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2018 JOHNSON'S WOOD EXPO

 

SEPTEMBER 7 & 8, 2018 | FRIDAY 9:00 - 5:00 | SATURDAY 9:00 - 4:00 | CHARLOTTE MI


FREE PARKING | FREE ADMISSION | see event schedule below

 

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

 
 

celebrate woodworking...the past and the future

 

This year marks our 27th Johnson’s Wood Expo Anniversary. Our annual show offers a unique experience for woodworkers.

We bring some of the biggest names in the woodworking tool and equipment industry to gather with our customers

to engage in conversations about new innovations on the forefront while wood industry experts

give hands-on workshops and presentations of new equipment and techniques.

 

event schedule

 

the workbench to beat all workbenchEs

with chris schoenberg, youtube star & owner of third coast craftsman

 
 

learn amazing work-holding capabilities of the workbench

with Chris Schoenberg
Friday: Time to be determined/ FREE
Saturday: Time to be determined/ FREE
CHRIS SCHOENBERG will be sharing his woodworking knowledge of traditional workbenches and the different design features that make them unique. He will also be demonstrating the amazing work-holding capabilities that a proper workbench is able to do. He will be bringing his own custom hybrid workbench to demonstrate on and will be partnering with Johnson's Workbench to make plans and material packs available for purchase for attendees to make this bench for their own use.

 

With over 78,500 subscribers to his YouTube channel, Third Coast Craftsman, Chris Schoenberg’s solid woodworking expertise is quickly becoming well known. His passions lie with hand tool work and projects using traditional joinery, but he also makes videos on other related subjects such as tool reviews, shop projects, and everything in between.

 

 
 

TAKE YOUR WOOD TURNING SKILLS TO THE NEXT LEVEL

WITH ERNIE SCHUETTE

 
 

 

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. Demonstration includes tool sharpening tips.

 

TURNING A LIDDED BOX

With Contrasting Wood Inlay and Brass Powder Inlay

with Ernie Schuette

Friday, 1:30 - 2:30 PM | FREE

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

A box can hold rings, spices, or personal treasurers. Boxes show off a particularly nice piece of wood (if the wood is plain, add color!) A turned box fits easily into your hand, so the “feel” of the box is important. The lid can be “snap tight” or slightly loose to provide easy removal. Proportion of lid to base needs to be right to give it the right “look.” This box will have an insert placed into the lid, as well as a brass powder inlay in the lid. Join Ernie for a fun, quick little project! Demonstration includes tool sharpening tips.

 

 
 

VENEERING techniques

with keith mengel

 
 
 

ADD TO YOUR 'TOOL BOX' OF VENEERING skills

fine tune your VENEERING know-how

with Keith Mengel

Friday, Time to be determined| FREE

Saturday, Time to be determined| 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

with allen deming, mackinaw watercraft

the two most popular methods for building your own wooden boat

with Allen Deming, Mackinaw Watercraft

Friday, Time to be determined/ FREE

Saturday, Time to be determined/ 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

with zachary dillinger

 

 
 

HAND PLANE BASICS

with Zachary Dillinger

Friday: Time to be determined| FREE

Saturday: Time to be determined| 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.

 

book signing

 

Friday: Time to be determined

Saturday: Time to be determined

Zach's latest book, On Woodworking - Notes From a Lifetime at the Bench, and his previously published book, With Saw, Plane and Chisel - Building Historic American Furniture with Hand Tools, will be available for purchase. Zach will be happy to sign them for you.
 
 

john wilson tutorials & workshops

 

 

 
 

DIMENSIONAL TOOL STEEL FOR WOODWORKING BLADES

with John Wilson
Saturday, Time to be determined
John demonstrates how you can fashion metal work for hand tools right in your own wood shop. During the classic period of woodworking, 1700 to 1900, a student made his tools as part of his education in moving from apprentice to journeyman. John’s tutorial is a core step towards recapturing both the look and the feel of classical wood tools, John’s book, Making Wood Tools will be available for purchase.


SHAKER BOX DEMONSTRATION

with John Wilson
Friday 1:00 - 2:00 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 2:30 - 4:30 PM | * $25 / Person
Location: Classroom on 2nd floor of showroom

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
Location: Classroom on 2nd floor of showroom

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.

 
 

learn the fine art of pyrography

with bob strobel

get started on pyrography

with Bob Strogel
Friday, Time to be determined| FREE
Saturday, Time to be determined| FREE
Whether it’s to embellish your woodwork, add style to your furniture or create beautiful pieces of artwork, everything from the different burning tools, woods to use, prepping the wood, making a pattern, transferring a pattern, burning techniques (shading, hair and fur, lights and darks), and finishing your work is covered. You will leave with basic knowledge to get started creating beautiful pieces of your own.

decking basics

with carlyle holman of ecovantage & Mark starr, general contractor

 
 

Decking pros & cons from the pros

with Carlyle Holman of Ecovantage and Mark Starr, General Contractor
Friday, Time to be determined| FREE
Saturday, Time to be determined| FREE

CARLYLE HOLMAN of Ecovantage Thermally Modified Decking will be on hand to discuss their Deck, Dock, and Railing Systems available. Installing a new outdoor deck is a big investment in home improvement. Picking the right deck materials is crucial. After all, you want your investment to pay off - with long life, low maintenance, and years of undiminished beauty.

