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Twin Cities Tool Swap and Expo: October 19, 2019!

The Minnesota Woodworkers Guild is happy to announce the Twin Cities Tool Swap and Expo. Events include:

Tool Swap:
  • We'll have dedicated space to buy, sell or trade your no longer needed tools and equipment!
  • Matt Cremona will be there with any slabs that he has available.
  • MN Tool Library will be selling overstock items and will be happy to take tool donations to support their non profit.
  • There will be high quality woodworking tools that are new or slightly used. Tools will include a Festool jigsaw, many new Milwaukee cordless power tools, grinders, a biscuit joiner and much more.
  • We've invited some of the best vendors and manufacturers to show you their latest and greatest.
  • Vendors include Rockler, Woodcraft, Forrest Products Supply, Siwek Lumber and Millwork, local maker spaces, schools and more.
Learning Sessons:
  • Our classroom schedule includes workshops from makers and builders, as well as hands-on demos from manufacturers and vendors!

Contact us at for more detals and to register for a table at the Expo!

When:  Saturday, October 19, 2019, 10 am - 4 pm
Where:  Bloomington Armory, 3300 W 98th St., Bloomington

See you there!

Have some Class(es)!

The Central Minnesota Woodworkers Association (CMWA) Fall 2018 - Spring 2019 CLASS LISTING is now available!
Build a Kumiko wall cabinet with Mike Pekovich, Decorative Veneerng with Joe Morgan, or just tune up your skills with a "Beyond the Basics" class!
CMWA offers top-quality classes. Check 'em out at the CMWA Website today!

Another Source for Lumber!

Wood from the Hood, an urban reclaimed lumber vendor here in Minneapolis, has started to offer dimensional and slabbed lumber for retail sale. They've been around for a while but are just now offering retail lumber. Check it out!

Wood from the Hood, 2640 Minnehaha Ave, Minneapolis 55406.

Alternatives to Youngblood Lumber

With the sad closing of Youngblood Lumber there has been a lot of information exchanged among members about other sources for our materials. We've gathered leads from members as well as updated the "Lumber and Plywood" category of the LINKS page.
Also, download or view this Listing of Retail and Wholesale Lumber Suppliers who provide discounts to Guild members. Please note the requirements set by the sponsors and that you will almost always need to present your Guild membership card.

Learn to Sharpen a Saw ... And your wits!

Mike Siemsen's School of Woodworking will be offering a several excellent classes this spring. If you have ever wondered how to sharpen your own hand saw or wanted to make a cool sea chest then you'll want to take one Mike's classes! Register for classes HERE. Examples of Mike's recent classes include:

  • A Place to Sit: Make a Bench
  • Build a Small Sea Chest
  • Holtzapfel Style Workbench
  • Sharpening and Using Handsaws
  • Making a Marking Gauge, Mallet, Vise and Layout Knife

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, offers an annual Fall Seminar 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.