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Welcome!

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

  • 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.

  • 2016 Showcase and Competition - Pictures

    The 2016 Showcase and Competition was held on April 23 at the Rochester Museum and Science Center. Tom Mieler took photos of some of the entries and has shared them on his Dropbox page. You can view the photos by clicking here.

  • National Speakers for 2016-17

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

    Ron Herman-Master Housewright; September 23

    Darrell Peart-Furniture Maker; October 22

    Allan Breed-Cabinet Maker; November 18

    Greg Johnson-Finisher; January 21

    Jim Altemus-Period Furniture; February 24

    John Beaver-Turner; March 16

    Steve Latta-Furniture Maker; April 21

     

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  • RWS Workshops for 2015-16

    The following is a complete list of the National and Local workshops for the 2015-16 season. 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:

    Mario Rodriguez - Custom Banding Techniques - September 19, 2015

    Kevin Rodel - Techniques for Building Arts and Crafts Furniture - October 24, 2015

    Stuart Batty - Part I: Perfecting the Art of Cutting - November 21, 2015

    Part II: Bowl Turning with the 40/40 Grind - November 22, 2015

    Mike Pekovich - Part I: Making a table from a single board

    Part II: An easy approach to angled chair joinery - March 19, 2016

     

    Local Workshops:

    Making Kitchen Utensils with Hand Tools: Instructor - Brett Templar - September 26, 2015

    Power Tools 101: Instructors - Mark Rakestraw and Rich Towsley - October 10, 2015

    Hand Planes 101: Instructor - Alan VanDeMoere - November 7, 2015

    Introduction to Spindle Turning: Instructor -Mike Brawley - December 5, 2015

    Hand Planes 201: Instructor - Alan VanDeMoere - December 12, 2015

    Hand Planes 301: Instructor - Alan VanDeMoere - January 9, 2016

    Turning a Pepper Mill: Instructor - Terry Lund - February 6, 2016

    Make a Cross Cut Sled for Your Table Saw: Instructors - David Gilbert and Joe Lorenzo - February 27, 2016

    Hand Planes 401: Instructor - Alan VanDeMoere - March 12, 2016

    Introduction to Inlays: Instructor - Tim Talma - April 2, 2016

    Hand Sawing and Joinery: Instructor - Bob Couture - May 7, 2016

     



 

Upcoming Workshops

Handsaw Fundamentals for Joinery

Instructor - Bob Couture : 05/07/16

This workshop is full and closed to further enrollment. To be placed on a waiting list, email your request to:

workshops@rochesterwoodworkers.org.

This workshop will concentrate on effectively using handsaws to create dovetails and tenons for furniture joints. It is not intended to be a detailed course on laying out, chopping, or finishing these joints; although these subjects may be discussed as time allows. Most of the workshop will concentrate on what it takes to use a joinery saw comfortably, efficiently, and effectively. We will cover:

The (wide and confusing) range of saws available

  • Western vs. Japanese
  • Rip, crosscut and "hybrid" filing
  • Saw size
  • Tooth size

What saw(s) will you (really) need?

  • Which saw size, tooth size, and tooth filing for a given job
  • How to examine a saw for purchase
  • Which saw for which joint?
  • Speed of cut vs. fineness of cut
  • Is there one saw that will do it all, and how do you choose it?

Saw sharpening basics

  • Tools required
  • Sharpen yourself vs. get someone else to sharpen it
  • Problems created by poor sharpening and how to solve them

The mechanics of sawing

  • What happens microscopically at the tooth level
  • How the saw design effects its performance

How to saw efficiently and accurately

  • Body position
  • Head and eye position
  • Work position
  • Hands, arms, grip, and how they effect sawing
  • Layout tricks and "cheats" to make accurate sawing easier

Correcting problems

  • Saw problems
  • Work holding problems
  • Technique problems
  • Secondary "tuning" of the joint with other tools

We will go through the presentation portion as quickly as the group is comfortable with. We will spend as much time as possible actually sawing wood. I will make individual observations and suggestions to make your work more comfortable, and more accurate. Class size will be limited to 8 people in order to make this reasonable. Please bring the following, if you have them:

  • Any joinery saws you wish to use
  • Layout tools (square, pencils, pens, marking knife)
  • A sharp chisel

I'll have extras, so if you don't have these, don't worry.

 

Date and Time: May 7, 2016, 9:00AM to 4:00PM

Location: CP Rochester

Cost: Members: $30; Non-members: $50 (cost includes membership in RWS)

Workshop Registration

 

A Note About Workshops

Workshop Location and Policy : 01/01/20

Many of our workshops are at CP Rochester, which is located at 3399 South Winton Road in Henrietta (see map).

If you schedule a workshop and can't attend, please contact the workshop chair (workshops@rochesterwoodworkers.org) or the instructor. Many times we have a waiting list. If you contact us before the workshop, your fee will be applied toward a future workshop. Otherwise, your fee is non-refundable.

The workshop prices for non-members includes membership in RWS.

 

Workshop Registration