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.

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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Weed Pot Challenge

April's Woodturner's project challenge was to create a weed pot - a vase shape with a 1/2" to 3/4" hole down the center used to display dry floral arrangements. Read More to see the pictures.

Alber Keppers - Cherry, Black Walnut, & Oak

Brad Knowles - Box Elder

Brad Knowles - Brazilian Cherry & Walnut

Jim Preusser - Spalted Maple

John Caye - Cedar

Gary Mrozek - Mountain Ash

John Skalla - Banksia Nut

John Skalla - Ironwood

May Woodturners Group Meeting

The discussion will be turning a bowl by a coring tool and conventional methods. Questions? Call Dick at 251-7013 or Gary Mrozek at 252-2764

April CMWA Meeting

The meeting topic for the April meeting will be refacing a cabinet with veneer using hide glue and an iron.

March CMWA Meeting

For the March meeting, the Leigh Jig presentation will pick up right where it so abruptly ended (because of the power outage at the school). Please bring any projects that you may have to share with the rest of the group.

March Woodturners Group Meeting

This is the first meeting of the Woodturners Group. The group is being formed as a subgroup of the CMWA and will meet at Gary Mrozek's shop. All are welcome. Its goal is to provide woodtruners of all skill levels an opportunity to share knowledge and resources.

Fifteen individuals attended the first meeting on Saturday March 8th for an introductory demonstration in segmented turning. Formulas to determine the size and angles of the segments, the use of a miter sled and a method for applying glue and clamping the segments together to form a ring were discussed. There was also a method of salvaging a cracked bowl with the use a bronze dust and epoxy. This gives a unique solution to an otherwise piece of “firewood”.

Each month a project theme will be assigned to those who wish to take the challenge. In the spirit of Easter, this month’s challenge will be to turn a wooden egg. Those interested are invited to bring their project to the March 19th meeting to display.

The next meeting of the Turners Group will be Saturday April 5th at 9:00 AM at Gary Mrozek’s shop. All are welcome. Bring a friend!

The Woodworking Show - St. Paul

Our friends at Acme Tool invited us to stop by their booths at this years Woodworking Show at St. Paul's River Centre on February 29 - March 2, 2008 and take a look at the many great deals they will have available only during the show.

More Information can be found at

The Woodworking Shows is the premier event for woodworkers! Learn from the Experts, find unique woodworking tools, see how-to demonstrations, and save on tools and supplies. Unique educational attractions provide endless opportunities for you to sharpen your woodworking skills during this 3-day event!

Friday, February 29 / Noon - 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 1 / 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sunday, March 2 / 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Exhibit Halls A & B, Meeting Room 1

Adults $8
Kids 12 and under are free

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