Old Tool Swap Meet

Held three times a year on the first Sunday in April, August, and November

*If Easter is on the first Sunday in April, the swap meet will be on the second Sunday that year.


April Swap Meet Cancelled

Next Date: April 5, 2020

Time: 6:00 am until noon (get there early)

Place: Rockler Woodworking store – parking lot

           8199 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. (near 163 freeway)


Contact: John Orsini



Presented By

In Association With

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FREE for all buyers and sellers

Buy, Sell or Trade

Don't miss out on great bargains

Hand tools
Woodworking machinery
You name it, it’s probably there


Come and spend the morning with your Woodworking Friends



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August Swap Meet Report

Three times per year, woodworkers gather in the Rockler Woodworking parking lot (8199 Clairemont Mesa Blvd.) for an old time swap meet with the theme of “Woodworking Tools”. We value the event for many reasons and consequently we are its co-sponsor. If you have not attended before, then put our next Old Tool Swap Meet on your calendar now: November 3, 2019 starting at 6:00 AM.

This time we upped our game. We wanted to make a statement and expose attendees to a new tool while promoting the SDFWA and Shop. Recently the Shop purchased a small portable laser cutter/etcher to use in our outreach efforts. Throughout the morning we were demonstrating use of this laser, cutting rulers to hand out as tchotchkes, and engaging people in talk of woodworking, our Member Shop and the SDFWA. It was fun! Note: If you would like to see “Mini-Blue” in action for yourself, come to the September 2019 General Meeting to see it make your free name tag.

However, people might not have found us if we hadn't been positioned right next to the Rockler store entrance with donuts and coffee! We bring coffee and donuts and collect contribution for "Turn Around for Vets", a program designed to provide basic wood turning skills that will have therapeutic value to disabled veterans. See http://sdwt.org/docs/TAV.pdf for more info on this woodturning program.

To increase the appeal and reduce the workload on volunteers we provided Starbucks coffee, (a change that was well received). Our fresh approach was appreciated by both Rockler and attendees. It also helped with volunteer participation at our tables. An astounding 12 members helped play a role over the course of six hours; this camaraderie was a rewarding side benefit of participating. Oh, and we raised over $150 for “Turn Around for Vets”!