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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

  • Join RWS Before August 31 and Save $5

    Pre-season discount membership rates are now in effect for the 2016-17 season: $30 for an Individual Membership (one adult) and $40 for a Family Membership (two or more in the same household). Join RWS any time between now and August 31, 2016 and save on the Individual or Family Membership. Our Business Membership is still only $100.

    You can use the US Mail or the PayPal links on the JOIN page.

  • 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 Meiller 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 21

    Allan Breed-Cabinet Maker; November 18

    Greg Johnson-Finisher; January 20

    Jim Altemus-Period Furniture; February 24

    John Beaver-Turner; March 17

    Steve Latta-Furniture Maker; April 21

     

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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):

Ron Herman - September 24

Darrell Peart - October 22

Allan Breed - November 19

Greg Johnson - January 21

John Beaver - March 18

Steve Latta - April 22

 

Local Workshops:

Making Kitchen Utensils with Hand Tools - Brett Templar - September 17, 2016

Handsaw Fundamentals - Bob Couture - October 1, 2016

Hand Cut Dovetails - Bob Couture - October15, 2016

Making a Sand Shaded Fan - Tim Talma - November 5, 2016

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

 

Making Kitchen Utensils With Hand Tools

Instructor - Brett Templar : 09/17/16

Instructor - Brett Templar
Date & Time: Saturday September 20, 2014, 9:00AM to 4:00PM
Location: CP Rochester
Class size:  6 - 8 people
Cost:  $30
Materials: $5
This full day hands-on workshop will help you get intimate with your wood. We will make an English Spatula out of cherry and a spoon out of Poplar. You will learn how to read the grain of the wood and use it to your advantage. You'll learn the proper use of some basic shaping tools and what they can do for you in everyday woodworking. This workshop will provide some great projects for young children or grandchildren and is a great way to introduce them to hand tool woodworking.
Tools needed for this workshop include:
· Small saw: Harbor Freight has one for under $10.
· Spokeshave: Flat bottom (if you have 2 spokeshaves, bring both)
· Rasp or a course half round file.
· 1" wide flat Chisel
· Mallet
· Coping saw: Lowes or Home Depot
· Sand paper: 100, 150, 180, 220
· Gouge; Any gouge you have that is at least ¾" wide is fine. If you need to purchase one, a 7/30 or 8/25 carving gouge is a good choice. Woodcraft should have these.
· 12" min. QuickClamp
· Safety Glasses
· Ear Protection
· Pencil and pad
· Scissors to cut out patterns
Optional tools:
· Hand drill with ¾" auger bit. If you have one of these, please bring.
· Curved cabinet scraper.
· Fine tipped felt pen
If you don't have all of these tools, please don't let this prevent you from signing up for this workshop. There will be extra tools available for you to borrow.
If you know how to sharpen your tools, please do this before the workshop. If you are new to sharpening, we will have a sharpening station set up to help you. The Woodcraft web site has the spokeshave (Woodcraft Spokeshave) and card scraper set (Woodcraft Card Scraper set) in stock. If you have trouble sharpening the spokeshave blade, click on the following link for a neat solution: http://paulsellers.com/2012/11/grinding-and-honing-spokeshave-blades/

This workshop is full and closed to further enrollment.

To be placed on a waiting list, email your request to:

workshops@rochesterwoodworkers.org.

This full day hands-on workshop will help you get intimate with your wood. We will make an English Spatula out of cherry and a spoon out of Poplar. You will learn how to read the grain of the wood and use it to your advantage. You'll learn the proper use of some basic shaping tools and what they can do for you in everyday woodworking. This workshop will provide some great projects for young children or grandchildren and is a great way to introduce them to hand tool woodworking.

Tools needed for this workshop include:

  • Small saw: Harbor Freight has one for under $10.
  • Spokeshave: Flat bottom (if you have 2 spokeshaves, bring both)
  • Rasp or a course half round file.
  • 1" wide flat Chisel
  • Mallet
  • Coping saw: Lowe's or Home Depot
  • Sand paper: 100, 150, 180, 220
  • Gouge; Any gouge you have that is at least ¾" wide is fine. If you need to purchase one, a 7/30 or 8/25 carving gouge is a good choice. Woodcraft should have these items.
  • 12" (minimum) Quick Clamp
  • Safety Glasses
  • Ear Protection
  • Pencil and pad
  • Scissors to cut out patterns

Optional tools:

  • Hand drill (a.k.a. brace) with ¾" auger bit. If you have one of these, please bring.
  • Curved cabinet scraper.
  • Fine tipped felt pen

If you don't have all of these tools, please don't let this prevent you from signing up for this workshop. There will be extra tools available for you to borrow. But my "extras" are limited, so if you have extra tools, please bring them with you to share as needed.

