Matt Nowak, Program Director

Matt Nowak, Program Director


The Program Director is always interested in volunteers and suggestions for programs.  No contribution is too small.  If you have time or ideas to contribute to the Guild please contact Matt at

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Meeting Information

Upcoming Programs
Jan 21, 2018 Program Slideshow
Monthly SHOW-&-TELL


Monthly meetings of KCWG are held on the third Wednesday of each month from 7pm to 9pm. Meetings are held at 3189 Mercier, Kansas City, MO. Prospective members are encouraged to attend a meeting. If you like, come early and get a shop tour!

Meeting Format

  • 7:00 – Welcome, announcements, short reports from various departments
  • 7:15 – Show-and-Tell: This sounds kind of hokey but it is the most popular part of the meeting. Members of all experience levels bring recent projects (some might not yet be complete) and explain what they built, what methods they used, who helped them, and what problems they overcame. Questions are encouraged.
  • 8:00 – Break for cookies, coffee and soft drinks.  Show-and-Tell items are on display and the builder is available to discuss the project. Unsolicited opinions are offered; friendly discussions ensue. There is a raffle of donated items. Members gather in small groups to tell fish stories and related lies.
  • 8:15 – Formal program: typically an outside speaker or expert from membership ranks.
  • 9:00 – Adjournment

February 21 – Festools

If you are like me, when you see the chance for a deal on a used Festool, it gets your attention.

So, for our February program, Randy Johnson, who is an engineer who travels around the Upper Midwest including the Dakotas and Idaho and east to Illinois selling Festool products, is going to tell us about these wonderful tools. You probably know that they have great sanders, circular saws, and dust collectors which are integrated into the tools.  

They also have those wonderful domino machines that revolutionized mortising with their loose tenons.  One question that I am going to ask is whether the larger domino is sufficient to do timber frame construction.  I am sure that you will have a few questions, too.  Like, is there ever going to be a sale or a discount on Festool?  How many Festool products are there and where are they engineered and produced?

Randy and his brother live locally and operate their business (Johnson Brothers and Associates) in Lenexa at 14301 W. 96th Terrace.   Randy has been a woodworker since he was 12 (1968), and has a nice 40′ x 60′ shop at his house in the country.  He builds furniture and cabinets mostly.

After earning a Bachelors of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Kansas Randy worked as a Design Engineer for Northrop Aircraft Company and Hughes Aircraft’s Space and Communication division.  Randy ventured into sales after working for Gerber Scientific as an Application Engineer.  Then he worked for Aries Technology where he became the Western Regional Sales Manager.

Both companies specialized in software and computer systems for engineering design, analysis and computer aided machining.  Before partnering with Craig and forming Johnson Brothers & Associates, Randy was the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Winform, Inc.


  • Competent Person*
  • Fall Protection Equipment Inspector
  • EPA RRP Certified Renovator
*An OSHA “Competent Person” is defined as “one who is capable of identifying existing and predictable hazards in the surroundings or working conditions which are unsanitary, hazardous, or dangerous to employees, and who has authorization to take prompt corrective measures to eliminate them” (see 29 CFR 1926.32(f)).

This may be your best chance to learn about those wonderful and pricey Festool products.  See the company site at

Matt Nowak, KCWG Programs Director

Show Slides from the January 17 “Miniatures at the National Museum of Toys and Miniatures” Program

Katherine Mercier

The January 17 program on the miniatures at the world-famous National Museum of Toys and Miniatures, formerly known as the Kansas City Toy and Miniature Museum, on the UMKC campus was so well received that we asked to be able to post the program slides here on the website.   Speaker, Katherine Mercier (her name is just like the name of the street for the Guild) presented a program noted for impressive detail on the pieces shown, her understanding of the techniques of miniature construction, and knowledge of the major makers in the field.  The slide show program includes her presentation notes.

The Museum is located on the campus of the University of Missouri Kansas City in a 38-room Italianate mansion at 5235 Oak St.; Kansas City, MO 64112.  Check out their site at

Click HERE for the .pdf.

Matt Nowak, KCWG Programs Director

Neal Ray Shoger

Show and Tell photos by Neal Ray Shoger

Show-&-Tell Items From Monthly Meetings

(Click on individual pictures for larger images & slide show.)

January 2018

November 2017

October 2017

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