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

563 N cochran ave, charlotte mi, 48813 | 800-292-5937
FREE PARKING FREE ADMISSION | see event schedule below

 

Directions from North East & West | Directions from South west | Directions from South East

 
 
 

“ 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

(FRIDAY & SATURDAY)

 

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

(FRIDAY & SATURDAY)

 

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

(FRIDAY & SATURDAY)

 

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

(FRIDAY & SATURDAY)

 

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: 11:00 - 12:00AM

Saturday: 3:00 - 4:00

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.

john wilson tutorials & workshops

(FRIDAY & SATURDAY)

 
 

 

DIMENSIONAL TOOL STEEL FOR WOODWORKING BLADES

with John Wilson/ Introduction by Scott Phillips
Saturday, 12:00 - 1:00 PM
John demonstrates how you can fashion metal work for hand tools right in your own home shop.


SHAKER BOX DEMONSTRATION

with John Wilson
Friday 12:30 - 1:30 PM
For the past 30 years John has traveled throughout the country teaching the art of shaker box construction and will share his experieces during this presentation

 

MAKE A SHAKER BOX

Friday 1:30 - 3:30 PM | * $25 / Person
CALL 800-292-5937 TO PRE-REGISTER
*See Special Offer Below
This is a hands-on workshop. $25 includes all materials to complete your own shaker box. For 12 years and up.


HAND CUT DOVETAILING

Saturday 9:30 - 11:30 AM | * $25 / person
CALL 800-292-5937 TO PRE-REGISTER
*See Special Offer Below
This is a hands-on workshop. $25 includes all materials to learn how to use hand tools to cut dovetails. For 12 years and up .


*SPECIAL OFFER!

John is extending a special offer for his classses.

Two For One: $25 /Parent & Child or Couple when taking a class together.

the xyz of wood finishes

(FRIDAY & SATURDAY)

 

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

(FRIDAY & SATURDAY)

 

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.

relief carving classes

(FRIDAY & SATURDAY)

adult & kids carving classes

with Fred Erbisch National Woodcarvers Association
CALL 800-292-5937 TO PRE-REGISTER
Friday: Adult Relief Carving (Old Fashion Sawmill) 9:30 - 11:30 AM | 1:00 - 3:00 PM
Saturday: * Kids Class (Woodland Critters) 9:00 - 10:30 AM | 11:00AM - 12:30 PM
Saturday: Adult Class 3D Carving (Lumberjack) 1:00PM - 4:00PM
Fred Erbisch of National Wood Carvers Association and Greater Lansing Woodcarvers will be holding a workshop on Relief Carving. Materials and equipment will be provided free of charge. Participants will learn the basic tecniques and safety tips. Those under 18 need parental supervision

     

learn to carve

(FRIDAY & SATURDAY)

learn to carve

with Red Cedar River Woodcarvers
CALL 800-292-5937 TO PRE-REGISTER
Friday: 10:00 - 12:00 | 1:00 - 3:00
Saturday: 10:00 - 12:00 | 1:00 - 3:00
Members of the Red Cedar River Woodcarvers Guild will be teacing participants basic carving techniques and safety tips. Choose between 5 different designs. Bring your own carving knife (a pocket knife will not work) or knives will be available for purchase. 8 person max per class.

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

(SATURDAY)

 

creative activities for kids

Build your own Marshmallow Catapult

with Karl Houser of Ancient Artillary.
Saturday: 11:00am for small catapult | 2:00pm for large catapult | $8 for small kit, $13 for large kit.
Kids 10 and up with an adult or adults can make one. 30 - 40 min. to assemble. 8 people per class so get there early to save your spot!


Relief Carving for kids

Saturday: 9:00 - 10:30 | 11:00 - 12:30 | FREE | Please pre-register
For 6 years and up, with parent. Fred Erbisch of National Wood Carvers Association and Greater Lansing Woodcarvers will be holding a workshop on Relief Carving for kids. Materials and equipment will be provided FREE of charge. Children will learn the basic tecniques and safety tips of carving. Parental supervision required.

