Hours of Operation

Woodworkers Club shop is located off Rolling Acres Road, north of Country Route 466,  at Oak Street, 704 Oak Street, The Villages 32159.  We are open from 8:00AM to 4:00PM Monday through Saturday.  Contact us at 352-751-0513.

Did You Know

You can see a linked index of all of our 50 videos at Home->Video IndexNewly Updated .......
All Board of Director's Meeting minutes are posted to this website at Board of Directors Meeting Minutes .
New - Fall 2014 Monitor Training Schedule is available here

Flesh and Bone are no match for a grinding Stone

When it is hot - drink plenty of fluids.

The door to Safety swings on the hinges of common sense.

General Meeting Notices

Next General Membership Meeting on TUESDAY, October 14 at 7:00PM at the Laurel Manor Recreation Center.

Please watch this space for additional announcements regarding the speakers at this meeting.

Please bring your projects for the Show and Tell portion of this meeting.  Also, bring your questions and suggestions to make our meetings and operations more efficient and interesting.

Next Turner's Group meeting will be held at our shop on Tuesday, September 16 at 7:00PM.

Items of Interest

Fall 2014 Semester Class Schedule Available

Class registration for the Fall 2014 semester will start on August 25th.

The Class Schedule and announcements are available on the website by selecting the following links:

  • Complete Class Schedule - A PDF report showing all classes available in the Fall 2014 Semester. This report is downloadable and printable.
  • Courses Available Now - A PDF report showing classes that are available for registration as of the previous day. This report is downloadable and printable.

If you are interested in teaching a course please contact Bob Matthews at bob@matthewsusa.net.

 

Let's Make Sawdust

Welcome to The Villages Woodworkers Club Web Site. The Villages Woodworkers Club, as an organization for the recreational woodworker, was started in November, 2001 as a place where Villagers who enjoyed working with wood could get together and share their knowledge and their love for wood crafts.

We are located in an 8000 square foot facility that can be seen from Rolling Acres Road between Route 466 and 27/441.  Our working hours are Monday Thru Saturday from 8:00AM to 4:00PM most days.

It is hoped that this web site will be informative both to members and visitors. Please take a moment to run your mouse cursor over the Tabs above to view the various sections of this website.  If there are some rough spots please realize that we are still building - and your suggestions will help us.


VWC Members
Members of the Villages Woodworkers Club can  access all features of this website by simply logging onto the site using the email address registered with the VWC and your  Villages ID  You do not need to register.  Please use the area labeled VWC Member Login to the left of this panel to log onto this website.
 

Residents of The Villages:
If you are not already a member of the Villages Woodworker's Club and are a Villages resident with a  current Villages Identification Card , we encourage you to join.  The information for membership is located on the Membership page and is available by clicking HERE.


All Other Visitors
Visitors to this site are encouraged to register with the website by using the information box to the left..  With registration, you will be granted access to additional material that is not available to the general public in compliance with our arrangements with copyright holders.

If you are not a resident of The Villages, Florida's friendliest home town,  and want to learn more about this great opportunity, please visit The Villages link at www.thevillages.com.  Residency of The Villages is a requisite for membership in the The Villages Woodworkers Club.

Take a moment to view our short video, located on The VWC>Join the Club page, to get a brief overview of the opportunities available to you in our great woodworking "playground."

Mission Statement

Our mission is to educate, inform, and share woodworking skills, experiences, and ideas in an enjoyable environment.  The following is from the bylaws that govern our organization:

  • To associate congenial persons of good character having a common love and appreciation of carving, turning and general woodworking activity.

  • To promote and develop a better understanding of the selection, techniques of proper use and daily maintenance of woodworking equipment.

  • To encourage its members to render such altruistic or other civic service as they may determine.

Great News - 2015 Dues Remain Same

DUES REMAIN $55 for 2015

2015 DUES PAYMENT BEGINS OCTOBER 13, 2014

New Villages Waivers must be signed beginning October 1

Dues will be accepted only at the front desk AFTER your ID has been presented 

In order to use the shop in 2015, dues must be paid by December 30, 2014.  A grace period for paying dues will be extended through January 31, 2015; however you will not be able to use the shop during the month of January until your 2015 payment is made.  If dues are not paid by January 31, 2015, your membership will be terminated. 

