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JOHNSON'S WOOD EXPO | SEPTEMBER 8 & 9 | FRIDAY 9:00 - 5:00 | SATURDAY 9:00 - 4:00 | CHARLOTTE MI

FREE PARKING | FREE ADMISSION | see event schedule below

 
 
 

“ WOOD EXPO IS A CHANCE FOR Woodworking INDUSTRY GIANTS AND OUR CUSTOMERS
TO HAVE DIRECT ACCESS TO EACH OTHER TO SHARE NEW INNOVATIONS,
BEST PRACTICES, AND THE LATEST IN WOODWORKING TECHNOLOGY." -- TIM JOHNSON

 
 

TAKE ADVANTAGE OF 5 ONE HOUR TUTORIALS WITH SCOTT PHILLIPS
ON SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 9TH, 9:00 - 4:00

 
 

5 FREE TUTORIALS WITH SCOTT PHILLIPS

Our relationship with Scott Phillips began 32 years ago when, as a forestry student, he came for a tour of our sawmill. Scott will be onsite Saturday, September 9th for a full day of sharing his vast woodworking experiences and tips.


Saturday - 10:00 - 11:00 AM. Scott will highlight the fine art of turning wooden pens.


Saturday - 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM. Learn the basic steps, tools and tips from the expert himself.


Saturday - 1:00 - 2:00 PM. Scott will give you tried and true woodworking safety tips and practical steps to help you have an injury-free, rewarding experience making things out of wood.


Saturday - 2:00 - 3:00 PM. Scott will discuss accessories, and other fixtures that will enhance your table saw use.


Saturday - 3:00 - 4:00 PM. You probably turn to your band saw when faced with cutting unusual shapes. However, it is capable of so much more. In this tutorial, Scott will reveal everything you ever wanted to know, and more, about band saws.

 

TAKE YOUR WOOD TURNING SKILLS TO THE NEXT LEVEL

 
 

bump your wood turning skills up a notch or two

TURN A BOWL THE EASY WAY

with Ernie Schuette

Friday, 10:00 - 11:30 AM / FREE

Saturday, 10:00 - 11:30 AM / FREE

Learn the process of turning a wood bowl from tree to finished piece. Using only a sharp Bowl Gouge (with three different grinds), the bowl quickly shows itself from a rough turning blank. Begin shaping the bowl with the Pull Cut, progress to the Push Cut, refine the surface with the Side Cut, Angel Hair Cut and the Finishing Cut.

 

ANGLES AND GRINDS

How to Sharpen & Use Wood Turning Tools

with Ernie Schuette

Friday, 2:30 - 3:00 PM | FREE

Saturday, 2:30 - 3:00 PM | FREE

Ernie will show why and how you might need to grind one tool several different ways. The surface of the wood will tell the story!

 

TRY YOUR HAND TURNING

with Ernie Schuette

Friday, 12:00-2:00 PM | FREE

Saturday, 12:00 - 2:00PM | FREE

A sign up sheet will be posted at Ernie’s tent. Try your hand at wood turning using your choice of Bowl Gouge, Spindle Gouge, Skew or Roughing Gouge with guidance from Ernie.  Tools and wood provided  Each session will last about 10-15 minutes. Try your hand at turning beads and coves for a spindle or candle stick, cutting smooth curves on the inside and outside of a bowl, shaping a bowl, or whatever you wish.

VENEERING techniques

 
 

ADD TO YOUR 'TOOL BOX' OF VENEERING skills

fine tune your VENEERING know-how

with Keith Mengel

Friday, 2:00 - 3:00 PM | FREE

Saturday, 1:30 - 2:30 AM | FREE

If you have been thinking of taking on a veneer project but not sure how to begin, this is the demonstration for you. Furniture Maker/Woodworker Keith Mengel will be discussing three different veneering techniques to add decorative elements to your furniture projects. Paper backed veneer, veneer gluing with cauls and clamps, and the vacuum method. Keith will also cover selecting veneer, preparing the veneer (flattening, cutting, and taping), ending with sanding and finishing.

