bring your bowl along with a card with your name, the type of wood and finish and any other details that describes your bowl. Photos will be taken to publish on our website.

Our next meeting will be June 14th at 9:00 AM at the shop of Tom Homan, 104 Hill Street West, St. Joseph. We will be continuing our series on bowl turning with various methods and products for finishing your bowl. Our project challenge for June will be “Something That Makes Noise”. Examples include whistles, wind chimes, duck calls and music boxes.

April Business Borg of Woodworking Meeting

The first meeting is intended to provide an arena for members to mingle and become familiar with each other’s business interests. At this time, there is no cost for membership and all who are interested in attending are welcome. If you plan on attending, please contact Scott Randall so that he can arrange for the appropriate materials and space.

This meeting is expected to last about 90 minutes and the agenda will be as follows:
- BBW goals
- Introductions
- An inventory of resources
- The components of a marketing plan
- Round table discussion of future topics
- A real time marketing success story

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