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JOHNSON'S 30th annual WOOD EXPO

 

SEPTEMBER 10 & 11 2021

 
LL JOHNSON LUMBER MFG CO
& JOHNSON'S WORKBENCH
563 N COCHRAN AVE
CHARLOTTE MICHIGAN 48813

 

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celebrate woodworking...the past and the future

 

Be sure to plan a trip to Johnson's 30th Annual Wood Expo, September 10 & 11, in Charlotte Michigan. There will be many diverse Master Classes,

workshops, demonstrations, the latest innovations from top equipment brands, discounts on lumber, plywood, live edge slabs, butcher block tops,

store boards, and more. Wood Expo has fun for all ages with free activities for children and grown-ups.

Head to Charlotte for a great time and great savings at Johnson’s Wood Expo 30.

 

We are putting the finishing touches on our schedule so there will be more information posted shortly. Be sure to check back soon.

 

 

2021 SCHEDULE

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masterclasses & workshops

with john wilson

 

You won’t find anyone more practical or resourceful in the woodworking world than John Wilson of the Home Shop in Charlotte, Michigan. His own hands made virtually everything on
his property. He’s afurniture maker, boat builder, carpenter, toolmaker, sailmaker, and machinist. John has been teaching people how to make Shaker boxes for over thirty years.

 

 

 

MASTERCLASS: SHAKER BOXes

with john wilson

 

Friday: 1:00 - 2:00

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.

 

 

WORKSHOP SPECIAL OFFER!

TWO FOR ONE DISCOUNT

A couple, or parent and child may take the Make A Shaker Box, or Hand-cut Dovetailing workshops

together for just $25/class.

 

 

WORKSHOP: MAKE A SHAKER BOX

with john wilson

 

Friday: 2:00 - 4:30

This is a 2.5-hour hands-on workshop. $25 includes all materials to complete your own shaker box. For woodworkers 12 years and up. PLEASE PRE-REGISTER by calling 800-292-5937. The SPECIAL OFFER can be applied to this workshop.

 

 

WORKSHOP: HAND-CUT DOVETAILING

with john wilson

 

Saturday, 9:30 - 11:30

This is a hands-on workshop. $25 includes all materials to learn how to use hand tools to cut dovetails. For

woodworkers 12 years and up. PLEASE PRE-REGISTER by calling 800-292-5937. The SPECIAL OFFER

can be applied to this workshop.

 

 

MASTERCLASS: HAND-MADE TOOL BLADES

with john wilson

 

Saturday: 12:30 - 1:00

Restoring our tool making heritage involves both design and construction of the tool body as well as the making of the blade. John will demonstrate crafting dimensional steel blades, broken down into easy steps

for ensured success in crafting tool blades you can use. John’s book, Making Wood Tools will be available

for purchase.

 

masterclasses: turning

with ernie schuette

 

Introduced to woodworking in high school, it was in his retirement that Ernie pursued woodworking in earnest. He finds satisfaction in turning a raw woodblock into something beautiful, useful, and enduring, turning a block of Cherry into a Cherry Bark-edge bowl, Walnut, Norway, Spalted, and Ambrosia Maples into vases, trays, ornaments, and stem goblets. We’re honored to have Ernie part of Johnson’s Wood Expo this year.
 

 

MASTER CLASS: 5 EASY CUTS TO TURNING A BOWL

with ernie schuette

 

Friday & SATURDAY: 10:00 - 11:30

Learn the process of turning a wood bowl from a tree to a finished piece. First, using only a sharp Bowl Gouge (with three different grinds), the bowl quickly shows itself from a rough turning blank. Next, 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. The demonstration includes tool sharpening tips.

 

 

MASTERCLASS: EVERYTHING TO KNOW ABOUT WOODTURNING

with ernie schuette

 

Friday & Saturday: 1:30 - 2:30

Starting with the essentials of sharpening, Ernie will show you how to work safely and effectively with standard turning tools such as spindle and bowl gouges, scrapers, and parting tools. Then, learn how to sharpen all your turning tools, including sanding methods, finishing options, tooling options, which tools you need, which lathe is suitable for you, how to mount your wood on the lathe, what is a chuck, and what is its purpose? Ernie will try to answer all audience questions and provide hands-on time immediately after the class.