 

Keith feels it is important he participates in our Wood Expo because “...sharing something that could help someone is part of being a good woodworker. If we don’t share what we know then where will the next generation of woodworkers come from?” Keith has been fortunate to meet and take classes from some amazing woodworkers, Jeff Headley, Steve Hamilton, and Mary May among others. The work he did for the Honolulu House in Marshall MI won a Preservation award from the State of Michigan Historic Preservation Network (MHPN.org).

home built wooden boats

 
 

the two most popular methods for building your own wooden boat

with Allen Deming, Mackinaw Watercraft

Friday, 11:00 - 12:00 AM / FREE

Saturday, 9:30 - 10:30 AM / FREE

Allen Deming, owner and creator of Mackinaw Watercraft will be discussing ‘Home Built Wooden Boats - The 2 Most Popular Methods for Building Your Own Wooden Boats. This 40 minute multi-media presentation includes handouts providing contact information for reliable companies offering books, plans, kits, and supplies. Allen has been selected as Best New Built Boat and Peoples Choice at several boat shows. Two of his boats were selected for Grand Rapids ArtPrize in 2015, and he currently has a boat on display at the Cranbrook Fine Art Museum.

MAKE YOUR HAND PLANE SING FOR YOU

 
 

HAND PLANE BASICS

with Zachary Dillinger

Friday: 10:00 - 11:00AM | FREE

Saturday: 2:00 - 3:00 | FREE

No matter what you build, every woodworker needs at least one sharp plane. Zachary will give you tips on how to select a good hand plane, how to tune it to work, and how to use it effectively on your projects.

 

Building Historic American Furniture With Hand Tools

BOOK SIGNING:

With Saw, Plane and Chisel: Building Historic American Furniture With Hand Tools

By Zachary Dillinger

Friday: 10:00 - 11:00AM

Saturday: 2:00 - 3:00

Do you enjoy the satisfaction of creating things entirely by hand? In his book, period furniture expert Zachary Dillinger invites you to immerse yourself in the world of traditional woodworking by walking you through the hand-tool-only construction of six pieces of classic American furniture. From preparing stock by hand to period-correct joinery methods, you'll learn how our forefathers built furniture--and why they did things the way they did. Books will be available for purchase and Zachary will be on hand to sign them.

the xyz of wood finishes

 
 

WOOD FINISHING TECHNIQUES

with Jim Smiley, Zar Stains & Finishes
Friday, 9:30 - 10:30 AM | FREE
Saturday, 11:00AM - 12:00 PM | FREE
Question and answer session on types, uses and techniques with applications for oil and water base finishes. Jim will also discuss finishing problems and solutions

achieve the most value with your lumber purchases

 
 

how & why of nhla standards

with Barry Kibbey National Hardwood Lumber Association
Friday, 12:30 - 1:30 PM | FREE
Saturday, 10:30 - 11:30 AM | FREE
As a member of NHLA, LL Johnson Lumber & Johnson's Workbench receive an independent verification of our shipping quality. But what exactly does the NHLA mean to you the woodworker? In this presentation, you’ll come away with an understanding of how to achieve the most value in lumber cost and yield. Barry Kibbey has been a National Lumber Inspector since 1999.

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE LATEST TRENDS | SEE NEW MACHINERY IN ACTION | EXPERIENCE TECHNOLOGY THAT IS CHANGING THE WOODWORKING INDUSTRY

 

SHOW SPECIALS ON LUMBER, PLYWOOD, AND EQUIPMENT

 

EXPAND YOUR NETWORK AND STRENGTHEN YOUR CONNECTIONS MEET WITH OTHER WOODWORKING PROS, SHARE IDEAS, AND ADVISE.

 

FUN FOR KIDS! SOAP CARVING, WOOD CARVING, PEN TURNING,
AIRPLANE BUILDING AND MORE...

 

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