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We are a group of men and women in Upstate NY dedicated to the enjoyment of woodworking. Membership includes lectures and workshops by renowned woodworking personalities and local professionals as well as free access to our extensive lending library of books and videos.

RWS welcomes everyone interested in the craft whether professional or hobbyist. Join the company of hundreds of enthusiasts - carvers, turners, furniture makers, boat builders, and other skilled craftspeople and take your woodworking skills to a new level.

 

 

 

Recent News

  • Allan Breed - National Lecture and Workshop: 7:45 PM, November 18, 2016, St. John Fisher College

    Allan Breed, nationally recognized expert on period style furniture, will present a talk and workshop on the weekend of November 18, 2016. His talk will begin at 7:45 p.m. on Friday, November 18 in 135 Basil on the campus of St. John Fisher College. His workshop will be held at CP Rochester (see workshops page for details) on Saturday, November 19 starting at 9 a.m. Workshop Registration

    Allan spent his early teens buying old furniture at flea markets and auctions and by 19 was employed by The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston in the restoration lab where he was able to examine some of the finest American pieces. After graduating from college with a degree in History he began restoring furniture for collectors and museums. In 1977 he built his first set of Chippendale chairs and has been reproducing American furniture using traditional tools and techniques ever since. Allan consults with collectors and dealers on the authenticity of early furniture and regularly lectures on furniture connoisseurship at museums and at the education departments of Christie's and Sotheby's in New York. He has contributed articles to numerous magazines and journals, among them The Journal of Antiques and Fine Arts, Art and Antiques, Early American Life and Fine Woodworking. Allan's work has been exhibited at numerous museums and galleries throughout the country, and in 2012 he was the winner of the 2012 Cartouche Award from the Society of American Period Furniture Makers.

    SILENT AUCTION

    Prior to the meeting, we will hold a silent auction where you can sell items that are no longer needed. Please fill out this  form with the minimum price and incremental bid amount and bring it with your items on Friday, one form per item. The silent auction will begin at 7 p.m. (Note: 10% sellers donation to RWS is appreciated).

  • Have a Woodworking Problem? Try RWS "Consultants".

    If you're struggling with a woodworking related problem you may find help from a new RWS program called "Consultants". Here's how it works. Write a short description of your problem along with your contact information and email it to consultants@rochesterwoodworkers.org. Your email will be forwarded automatically to all RWS members who have joined the program. If someone can help, they'll contact you directly.
    As part of this program we are also looking for experienced woodworkers who are willing to share their knowledge with other members. If you would like to join the consultant community, send an email to web@rochesterwoodworkers.org. Your email address will be added to the consultants list, and you can choose whether or not to respond to a particular question.

    If you're an RWS member struggling with a woodworking related problem you may find help from a new program called "Consultants". Here's how it works. Write a short description of your problem along with your contact information and email it to consultants@rochesterwoodworkers.org. Your email will be forwarded automatically to all RWS members who have joined the program. If someone can help, they'll contact you directly.

    As part of this program we are also looking for experienced woodworkers who are willing to share their knowledge with other members. If you would like to join the consultant community, send an email to web@rochesterwoodworkers.org. Your email address will be added to the consultants list, and you can choose whether or not to respond to a particular question.

  • National Speakers for 2016-17

    Click on a link for the speaker's web site, if available.

    Allan Breed-Cabinet Maker; November 18

    Greg Johnson-Finisher; January 20

    Jim Altemus-Period Furniture; February 24

    John Beaver-Turner; March 17

    TBD; April 2017

     

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Upcoming Workshops

RWS Workshops for 2016-17

The following is a list of the National and Local workshops planned for the 2016-17 season. : 02/07/16

National workshops are led by nationally and internationally known woodworkers who are featured speakers at our Friday night meetings. Local workshops are led by RWS members with high levels of expertise in the topic of discussion. For a complete description of each, see our Workshops page. To register for a workshop, click here.

 

National Workshops (Topics will be added as they become available):


Allan Breed - November 19

Greg Johnson - January 21

John Beaver - March 18

TBD - April 2017

Local Workshops:


Powertool Safety - Alan VanDeMoere - December 3, 2016

Small Project Shaker Table part 1 - Alan VanDeMoere - January 7, 2017

Small Project Shaker Table part 2 - Alan VanDeMoere - January 28 2017

Intro to Spindle Turning - Mike Brawley - February 11, 2017

Turning a Pepper Mill - Terry Lund - March 4, 2017

Pen and Stopper Turning - Mike Hatchy - April 1, 2017

Making Edge Tools - Bob Couture and David Gilbert - April 15, 2017











Workshop Registration

 

Power Tool Safety

Instructor: Alan VanDeMoere : 12/03/16

Table saw, jointer, surface planer, dust collection and band saw

Our Goal is to set up and safely use stationary power tools to convert rough sawn blanks into sized furniture component pieces. We will also discuss set up, adjustment and accessories for your power equipment.  During the session we will review:

-Table saw set up of miter gauge, blade angle, miter gauge, and accessories

- Wood planer set up, usage, and accessories

-Jointer set up, usage, snipe and accessories

-Optimum performance, set up, adjustments, blade selection of the band saw

-Set up and usage of dust collection

Hearing and Eye Protection are Required

 

Date & Time: Saturday, December 3, 2016, 9:00AM to 4:00PM

Location: St. Michael's Woodshop (691 St. Paul St., Rochester NY 14605)

Cost: $30 for RWS members, $65 for non-members (fee includes RWS membership)

Workshop Registration

 

Small Project Shaker Table (parts 1 and 2)

Instructor: Alan VanDeMoere : 01/07/17

In this two part series each participant will construct his or her own shaker table.  We will also discuss wood selection and design of the shaker table and then get right to work.  Participants can elect the size and height of their tables (plant stand, end table, bed stand, etc.).  It is advisable that you use cherry, walnut or maple for your project.  Participants will mortise and fit their own leg to apron joints, fit and glue up their table tops, and finish their piece. Some power tool requirements (i.e. table saw, jointer) will be demonstrated in the session and the majority of the power tool work will be done after class sessions.

Some wood will be available for purchase or you can choose to use your existing stock.  Additionally the leg stock should be "rift sawn" or "bastard cut" (grain goes diagonally from corner to corner of the blank) stock for the legs and flat sawn or quarter sawn material for the top and aprons.  If you have any questions please feel free to call Alan at 585 747-1270.  If you will be bringing the stock to your first class you will need at minimum the stock for the legs and aprons:

table aprons- 1" (3/4" finish) x 5" x 17", qty.- 4

table legs - 1 1/2" (1 3/8 finish) x 28 1/2", qty - 4

top - 3/4" x 20 1/2" x 20 1/2" (typically made of two planks approx 10" wide by 20" long)

(Optional, for advanced woodworkers not demonstrated due to limited time) - draw, kickers, runners, cleats, bottom are made from secondary wood

Overview of sessions:

- Design and layout - calculating material requirements and usage needs

- Rough cutting materials

- Flattening and jointing components

- Fitting components

- Assembling and gluing

- Finishing

Date and Time:

Part 1: January 7, 2017, 9:00AM to 4:00PM

Part 2: January 28 2017, 9:00AM to 4:00PM

Location: CP Rochester

Cost: Members: $30; Non-members: $65 (cost includes membership in RWS)

Workshop Registration