 

masterclasses: boat building

with allen deming

 

Allen Deming’s boats have achieved acclaim not only for their rugged, lightweight performance but for their artistic beauty. Recent recognition by museums, galleries, and world-class art shows have placed Mackinaw Watercraft canoes, kayaks, and paddles at the forefront of North American boat construction. You may have seen their creations on display at prestigious venues such as Grand Rapids ArtPrize 2014 and 2015, as well as The Cranbrook Fine Art Museum.
 

 

MASTERCLASS: HOME-BUILT WOODEN BOATS

THE 2 MOST POPULAR METHODS FOR BUILDING YOU OWN WOODEN BOAT

 

Friday: 1:00 - 2:00

Saturday: 3:00 - 4:00

Allen Deming 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 won Best New Built Boat and Peoples’ Choice awards at several boat shows.
 

masterclasses: hand tools

with zach dillinger

 

Zachary is a passionate woodworker specializing in reproducing antique American
furniture. He is the author of several books and numerous nationally published
magazine and journal articles
 

 

MASTERCLASS: HAND-TOOL WORKHOLDINg

with zach dillinger

 

Friday & Saturday: 9:30 - 10:30

When using any woodworking tool, efficiently holding the workpiece in place can be a big challenge. In this seminar, author and woodworker Zachary Dillinger will demonstrate how to build and use two different workholding tools that he frequently uses in his shop. Whether you use hand tools, power tools, or some combination, the bench hook and the raamtang vice are handy, easy-to-build projects that will serve you

well for years.

 

 

MASTERCLASS: HAND-PLANE BASICS

with Zach Dillinger

 

Friday: 1:30 - 2:30

Saturday : 2:30 - 3:30

No matter what they build, every woodworker needs at least one sharp plane. In this hour-long tutorial,

Zach will give you tips on selecting a good hand plane, how to tune it to work, and how to use it effectively

on your projects

masterclass: decking

with mark starr

 

From new construction to additions and remodeling, General Contractor Mark Starr has helped homeowners design, build and maintain their homes and decks for over 30 years throughout the state of Michigan. Mark oversees and works on every project from start to finish to ensure the application of proper code requirements, inspections, and specific
criteria for quality.

 

 

 

MASTERCLASS: DECKING 101

with mark starr

 

Friday: 11:30 - 12:30

Saturday: 11:00 - 12:00

Are you looking to build a new deck, or do you want to ensure that your current deck is safe and code-compliant? From finding the right products to navigating building codes, in this Master Class, Mark Starr will speak to local regulations and differences between townships. Strengths and weaknesses of all decking material and fastener pros and cons, finishes, and maintenance requirements.

masterclass: Pyrography

with bob strobel

 

Highly skilled in a range of woodworking disciplines, Bob Strobel discovered pyrography over a decade ago. He is a Greater Lansing Woodcarvers Association member and has
been a regular presenter and instructor of the Pyrography art form at Johnson’s Wood
Expo for several years.
 

 

MASTERCLASS: PYROGRAPHY - THE BASICS OF WOOD BURNING

Friday & Saturday: 11:30 - 12:30

 

Wood Pyrography utilizes wood burning to create designs, portraits, wildlife, landscapes, lettering, and countless other images on wood projects. Learn how to transfer designs to the wood, the various burning points available, and the different stroke techniques they create. Appropriate for artists of all skill levels, you’ll learn texturing, shading, and finishing approaches.

MASTERCLASS: IN FINISHING

with jim smiley

 

Jim Smiley has been working for United Gilsonite Laboratories (the makers of ZAR stains
and finishes) for over 20 years as an outside sales manager and also has over 10 years experience in retail paint sales. When he is not working, he enjoys creating woodworking projects and using the ZAR products to complete them.
 