When paying your dues, you will be asked to:

                             Update your personal and emergency information

             Sign up for 2015 monitor duty unless you are exempt or are age 85 (born before 1/1/1930) and have been a member of the woodshop for 5 years (joined in 2010 or before)

             Make your payment by cash or check

You will receive a receipt for your payment, a schedule of your monitor assignments, information about the monitor program, and web site information.  Please keep this information for your records

Monitor training is required every two years.  If you have not attended a training session since 1/1/2013,  you will need to be trained prior to your first 2015 monitor duty date.

Monitor training is currently held the first and third Wednesdays of the month, from 4 -6:30 pm.  Schedules may change so check the web site at  http://www.thevwc.org  for current information

August 2014 Meeting Show and Tell Projects

Pictures of project presented by VWC Members during the General Membership Meeting. Use the navigation control or your cursor to select and image to enlarge. Picture will be enlarged in a new browser window.
BOX AND SURVEYORS COMPASS BY CARSON WEIDEMAN CRADLE BY STEVE YOVAN FOLDING TABLE BY STEVE YOVAN ORNAMENTAL COIN RACKS BY JOHN SCOTT SEGMENTED BOWL BY ED DEHART SEGMENTED CHIP AND DIP BOWL BY STEVE YOVAN SMALL SEGMENTED BOWLS BY SKIP BANKS TOY BACKHOE BY KEVIN VANSTOY

June 2014 Turner's Group Show and Tell Projects

Pictures of projects constructed by VWC Members and dsiplayed at the June, 2014 meeting of the Turner's Group at our shop.
HOLLOW FORM VESSELS BY RICK PIXLEY NINE POINTED VESSEL BY JOHN HEREGA PLASTIC COATED BAR VESSEL AND BOX BY KAY STOLTE THREE POINTED VESSEL BY LARNY CROSS TWO NATURAL EDGED BOWLS AND A MUSHROOM BOX BY JERRY CZARNY UNFINISHED THREE POINTED VESSEL BY ALEX (SANDY) MOROCO WINGED BOWL BY RAY ROBERTS

Updated Monitor Duty Videos

     
Review this video prior to your tour as a Shop Monitor to refresh your memory of the duties and responsibilities of a shop monitor.

Harm Borfitz presents the basics off serving as a Tool Crib Monitor

 


 David Adamovich demonstrates the safe operation of our tables saws and the new jigs.


The videos are available under the Certification Tab above OR click on one of the images to view the video.


Meet The Carvers

 

            

 Bill McGinnis presents basic carving techniques and wood carving facilities available in the shop.

Click here to view this new video.


Turner's Group Videos

Each month the Turner's Group meeting includes a demonstration of a facet of wood turning techniques.  Each of these videos is posted on the website.  The following shows the latest three demonstrations.  To view these videos, you can just select the video below and your browser will be directed to the appropriate page on this website.
     

Ron Browning - Turning Platters

Select V52 From Categories to view 

 Rick Pixley - Fantastic Finishes
Select V53 From Categories to view

John Herega - Turning 3 Point Bowls
Select V54 From Categories to view


Select Category V52 Select V50 From Categories Select V49 from Categories
V51 Video
Ron Pixley Video

Announcements

VWC Board of Directors Nominations

With the upcoming elections in January, 2015 a nominating committee has been formed. The committee will review those candidates interested in running for three board positions and for officers of the Villages Woodworkers Club. The term of office is for three years.

To be considered, those interested must be a member of the Club for at least one year. If interested please present a brief resume of yourself and leave it at the front desk to the attention of Ernie DeSantis.

 
Board Passes Exemption from Monitor Duty Policy

The board of Directors at the August 28, 2014 meeting passed a resolution for exempting members from Monitor Duty.

The full text of this resolution can be found on this website at Board Resolutions .

 
CHRISTMAS PARTY CHANGE

Good News!

We have been able to change the location for this year’s (2014) Christmas party.  By changing the location, we also had to change the date.  Please mark your calendars.  Our 2014 Annual Colonel Richard Knie Christmas party will take place on Monday, December 8, 2014 at the Savannah Center.  We will have three rooms (dividers removed) and will be able to accommodate 350 people!  So, please plan on coming!