CMWA Classes

The Central Minnesota Woodworker’s Association in Partnership with the Paramount Center for the Arts is offering the following classes and events in the first half of 2018

All classes and events held at the
Paramount Tech Center
248 33rd Ave South
Waite Park, MN 56387

Bandsawn Boxes

Instructor—Michael Cullen

Tuition: $750.00 (includes all materials and lunch) 

Experience Level: Intermediate, some prior experience preferred

September 17 through 21, 2018, 5 days, 9am to 5pm

In this class Michael will take students through all the steps to build bandsawn boxes.  They are quick to make, requiring little measuring or joinery. We will be shaping and sculpting pieces to create pleasing curves and unusual shapes.  Then we will spend time on surface treatments and finishes, including carving patterns and applying color. This is a hands on class open to all levels.

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Introduction to Woodworking

October 2, October 9, October 16, 2018, 6pm to 9pm

Techcenter, Waite Park

Instructor—Mark Voigt

Fee: $125

Dive into the world of woodworking in this introductory level workshop, where students will build a keepsake box over the course of three lessons.  The box will feature miter joints and a lift off lid.  Constructing the box will provide an application of lessons on shop and machine safety, machine operation, wood selection, joinery, gluing and clamping, and finishing.

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Computer Numerical Control (CNC) with George Vondriska

Instructor—George Vondriska

Tuition: $150.00  

Experience Level: Beginner, no prior experience necessary

Saturday, November 3, 9am to 4pm

Wondering if CNC woodworking is for you? This class will answer that question. You’ll see what it takes to use VCarve Pro software to create designs and toolpaths, and how to set up the CNC router to make your cuts. Already own a CNC? You’ll benefit from George’s tips and tricks on the VCarve and machine use.

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Marquetry with a scroll saw

Friday, Saturday, Sunday  11/16—11/18, 9am to 4pm

Instructor—Joe Morgan

Fee: $250

Learn the fine art of marquetry by creating beautiful images with wood veneers. This class will focus on the packet-cutting method and will include discussion on designing your own patterns, veneer and substrate selection, sand shading, pressing, repairing damaged veneer and working with burls, highly figured and brittle veneers.

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Basic Inlay with Don Peterson

Saturday, December 1, 10am to 4pm

Instructor—Don Peterson

Fee: $75

The class will consist of a straight “boarder” type in-lay in the corner of a board and a 5-point star in the middle of the board (the star and border will be provided).  The focus will be on hand work but some routing will be done for the bulk of the excavation.


Tool Making Workshop with Mike Siemsen

Saturday and Sunday, January 19-20, 9am to 4pm

Instructor—Mike Siemsen

Fee: $225

We will be making a traditional double screw vise as shown in Randal Holme and Moxon. Also a mallet, a marking gauge, and a marking knife. You will use hand tools to make these four very useful items for your shop and gain the ability to make more of them as needed.

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Beyond the Basics of Woodworking with Mark Voigt

Tuesdays February 12– 26, , 6pm to 9pm

Instructor—Mark Voigt

Fee: $125

Get ready for spring and warm sunshine by building your own cedar Adirondack style lawn chair. Participants should have basic woodworking skills and will develop more advanced skills during the class. Visit the link below to sign up:


Lie Nielsen Hand Tool Event

March 15, 2019, 10am to 6pm

March 16, 2019, 10am to 5pm

Fee: $FREE

Lie-Nielsen Toolworks Returning to St. Cloud, MN

Woodworking Hand Tool Event with Central Minnesota Woodworker’s Association

Lie-Nielsen Toolworks(R), the premier US manufacturer of heirloom quality woodworking tools, is bringing its popular Hand Tool Event(R) to St. Cloud, MN on March 15-16, 2019 with the Central Minnesota Woodworker’s Association. This event is part of the company’s ongoing international program to expose woodworkers of all ages and skill levels to the benefits of traditional hand tools and techniques, and is a rare opportunity for the public to receive first-hand instruction directly from the toolmakers.

Lie-Nielsen Toolworks makes heirloom quality, woodworking hand tools in Warren, Maine, and takes pride in providing exceptional support to their customers. Lie-Nielsen Hand Tool Events travel to cities around the country to promote woodworking education in the use of hand tools. Lie-Nielsen also offers weekend workshops, instructional videos, and encourages visitors to tour their showroom and shop in Maine. For more information about this event, please contact Jared Patch at (800) 327-2520, email, or visit


Embellishments with Mark Laub

Instructor—Mark Laub

Tuition: $175.00  

Experience Level: Beginner, no prior experience necessary

Saturday , April 6, 9am to 4pm  

Mark Laub, a professional wood artist, is nationally known for his distinctive, meticulously detailed furniture. Learn his approach to creative furniture design and share his secrets to exceptional woodworking embellishment.  Mark’s knowledge and creativity, combined with his friendly and supportive coaching style, will help you add your personal signature to your woodworking pieces. Ample hands-on opportunity will be provided in addition to lecture and demos. 

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