Founded in 1980, Western Pennsylvania Woodworkers is a non-profit organization dedicated to the purpose of education, safety, and techniques in all areas of woodworking. Our membership includes about 100 amateurs and professionals with interests in all areas of the woodworking crafts. Our mission is to educate, inform, and share woodworking skills, experiences, and ideas in an enjoyable environment.
Western Pennsylvania Woodworkers currently has about 100 members who enjoy woodworking and the products of woodworking. Some are professionals who exhibit in national shows, some simply enjoy the occasional building of a piece in their home workshop, and in either case, the result of your labor – an item of pride to be cherished, given as a gift or sold for a profit.
Monthly meetings are held generally on the second Saturday of each month where in addition to the main program, we exchange woodworking information, techniques, tips, designs, and ideas. The main program is a formal demonstration or presentation, usually by a member of the group. We suspend regular meetings for the summer months but sometimes hold a special meeting or field trip over the summer.
Become a Member
If you are thinking about becoming a member of Western Pennsylvania Woodworkers, we would love to have you join us. Memberships are based on our program year, September to July. Our annual dues are a very reasonable $25/year.
Your annual dues give you access to regular meetings including presentations by nationally-known professionals. Our presentations range from nuts and bolts demonstrations to hands-on workshops to discussions about design and history of the craft. Our annual Show-and-Tell meeting gives members the opportunity to show off their work.
Paid members have access to our extensive physical library of woodworking books and DVDs as well as our archive of past newsletters and videos of past meetings. Members also gain access to a range of discounts from area vendors and members-only classifieds.
Attend A Meeting
If you’re thinking about joining us, we encourage you to attend our next meeting. New and prospective members and visitors are always welcome at our meetings. Meetings are usually held on the second Saturday of each month from September to May. Arrive early and introduce yourself to other members to learn even more about the club.
Important COVID-19 Information
During the current public health crisis, our club is taking precautions to help lessen and prevent the spread of COVID-19 to our members, their families, and our guests. We have resumed in person meetings, but all attendees must follow our COVID-19 GUIDELINES accessible here. If you feel unsafe attending in person, or are unable to comply with the COVID-19 Guidelines, we are also continuing to provide simultaneous virtual meetings via Web Ex. Guests should email firstname.lastname@example.org for details regarding attending a WebEx Meeting.
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A basic end-grain shooting board is a jig to assist in accurately trimming and squaring the ends of a board. It is very helpful for hand tool users and handy for power tool users as well, especially when working with small or thin pieces.
During our October meeting, we will teach you how to use and build a shooting board. Our goal is for you to walk out of the meeting with a new jig that will improve the accuracy of your woodworking. All the wood will be provided pre-cut by WPW, and we will assemble it during the meeting.
To participate, please bring the following items:
· A sharp and well-tuned hand plane. The sides should ideally be at a 90° angle to the sole. Ensure your blade is super sharp ahead of time. Please note that a plane with the blade reaching the edge,Continue reading: October 14 Meeting: Build a Shooting Board ...
If you’re ready to join us a we learn about woodworking, improve our skills, share knowledge and passion for woodworking with others, there is no time like today to join Western Pennsylvania Woodworkers.