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.

April CMWA Meeting

Wednesday April 18th, 2018 at 7:00 PM
Paramount Tech Center, Waite Park

At our April meeting, Charlie Meyer will be presenting the topic Fast Fabulous Finish for Fine Furniture. I am sure we all have experienced completing a project only to dread the next step—finishing. It can be a challenge to get it right especially when you start to brush it on and it shows every glue squeeze out or the wonderful swirls of the random orbit sander. Not to mention when it is all done and it just doesn’t look as good as you pictured. It will be intriguing to learn Charlies take on this topic.

March CMWA Meeting

Wednesday March 21st, 2018 at 7:00 PM
Paramount Tech Center, Waite Park

As we come to March it brings us even closer to the busyness of summer. But there is still time to
learn a bit about woodworking. Whether you are a professional or just starting out this month’s topic will have something for everyone. Mark Voight will be presenting Basic Woodworking on the 21st. This meeting will be a bit of a high level overview of the paid three evening course he is teaching, but still show many of the basic things you need to know in woodworking.

February CMWA Meeting

Wednesday February 21st, 2018 at 7:00 PM
Paramount Tech Center, Waite Park

Our next meeting will be held on February 21. Don Peterson and Tim DuBois will be teaming up to give a presentation on the basics of hand tools. With power tools so readily available the art of hand work kind of slips away, but hand tools do have a lot of value to keep in our shops.

January CMWA Meeting

Wednesday January 17th, 2018 at 7:00 PM
Paramount Tech Center, Waite Park

Our next meeting will be held on January 17th and we will be getting a presentation from Michael Lauer on Leaded Glass. It will be fun to learn about and hopefully apply onto some of our future projects. When we can combine our different crafts together it opens up our minds for many different opportunities for design. Sometimes all we need is a little bit of inspiration.

December CMWA Meeting

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

Our next meeting will be held on December 20th at 7:00pm and we will be celebrating the end of the year with a potluck party. Everyone and their significant other is invited to the fun. Please bring a dish to share, there will be plenty of power so we can have lots of crock pots. I know I will be bringing a crock pot of chili cheese dip. We will also be having a silent auction where the proceeds will be going towards the CMWA to help fund future events, hands on activities, and new tools for the shop. If you would like to help out please bring along items that you would like to sell - they can be any shop related items or even wood.

November CMWA Meeting

Wednesday November 15th, 2017 at 7:00 PM
Paramount Tech Center, Waite Park

Our next meeting will be held on November 15th at 7:00pm and it will be all about safety! Now safety may seem like a topic that we just want to quickly glance over like an owner’s manual of a brand new tool, but much like reading the owner’s manual after the tool is wrecked we don’t want to find out what we did was wrong after we have gotten hurt. This safety meeting will be the official kickoff for the safety program at the Tech Center. Going forward, in order to operate any equipment you will need to pass the safety test - no worries it is an open book test, and with a little bit of common sense you will be able to pass no problem.

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.

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!

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