PS: Everyone will be receiving wood from my private stash so I ask for a $5 material charge to help defray my costs. Thanks in advance.

If you know how to sharpen your tools, please do this before the workshop. If you are new to sharpening, we will have a sharpening station set up to help you.

The Woodcraft web site has a flat bottom spokeshave ( Woodcraft Spokeshave ) and 4pc card scraper set ( Woodcraft Card Scraper set) #147419 is a good choice. These should be available in the Henrietta store.

 

If you have trouble sharpening the spokeshave blade, click on the following link for a neat solution: http://paulsellers.com/2012/11/grinding-and-honing-spokeshave-blades/

Date & Time: Saturday September 17, 2016, 9:00AM to 4:00PM

Location: CP Rochester

Cost: Members: $30; Non-members: $60 (cost includes membership in RWS)

Materials: $5

Enrollment: Limit of 6

Workshop Registration

 

Ron Herman: National Lecture and Workshop

Ron has been working with antique and vintage tools almost all of his life. Starting as a ten year old working for his family owned contracting company, Antiquity Builders in Columbus, Ohio, Ron has spent most of his life sharpening, fettling, using and restoring tools. Now, as proud owner of this more than 100 year old company, Ron has become a master housewright, toolwright and carpenter. As one who gained his skills through the traditional apprentice program and his own quest for knowledge, Ron uses his varied background to teach others.

Ron Herman: 7:45 p.m., John Fisher College (Room TBA) :  09/22/16

In his Friday evening presentation, Ron will talk about his life-long experience as a woodworker and the tools he uses in his craft, both antique and modern.

Ron Herman Workshop - All About Wood and Hand Tools :  09/23/16

Morning Session:

Understanding Wood: A Guide to Identifying, Reading, Choosing and Properly Working This Natural Material

As a woodworker, it is very important to understand the structure and nature of the material we all wish to manipulate, wood! From understanding its cellular make-up to reading boards you need to purchase at the local retail store, this course will help you understand just what a changeable, varying subject wood is, and how to work with its features to achieve the end result you hope to attain. Want to know why you should scrape red oak but sand white oak for the best finish? How about which wood to use for an application in moist conditions? Or why the 1,400-hour highboy you just finished building in the basement should not be displayed in the sunroom? This class will give you the answers!

Afternoon Session:

Buying & Restoring Hand Tools, Fitting Tools to Yourself and Blending Hand Tools into Your Modern Workshop

First Ron will discuss buying old hand tools, what to avoid and then how to fix them so they will be useful in your shop. In important part of their restoration is fitting them to you so you can efficiently and safely use them. Hand saws, hammers, chisels, work benches, sawyer's benches--all of these and more need to be adjusted to your specific measurements and motions to relieve strain and reduce inefficiency. Ron will give you these details in a hands-on format, providing kinesiology and ergonomic information as you practice using improperly and properly fitted tools to see and feel the clear difference. You might know Ron as a historical hand-tool master. But did you know he also knows power tools? Most people think these worlds collide, but in reality, blended shops have been around for 150 years. Ron demonstrates how different tools are good for different jobs and how hand and power tools can complement each other in a modern shop. Have you ever been faced with running a bead down the middle of a 12" board? A molding plane can knock that task out in just a few minutes, where it might be difficult for a power tool. Conversely, a power router can do great production molding, where it would wear you out and take forever with a hand plane. Ron will give you useful information about most common shop tools and some less common ones, and how to set up and use those tools properly-as production has come forward, these tools still complement each other and each have a valid place in your shop.

Date & Time: Saturday September 23, 2016, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Lunch will be provided.

Location: CP Rochester, 3399 South Winton Road, Rochester, NY

Cost: $60 for RWS members, $90 for non-members (fee includes membership in RWS)

Workshop Registration