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.

October CMWA Meeting

Wednesday October 18th, 2017 at 7:00 PM
Paramount Tech Center, Waite Park

Our next meeting will be held on October 18th at 7:00pm and it will be completely hands on! Rollie Johnson will be showing us how to build a shooting board. A shooting board is a handy tool to keep around the shop, and once you have used one a few times it will certainly prove its worth to you. It can be used to clean up the ends of a cross cut and slowly shave down an end until it’s the perfect fit. We will be assembling ten shooting boards for the CMWA shop. If you would like to build one we have a materials list included on page 6 of the newsletter.

September CMWA Meeting

Wednesday September 20th, 2017 at 7:00 PM
Paramount Tech Center, Waite Park

Our next meeting will be held on September 20th at 7:00pm and the theme will be “From Picture to Plan to Project.” Shawn Jarvis and Mark Voigt will be presenting this for us and it is going to be a fun one. Have you ever been browsing through a magazine or furniture store and saw something that you would like to make and all you had is a picture? This will teach you how to take an image, and by using proportions or other similar methods, turn it into a drawing that you will be able to use to build from. It is a technique that we will all have to use one day in our shops.

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.

August CMWA Meeting

Wednesday August 16th, 2017 at 7:00 PM
Paramount Tech Center, Waite Park

Coming up on August 16th Charlie Gunderson will be doing a demonstration on Panel Glue-Up. It will be held at the Tech Center and I am looking forward to hearing Charlie’s take on this, it is definitely a task that takes place very often.

July CMWA Meeting

Wednesday July 19th, 2017 at 6:00 PM
Paramount Tech Center, Waite Park

Coming up on July 19th at 6:00pm we will have our annual picnic. It will be held at the Tech Center. The CMWA will be providing hotdogs and hamburgers and all of the other goodies will be pot-luck. I hope all of you can come check out the progress of our shop and enjoy some good food and conversation!

June CMWA Meeting

Wednesday June 21st, 2017 at 7:00 PM
Paramount Tech Center, Waite Park

Our June meeting will be on the 21st and Don Peterson will be giving us a presentation on marquetry and veneering. I am sure many of you have seen some of the things Don has brought in for us; he does very nice work and it will be fun to see how he does it. Hope you all come ready to learn and make some sawdust!

May CMWA Meeting

Wednesday May 17th, 2017 at 7:00 PM
Paramount Tech Center, Waite Park

Our May meeting will be on the 17th and our very own Rollie Johnson will be giving us a presentation on hollow chisel mortising. This will be another exciting one for the new location because we will be able to make lots of sawdust and really be able to get hands on and see what we can learn.

April CMWA Meeting

Wednesday April 19th, 2017 at 7:00 PM
Paramount Tech Center, Waite Park

April brings extremely good news for the CMWA, we now have a brand new home! We have been working closely with the folks at the Paramount and now the Tech Center is available for us to set up a true woodworking shop! There are still a handful of things to work out yet but we will be having our April 19th meeting there. Eventually, volunteers will be needed to help build permanent workbenches and help get everything all moved in. I hope you all can make it and help welcome in the new shop! Below I have a map included for directions to the shop (it is near Mills Fleet Farm in Waite Park) Here is a link that brings you right to the Tech Center.

Map to Tech Center

Paramount Tech Center Map

March CMWA Meeting

Wednesday March 15th, 2017 at 7:00 PM
Paramount, Downtown St. Cloud

March’s meeting we will take a little break from all the excitement and come back to our own shop for the presentation. Devin plans on doing a demo on Project Planning, Layouts, Cutlists, Bill of Materials, Drawings, and CAD. We’ve all heard the saying “Measure Twice, Cut Once” and he’d like to take that to the next level with this presentation. When he starts a new project he always like to do my drawings in CAD. It can be extremely beneficial to have a clear plan on what to do; it helps eliminate costly errors and helps get your concept nailed down before you even power up the table saw. A few free programs are available for download if any of you would like to start playing around with them before the meeting, then if you have any questions he can answer them.

Free CAD Software Links
2D Software DraftSight:…
3D Software SketchUp Make:

February CMWA Meeting

Wednesday February 15th, 2017 at 7:30 PM
St. John's Woodshop, Collegeville, MN

Our February meeting will definitely be an interesting one. It is going to be held at St. Johns University and we will be going on a tour. Starting off we will be in the woodshop taking a look at all their tools and what they have to work with. Then we will go on a little hike to the guesthouse (Building 7) to see some of their completed projects and if time allows we will end at the Library (Building 12). We will meet at a little later than our usual meeting time; 7:30 on the February 15th. You can learn more about the SJU Woodshop on their website.

I have attached an image of the St. Johns campus for clarity. We can park in front of the Powerhouse (Building 24) and then we can meet in the Woodshop (Building 25).

Google Map

St. John's Woodshop

January CMWA Meeting

Wednesday January 18th, 2017 at 7:00 PM
Paramount, Downtown St. Cloud

Our January meeting will be held at the Paramount in the basement at 7pm January 18th. Every year January is the month where we vote in the new leadership roles. This January in addition to our election please bring in a tool or a jig (or a picture if it is too big to handle) of something in your shop you find unique, or something that you think our other members might not have in their shop. Then we can have a round the table discussion on each item and it may spark ideas and a lot of conversation. We all can learn from each other!

Reminder: Dues are $20.

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