Cabinet Makers Group

These members are interested in the discipline of woodworking that involves the creation of cabinets as well as fine wooden furniture, and also in furniture restoration. The cabinetmakers meet normally on the second Saturday of each month, at the various workshops of members to exchange ideas and information and to demonstrate techniques. (Next meeting) They work according to an annual programme and their work form a major part of the annual exhibition of member’s work.

This group’s management committee members are:

  • Paul Roberts: Co-ordination and management as well as contact with the CM&R membership;
  • Ben Prinsloo: Meeting logistics;
  • Willie Marneweck: New member’s contact co-ordinator;
  • Sarel Venter: Group Projects and Training;
  • Neville Comins: Representative of the CM&R Interest Group on the Association’s

The Committee: L to R: Neville Comins, Paul Roberts, Willie Marneweck, Ben Prinsloo and Sarel Venter

The Group’s objectives for this year are to get our members involved and active.

The objectives are:

1. To inspire more members to get active in woodworking

2. To assist beginner members by way of a mentorship process

3. To get more items of cabinetry at the annual exhibition.

4. To get more involvement in Project Plank

5. To encourage members to inform us of their projects by “show and tell”.

CM&R Programme 2019

Meeting DatesMain Topics
19 JanuaryApplication of hand tools using a shaving horse as well as a demonstration of a hand-made treadle lathe
9 FebruaryChoice of wood for furniture making, movement of wood and selection of joints for furniture
16 MarchDevelopment of a new large workshop
13 AprilMarking, measurement and layout
11 MayClamps and the art of clamping
8 JuneSurface preparation and finishing (1)
13 JulyFinishing (2)
17 AugustHand tool tuning and maintenance
14 SeptemberGroup Projects
5 & 6 OctoberWood Expo
12 OctoberDesigning a workshop from scratch
9 NovemberFasteners and modern hardware for furniture

Details of speakers/presenters and venues will be provided later.

Judging Criteria

The following criteria will be used fr the judging of items entered in the cabinet making and restoration categories. The documents are availble in PDF and Excel format. Please note that part 1 must be completed by the exhibitor before the Exhibition.

Cabinet Judging Criteria                    PDF          Excel

Restoration Judging Criteria             PDF          Excel


The following members with the necesessary experience and know how have declared themselves willing to act as mentors at no charge. That means that other members may contact them to arrange for training. This is how it works:

  1. Appointments for training will be entirely at the convenience of the Mentor.
  2. It will not be demonstrations but actual practical hands on participation of the Trainee member.
  3. Trainee members must be willing to bring along their own wood, chisels (and other items)
  4. Please consult the Membership List for contact details of the Mentors


Training offered                           Mentor

  • Hand tool sharpening                             Louw Trichardt
  • Wood turning for furniture                    Willie Marneweck
  • Basic preparation of rough planks       Paul Roberts
  • Spray application of finish                     Willie Marneweck


Die volgende lede met die nodige ervaring en kennis het hulle bereid verklaar om teen geen
vergoeding hulle as mentors beskikbaar te stel. Dit beteken dat ander lede hulle kan kontak
om ‘n reëlingte tref vir opleiding. Dit werk so:

1. Afsprake vir opleiding sal geheel en al volgens die Mentor se gerief wees.
2. Dit sal nie demonstrasies wees nie, maar werklike praktiese saamdoen van die Leerling lid
3. Leerling lede moet bereid wees om hulle eie hout, beitels (en ander lemme vir
skerpmaak), spuitgewere, ens, saam te bring na die Mentor se werkwinkel.
4. Raadpleeg asb die Ledelys vir die Mentors se kontakbesonderhede

Opleiding aangebied                                     Mentor

  • Hand gereedskap skerpmaak                           Louw Trichardt
  • Hout draaiwerk vir meubels                              Willie Marneweck
  • Basiese voorbereiding van rowwe planke       Paul Roberts
  • Spuit aanwending van afwerking                      Willie Marneweck