 

MASTERCLASS: PERFECT WOOD FINISHING

Friday & Saturday: 2:30 - 3:30

 

Jim Smiley shows you how to get the best possible finish for your woodworking projects. You’ll learn how to use stains, polyurethanes, penetrating oil finishes and more as he walks through the entire finishing process, from first sanding to final buffing. Discussion on types, uses,and techniques with applications for oil and water based finishes. Question and answers on finishing problems and solutions.

 

MASTERCLASS: in nhla standards

with Mark Depp

Mark Depp has been a lumber inspector for 15 years with expertise in the areas of Dispute Resolution, Log Scaling/Grading, Lumber Inspection, Quality Control, Sawmill Management and Operations, Training, and Operations Management.

 

 

 

MASTERCLASS: GET THE BEST VALUE FOR YOUR MONEY

Friday: 10:00 - 11:00

Saturday: 9:30 - 10:30

 

In this class, you’ll come away with an understanding of how to achieve the most value in lumber

cost and yield.

 

 

MASTER CLASS: ROUTER BASICS

 

Friday: 3:30 - 4:30
Saturday: 2:30 - 3:30

 

Getting started in wood routing will open up a whole new world of projects and abilities other
tools cannot do easily, if at all. In addition, it will expand and stimulate your creative
woodworking ideas for new and exciting projects.

 

Rocco Buysee and Tom Dowling of Mid-Michigan Woodworkers Guild, along with Michael York with Rikon, Triton, and Fastcap, will discuss router anatomy, bit selection, operational safety, preventative maintenance, and basic tasks you can do with your router. They will also provide information about using a router table and highlight some of the various and practical jobs the router can accomplish.

 

 

MASTERCLASS: TOOL SHARPENING

 

Friday & Saturday: 10:00 - 11:00

 

There is nothing like the experience of using sharp tools. Where the actual device does what
you want it to do with ease. Learn to sharpen various woodworking hand tools with the experts. Rocco Buysee, Tom Brimhall, Tom Dowling of the Mid-Michigan Woodworkers Guild, Michael
York with Rikon, Triton, and Fastcap, will discuss various sharpening methods and will demonstrate the sharpening of as many hand tool types as time permits, such as hand plane.

 

irons, chisels, hand saws, card scrapers, spokeshaves, and cabinet scrapers.

 

MASTERCLASS: WOODWORKING Q&A

 
Friday & Saturday: 1:00 - 2:00

 

Members of the Mid-Michigan Woodworkers Guild will be available to answer any woodworking question you have. Ask your questions about gluing, staining, refinishing, joinery, safety, hand tools, power tools, joinery, tool maintenance, shop setup, and more.

 

STATE OF THE ART: KREG TOOL INNOVATIONS

 

Friday: 2:30 - 3:00
Saturday: 1:30 - 2:00

 

Dick Lehms of Kreg Tools will demonstrate the Next Generation of Cutting-Edge Jigs and answer any of your questions. In addition, he will highlight the KPHJ310, a single-hole portable jig; The KPHJ320, a double-hole portable jig; The KPHJ520PRO, a versatile triple hole jig KPHJ720 and KPHJ720PRO premium advanced jigs.

 

STATE OF THE ART: FESTOOL INNOVATIONS

 

Friday: 11:45 - 12:45
Saturday: 12:00 - 1:00

 

Brent Shively of Festool will be giving a complete overview of building, and creating a tapered column with the Festool System. He will include making the beveled, tapered cuts with the TSC 55 KEB, and the TSC 55 KEB.

 

Brent is the Product and Application Trainer with Festool USA. He has been with Festool for 10.5 years, and before Festool, he worked in the construction field as a carpenter working on new construction, and furniture building.

 

STATE OF THE ART: SAWSTOP INNER WORKINGS

 

Friday & Saturday: 11:00 - 11:30

 

SawStop table saws stop on contact with flesh, protecting woodworkers everywhere. But, have you ever wondered HOW and WHY they work? Questions about the saws themselves apart from the safety aspect? What is the ‘right’ saw for my shop? What types of material may Activate the system other than flesh? Greg Tamm is the National Account Manager for SawStop, LLC. He will make a short presentation on the technology, different saw options and finish with a live demonstration of the finger-saving technology.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

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