 

turn a wooden pen

Friday & Saturday | Ongoing throughout both days | No need to pre-register

Cost: $10 for materials. For kids 8 years and up...adults too! In addition to learning the necessary safety tips, they will start with a pen blank, and end up with a nicely finished assembled pen. 30 minutes/pen.

 

make a wooden toy

Saturday | Ongoing throughout both days | No need to pre-register For kids 3 years and up. Parental supervision requested. The Mid-Michigan Woodworkers Guild will have all the materials on-hand for kids to assemble their own wooden toy (airplane or truck), learning to use the proper tools for the job. 1 per family. Additional kits available for purchase.

 

build a bird house

Saturday | Ongoing throughout both days | No need to pre-register | FREE
Sponsored by Red Cedar River Woodcarvers. Materials provided. Kids 3 & up. Blue Bird House kit $8.00. Wren Bird House kit $7.00. Sponsored by Mid-Michigan Woodworkers Guild.

 

soap carving

Saturday | Ongoing throughout both days | No need to pre-register | FREE
Sponsored by Red Cedar River Woodcarvers. Materials provided. Kids 3 & up.

 

you won't want to miss these equipment deals

(FRIDAY & SATURDAY)

 

show specials on equipment

Bessey - 10% discount
Bosch - Show Special on Reconditioned Tools
DMT - 10% discount
Fastcap- 10% discount
Festool - 10% off dust extractor with tool purchase
Flexcut - 10% discount
Freud - 10% discount
Jet - 10% discount
Kreg Tool - 10% discount
Nova - 10% discount on Demoing Drill Press
Olson Saw Blades 10% discount
Powermatic - 10% discount
Stubia Carving Tools - Show Special available
Supermax - 10% discount. Stop by to see their new machine on display.
Zar Stains & Finishes - 10% discount

show specials on lumber, store boards, slabs & plywood

 
 

LUMBER SPECIALS

First time customers and Level 1 customers purchase lumber at Level 2 discount prices

Level 2 customers purchase lumber at Level 3 discount prices

Level 3 customers purchase lumber at Level 4 discount prices

Level 4 customers take an additional 5% off lumber Level 4 discount prices

 

expo lumber packs

Convenient ‘Take-With-You’ size packages, all at special savings. Oak, Cherry, Walnut & more.

 

store boards & live edge slabs special

20% off all pre-priced, in-stock Store Boards and Live Edge Slabs (as is) during our 2-Day Wood Expo Sale!

 

plywood specials

First time customers and Level 1 customers purchase plywood at Level 2 discount prices

Level 2 customers purchase plywood at Level 3 discount prices

Level 3 customers purchase plywood at Level 4 discount prices

Level 4 customers take an additional 5% off plywood Level 4 discount prices

 

booth after booth of hand crafted wooden gifts

 
 
You'll find unique one of a kind wooden treasures available for purchase...beautifully turned bowls, gorgeous picture frames, band saw puzzles, chikdrens trucks, wooden animals, and more. These woodworkers love to share their knowledge and answer any questions about their work.

Allen Deming, Mackinaw Watercraft, Wooden kayaks on display

 

Jeff Powell, Pens, bowls & Intarsia decor

 

Bill Heath, Wooden Bowls & Chip Carved Plates

 

Jim Borland, Campfire buckets & canteens

 

Bruce Murdock, Wooden Ties

 

Jimmie Johnson,Intarsia decor & wooden baskets

 

Bruner Family, Pens, coasters, signs & more.

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Karl Houser, Ancient Artillery, Marshmallow Catapult Kits

 

Charles Lebeck, Boxes, puzzles, & woodburning decor

 

Ken Jackson, Puzzles, wooden boxes, wood watches & more...

 

Chris Whillock, Carving demo using Stubai tools

 

Mid-Michigan Woodworkers Guild, Build a wooden toy or bird house

 

George Kepler, Laser cut boxes

 

Randy Hougewind, Treasure Cutters, Wooden puzzles & models

 

Gill Whitman, Power Carver

 

Wayne Montgomery, Red Oaks, Whiskey barrels, rolling pens & more..

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Greater Lansing Wood Carvers, Projects on display

 

CHECK BACK OFTEN FOR UPDATES AND MORE DETAILS

 

All L.L. Johnson Lumber prices are subject to change.
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