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2018 Fall Seminar Registration is Now Open

This year we are featuring Kelly Parker, a rising star in woodworking. She completed the Masters Program at the Marc Adams School of Woodworking and is currently working on the Fellowship Program. You can learn more about Kelly Parker at her website,

Head over to the Fall Seminar page for more information and a link to the registration form. The event is open to all but consider joining the guild for a year to save a few bucks and take advantage of retail discounts at our various local area sponsors.

Job Opportunity - Industrial Arts Instructor for BLIND, Inc.

BLIND, Inc. is a Minneapolis nonprofit seeking an industrial arts instructor to replace their current staff person who is leaving to pursue a different career.

Primary job responsibilities involve teaching woodworking and home repair to blind people. While the idea may sound a little scary at first, we have never had an accident aside from scrapes and splinters in three decades of operation. You will be taught the methods used for safe instruction.

The pay is decent though not awe-inspiring, but the benefits including personal and family medical, holidays and paid vacations are terrific. The job is 40 hours a week.

Click HERE for the full job description or find it and other details at our Website. You can also contact Guild member Dick Davis at or executive director Dan Wenzel at, or call either of them at 612-872-0100.

Have some Class(es)!

The Central Minnesota Woodworkers Association (CMWA) Fall 2018 - Spring 2019 CLASS LISTING is now available!

Learn about bandsawn boxes with Michael Cullen, CNC techniques with George Vondriska or Marquetry with our own award-winning Guild member Joe Morgan. Mark Laub is even teaching a class on Embelishment (of wood, not personal history!).

CMWA offers top-quality classes. Check 'em out at the CMWA Website today!

Cool Cabinet Plans for the DIYers and Woodworkers!

Guild member Bruce Kieffer has launched a great source of DIY cabinet plans called Thrifty Cabinets.

Bruce's plans are highly detailed step-by-step instructions with lots of photos and illustrations. They sell for $9.99, $14.99 or $19.99.

Check out his website for examples, details and a sample plan! Or contact Bruce for more information.

Save a buck! Don't buy -- Use the Tool Library instead!

The Guild's TOOL RENTAL LIBRARY is a great resource for some expensive tools or ones that you need only occasionally, such as:
  • Drill bit sharpener for standard twist and brad point bits (professional grade system)
  • HVLP sprayer (American Turbine AT-3000)
  • Photography light and backdrop kit (professional grade)
  • Starrett 36" machinist straight edge (used for machine setup and alignment)
  • Veneering kit (vacuum bag)
  • Veritas power sharpening system
  • 20" Scroll Saw
Check out the Tool Rental Page for details!


When is the last time you made use of the Guild's amazing DVD library? With over a hundred DVD's covering everything from dovetails to inlay you can find the guidance you need at your own pace at home. See the LIBRARY page for loan rules and a full title list. Check 'em out!

About Us

The Minnesota Woodworkers Guild is a group of professional and amateur woodworkers bound together by three goals:

to advocate high standards in our craft
to meet new friends and discuss woodworking
to educate ourselves and the public about woodworking

The Guild hosts monthly educational meetings, produces a bi-monthly newsletter, and sponsors the annual “Northern Woods” show, an exhibition of fine woodworking. We welcome membership by all woodworkers, regardless of what they build, their level of skill, style of work, or their profession.

Our goal is to encourage the highest standards in woodworking, while allowing each of our members to grow at their own pace, from whatever level of skill and accomplishment they begin with.

Simply put, we want each of our members to become the best woodworker they are capable of, and to enjoy telling their Guild friends about it along the way.