MARK STARR has been building residential homes and decks for 30 years throughout the state of Michigan. When it comes to decking, he has experienced it all. Mark will speak to local codes and differences between townships. Strengths and weaknesses of all decking materials, fasteners being used, their pros and cons, finishes and maintenance requirements.

 
 

5 steps to successful gluing

WITH BOB BENKE, Technical Service Manager for Titebond wood glues

 

successful gluing tips

with Bob Benke, Titebond Glues
Friday, Time to be determined| FREE
Saturday, Time to be determined| FREE
From dry assembly to waiting for the glue to dry. Wood glues can affect the wood as it is being assembled and being prepared in advance will eliminate costly joint failures and frustrating disassembly. The discussion will focus on the steps needed to use wood glues with ease, what to watch out for when the glue hits the wood and why failures occur. We will also cover some frequently asked questions and why there are so many different wood glues. Bring your gluing questions as this is a discussion, not just a presentation. Bob is Franklin International’s Technical Service Manager for Titebond Branded product line of wood glues and has worked for over 30 years in the adhesives and sealants industry.

the xyz of wood finishes

with jim smiley, zar stains & finishes

 

WOOD FINISHING TECHNIQUES

with Jim Smiley, Zar Stains & Finishes
Friday, Time to be determined| FREE
Saturday, Time to be determined| 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

with barry kibbey, national hardwood lumber association

 
 
 

how & why of nhla standards

with Barry Kibbey National Hardwood Lumber Association
Friday, Time to be determined| FREE
Saturday, Time to be determined| 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.

 
 

MICHIGAN FOREST ASSOCIATION

 

 
 
 

michigan forest association

Friday: On-going throughout the day
Saturday: On-going throughtout the day

A representative from Michigan Forest Association will be on hand during Wood Expo to discuss forest land uses and proper management.

 
 

carving classes

with fred erbisch, national woodcarvers association

 
 

adult & kids carving classes

with Fred Erbisch National Woodcarvers Association
CALL 800-292-5937 TO PRE-REGISTER
Friday: Adult Carving 9:30 - 11:30 AM | 1:00 - 3:00 PM
Saturday: * Kids Class 9:00 - 10:30 AM | 11:00AM - 12:30 PM
Saturday: Adult Class 1:00PM - 4:00PM
Fred Erbisch of National Wood Carvers Association and Greater Lansing Woodcarvers will be holding a workshop on 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

with red cedar river woodcarvers

 
 

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.

         

LEARN TO TURN

 

 
 
 

TURN YOUR OWN INSIDE-OUT ORNAMENT OR PEN

Friday: On-going throughout the day
Saturday: On-going throughtout the day

ORNAMENT: By using the easy inside-out turning technique, you will be able to create a uniquely beautiful Christmas ornament that will mystify your family and friends.. $15 cost for materials.

PEN: Creating pens on a lathe can be a fun way to get started in woodturning. You will quickly learn how to make a typical pen while varying the shape of the turned elements to suit your taste. $10 cost for materials.

 
 

activities for kids on saturday

 

 
 
 
 

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.

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, learning to use the proper tools for the job. 1 per family. Additional kits available for purchase. Choose from Race Car, Airplane, two different Sail Boats.

 

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 (using popsicle sticks)

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

 

top industry equipment specialists will be on-hand

 

 

 

New products and latest innovations are showcased by top manufacturers at Johnson’s Wood Expo. See live demonstrations. Learn new methods and find answers to your woodworking challenges from industry leaders. Wood Expo showcases the best in machinery, materials, supplies, and services available

 

 

 

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 and paddles on display.

 

Jimmie Johnson,Intarsia decor & wooden baskets

 

Daryl Middleton, F.R.O.G. In The Woods,Intarsia deccor and scroll saw work.

 

K&L Custom Wood and Laser Design.
Specialize in custom wood and laser engravemed items.
Made in the USA.

Gill Whitman, Power Carver projects

 

Karl Houser, Ancient Artillery, Marshmallow Catapult Kits

Greater Lansing Wood Carvers, Member projects on display

 

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

 

JB&S Wood Products, Pens, coasters, signs & more.

 

Mid-Michigan Woodworkers Guild, Build a wooden toy. Guild member projects on display.

 

Jim Borland, Campfire buckets & canteens

Randy Hougewind, Treasure Cutters, Wooden puzzles & models

 

Jim Howard, Howard Guitars, hand-made guitars on display

 

Wayne Montgomery, Red Oaks LLC, Slab tables, Whiskey barrels, rolling pens & more

 

 

 

 

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